CURRENT WEATHER - At 2:30PM the sky is cloudy at the Slate Belt Town Topics office in Pen Argyl. The temperature is 23, the wind is NNE at 2mph, the barometer is falling at 29.43, wind chill 22, humidity is 88%. We have recorded 7.25 inches of snow.
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Portland Hardware celebrated its grand opening Saturday. Pictured here (-L-R) Rep. Joe Emrick, owners Raj Parmar and Rocky Patel, Sen. Mario Scavelli and Portland Mayor Lance Prator. Photo Courtesy Slate Belt Community Partnership.
"Shirk" and June Jones display Welsh attire in a fashion show at Eunikue Fashion in Bangor to commemorate Bangor's 140th anniversary. Eunikue Fashion will hold its own fashion show February 28 at 1:00pm. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Pen Argyl's Madison Mennel (21) shoots a three during the Knights' 45-30 loss to NDGP played Thursday at Pen Argyl. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Four growth industries for career-changers in 2015
(BPT) - In early January 2014, 21 percent of American workers said they planned to change jobs within the next 12 months, according to a CareerBuilder survey. Introspection is common at the turn of the year, and people who plodded along in less-than-fulfilling jobs for the preceding 11 months begin thinking about what they can do differently in the new year. Many will turn to their education options to help improve their job prospects.
Earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree can help make you more marketable to employers, improve your chances for promotion, and enhance your earning potential. A degree can also help you change careers. Many working adults turn to competency-based universities, like Western Governors University (WGU), to earn a degree. Competency-based education lets students focus on what they need to learn and move quickly through what they already know, giving working adults the scheduling flexibility and cost savings they need to balance work and family while mastering the skills required for a degree. At WGU, the average student is 37 years old, and students attend from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
If you’re thinking about switching careers in 2015, WGU points to four growth areas to consider:
Salaries for workers in science, technology, engineering, and math fields rose between 2000 and 2013, and the shortage of STEM professionals continues, US News recently reported. As demand for STEM workers has increased, so has the need for teachers who can prepare students to pursue STEM careers. Institutions like WGU’s Teachers College, which is the nation’s No. 1 producer of STEM teachers, specialize in degree programs that equip graduates to teach math and science at kindergarten through 12th grade levels.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts job growth of 12 percent for teachers in elementary and middle schools, and 6 percent for high school teachers between now and 2022, with demand for math and science disciplines higher than average.
With more baby boomers reaching retirement age and more Americans covered by health insurance, demand for health care professionals is set to increase significantly over the next 10 years. For career-changers, health care offers many well-paying jobs that require just two- or four-year degrees, and these are growing at a faster rate than other industries.
For example, according to the BLS’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the industry will need to add more than 64,000 dental hygienists by 2022 in order to keep pace with rising demand. The job requires just a two-year degree and median pay is about $70,000 per year.
Information technology affects nearly every aspect of modern life. The BLS notes that IT professionals are instrumental in keeping systems running, maintaining networks, creating new software, and keeping information systems secure. The industry shed fewer jobs during the recession and is expected to grow far more quickly than other industries, the BLS reports.
Most IT jobs – such as computer network architect or software developer – require a bachelor’s degree in information technology. WGU offers several bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in information technology, most of which include industry certifications as part of the coursework included with tuition.
Demand continues to be strong for managers in all areas of business. Certain business occupations are poised to grow faster than the overall economy. For example, demand for medical and health services managers will increase 23 percent between now and 2022, the BLS predicts. The profession requires a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Skilled managers will also find opportunities in IT, human resources, accounting, sales and marketing, and administration.
To learn more about Western Governors University and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs that can lead to careers in these four growing areas, visit www.wgu.edu.
Pen Argyl girls want this rebound, during the Knights' 45-30 loss to NDGP played Thursday at Pen Argyl. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor's Reece Jones (4) drives to the basket during the Slaters' 67-36 win over Moravian Academy in a game played at Bangor. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Julie Poliskiewicz
A cat who was buried after being hit by a car has seemingly come back from the dead - after managing to claw himself out of a grave.
Bart appeared lifeless after being found in the middle of a road by his grief-stricken owner and was laid to rest.
But five days later, the two-year-old cat was spotted in a neighbor's garden alive, despite the animal's serious injuries.
"He had dug himself out of the grave and slowly made his way back home - albeit weak, dehydrated and in need of medical attention," said the Humane Society, which is now caring for Bart as his owner is unable to pay for veterinary treatment.
When Bart was taken to their animal health centre in Florida, doctors discovered he had sustained a broken jaw and open facial wounds during the accident.
The feisty feline has also undergone surgery so one of his eyes could be removed.
Vets expect Bart to make a strong recovery, allowing him to return home in the not-too-distant future
Pen Argyl Academic Wall of Fame Nominations
It is time for the Pen Argyl High School Alumni Association to select the 2015 Inductees to the Academic Wall of Fame.
This honor is bestowed on a select number of graduates or past district educators each year who have distinguished themselves through community service, academic accomplishments, as well as, advancements in their chosen profession. The creation of this distinction was to set an example of what is possible for all present and future Pen Argyl students!
This honor is different from the PAHS Athletic Hall of Fame where chosen Alumni are honored for their athletic contributions while at Pen Argyl High School.
Anyone can nominate a PAHS graduate for the Academic Wall of Fame honor. Our Academic Wall of Fame Inductees have made a meaningful contribution to the world around them, and the Pen Argyl Alumni Association is proud to bestow this honor. To nominate a graduate, please contact Jim or Heather Hunter at 610-863-9443 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for nominations is February 20, 2015.
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