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ITEP Students Learn Top Industry Skills During Recession

Los Angeles, CA — When the economic downturn ends the need will be great for qualified applicants for the jobs of the future, and the International Trade Education Programs in Los Angeles are working now to help meet the demand.

 The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. issued a report this month suggesting the economic outlook for the remainder of 2009 is bumpy but there is a chance economic growth will resume in 2010.

 “This is the main reason why California’s government and corporate employers need to look beyond the rest of this recessionary year,” said ITEP founder and Chief Executive Officer Carol Rowen.

 In a new report, “A Year of Progress, Success and Learning,” ITEP notes it operated eight academies in programs during 2008-2009.

 “Students in ITEP are provided with the skills need to make that smooth transition from high school to a future trade, transportation or logistics career,” said Rowen. “ITEP, advisory board members and school staff spent this academic year further developing innovative programs ensuring their students are more than prepared to succeed in today’s dynamic business climate.”

 Economists with the Kyser Center for Economic Research, which unveiled its “2009–2010 Mid-Year Economic Forecast & Industry Outlook,” found that the California economy is in the doldrums and international trade at the ports is down but a slight recovery is expected next year.

 “We think the economy is nearing bottom this summer, so the current economic news looks terrible,” said LAEDC Chief Economist Nancy D. Sidhu.

 The LAEDC forecast projects the U.S. economy will shrink by 2.7 percent in 2009 and then grow by 1.7 percent in 2010.

 ITEP, a non-profit relies on donations and annual fundraisers for operating funds. Phineas Banning High School in Wilmington, Calif., is home to an International Trade Academy under ITEP, where students have won numerous awards for their knowledge of trade and internal business for creativity.

 ITA students created a recycling program with Conoco Phillips and local recycling plants managed by two high school students. They recently competed in their first regional trade show in Oakland, Calif.

 Global Safety and Security; Maritime Academy of Tourism, Cuisine and Hospitality; and Global EnvironmentalSciences Academy are all being offered at Banning High.

  Barstow High School in Mojave, Calif., is home to the Mojave XP Logistics Academy. Carson High Schooloffers the Global Business Academy, Excel High School offers Oakland International Trade, Transportation and Logistics in Northern California; and San Pedro High School offers Earth Alert Academy.

 “We believe when the economy turns around next year, ITEP ( will be providing the training needed for the new jobs created under the new administration,” Rowen said.

For more about ITEP visit the official home page: and ITEP’s Blog:

Why is Accreditation important while selecting a College?

In the U.S., post-secondary education is not monitored by any specific agency or cabinet. Because of this, accreditation was created so that the quality of education being received by students attending colleges and universities was more transparent. When choosing a degree program, one important factor to consider is to check which agencies have accredited the school or the program in which you are interested. Visit the school’s website and look for the accreditation symbols. Most colleges will have a page devoted to accreditation but if you are still not satisfied, contact the issuing authority to find out more information. Even though accreditation may not seem the likely place to begin when investigating your college, it is a reliable starting point of an indication of the institution’s academic offerings and to decide whether it’s the best investment of your money and time.

So, how does a program get accredited? In short, schools applying for accreditation must provide the following information in order to be considered. They must provide a clear mission statement along with the program outlines and curriculum. Information on the methods of instruction and testing materials have to be mentioned with the necessary study instructions and learning resources. There has to be evidence of proper record keeping and regular student surveys in addition to faculty and administration background information. Only once all this paper work is submitted to the concerned body and approved, can a program receive accreditation. It is obvious then that becoming accredited is a rigorous process and programs that receive accreditation have ultimately proven their worth as legitimate teaching institutions.

But, why go through all this in the first place? Basically, accreditation assures the student of the following:

  • That he or she is entitled to equal rights of admission, registration, counseling, placement and orientation as every other student. This is important if you are opting for a long distance learning program.
  • If the school or college is not accredited by a nationally recognized accredited organization, the school is then unable to participate in any student aid programs offered by the government. For students, this means that you will not be eligible for any student loans or federal grants. Accreditation also ensures that all Federal Aid funds are being used effectively.
  • Future employers will rarely reimburse the tuition of any employee who has attended a school that is not accredited.
  • If your career demands a state licensure exam, it is common for states to require that a college, university, or program be accredited before allowing students to acquire licensure.
  • Coursework or even a degree from an accredited college can help you qualify for admission to other higher degree programs.
  • Transfer of credits is only possible from one college to another, if both are accredited.
  • Applying for a job after you graduate might prove to be difficult if your qualifications or degree has been granted by a school that is not accredited. In short, your entire education might be proved to be a waste of time, effort and

Education in Pakistan

Education in Pakistan

Education in Pakistan is divided into five levels: primary (grades one through five); middle (grades six through eight); high (grades nine and ten, leading to the Secondary School Certificate); intermediate (grades eleven and twelve, leading to a Higher Secondary School Certificate); and university programs leading to graduate (undergraduate) and advanced (post-graduate) degrees.

All academic education institutions are the responsibility of the provincial governments. The federal government mostly assists in curriculum development, accreditation and some financing of research.


A child may begin his/her schooling at a pre-school at the age of 3. Over the last few years, many new kindergarten (sometimes called montessori) schools have sprung up in Pakistan.

Primary Education

Formal education in Pakistan starts from around age 5. The first 5 years of school are referred to as Primary. Thereafter, the next 3 are referred to as Middle and the 2 after as Highschool.

