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The time is ripe to go back to school

I met with Elaine Houston and much to my disappointment Oprah Winfrey has not yet called.  Nor has Ellen DeGeneres.  I keep checking the dial tone on my phone to make sure it hasn’t malfunctioned.

Why aren’t they calling?  😉

I really don’t know what is next to be honest.  I am glad to have found a passion, even if it was so late in my life.  I want to be an advocate for the adult learner.  As the over thirty crowd find themselves back at school we will all start to witness what has already started to occur – the average age of a “traditional student” will become older.  The age demographic will be much more blended.  Our nation is depressed.  The number of Americans who are still without work are alarmingly high. 

It is scary for people without degrees.  Corporate America has a prejudice against them.  As a former HR professional for a global company – I know it firsthand.  Adults without college degrees know how to survive.  These are the individuals doing the real work, the hard work and never get compensated nearly enough for it.  These are the people that can budget, raise a family on a shoestring and juggle a checkbook that may often be balanced with red ink.  Yes, they are scrappy.   They know how to survive, but rarely can thrive.  I know.  Personally.

Now it is time to develop a movement.  To get every person who is unhappy with their job, sick of being mistreated by their bosses, sitting at home unemployed or just simply bored to go back to school.  That is what my book is about.  My book is only the beginning.  The beginning of awareness, what comes next is the creation of national organization that supports adult learning, and a change in the way the colleges recruit and support adult students.  

This is a movement that is about to happen whether or not you and I are a part of it. Adults are flocking back to school regardless of their age to improve their lives and the lives of their families.  There are many more to come.  Wouldn’t it be exciting to be part of it? 

You may know someone who wants to go back to school.  I see them everywhere – the Clinique counter, the grocery store, the unemployment training office and in the faces of my family and friends.  You may be that person. 

I want to help each of these people. 

So, Oprah and Ellen haven’t called yet.  And I am just kidding you in my delusion that they ever will. We can use social media to our advantage though and spread the word.  If you are thinking of going back to school or know someone who is – then read my sample chapters. 


Pass it to someone who is considering going to college.  Give me some HONEST feedback.  I want to get it just right so I can really help people.


Filed under adult education, No Adult Left Behind

Social Media – Love it? Hate it? Inquiring minds want to know

This is my first “official” blog post for my social media class. I have only attended one class so far. My professor is the same one who taught my Crisis Communications class I took last semester and I recognize many of my classmates from last semester.It is nice to have so much familiarity at the beginning of the semester.

In this class we are going to be learning about the applicability of social media in a corporate setting. We will be examining the use of social media like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn (among so many others) and how corporations can use these new mediums as a vehicle to reach their customers and employees. We live in a whole new world now and the “old school” days of typed memos and meetings really have taken an entirely new meaning. Corporations hire consultants that work from home, Skype in to work and host meetings virtually in all sorts of ways. Skype is one of the video tools that a person can use to have a virtual conversation on screen with one another via a computer. I only know this because Oprah uses it a lot.

All of the content in this class really fits me like a glove. I am a Facebook addict. It seems that I am concerned more these days about the status updates than I really care to admit. I know I am not alone. As a new blogger I find myself opening Twitter accounts, setting up RSS feeds (that means whatever I post on my blog automatically posts to twitter, facebook and LinkedIn in a vain attempt to make me feel like someone is actually reading these things) and doing all sorts of things that were foreign to me just a year ago.

So I guess the big question here how does Corporate USA use these tools for their own gain? How are each of us as their consumers and employees affected by them? Is it good or bad?

I really look forward to your opinions as we go along – so please don’t be shy.


Filed under adult education, Alicia Legg, Continuing Education, No Adult Left Behind