Is A Degree Still Worth It? Yes!

If you’ve been reading the news, you may be convinced that a college degree just isn’t worth the investment and potential debt you may incur.  Not to mention the high levels of underemployment and stagnating wages- let’s not forget those.

However, a recent student by two researchers with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York concludes that the value of a bachelor’s degree is near an all-time high.  How can that be you ask?

The researchers found that a bachelor’s degree for a 2013 graduate was worth $272,693 on average and when adjusted for inflation, the value of a degree hovered around $300,000 for more than a decade.  One reason the value of a degree remains high while wages have stagnated and tuition has spiked is that the wages of high-school graduates have been falling, reducing the opportunity costs of going to school.

In summary, despite the varying factors, wages of college graduates are still higher than those with only a high school degree, keeping the value of a college degree from falling. http://bit.ly/1qkILYv

For more information on our degree programs, visit: http://www.wit.edu/continuinged/programs/index.html 

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Using the GI Bill

The Wentworth community thanks all current and former military personal for their service to our country.  Wentworth strives to help make the transition from active duty to a campus environment as smooth as possible by providing support on campus, information on our website, and links to support within the community.

As a veteran of the U.S. military, you may be entitled to certain benefits.  GI Bill benefits have an expiration date, determined by the chapter of eligibility and last date on active duty or date of discharge.  To find out if you are eligible, visit http://www.mass.edu/forstudents/veterans/UsingGIBill.asp

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Stairs Are The New Elevator

Do you take the stairs at work?  You may not even know where the stairwell is, unless you’ve had a fire drill in the recent past.

Since the invention of the elevator, stairs have taken a back seat as a mode of transportation.  Most stairwells are hidden, hot, and not welcoming.  According to architect David Burney, former New York City commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction, it is time to bring the art of the staircase back.  Aside from the architectural benefits of a beautifully designed staircase, there medical benefits that can help one of the biggest problems we face in the US — obesity.

Elevators and escalators have allowed us to become lazy, sedentary.  If the average American adult climbed just two more minutes of stairs per day, we could burn enough calories to offset the average annual weight gain, which turns out to be about one pound a year.  For those not living in a city environment, who climb and descend stairs to public transportation, it may be difficult to get your daily steps in.  Try instead to take the stairs instead of taking the elevator.

Whether you’re an architect, project manager, foreman, etc., next time you are working on a new project, try and think about how you can make the building both beautiful and practical.  Consider incorporating stairs that will invite people to walk up to their office instead of relying on technology to transport them! http://n.pr/1pzrYz1

 

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RIP The 40 Hour Work Week

With constant access to email thanks to our smartphones & tablets, 88% of survey respondents said they work more than 40/wk according to a recent survey from PGi.

Those who think their employees are getting more done by putting in more hours than other are in for a rude awakening.  Not surprisingly, there is a negative correlation between hours worked and productivity levels.  As hours increase, the GDP per-hour-worked decreases.

Now there are those people who thrive off working 24-hours, but they are the minority, and they probably live in New York City. The majority of people value a decent work/life balance.  In fact, it is shown that working shorter hours creates more loyal, healthy, and productive employees.

We understand you may not have the access to overhaul your company’s work policy, so we wanted to share some tips on how you can make your work week more productive: http://bit.ly/1yxHfV0

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New Trend in Construction: Drones

When most of us hear the word drones, we think of one thing.  However, a construction firm in Dayton decided to think outside the box and utilize this technology to their advantage.

Danis Building Construction Company is using a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ as a tool to help surveyors assess buildings in a faster, safer way.  Rather than sending workers into a questionable building to determine its stability, or setting up scaffolding, the company’s use of the drone to survey will majorly decreases the exposure of risk to employees.

What types of technology can you use to improve your work? http://bit.ly/V68BmZ

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How To Make The Best Out Of A Storm

Coming off the recent hurricane that put a damper on most of our holiday weekend, we thought it might be nice to look on the positive side of things!  You may have wondered at some point what happens to all the rainwater during a storm? Does it run off into another body of water? Disappear into the earth?  Fill up our underground reserves?  It seems nonsensical to not utilize all that excess water.

Here in the northeast where we experience the full range of weather. Because of this, it makes sense to invest in technology that can collect and reuse stormwater in an effective way.  Some of those technologies include bioretention basis, rain gardens, dry wells, green roofs and wet basins, just to name a few.  If you are working on a new construction project in the Northeast region, you may consider incorporating these sustainable practices which can have financial, environment, and social benefits.

To read how Nitsch Engineering used sustainable stormwater management strategies on their project, read on here: http://nerej.com/72775

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How To Make Your Tech Team Faster And More Innovative

The tech industry is arguably the most innovative and fast-paced out there.  Slow is not a word in their vocabulary.  As Heidi Klum likes to say on Project Runway, one day you’re in and the next day you’re out.  The same can be said in the world of technology.

Technology managers face unique challenges on a daily basis and need to come up with creative solutions that keep their company on the competitive edge.  No one knows this better than those who work in Silicon Valley, the tech capital of the world.  Below are three important management principles that you should pay attention to if you want your company to have the success those in the Valley have.

1. Treat IT decisions as urgent business decisions.  CIOs in Silicon Valley are empowered to make time-conscious decisions unlike other conservative industries.

2. Innovation speeds up when more people participate. Staff members are encouraged to participate in the creation of solutions during large crowdsourcing and brainstorming sessions.  Sharing information beats secrecy in the tech world.

3. Help your people grow, even if it means they leave.  Rather than worrying about who will leave and when, managers in the Valley make the most of the people they have, for the time they have them.  Just like the pace at which technology changes, so do its employees, therefore managers must be realistic that their employees will move on to other opportunities.

To read on: http://buswk.co/1olbyd3

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