Scholarship Opportunity

16 07 2014

scholarshipTakeLessons is an online tutoring resource (if you have reviews about their services, please share!) They have announced three scholarships that are open to “anyone who will be enrolled in a U.S. college or university between August 1st, 2014 and May 31st, 2015.” The scholarships are for $1,000, $2,000, and $5,000 and you don’t have to be a client to apply. Wouldn’t that be nice to add to your education fund?

Here’s who they are: “At TakeLessons, we’re all about helping students find their passion, whether it’s academic, musical, artistic, or something totally off-the-wall. And for many, heading to college is a huge step toward the career of your dreams and reaching your ultimate goals.”

About the scholarship: “If you need a little financial assistance getting there, we’re here to help! We’re excited to announce our first-ever scholarship competition, with the chance to win one of three scholarship prizes.

For more information, see how to apply here! Good luck….


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Is College Worth It For Me?

16 07 2014

NDNU adult studentsIs College Worth It For Me?

I just came across this report from November 2013 by an organization called, “Public Agenda,” called, “Is College Worth It For Me; How Adults Without Degrees Think About Going (Back) to School.

Some of the key findings:

  1. Driving Concerns: Can I afford it and can I make it work in my busy life? Adults who don’t have degree are most concerned about taking on debt and whether they can balance school with work and family obligations. Many also worry about whether they will be able to keep up academically.
  2. Top Priorities: High-quality teachers, applicable skills, affordable tuition. Adults want knowledge and skills that are directly relevant to the workplace.
  3. Most hope to take at least some classes online (but many suspect that employers don’t value online education as highly).
  4. Adults learn about colleges from people they know, advertising, and the websites of specific schools. The most common source of information are friends, family, and colleagues, as well as TV commercials and billboard ads.
  5. Few distinguish between not-for-profit and for-profit colleges, but once they understand the distinction, they become more skeptical of for-profit schools.
  6. Many believe that more opportunities to meet and talk with college experts and other adult students could help other adults like them make better decisions.


What do you think? Do these findings resonate with your concerns and questions? If you were to offer advice to someone considering finishing a degree, what would it be?

Oh, and by the way, this study shows that college IS definitely worth it.  It notes that “…public discussion today … often focuses on the undeniable fact that a bachelor’s degree does not guarantee success. But of course it doesn’t. Nothing guarantees success…”  However, “the decision not to attend college for fear that it’s a bad deal is among the most economically irrational decisions anybody could make in 2014.”

An interesting read…

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Job Opportunities at NDNU

10 07 2014

NDNUThis time, we have jobs open within NDNU to share:

1. Director of Admissions. Know anyone with strong experience with Admissions? This is a critical position at NDNU, which is positioned for growth, especially in the online and off-campus areas. See the link for more information and pass along if you know any strong candidates.

2.  Freshman Admissions Counselor.  This position will include much travel to Southern California and will be working mostly with a traditional college-age population.  If you know anyone who might be interested, please share!

3.  Human Resources Recruitment and Retention Coordinator

4.  Part Time Administrative Coordinator, Professional Studies (that’s us!)  We need someone to help with the administrative work in our office in Tabard Inn.  Work with a great group, afternoons, 20 hours a week.

For other current openings at NDNU, click here.

Thanks for sharing, as appropriate!


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Two Job Opportunities at Puente de la Costa Sur

9 07 2014


Puente de la Costa Sur (Puente), a community-based nonprofit that serves the diverse human needs of the rural South Coast of San Mateo County, has two positions open in their new family engagement initiative (see attached). The initiative is funded for two years by a major grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation of Los Altos.

Puente is partnering with the La Honda Pescadero Unified School District to put in place a series of interventions to address core “opportunity gap” issues in this largely low income immigrant community. Fully bilingual candidates with an interest in working with rural Spanish-speaking populations to improve educational outcomes are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Friday, July 25, 2014​

Here is the Project Manager Family Engagement Initiative position description: ProjectMgrECEjd
Here is the Early Literacy / Raising a Reader+ Specialist position description: EarlyLiteracyRARjd


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Job Opportunity: Executive Director of Nonprofit Housing Association

9 07 2014

NHAA search for the new Executive Director of the Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) is being conducted by Leadership Search Partners.   See description below and

The lack of affordable housing in major metropolitan areas is one of California’s most critical public issues. Leadership Search Partners is very pleased to be working with the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) to conduct the search for their next Executive Director.

NPH is the voice of those who support, build and finance affordable housing in Northern California. NPH plays two important roles – building the internal capacity of organizations in the field, and improving the external environment for affordable housing.

With 750 members representing all nine counties of the Bay Area, NPH encompasses the spectrum of the affordable housing field. NPH has achieved major advances in the field of affordable housing at the local, regional and statewide level, and is recognized nationally as a highly effective advocacy group and capacity builder.

The new Executive Director will take the helm at an exciting time for NPH. The board and staff recently created a bold new vision and strategic plan that calls for NPH to play a leadership role in building catalytic, broad-based coalitions with partners in the environmental, health, transportation and education sectors. The plan also mandates strengthening political capital in order to play a leading role in securing new permanent sources for funding affordable housing as a key element of healthy, equitable, sustainable communities.

The Board of Directors is seeking a strategic leader with a passion for social equity and a keen understanding of the critical role of nonprofit affordable housing as part of a larger regional strategy. The successful candidate will be a proven leader with political acumen and in-depth knowledge of how to build political capital and public will. A strong collaborator, they will see this job as an opportunity to lead the nonprofit sector in one of the most serious public policy issue affecting Northern Californians today.

To apply, see full description here:executive_director,_nph


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Library Closed

8 07 2014

library closedA notice about the campus Library:

The Gellert Library will be closed July 18th, 19th, and 20th for carpet cleaning. We will resume normal hours at 9am on July 21st.

Best,  Mary Wegmann, Director of Library Services

NOTE that access to online library services will still be available. These are so important for research and a great resource.


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Job Opportunities

2 07 2014

JobsThe University Center at Canada College in Redwood City is hiring three (3) Peer Leadership Mentors. The position would start in late August and finish at the end of the second term in December. The University Center would prefer one student from each of the Business Administration, Psychology, and Human Services – Evening Programs.

A job description is attached here: University Center Peer Leadership Mentor. Please take a look and let Dr. Rhoades know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the position or the responsibilities. He can be reached at the Cañada College University Center at 650-306-3177 or at


ALSO, Intensive Business student Ricardo Cabrera let us know that Santa Clara County is hiring.  (Thanks so much, Ricardo!)  Two positions that might especially be of interest:

Accounts Payable Job Description

Recruiter Job Announcement

Good luck!


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