Completion With a Purpose Blog

Bringing ‘Blind Auditions’ to the Job Market

When “The Voice” premiered in 2011, it distinguished itself from other televised singing contests by featuring a blind auditions phase. Contestants had 30 seconds to sing their hearts out while four rock-star judges sat with their backs turned to them. During that short 30-second interlude, each person had the opportunity to lure one or more judges to turn their chairs…

Investing in Your Workplace Culture Is an Investment in Your Success

Having the right culture for your organization can often mean the difference between success and failure. But sometimes getting to the right culture means you must dismantle the existing one. At Student ConnectionsSM, a Strada Education NetworkSM company, we have made a great effort to drive an extreme culture makeover over the last two years to position…

What Can Higher Ed Learn From Precision Medicine?

First, it was about access. Then completion. Now, it’s about wellness. Over the last few decades, discussions in higher education reform have evolved from the concept of getting as many students through the doors of colleges, to making sure they complete their intended pathways. Now, the conversation appears to be shifting toward a question of educational well-being. It aligns with…

Bob Okun

Purposeful Pathways for Military Families

In 2005, my daughters, Rachel and Kelsi Okun, then aged 10 and 8, became fascinated with the appeal of treasure hunts and wondered if the allure of such a game could support a national goal. At the time, Rachel and Kelsi witnessed their neighbor, Lt. Col. Lanier Ward, come back from Iraq severely injured by an IED explosion, and they…

Celebrating 30 Years of Student Success With Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Celebrating student success is always a pleasure. But celebrating three decades of that success is a true honor. My Strada Education NetworkSM colleague Venice Sherman and I had the opportunity to do just that at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 30th Anniversary Awards Gala last week. TMCF has spent 30 years helping Historically Black Colleges and Universities students succeed…

MSIs Off and Running to Enhance College Value

In August, according to USA Today, 31 percent of small businesses indicated they had positions they couldn’t fill. With the right skills and experiences, students can become job candidates that help meet employers’ unfilled demand. That’s why Strada Education NetworkSM supports Completion With a Purpose®, strengthening the pathways between education and employment. And it’s why we focus…

Strada Education-Supported Scholarship Recipient Helps Launch UNCF Campaign

At a recent UNCF Indianapolis reception to launch its annual fundraising campaign, it was a Strada Education NetworkSM-supported UNCF scholarship recipient whose inspirational story set the tone for the campaign for the more than 125 supporters of the local organization in attendance. UNCF/Strada Education Scholar Diona Richardson spoke about the importance of making informed choices in selecting an…

Future-Proofing College by Embracing ‘Purpose Learning’

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, Tesla Motors and Hyperloop, has some serious reservations about artificial intelligence. And just as his inventions sound like something out of a sci-fi novel, so do his fears about AI: He worries that we risk unintentionally creating a super-smart machine that could obliterate humanity. One reason Musk is so eager to colonize other planets, in…

Kim Szarmach

Career Preparedness Takes Center Stage at NCAN 2017

Fifty-one percent of U.S. adults say they would study a different major in college, choose a different institution, or select a different degree program if they could go back and do it again, according to Carlo Salerno, vice president of Data Analytics for Strada Education NetworkSM. While college access professionals have been working for decades to get more…

Internship Program Yields Proven Results for Students, Employers

Shaquille Brooks now is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in information technology, on full scholarship at Towson University. But a few years ago, while a student at Baltimore’s Digital Harbor High School, he was facing challenges that made that future far from certain. During 2014-2015 Shaquille had to learn to live on his own and support himself while still in high…