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In September, Apple released iOS 8, Xcode 6, and the Swift programming language, and we have scheduled classes that support this new technology. According to Apple, “Swift is easy to learn and use — even if you’ve never coded before. So now anyone with an idea can create something incredible.” Read the rest of this entry »

I have been reading a lot about education recently and one can’t read about education without reading about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for American high school students. STEM education is vital to the future success of our economy and our global competitiveness. According to the U.S. Department of Education the projected percentage increase in STEM related jobs outweighs other occupations.  For example, systems software developer jobs are projected to grow at 32% from 2010 to 2020; compared to 14% growth for all other occupations.

Technology is progressing at lightning speeds; from the phone in your pocket to the tools building our automobiles. As a technology professional, I can attest to the importance of learning and acquiring technical skills and knowledge. Today, more than ever before, organizations and companies around the globe are seeking intelligent and highly competent technology professionals. Technology is, and will continue to be, a driving factor in the success of our business and our economy. Read the rest of this entry »

As soon as my parents had children they started saving every penny they could to pay for our college education.  They both went to private liberal arts schools and they wanted us to be able to do the same, and to go to the best schools we could get into.  They believed strongly in the importance of a college education, and to a large extent their lives were geared towards giving their children this opportunity.  No going out to eat, no expensive vacations, no new cars.  Save, save, save.  College is what mattered.

My sister graduated from Princeton University in 1988, I graduated from Hamilton College in 1990, and my brother graduated from Pomona College in 1993.  We all had positive college experiences that prepared us for our futures, and we are all grateful to our parents for making these experiences possible.  I can’t imagine what I might have done instead of spending four years at Hamilton that would have better prepared me for my future.  Read the rest of this entry »

As a company that believes in the importance of providing resources for continued education and training, Webucator wanted to find out which skills or traits people considered to be the most essential for entering the workforce, or for supporting one’s constant success in an established career. Subsequently, we launched our “Most Marketable Skills” campaign where we surveyed various industry professionals, college graduates, business owners and entrepreneurs, asking them which aptitude they deemed most crucial and relevant to today’s job landscape. After carefully reviewing each insightful entry, we comprised the following top ten list of marketable skills: Read the rest of this entry »

At first glance, the recent reports on the employment of veterans make it seem like things are looking up. For example, the overall unemployment rate for all veterans dipped down to 6.6 percent this year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, post 9/11 veterans have a 50 percent greater unemployment rate than the average civilian population, and even though studies show, according to Crain’s Detroit Business, that it’s good for business to hire veterans, it remains true that they have a more difficult time finding the jobs they want than their fellow non-veterans.

Veterans who are still searching also claim that they face discrimination or a general sense of hesitancy from hiring managers due to preconceived misconceptions or generalizations about their mental state or applicable skills. This forces them to remain jobless or in low-paying positions well below their expertise, such as janitorial or security work. The pool of unemployed Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is also expected to grow and outpace the rest of the general population, making it more important than ever to address this issue head-on. James Jones, co-chair of the non-profit Call of Duty in Arlington, Virginia, earnestly states, “There is still much work to be done for our nation’s youngest veterans.” Read the rest of this entry »

As CEO of a training company, I think a lot about learning, which has a great deal to do with the decision my wife and I made to homeschool our daughter starting in the fall of 2014, when she starts 7th grade. To prepare for this endeavor I have spent a lot of time looking at the materials available online for free, and I have found an incredible amount of great content. Read the rest of this entry »

FFL-Logo We are very excited to announce a new partnership with New York State’s Fayetteville Free Library (FFL), one of the most innovative libraries in the country. Webucator developed our Library Partner Program to provide free self-paced courses available through the web to individuals throughout the US via their local libraries. The Fayetteville Free Library rolled this program out to their members in June 2014.

The goal of our partnership with the Fayetteville Free Library is to help our local communities’ workforce development initiatives by helping local residents gain needed skills for the 21st century. At the same time, we hope the availability of free self-paced courses will encourage more residents to check out their local library systems.

“We are excited to make our courses available to members of the Fayetteville Free Library and other libraries throughout the country. We have developed a lot of courses in the last ten years and it feels great to have something valuable to offer those who want to develop their business and technical skills and cannot get the training through their employers. Our hope is that this pilot program becomes a national model.” said Dave Dunn, Webucator’s CEO. Read the rest of this entry »

I just logged into our Google Analytics account and noticed a new Google Analytics feature in beta: Shortcuts. As soon as I saw this, I knew exactly what the capability was, and knew it was a feature I’ve always wanted! Every time I login to Google Analytics, I go to my “regular” reports. Now, I’ve certainly got the clicks down where I can do this pretty quickly, but I’ve always wanted a shortcut!  Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to CSS3 and the world of trying to make browsers happy! I wish you luck. Here we go.

Check out this code:
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In CSS3 we can create smooth transitions. Transitions take effect when the property they are applied to changes value.

For a transition to be successful you will need 4 things: an initial value, an end value, the transition itself, and something to trigger it.
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