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Information About Sealcoating To avoid your asphalt from collapsing, it is important to sealcoat it for to prevent this to happen. Also keep in mind that aside from protecting your asphalt, it would make your parking lot be eye-catching. There are several managers who are aware of the necessity to sealcoat their asphalt paving, but they have particular questions about it. A compilation of the basic of sealcoating is helpful since often times, the questions asked are just similar to the other. About the surface that cracks and that it keeps coming back Sealing the cracks that are already there is so important before you sealcoat. Failure to seal any crack will allow water in that and it can destroy the asphalt pavement. An expensive repair is needed if the water would penetrate the pores of its outside or under the asphalt into the base. This damage may occur even if the asphalt parking lot has been sealcoated and that there are cracks that have been left unfilled.
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About the asphalt parking lot being sealcoated annually Your asphalt parking lot should be not be sealcoated every year. Do not be deceived by the companies that are trying to get you to sealcoat your asphalt every year because this is just for their own benefit which means more money for them. Excessive sealcoating can give you some problems because what is really important is the first two coats of sealer applied which is the one that really protects the asphalt. After the initial applications are applied, the sealcoating are mostly just for exterior reasons only. Know if you can sealcoat your parking lot you are in a hot weather With the use of proper techniques, you may sealcoat your asphalt on a hot wather. Know that asphalt may get really hot, especially if it is summer. When you apply sealers with temperatures above 90 degrees, it may cause the sealer to dry too fast. It may flake if this occurs. To apply sealcoat in a temperature of more than 90 degrees, the best way is to spray the exterior with a light mist of water firsthand. It will give a cold effect on your asphalt. If the temperature has been dragged down, then you can apply the sealer. Maintaining your well-paved asphalt project properly can last for over two decades. It can help you save your financial status in the long run if you would hire an distinguished paving contractor. You will not only have a parking lot that is looking so great, in addition, the works of these men should last for decades. In Reno NV, there are paving companies who do the job of sealcoating any asphalt.

Turn The Higher Education Model Upside Down!

Short Term Job-related Training with an Option to Earn a Degree Later is the Solution to Increase Graduation Rate and Reduce College Debt in USA

If you have been following the spate of recent articles on the college debt bubble and if you have read the book “Higher Education: How Colleges are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids – – And What We can Do About IT” by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus, you know there is something seriously wrong with our current higher education model.

While most freshmen start college with the intention of earning a degree in four years, statistics show that less than 50% actually do so. Four-year graduation rates in NJ ranged from 90% to as low as 6% [2008 data]. (Heybour, Kelly. The Star Ledger, January 30, 2011: “At NJ colleges, freshmen have less than 50 percent chance of graduating in four years.” This situation is no different in other states. Consider these facts for USA: Four year college graduates make 54% more (about a million more during the career life) on average than those who never graduated or have just a high school diploma, yet only a quarter of Americans between 25 and 34 have a Bachelor’s Degree. About half of 3 million people who enroll in university in America drop out. The 50% graduation rate is the 6 year graduation rate, not 4 year.

People who drop out of college or graduate with degrees that are not in much demand have a huge problem of paying back their educational loans because of the high college tuition that has increased much faster than inflation or family income. Tuition for most private colleges is now a minimum of $20k to $40k (in New Jersey) per year not including room and board. Even an Associate’s Degree, that is usually not enough to launch a successful career, costs about $40K to $45K. Many people are also graduating with $80K to $200K college debt with Bachelor’s Degrees that are not very helpful for employment purposes and are thus unable to pay the loan back. Also, 45% of college students make little progress during the first two years of a four year degree, as mentioned by sociologists Richard Arum of New York University and Josipa Roksa of the University of Virginia in their new book, “Academically Adrift.”

