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

SLC’s Kodály Music Legend: Sister Lorna Zemke

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 1/5/17 7:30 AM

Renowned Kodály music educator

Sister Lorna Zemke, music professor emeritus at Silver Lake College, is internationally regarded as a top scholar/practitioner and Kodály music educator.  Sister Lorna was recently honored at Silver Lake College with an award called, the Sister Lorna Zemke Endowed Faculty Fund for Music Education and a dedication of the Zemke-Daniel Rehearsal Hall in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance. “Sister Lorna serves as a great example for students, faculty and staff of excellent teaching and compassion, no matter what our life’s work is,” said Dr. Chris E. Domes, president of Silver Lake College. “She continues to bring the idea of being a servant leader into a world that desperately needs them.”

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Topics: Music Education

College Application Lessons from Your Favorite Christmas Movies

Posted by Amy Hanson on 12/29/16 7:30 AM

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which for many of us means that our annual family Christmas-movie marathon is just around the corner.  Before you settle into your favorite spot on the couch and watch Fred Claus for the 50th time, take a few minutes to find out what holiday flicks can teach you about the college admissions process.
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Topics: Applying to College

4 Summers, 2 Weeks, 1 Master’s Degree in Music Education

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 12/22/16 7:30 AM

With the approaching new year, we all talk about making changes to our lifestyles — making your bread all from scratch, finally organizing the garage, sewing your own clothes, training for a marathon, or writing that book. But when it comes to buckling down and accomplishing these goals, we often don’t.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to earn a master’s degree in music education but you’re not sure how that could fit into your busy life. Taking a year or two off of your job is simply not a financial option and night classes just wouldn’t work for you long term.

But could you manage to give up two weeks of work during the summer?

At Silver Lake College, you can get your master’s degree in music education by putting in just two weeks of coursework for four summers.

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Topics: Music Education

Student Spotlight: Why I’m Glad I Attend a Small College

Posted by Anna Hall on 12/15/16 8:34 AM

When deciding where to go to college, one of the factors to consider early on is the size of the college you want to attend. The size of the school affects the learning style of the classes you take, how much individual attention you will get from your professors and how closely your advisors will be able to follow your progress.

Because evaluating a college based on size is important, I picked out a few reasons why I chose to pursue my degree at a smaller college — and why I’m so glad I did.

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Topics: College Life

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

3 Reasons Nursing is the Hottest Job in Health Care Right Now

Posted by Brianna Neuser on 11/17/16 7:35 AM

Are you considering a career in nursing but have questions regarding the demand for nurses nationwide?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal offered some insight into the current state of the field of nursing, asserting the notion that now is the time to consider going for your nursing degree: “the job market for nurses is heating up in many markets, driving up wages and sign-on bonuses for the nation’s fifth-largest occupation.”

Note: Did you know that Silver Lake College just launched a four-year BSN program? We invite you to learn more about this no-wait list program that went into effect during the fall of 2016.

But why is the need for nurses increasing? Here are 3 reasons nursing is one of the hottest jobs in healthcare right now.

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Topics: Nursing

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

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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