Secondary Education

At the completion of Highschool or 10 years of schooling, students are required to sit for board examinations referred to as Secondary School Certificate examinations or more commonly as ‘Matric’. These are administered by area boards. Those that receive passing marks (normally 33%) on this examination are awarded a Secondary School Certificate or SSC. Students may then choose to undergo 2 years of additional schooling (offered both a school and some colleges) after which they sit for the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC), more commonly referred to as ‘Intermediate’ exams. There is a wide choice of subjects that students can choose from during their ‘intermediate’ years many of which are technical subjects. Students normally read about 5 subjects in a chosen stream such as pre-medical, science, humanities, pre-engineering etc. and then sit for the Higher Secondary School Certificate exam in those subjects which are also administered by area boards. Those that receive passing marks (normally 33% of all subjects cummulative) are awarded a Higher Secondary School Certificate or HSSC.

Technical Education

Students can enter a plethora of technical institutes for technical certificates and degrees. The entrance requirements for these courses vary greatly with some such as carpentry requiring the applicant to be literate whereas others such as B.Tech in automation require HSSC.


Pakistani education system

Students can then precede to a College or University for Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Science (BSc) or Commerce/Business Administration (BCom/BBA) degree courses. There are two types of Bachelor courses in Pakistan namely Pass or Honours. Pass constitutes two years of study and students normally read three optional subjects (such as Chemistry, Mathematics, Economics, Statistics) in addition to almost equal number of compulsory subjects (such as English, Pakistan Studies and Islamic Studies) whereas Honours are three or four years and students normally specialize in a chosen field of study such as Biochemistry (BSc Hons. Biochemistry). It is important to note that Pass Bachelors is now slowly being phased out for Honours throughout the country. Students may also after earning their HSSC may study for professional Bachelor degree courses such as engineering (B Engg), …

Pell Grants for Psychology Students

Pell grants are available to help students fund their college endeavors. A minimum of four years of college education is essential to the training of anyone who wants to work in the field of psychology. But obtaining a college education can be costly and some individuals do not have the finances needed to fund their educational goals.

A pell grant for psychology students can help to alleviate the financial burden of higher education. The pell grant program is a federal grant program in which the money does not need to be repaid and the grant is available to low-income students who demonstrate a substantial financial need. The pell grant is for undergraduate students and certain postgraduate courses with proper approval.

To apply for a pell grant, a student should submit a Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA). This can be done by submitting a paper application available from a college’s financial aid office through the mail or by submitting an application online through the official FAFSA website. This application will be used at a college’s financial office to determine the student’s eligibility for the pell grant as well as other grant and scholarship money. The FAFSA application must be entirely filled out and will require personal information such as social security number, driver’s license number and income tax information.

Once the application has been submitted, the student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) which will detail the student’s eligibility for financial aid as well as the student’s expected family contribution (EFC). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after income taxes have been filed. Different states and schools have different deadlines for the date the application should be filed by.

Of the factors that affect the amount of pell grant money that is awarded to the student, the EFC affects the decision the most. The government uses a formula to determine the EFC for the student. This formula includes the amount of family income from the previous year, the amount of dependents in the family and the typical expenses of a family. Based on the EFC, the cost of attendance and the enrollment status of the student, the government will determine how much grant money is awarded. Most grants are awarded to low-income families. Fifty-seven percent of the money is awarded to families with incomes of $20,000 or less. Ninety percent of the money is awarded to households with an income of $41,000 or less.

Pell grant money that is awarded to a student can be used to pay for the tuition of psychology classes or other classes that are needed to obtain a psychology degree. Pell grant funds may also be used for other costs associated with higher education such as required textbooks, housing, notebooks, pens and other basic school supplies. Most grants that are awarded to undergraduate students range from $400 to $5000 per year. By law the financial institution that distributes the award must make payments to the student or the student’s account …

Internships South Africa Launches Website Providing Internship Opportunities


(Cape Town, South Africa) recently launched an all new website to help those searching for internships a quality resource for regularly updated information. The staff understands that finding the right internship can be challenging, and understanding what companies have to offer is almost impossible. All these issues are solved thanks to the new and easy-to-use website at

“Our all new website solves all the problems listed above and more,” company representative Alexander Burgemeest stated. “We provide visitors with an overview of all the companies that are currently offering internships in South Africa. While there may be others out there, we use all the resources we have to find as many opportunities for our visitors as possible.”

The website is updated regularly. To find additional information about internships highlighted on visit the company’s main site for the company listed. All the information highlighted on the website is taken from open sources available via the World Wide Web, but on the site, it is aggregated in an easy to find and use manner. In addition to listing the internships that are available, the site also provides resources to help visitors acquire the positions they want.

Burgemeest continued, “Our team of researchers understand the struggles of finding a quality internship. While we don’t offer internships with our company, we do help you find applicable opportunities to your skill set and education. Our website is designed to providing a starting point, along with tips, suggestions, and guidance to help your search along the way. With our information, you are no longer on your own when it comes to finding a quality internship in South Africa.”

The Internship Job Board is updated daily and regularly blog posts are contributed providing real-life, actionable tips and resources for those seeking an opportunity. The new site is designed to be easy to use with categories across the top menu bar, as well as a search feature for visitors to find exactly what they are searching for.

South Africans can now simplify the job search process thanks to the internship opportunities found on the website. No longer is finding these opportunities a long and drawn out process. The steps are easy and the website is user-friendly.


Search smarter not harder with the help of Finding internships in South Africa can be quite challenging; however, with the information on this website it is made much easier and more efficient. Browse the pre-sectioned categories or perform a search with the easy-to-use search bar to find related opportunities based on a person’s skills and education.

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