Polytechnic Colleges – A Gateway to Better Education and Jobs

Polytechnic divided from the Greek word, ‘poly’ meaning ‘many’ and ‘tekhnik’ meaning ‘arts’ an apt word for the process of studying many arts under one roof. Joining a polytechnic college is a crucial decision as it determines later on the opportunity for jobs or education of the student’s choice. The education at the Polytechnic institutions are taught now in both technical and vocational sides, giving priority to both of them. These days after a regular clean up of its act, it has become more rigorous and established in its academic route. This has led to the possibility of to get more out of the academic and practical knowledge available. A number of new fields and courses have been introduced to produce efficient students catering to the industry needs. The top of the list Polytechnic colleges having a good reputation, quality education and world-class facilities provide better leverage for their students than some of the engineering colleges. Most of the core courses like Inhibition and process industries which were earlier dominated by male students has seen a sharp increase in female students opting for the same courses as the availability of jobs is large.

One of the common reasons for many students taking up polytechnic courses is the advantage of joining an engineering college of their preferred core courses at the second year entry instead of joining the first year like the rest of the students. This leads to earning a Diploma and an Engineering Degree within 6 years. The education in the polytechnic colleges helps the student select the right course for his next study plan like a college education. The fundamentals of the courses with more hands on practical training are given. This helps the student create a solid base for the next education.

Some of the advantages in studying a polytechnic course is the better grasp of subjects and an in-depth knowledge. These are important factors needed for a good job. So the problem of landing a job after Diploma in a polytechnic institution is solved. As companies prefer selecting candidates with key skill integrated with practical knowledge which a polytechnic student can boast about. Some of the steps taken by polytechnic colleges for their overall improvement are

  • In Plant Training
  • Industrial visits
  • Campus interviews
  • Value Added Courses

The best part of this education is the cost-effective measures and moderately priced fees, giving a hope for all to study. The utmost importance is given to technical education as students are made ready and prepared for industry requirements. The experience one has gained from studying can be used to start-up a business of own choice. Listed below are some of the widely studied courses are

  • Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
  • Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Diploma in Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Diploma in Computer Engineering
  • Diploma in Automobile Technology
  • Diploma in Information Technology

In case of students preferring a job instead, it’s easy to get the job as the resume would show key skills acquired at an early stage of the polytechnic education. The advantage here is that jobs are acquired at minimal expenditure with lot of opportunities. A number of multi-national companies have stepped up roping in candidates from polytechnic colleges as a result of quality education and hands-on training. So at the end of the day while making a decision, it’s wise to choose a polytechnic college for better educational facilities and a successful career

5 Harmful Effects of Disposable Diapers and Training Pants

Because we are eco-friendly and sustainable we feel that it is necessary to help people make an educated decision when it comes to choosing which products to use for their children. This is for the benefit of you and your child, as well as the environment.

It still amazes us how many people out there give no thought or regard to how the products they use are destroying the very Earth that we all call home, even after being educated and shown the truth about harmful products. Unfortunately, a lot of people want to sweep these problems under the rug and forget about them. However, I think we can all agree that we need Earth in order to survive and give future generations the basic necessities of clean air, clean water, and healthy food. Simple right?

Take a look at some of the information we found about disposable diapers and training pants:

  • 18 billion disposable diapers end up in landfills every year in the U.S. alone, adding 5 million tons of untreated human waste to the soil. And did you know that it is illegal to put human fecal matter in your household garbage? The American Public Health Association and American Academy of Pediatrics have advised parents that “fecal material and urine should not be allowed to be co-mingled and disposed of as regular trash. This contaminates ground water and spreads disease.” Yes, you must remove all of the fecal matter from disposables before you throw them out. ( Click here for information on disposing of disposable diapers)
  • Sodium polyacrylate is a chemical that makes disposable diapers so absorbent that it can absorb up to 100 times its weight in water. However, it can stick to children’s genitals and cause allergic reactions. In the U.S., this chemical was removed from tampons in 1985 when it was linked to toxic shock syndrome. And when this chemical was tested and injected into rats, it caused hemorrhaging, cardiovascular failure, and ultimately death.
  • 500 years! This is how long it can take each disposable diaper and training pant to decompose in a landfill. That means that every disposable diaper and training pant ever used in the world is still decomposing in a landfill somewhere. And almost 30 percent of each disposable diaper and training pant consists of non biodegradable products such as absorbent vinyl layers, Velcro, absorbent gelling material, and plastic packaging that will never break down.
  • Dioxin is a by product of the paper bleaching process used in the manufacturing of disposable diapers and training pants. It is the most toxic of all the cancer causing chemicals and causes birth defects as well as liver disease in laboratory animals.
  • As many as 100 viruses can survive in soiled disposable diapers or training pants for months. This includes the live polio virus and hepatitis excreted by recently vaccinated babies. These viruses constitute a potential hazard to sanitation workers and garbage handlers. No to mention the critters that will crawl into the landfill to find a meal and the birds that will pick through this garbage and fly to who knows where.

