Navigating college options
The National Center for Education Statistics collects
lots of information about educational institutions. So it
should come as no surprise that the Center has an excellent
online resource for students who want to learn more
about their options for postsecondary education.
This resource, College Navigator, helps students to
find out almost anything they want to know about the
nation's colleges—all in one place. Students can search
for institutions by using broad criteria such as school
name, geographic location, and programs and majors.
But the tool also allows for more detailed searches, such
as for schools offering a rural or urban setting or having
a particular religious affiliation.
A search brings up a list of schools (including 2-
and 4-year, public and private) that match the selected
criteria. Students then select from schools on the list for
access to plenty of data, including the number of recent
graduates in each program or major, estimates of total
tuition costs, and the previous year's number of applicants
and rate of admission.
College Navigator offers students a way to focus
their postsecondary school search on institutions that
match their interests, abilities, and budget. Try the tool
online at nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator.
Online tools for jobseekers
No need to feel intimidated when searching for career
resources online: The U.S. Department of Labor can help
make such searches more manageable.
The Labor Department's CareerOneStop has a collection
of Web-based tools serving students, jobseekers,
employers, and the workforce. CareerOneStop asked
organizations to submit online career and job-search
tools for public evaluation. The public provided input,
and the top-rated sites in six categories were announced
last year. These categories, now available on the Tools
for America's Job Seekers section of the Career OneStop
website, are as follows:
- General job boards, listing sites that provide
nationwide job listings for the public
- Niche job boards, targeted at specific types of
jobseekers (such as older workers)
- Career planning tools, focusing on individuals
who are switching careers, upgrading skills, or
entering the workforce
- Career exploration sites, covering topics such as
occupational exploration, occupational assessment,
and career coaching
- Social media job search sites, specializing in job
searches or postings that use social media
- Other tools, including all those that do not fit
into other categories; examples are interview
preparation tools, training grants, and English as
a Second Language online tools.
To check out these top-rated tools, visit www.careeronestop.org/jobseekertools.
Design program in athletic footwear
Do you have a fashion flair for fitness footwear? Consider
designing athletic shoes.
The Fashion Institute of Technology offers the
nation's only certificate program in performance athletic
footwear design. The program focuses on conceptualizing
and sketching shoe designs. The sequence of
courses—which cover the ergonomic, anatomical, and
material considerations of athletic footwear design—
guides the student from drawing rough sketches of concepts
to creating a model of a shoe's outer sole.
No previous shoe design experience is required to
enroll. However, it's useful to have some experience
with sketching and drawing and to have a good grasp of
design software applications. The institute also offers
courses for students who wish to upgrade their skills
before entering the program.
Most courses meet at night for 3 hours per week for
about 15 or 16 weeks at the institute's Manhattan campus.
Some courses are offered on weekends. The certificate
usually takes at least four terms to complete.
For more information, write to program advisor
Ellen Goldstein at the Fashion Institute of Technology,
School of Continuing and Professional Studies,
227 West 27th Street, Building D, New York, New York
10001; email her at email@example.com; or call her
at (212) 217-5402. You may also visit the program's website
Smithsonian fellowships and internships: Opportunities abound
The Smithsonian Institution is known for paintings,
pandas, and a plethora of other exhibits. Thanks to its
vast collections, the Smithsonian is able to offer learning
opportunities through more than a thousand fellowships
and internships each year.
Fellowships allow students and scholars to pursue
academic research. The roughly 400 awards each year
include 10-week fellowships with a $6,500 stipend for
graduate students and yearlong fellowships for established
academics that pay stipends of up to $50,000.
There are about 1,200 internships, which are individually
arranged to be structured learning experiences.
The internships last from 10 to 12 weeks, with most
occurring during some part of a standard academic year.
About one-third of the internships offer a stipend, and
amounts vary significantly by program. Participants must
be at least 16 years old.
Most Smithsonian facilities—art galleries, historical
and heritage museums, libraries, and research centers—are located in and around Washington, D.C. So that's
where most fellowship and internship opportunities are
located, too. But facilities and opportunities also exist in
other U.S. cities and in Panama.
The exact number of fellowships and internships
awarded each year depends on the program and available
funding. Candidates usually apply directly to specific
programs, but the Smithsonian's Office of Fellowships
and Internships is a central administrator.
For more information, write to the Office of Fellowships and Internships, Smithsonian Institution, 470 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Suite 7102, MRC 902 PO Box 37012, Washington, D.C. 20013; visit online at www.si.edu/research+study; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call (202) 633-7070.