So while higher education or 4 year college degree is the key to success for most people, it has a 50% failure rate. Students drop out of college because of not having a clear direction, class-scheduling difficulties, too long a time to complete the degree and financial considerations among other reasons. So what is the solution? Being an educator for 20 years for IT training, I cannot offer any solution for academic oriented degrees such as History or Political Science. But at least for IT or other technology related degrees, the solution is an upside down higher education model. What it means is that instead of teaching general education courses in the first two years of college, we do the following:

a) Enroll only students who have aptitude to succeed in the IT field. This can be accomplished by using an aptitude test;

b) Teach students job related skills first within a short time, say within 9 to 12 months, and help them to get certified by the industry organizations to increase their chances of getting a job with higher salaries;

c) Students should be able to continue towards their degree by transferring credits and taking online courses while working in the field or after gaining some experience.

This model will improve graduation rate and reduce burden of college debt thus will give a better start in the career life. While this is a good solution for recent high school graduates interested in IT or technology related courses, it may be the best option for (24 to 35 year old) adults who want to change a career and simply do not have 6 years to earn a degree while also working to make a living. It is also good to know that computer jobs such as technical support or network administration that are among the fastest growing jobs in USA according to the Labor Department, are not among those that require a college degree.

According to, Network Administration (along with Executive Chefs and Fashion Designers) is one of the Six Figure Jobs that do not need a college degree (Kneale, Klaus., January 12, 2009: “Six figure Jobs you don’t need a College Degree for.” Data based on Network/Data Communications Managers with 8+ years’ experience). The reason is that in each of these three professions, you need aptitude or natural ability to succeed more than anything else. Some training and certification (where necessary) can take you to a very high income level and you do not require a college degree.

The last thing I would like to share with young adults who are becoming more confused in the current economic realities, is that for most people, it is better to graduate with little or no debt than graduate with an Ivy or name brand college with a lifetime of debt, as concluded by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus in their new book.

Home Educating and Working From Home

So many people have turned to me over the past year and suggested that it is not possible to home school and work from home. Those nay-sayers have had me question every systems engineering and business analysis skill that I had developed in the past decade as I looked to make the best of both being a home educator for my children as well as remain the leader of my business interests.

Taking a systematic approach to managing a home education career and working at home is key to being able to successfully provide education for your children and manage your business successfully. When implementing systems to manage your chosen lifestyle there are several factors you need to consider. This includes:

  • multi-tasking madness,
  • love-centred learning,
  • step-by-step solution implementation,
  • expecting the unexpected.

Multi-tasking Madness

It can be very easy to think that multi-tasking might be a skill that will come in handy, it is a skill stay at home Mums use all the time. However, please heed my advice against any attempt to juggle business tasks with the learning tasks of your children. Emails do take longer to respond to than you anticipate, children do get restless when left without supervision, support or direction for any extended period of time and phone calls do come across as unprofessional when you have the noise of restless children in the background.

Determine for yourself the times of the week where you will be focussed on business activities and those times that you will focussed on home schooling your children and give each one hundred per cent focus during those times. Your business and your children will thank you for not giving them only divided attention.

Love-centred Learning

Home education pioneer, Beverley Paine, wrote a short piece on her web site that boldly declares that, to be able to effectively home school, the only thing you need is love. What she means by this is that love will naturally drive you to seek out the best for your children in all things. This includes giving them undivided attention during times of direct involvement in their learning. This actively shows that you are interested in their learning and their growth as individuals. This is the time to turn on the answering machine, turn off your laptop or maybe even hire a virtual assistant to take messages for you for a few fixed hours a week.

Of course, when you are working on your business tasks it is important that you time it around those times when your children will need your love and attention – including meal times and during bed times routines. However, giving your children a time for indirect independent learning activities as well as planned social or play time is a great way to make time for your business without guilt because you have completed the focussed tasks already.

Teaching your children how to undertake tasks independently can start from a very young age. When you have a newborn baby to feed or change, even a child from two years age can learn that at times during the day you are not available for direct response to their desires. In the same way, a child can learn that business time is the same. (If only we pressed this issue when going to the toilet too. Imagine the privacy!) It is important to provide your children with the gift of having independent time, not only for those extended phone calls but also in preparation for adulthood where not everything is always responded to immediately upon request. Even young children can work independently for a short time and they can extend this ability over time.

