Student exchanges closer to home
You probably know that many U.S. colleges and universities
have programs for study overseas. But you might
not know that some U.S. schools have student exchanges
with other colleges and universities in the United States,
in some U.S. territories, and in Canada.
The National Student Exchange enables students
in nearly 200 participating schools to attend classes on
another campus for a semester or a year. The program,
modeled after international student exchanges, encourages
undergraduates to broaden their perspectives while
maintaining proximity. Participating schools are located
in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and
the U.S. Virgin Islands. Applicants may choose a school
based on its course offerings, the ethnicity of its student
population, or the appeal of its geographic location,
among other options.
Exchange students either pay in-state tuition and
fees to the host campus or pay usual tuition and fees to
their home campus. Other obligations, such as meeting
course prerequisites and arranging housing, also are the
student's responsibility. Applicants must demonstrate
language proficiency to attend campuses in Quebec
(French) or Puerto Rico (Spanish); students whose first
language is not English must be proficient in English to
attend all other campuses.
Eligibility requirements include full-time enrollment
in a participating college or university, a minimum 2.5
grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale), and no pending probationary
or disciplinary actions. For more information,
write to the National Student Exchange central office,
4656 West Jefferson Boulevard, Suite 140, Fort Wayne,
IN 46804; email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.nse.org.
DOL launches social network jobs partnership
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is leveraging the social Web to help jobseekers find employment.
DOL has teamed with the social networking website
Facebook and several organizations that provide
employment resources—including the Direct Employers
Association, the National Association of Colleges and
Employers, and the National Association of State Workforce
Agencies—to create the Social Jobs Partnership on
The page highlights available training programs,
educational opportunities, and other employment
resources for both jobseekers and employers. Examples
include an article on how to use social media in the job
search, a video clip featuring tips from an employment
recruiter, and links to information for veterans on reemployment.
Visitors to the page are encouraged to share
stories about how the partnership has helped their job
Join the many Facebook users who already "like" the age. Visit www.facebook.com/socialjobs.
BLS Beta Labs: Project previews
The BLS Beta Labs give the public an online sneak
peek at upcoming BLS projects—and asks for reviewer
In the Beta Labs, BLS staff describe a proposed feature,
show prototypes, and receive comments and ratings
from site visitors. This feedback can help to improve the
project before it becomes a BLS product.
Since its inception in 2010, BLS Beta Labs has
presented the following projects for review:
- Enhanced website search
- Mobile service
- Subscription changes
- The redesigned Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
- The redesigned Consumer Price Index news release tables
- State and county map application from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
- Better access to geographic data
Most projects in development appear online for about
60 days, as they move through the production process.
More complicated projects, such as the redesigned OOH
site, are featured longer.
To see current BLS Beta Lab projects and provide
feedback, visit http://beta.bls.gov/labs.
Become an environmental efficiency expert
As the saying goes, "It's not easy being green." But an
energy auditor makes it easier for people to learn how to
conserve both the environment and their own money.
Energy auditors, also known as energy raters or
energy consultants, help clients lower the amount of
energy they use. To do this, energy auditors assess clients'
energy use in both homes and commercial buildings.
These audits usually begin with a thorough review
of the client's utility bills, followed by onsite inspections.
During inspections, energy auditors use a variety of
tests and tools—including large fans, smoke pens, and
infrared cameras—to find spots where air from inside
the building leaks outside, and vice versa. Energy
auditors complete the audit by suggesting building
repairs and tips for reducing energy use.
By helping clients lower their energy use, these
auditors assist in reducing the hazardous byproducts
produced by most energy sources. Decreasing these
byproducts benefits the environment, but clients also
benefit with a different type of "green"—cash. Because
building owners pay for any energy used in the building,
saving energy means saving money.
For more information about energy auditors, contact
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Green
Jobs program at email@example.com or read online at www.bls.gov/green/energy_auditors/energy_auditors.pdf.