Jim Bittl

Jim is dedicated to both student and partner success through collaborative solutions and elbow grease. Former ad agency partner wrangler. Lifelong waterman.
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Key Features Your Admissions Team Needs in a CRM Solution

Posted by Jim Bittl on 8/30/16 3:59 PM

Career college admissions departments are facing more recruiting challenges today than perhaps ever before. According to a recent study conducted by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, enrollment among two-year educational institutions, including career colleges, decreased by 3.9%1 in 2015. This is likely why 36% of career colleges asked said that enrollment is their primary concern.

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Topics: Colleges & Career Schools

How to Help Students Cultivate Interest in In-Demand Careers

Posted by Jim Bittl on 8/24/16 11:00 AM

In April 2016, the White House announced the expansion of federal initiatives to connect students with in-demand jobs through free community college training.1 The America's Promise Job-Driven Training grants program will receive an additional $100 million to promote partnerships between community colleges and other training providers, employers, and public workforce systems to develop tuition-free training for middle-skilled and high-skilled positions in in-demand fields. Another $70 million will go toward the America's College Promise initiative to develop 27 new free community college programs. The success of initiatives such as this depends not only on funding, but also on effective promotional efforts to attract students and cultivate their interest. Here are some steps high school and college administrators and educators can take to help cultivate student interest in in-demand careers.

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Topics: Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

5 Tips to Attract Homeschooled Students to Your Career School

Posted by Jim Bittl on 7/13/16 2:00 PM

Students who were homeschooled for high school are exceptionally college-ready, according to U.S. News & World Report.1 In a study conducted by Dr. Michael Cogan of the University of St. Thomas2, 66.7 percent of homeschooled students went on to graduate from four-year colleges, compared to 57.5 percent of their peers who attended traditional high school. Although homeschooled students are ready for college, career college recruiters face a challenge attracting them, since promotional strategies geared toward traditional high school students may not reach homeschooled audiences. Career colleges seeking to attract homeschooled students must take measures specifically designed to reach this target market. Here are five ways career college recruiters can reach out to homeschooled students.

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Topics: Colleges & Career Schools

5 Growth Programs for Your Career College

Posted by Jim Bittl on 4/12/16 11:00 AM

PayScale recently filtered its College Salary Report data to identify careers in which workers report the highest levels of job satisfaction.1 A significant number of well-paying, meaningful jobs only require a two-year associate's degree. This is good news for career colleges, who can now offer and promote programs of study in these fields and help produce better student outcomes.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools

5 Reasons Qualified Students Are Choosing the Competition

Posted by Jim Bittl on 3/3/16 10:00 AM

During times of high unemployment, workers and job seekers commonly return to school to acquire new skills and become more employable. As the job market grows, college enrollment rates traditionally start to decline.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools

3 Transportation Alternatives for Career College Students

Posted by Jim Bittl on 12/8/15 11:00 AM

Transportation issues are preventing some people from getting a college education. The Congressional Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance identified the lack of efficient transportation as one of the barriers to postsecondary education1 — it limits one's choice of schools, prevent students from arriving to class on time and causes such hassles as difficulty visiting financial aid offices and libraries during business hours.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools

4 Ways to Prepare for Gainful Employment and Improve Student Outcomes

Posted by Jim Bittl on 7/16/15 1:00 PM

In October 2014, the U.S. Department of Education announced regulations ensuring career colleges provide career training programs that guide students toward success and protect students from student loan debt that they would be unable to repay. Known as "gainful employment (GE) in a recognized occupation," these regulations hold career colleges accepting federal funds accountable for cutting costs and improving student outcomes.1

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Topics: Industry News

How to Find the Right Career College Students

Posted by Jim Bittl on 5/14/15 3:00 PM

As obvious as it may seem, an important step to getting your high school completion program off the ground is simply finding the right students to enroll. Some of the best channels for finding potential students are resources and connections you already have:

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Topics: High School Completion, College Enrollment & Retention


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