Step-by-step Solution Implementation

When it comes to managing business tasks set aside time for each business function you need to complete. Set time to responded to communications, time to actively develop your business and time to do support tasks such as book keeping. As new tasks pop up, build step-by-step solutions. For example, if you get a trend of inquiries then be sure to set up a frequently asked questions section on your web site or answer questions through an informational leaflet for clients. Build and implement solutions that will lower your work-load in the longer term.

By implementing step-by-step solutions you will continue to both optimise the time that you have available for developing your business as well as preserving the time that you have with your children so that business will not encroach on the special role of educators that you have taken up. Isn’t that making the best of both worlds?

Expecting the Unexpected

Even the best laid plans do not always work out as hoped or anticipated. Sometimes life throws obstacles, clients insist they can only meet during scheduled home schooling times, children become unwell or tragedy hits a family pet. Think about setting up a list of back-up strategies such as a list of people who can be called to assist in supervising learning time or taking your children on a different learning adventure for a period of time for you. Other learning activities that can be exchanged in the time table can be used to free you up for unscheduled business needs, as can using a friend, relative or paid assistant to help out by taking phone calls or serving clients during times when family need you most or having your partner utilise leave for when you really need that extra support. Having back-up tasks for your children to work on as fun challenges such as puzzle books or board games can also make a world of difference for when smaller challenges get thrown in your path.

Successfully providing education for your children as well as working from home is possible for those who actively choose to take a systematic approach to managing both. Considering the needs of your children and your business for times of undivided attention and then providing alternative solutions for your business when you are not working on it and activities for your children when business is in focus will enable you to be effective at both. My experience of this over the past year has only re-enforced the good decade of skills in systems engineering and business analysis that I developed and proved that developing these important business and life skills only serves to assist you to achieve more in each and every day.

Interactive & Engaging Online UNIX Training & Education Solutions to Keep Trainees Awake

The highly advanced technical world is providing users with a unique opportunity to access information easily & immediately through internet. This online medium has become so much popular that it has paved the way for career grooming as well as online business transaction. That’s how the use of internet is reflected almost everywhere, starting from online computer training programs to pursuing academic careers like graduation & post graduation etc. The online training industry is registering a growth mark these days due to its heavy demand. Technical beginners as well as trainers find this medium quite interactive & useful to achieve their goal. Thus internet has successfully brought online computer training & education solutions like basic to advance UNIX training ASP.NET training, QA training, Oracle DBA training, PL/SQL training & much more from reputed professionals at the doorstep of beginners without much hassle.

Nowadays, oracle UNIX/LINUX training has become more than a requirement. A large no of UNIX training centers are going online to help students get trained with the latest UNIX shell scripting lessons as required in some of the top posts of UNIX programmer. They make the job of giving training & get trained easier for both the trainers & trainees. They also help students save valuable time struggling to find the best UNIX tutors through trial & error method & make them learn everything related to UNIX in interactive & clearly presented online classes. As a whole, they play significant in changing student’s life fully with an improvement in technical skill.

Benefits of UNIX Training Online:-

o Online UNIX training is an ideal option for those who have very busy work schedule & hardly find time to go to tutor based regular classes.
o Professionals can get trained on their leisure time and that to from the comfort of their own office or home environment through audio/video classes.
o It offers categorically divided UNIX training course materials into different sections so that anyone wanting to advance their careers or gain knowledge on a particular section can immediately start from the desired one.
o These online UNIX course materials can be taken up by students as well as corporate to train employees.
o These classes remain accessible 24/7hours & most of them allow users to come in direct contact with the instructor through assignments & quiz section

People are increasingly seen giving in to the demand of online computer training for greater flexibility & convenience. Due to this, the traditional classroom education is losing its importance to the current trend of online technical training.