This is obviously not an exhaustive list of harmful effects. Ultimately, the choice is yours.

Distance Education and E-Learning – Past, Present and Future

Buzzwords in education have been in existence since the on-set of formal education as we know it today. Many of these terms come and go based on their usage and their context but some terminologies have withstood the test of time. Let us take a look at some of the common terms along with the chronology of how they evolved.

Although often used interchangeably, there is distinction between distance education and distance learning. Distance education takes place using print-based and electronic learning resources. Learners are connected to resources, instructors, and to other learners, and they tend to be separated by time and/or geographic/physical distance. Distance learning on the other hand is the actual system and the process, which connects a group of learners with the distributed learning resources. Learning takes place in various different forms but in general learners, instructors, and the necessary resources are separated by time and space.

Distance learning has over the years transitioned to online distance learning. It tends to utilize synchronous and asynchronous tools, and learning and communication methods. Synchronous learning uses electronically delivered teaching and learning with participants simultaneously and directly connected and communicating. On the other hand asynchronous learning is characterized by a time lag in communication.

A while back, along came e-learning! Electronic learning (e-learning) is defined as the delivery of instructional content using electronic means such as the Internet, intranets, audio and video equipment, web conferencing, virtual classrooms, CD-ROM, and more recently Web 2.0 tools. Simply put, e-learning is another mode of technology-aided teaching and learning. In the last few years, it has come to replace terms such as audio-visual learning, computer-based learning, web-based learning, online learning, and other buzz terms of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

E-learning is moving toward total automation of teaching and learning processes using software known as Learning Management Systems (LMS). To facilitate the development of courses that utilize Internet-based technologies, more and more colleges, universities, and businesses have embraced both open source and proprietary LMS tools. A growing trend in e-learning is the use of “hybrid” or “blended” or “multimodal” instructional approaches that replace or supplement partial in-class instruction with technologically enabled teaching and learning, which in many cases utilizes many tools bundled in the LMS.

Along the same lines many students engaged in e-learning may not be geographically distanced from the institution. For example, learners may be traditional learners living on campus or nearby yet taking course partially or fully online. This is often linked to the need for flexibility in personal (family) responsibilities and work schedules. Taking advantage of e-learning adds an extra layer of flexibility. In fact some people see distance learning as not being synonymous with e-learning, argue the point that distance learning is a generic term that presently happens to use the Internet as a vehicle. Thus, the position presented is that while distance education and e-learning do overlap, they are not identical but complementary.

E-learning is growing rapidly and is often associated with the Internet. There are however other modes of learning that are growing at a considerable rate too. Mobile learning (m-learning) for instance, is a rapidly growing innovation that has the advantage of allowing learners to be “on the move while learning. In other words, multi-tasking, for example jogging or listening to recorded lectures while driving to work. Therefore, m-learning is an extension of e-learning, which uses mobile (cell) phones, Personal digital assistants (PDA), and MP3 players (with iPods and podcasting being the mostly widely used). In places where bandwidth is limited m-learning is growing at a rapid rate.

As the technology gets more affordable and readily available, educational options will continue to expand. For those looking for flexibility due to family and work commitments, e-learning and m-learning may be an option to consider. For organizations and institutions looking to train employees without having to trade-off on productivity, time, cost, or hiring a consultant, this is also an option to consider.