Continuing Education and Why it is So Important

Many people graduate from college and jump into their career thinking that school is now in their past and they won’t ever need to write an essay or study again. However, it’s a proven fact that continuing education is the best way to keep your mind strong and can even be a confidence booster. Studies have shown that continuing to learn can help with everyday skills and improve the way your brain performs on a day-to-day basis.

Now, continuing education doesn’t have to mean going back to school or adding more to your student debt. It can be something as simple as taking a one-night class at your local community college or taking up a hobby like learning a new language. Anything that gets you excited and helps to keep your mind functioning at its highest level can be beneficial.

Another way to continue learning is to attend conferences or networking events to further your knowledge and connections. Being in the know of everything your industry offers, as well as being connected, is a sure way to have an edge over competitors in your field. You can also take courses on topics like HTML/CSS or the basics in design programs like Photoshop and Illustrator. In today’s world, the more tech knowledge you have, the better.

And for those of you who cringe at the thought of speaking in front of a group of people, there are classes to help with that as well. These classes help to enhance your professional skills like public speaking, negotiation tactics and ways to effectively market your company. Activities may include things like role playing and speaking in front of the class to help you gain experience and confidence that prepare you for the real thing.

Finally, in today’s world of everything being online, you can learn a new skill or hobby just by watching video tutorials. You can find instructional videos and how-tos for almost anything. Have you been wanting to take a photography class? Want to brush up on your cooking skills or try a new recipe? Just type it into the search bar and ta-da, hundreds of videos to choose from!

All that being said, get out there! Take the first step and research non-credit classes at your local community college or jump into that hobby you’ve always wanted to try. In your down time, you can also do brain exercises like the ones listed below to keep your cognitive levels on point. Remember, keep your mind active and never stop learning!

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Pets of the Month

My name is Hogan and I live with my mom at PrestonBridge Apartments in Dallas, TX! I am my mom’s 8-year-old male Shitzu/ Pomeranian bundle of joy. I love people and I go to see Brittney, the property manager, every afternoon. My mom says I have a wonderful personality and I’m a good boy because I seldom bark.

My name is Natasha! I am my parents’ 5-year-old Siamese fur-baby. I live with them at Tanglewood Apartments in Lincoln, NE. I am infinitely affectionate and more than a bit anxious when I can’t find mom or dad

 

Chili Cornbread Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 c. frozen corn
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained

Cornbread Topping:

  • 1 c. cornmeal
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tbsp. butter, melted and cooled
  • Sour cream and sliced jalapenos for topping

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F and lightly coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Brown ground beef with onion in a large skillet. Once meat is cooked and onion is soft, add in garlic, chili powder, and cumin. Cook until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in crushed tomatoes and corn, then simmer for 5-7 minutes. remove from heat and stir in black beans and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together milk, eggs and butter. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. Pour chili into prepared baking dish and top with cornbread batter. Bake for about 28-35 minutes or until cornbread is slightly golden.
  5. Top with sour cream and jalapeno slices if desired. Enjoy!