Week in Review

Aug/11/2015 - 9:27am

The passage of Obamacare have brought a record number of patients into America’s health care system, and medical assistants could ease the pressures of serving more patients.

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2010, 16.4 million Americans have entered the healthcare system. This record number of insured individuals applies tremendous pressure on an …

Aug/11/2015 - 9:23am

WASHINGTON – After trying for years to tighten the rules on for-profit colleges, the Department of Education finally enacted regulations on the industry this summer. But the fight’s not over.

A month after new rules went into effect, the department faces continuing push-back from the colleges, and Republican lawmakers as well.

The regulations require for-profit colleges, such …

Aug/10/2015 - 3:03pm

It’s no longer just about the degrees an individual has, but it’s more about what skills he or she can provide to a business that will catch the eye of today’s employers.

That’s the message Career and Technical Education (CTE) Coordinator Debra Woltz has pushed since she started in the CTE position last year.

With the nationwide …

Aug/10/2015 - 2:55pm

Lower student debt and increased retention: those are the results the University of Dayton says it’s seeing two years after putting in place an unusual tuition strategy.

The Midwestern Roman Catholic university scrapped its student fees in 2013 and is one of few universities to guarantee entering freshmen who receive aid the same net price for …

Aug/10/2015 - 2:50pm

Hillary Clinton on Monday rolled out a sweeping higher education plan — a $350 billion proposal that would help millions pay for college and reduce interest rates for people with student loans.

The plan, which would change the way a large swath of Americans pay for college, borrows ideas from the left and the right and …

Aug/10/2015 - 2:35pm

Universal Technical Institute Inc. (NYSE: UTI) experienced another quarter of declining enrollment, revenue and income as the Scottsdale-based automotive technical training provider looks for new ways to attract students.

The declines were expected, said Kim McWaters, chairman and CEO. She is reaching out to industry employers to help attract prospective new students.

She talked about her strategy …

Aug/07/2015 - 2:48pm

On the surface, that's a good thing. It means employers are hiring and the economy is growing.

Deeper down though, a high number of job openings raises red flags because it means companies aren't finding the right people to fill the jobs. It signals a persistent problem in America's economy: the skills gap.

Vacant jobs can cost …

Aug/07/2015 - 2:43pm

Laura Strong, a 29-year-old in suburban Chicago, owes $245,000 on student loans for the psychology Ph.D. she finished in 2013. This year, she says she hopes to earn $35,000 working part-time jobs as a therapist and yoga teacher—not enough to manage a loan payment of about $2,000 a month. But Strong isn’t paying anything close …

Aug/07/2015 - 2:32pm

Walking across the stage and into debt. That's the reality for many of Mississippi's college grads. The state was named worst for student debt in a recent study by Wallet Hub.

"I wish that I had done some things differently regarding my financial aid for undergraduate as well as graduate," said Andre Terry.

Terry said he doesn't …

Aug/06/2015 - 11:09am

NDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital officials say they’re seeing an increasing number of patients right now, and they’re looking to hire more than 60 nurses to help care for them.

Stats from the hospital show the number of inpatient visits grew three percent in 2014, and the number of births there grew 11 …

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