The Silver Lake Blog

Jamie Grant

Jamie Grant is the Executive Director of Enrollment Management at Silver Lake College.


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5 Careers for People with a Graphic Design Degree

Posted by Jamie Grant on 2/2/17 7:30 AM

It’s no secret that graphic designers are in high demand these days: from freelance web design to designing major advertising campaigns for global corporations, it seems like the options are endless. We’ve compiled a shortlist of some of the most interesting career paths for graphic designers, which will help you get a better sense of what could await you after graduation, should you decide to pursue a degree in graphic design.

Note: If you’re interested in learning more about the art department at Silver  Lake College and the exhibits they host, check out our Silver Lake College Art  Department  Facebook page.

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Topics: Arts & Sciences

What Are Your Options for Work During College? Work College vs. Traditional Work Options for College Students

Posted by Jamie Grant on 1/26/17 7:30 AM

Having a part-time (or full-time) job while attending college is common for many students. Whether it’s bussing tables at a local restaurant between classes or stocking bookshelves at the campus library, having a job in college allows you to earn money and gain experience while in school.

You know you want a job when you go to college, but with so many options, you are unsure which is the best fit for you. Should you go with a part-time work study job, a full-time job alongside evening class, or a part-time job and regular class schedule?

But there’s another option for students who want to boost their resume and help pay tuition while going to school — attending a college where students work alongside faculty and staff. This is known as a Work College.

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Topics: Work College

Why You Should Consider Silver Lake’s Undergraduate Accelerated Degree Completion Delivery

Posted by Jamie Grant on 1/19/17 7:30 AM

If finishing your college degree is one of your current professional or personal goals, Silver Lake College’s accelerated degree delivery may be the best solution. Located in beautiful Manitowoc, WI, our accelerated method of delivery is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. It is designed for working adults who want to schedule courses around an already demanding lifestyle.

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Topics: Transfer/Accelerated Degree

Is an Accelerated Degree for Me?

Posted by Jamie Grant on 12/8/16 8:31 AM

Life gets busy, fast. It seems like only yesterday you were spending summer vacations at the pool with friends in between school terms. But now, you almost never get a break — between full-time work, fix-it projects around the house, too-little-time with family and friends, it might be hard to imagine returning to school to finish up a bachelor’s degree and fit yet another thing into your hectic life.

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Topics: Transfer/Accelerated Degree

3 Reasons to File Your FAFSA Applications Early

Posted by Jamie Grant on 12/1/16 7:28 AM

Scanning the cafeteria menu in the crowded line, Sarah overheard two fellow students talking about filling out financial aid forms for college. She wondered why the students were relieved to have the FAFSA application process completed so early. Wasn’t there plenty of time for filling out the college FAFSA forms? Sarah pulled out her phone and Googled Free Application For Federal Student Aid, in order to research the FAFSA application process with more scrutiny. Surprisingly, she discovered that there is not an unlimited supply of money for students seeking financial aid, the directives on the FAFSA website noted that there may be limited funds for a few Federal Student Aid programs. The key is to apply as soon as possible when trying to secure the best possible funding sources. Grateful for the time-sensitive discovery, Sarah filled out her FAFSA application with the help of her parents later that evening.

Now, Sarah’s story is only based on a true story, but what is entirely accurate is that often students (and their parents!) don't realize -- until it's too late -- the importance of submitting their FAFSA forms earlier than normal.

Note: Silver Lake College knows that considering a higher education can be stressful and overwhelming. That’s why SLC has put together a College Admissions Resource Library to help answer some of your questions and concerns.

Here are three reasons to get ahead and file your FAFSA applications early:

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Topics: FInancial Aid

4 Questions to Ask Before Pursuing a Graduate Degree in Educational Leadership

Posted by Jamie Grant on 11/23/16 7:33 AM

Many parents, students, administrators and teachers alike are dissatisfied with some aspect of the education system. Whether it’s a teaching-to-the-test mentality, a lack of focus on the arts, too few male teachers, too few females in STEM or lack of funding for low performing school systems, everyone has a complaint.

Teachers have the most immediate understanding of what happens in the classroom, the center of learning. This lends them a unique perspective on the improvements that can make the most impact. And, this is the reason that we need teachers as leaders. The best way for teachers to move into positions of influence is to pursue a degree in educational leadership.

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Topics: Business & Leadership

How Work Colleges Can Prevent Debt & Joblessness

Posted by Jamie Grant on 11/10/16 7:45 AM

Academics and location are obvious factors to carefully consider when choosing a college. But one consideration often left unthought of is — where your college or university of choice will leave you professionally and financially post graduation. Will it give you work experience? Will it leave you in debt or in good financial standing? Or, will you be so busy focusing on your studies that it would be nearly impossible to find time to even apply for a job?

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Topics: Work College

The Value of Franciscan Education

Posted by Jamie Grant on 10/27/16 4:00 PM

Silver Lake College is founded on Franciscan values. Often painted only as a lover of creation, Saint Francis of Assisi was a man of action. G.K. Chesterton wrote of him, “To go and do something was one of the driving demands of his nature.”  And, that is and has been the goal and mission of the college for 81 years. 

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Topics: Vision/Mission/Values

The 5 Principles of a Work College Model

Posted by Jamie Grant on 10/7/16 1:00 PM

We live in a time when far too many students graduate with four-year degrees only to struggle in finding or keeping a job. Sometimes we can blame location and lack of employment opportunities, but oftentimes these graduates have a significant lack of work experience.

A Work College is designed to equip students with practical, applicable professional skills. This model requires students to participate in a work-learning-service program, which enables students to graduate in good financial standing (money earned is applied directly toward tuition cost), as well as with valuable work experience that enables them to transfer their skills to any position.

Here are five principles of a Work College model and how they can prepare you for success upon graduation.

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Topics: Work College

7 Careers for Art Majors

Posted by Jamie Grant on 9/15/16 10:35 AM

Some things about college can be overwhelming: deciding which college to attend, and what major is going to best fit your needs and prepare you for a career after graduation.

One common misconception of an undergraduate degree in art is that it’s difficult to secure a job upon graduation. But that’s not necessarily the case: check out these seven careers for those with a bachelor’s degree in art.

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Topics: Arts & Sciences

About This Blog

Deciding where, when and by what means to go to college can be a difficult decision process. We want to help! The Silver Lake Blog is intended to be a resource as you navigate these choices, from what type of school to choose to how to finance your education. Watch this space for helpful tips. 

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