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According to data by Invesp, 62% of U.S. consumers purchase something online at least once a month. 

Our world of online shopping, free shipping, and next-day delivery has changed not only our buying habits but also the workforce. Materials move at rapid speeds. Warehouses are more sophisticated than ever before. Complicated inventories must be tracked with pinpoint precision.

Pencil and clipboardFall registration is here! But before you register for fall classes, here are some helpful tips that the Admissions and Records Department and the Center for Outreach Recruitment would like you to keep in mind:

Neil Pollard, Lead Faculty for CCA's Entrepreneurship program, works with student Mylei Zavala on a cost analysis for her new business.Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Maybe you're not even sure what kind of business you want to start but know you want to be your own boss, make your own hours, and create a product or service that you know people will love. Maybe you do have a business idea but don't know where to start. Or maybe you feel like you have all the pieces put together in your head but don't have access to the funds needed to keep your business humming along post-launch.  

IT Tech and Support student Chelsea Bailey works on taking apart a computerSo you're thinking about a career in information technology. Or maybe you're already an IT professional but looking to take the next step in your career. Either way, your professional future looks bright. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's latest “Occupational Outlook Handbook,” the average salary for a computer user support specialist in Colorado is $60,020, or $28.86 an hour – the fourth highest pay among all 50 states. The entry-level salary stands at $42,130, and experienced computer user support specialists can easily earn north of six figures a year. To top it all off, there's this: “The computer field isn't recession-proof, but we've had a whole lot better success in keeping a lot of jobs around than a lot of other industries,” explained one local IT vice president. Great pay, job security, an exciting career ... what more could you ask for?  

Parents holding a baby that is touching the father's noseIf you are a parent who wants to go back to college but child care costs are an obstacle, Community College of Aurora's Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI) can help. In addition to providing help with child care, the program offers academic support, career and job advice, and can set you on the path to a great career. The Community College of Aurora received a $3.9 million grant this summer from the U.S. Department of Labor to help fund CCA's “Access to Success” Program through the Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI). The SWFI program is designed to assist parents with child care support while they earn a certificate in high-demand careers in fields such as healthcare, IT, or advanced manufacturing. The SWFI grant is accepting applications for classes that start in January. Here are six important reasons why the SWFI program may be the right path for you to follow to a better career.

Successful graduates use Degree Check Would you take a trip without a road map? No, you wouldn't. Or, in this day and age, maybe without a GPS would be a better question. Now think of this in relation to your path to graduation.

You wouldn't want to plan to graduate without a map or GPS -- but that is exactly what you are doing when you don't use Degree Check. Some of you may be wondering, "Why should I use Degree Check? I can see an advisor whenever I want, and I have a degree sheet for the degree I am seeking: somewhere."

Why complete your college degree in Aurora, ColoradoThe other night I was teaching my Introduction to Criminal Justice class and my students were presenting a variety of group projects that they had worked on. One of the projects involved discussing a career in the law enforcement realm; the chosen career was that of a Probation Officer. The group pointed out that the job required a bachelor's degree, to which a student replied: "I feel like I am wasting my time getting an associate's [degree]." I took the time then, as I do now, to point out that nothing could be further from the truth. The first thing I want to point out is that the mentality you hold is going to be your greatest driving factor. If you think something is not worth it, you're more likely to quit.

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