Tag: Center for Professional Studies

Cyber Security Specialist: Addressing a Workforce Shortage

If you are thinking about a career change in 2017, then you might want to have a look at the rapidly expanding cyber security specialist market which is expected to grow from $75 billion in 2015 to $170 billion by 2020. You would have thought that the massive Target credit card breach back in 2013 would have been a wakeup call for the nation. But it wasn’t. In the year that followed, we saw hacks into UPS, Goodwill, JP Morgan Chase, and Sony, just to name a few. From 2013 through 2016, I personally have had two credit cards...

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Personal Trainer Certification Course To Launch This Fall

Each day, Americans are inspired to live healthier, more active lifestyles. 55.3 million people belong to at least one of the 36,180 health clubs located in the United States. And, according to economists, the number of jobs within the fitness industry are expected to grow by 23.2 percent through 2023. Personal trainer jobs are driving that increase. To address this workforce trend, Towson University Center for Professional Studies has added a Personal Trainer Certification course to their fall course catalog. Why A Personal Trainer Certification Course? Besides the expected job growth, what are the benefits of becoming a certified...

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Six Reasons to Consider a Career in Medical Coding

The Center for Professional Studies at Towson University delivers professional certification courses that address critical skills gaps in high growth industries. One career that is forecast to grow at a rate of 15% a year for the next 10 years is medical coding. But did you know that Maryland ranks as one of the top paying states for medical coders with an hourly wage of $21.96 and an annual wage of $45,670? More than that, the Baltimore-Towson area ranks among the highest employment levels in the US. A Career in Medical Coding Medical coders work with confidential patient information....

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Five Questions with Moving to Learn

In my last blog post, I wrote about how TU is supporting education across Maryland. I highlighted three partnerships that are advancing education in a variety of ways. For this post, the second in my ongoing partnership series, I wanted to delve deeper into another partnership that is providing education in a unique way by combining the arts with science. Moving to Learn: Growing Up Great with Dance and Environmental Science Moving to Learn: Growing Up Great with Dance and Environmental Science integrates developmentally appropriate dance methodologies with key concepts in pre-K standards in environmental science that improve school...

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Making An Impact: Innovation at Towson University

For the past two years, the Division of Innovation and Applied Research published an annual report that outlined the impacts we were having across the state. This year, we took a broader view and included the big things that are happening across the entirety of Towson University. We looked at the teaching, research, and partnerships that are making an impact on the quality of life and economic competitiveness of our state. Making An Impact The Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Applied Research 2015 Report, Making An Impact, highlights the work our faculty, staff, and students have accomplished in collaboration with partners...

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2015 Year In Review

A couple months back, I wrote a blog post about my experience getting to know the Division of Innovation and Applied Research. I was new to my job and trying to learn as much as I could about who we were and what we did. Fast forward to today, I am a lot more knowledgeable about the work we do, and if you’re a reader of this blog, you should be as well. Today, I am looking back at this blog with a Year In Review. By the end of 2015, we will have posted 99 blog posts by...

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Project Management Best Practices

Working as a Project Manager for the Center for Professional Studies (CPS) at Towson University, I often find myself immersed in a copious amount of projects that are all seemingly different. However, I believe the biggest aspect to project management is organization. Using the following best practices gives me and my colleagues the chance to build and maintain organization and structure throughout the course of any project. In order to help organize myself and stay on track, here are four best practices of project management I like to keep in mind. 1. The Kick Off At CPS, we always...

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Presidential Scholar Signature Forums: Supporting Baltimore Students

In September, I wrote about Elizabeth Green’s discussion on What Makes a Teacher Great? at Towson University as part of the Presidential Scholar Signature Forums Series. This month I want to invite you to join Towson University Presidential Scholar, Dr. Nancy Grasmick, for the seventh event in the Presidential Scholar Signature Forums Series. Dr. Grasmick will moderate a discussion on November 16 titled Supporting Baltimore’s Students from Pre-K through College. It Takes A Village to Raise A Child That age-old saying has been reiterated across news cycles over-and-over again in the wake of Baltimore’s uprisings. We’ve seen stories of...

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Mission-Driven Investing in Education

The Impact of a Portfolio Impact, mission-driven, or mission-related investing begins with discrete social goals and aims to yield tangible, scalable social + financial returns. To me, it is focusing on what you know, what you love, and where you know you can make a measurable difference. “Impact investing is actively placing capital in businesses and funds that generate social and/or environmental good and a range of returns, from principal to above market, to the investor.”  — The Monitor Institute Image Source: The Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University I decided to disrupt myself, to incrementally transition from...

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Presidential Scholar Signature Forums: What Makes a Teacher Great?

On September 29, Presidential Scholar Dr. Nancy Grasmick will welcome New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Green to Towson University. This is the 6th event in Dr. Grasmick’s Preparing for Public Education in the 21st Century: Signature Forums speaker series that began in January 2013. This free event will take place at Towson University West Village Commons, 4-6 PM. What Makes a Teacher Great? Green will discuss her latest book Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach it to Everyone). In her book, Green presents teaching as a complex skill—one that requires infrastructure for support...

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