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The Building Blocks of Professional Development (And Why You Should Care)

Professional development is important at every stage of your career. If you stop learning new things, you will be less valuable to your employer.


Advantages of a Modular PLC Over a Fixed PLC?

Programmable logic controllers, or PLCs, are industrial and/or commercial computers created to run automated systems. Whether you know it or not, you come into contact with PLCs on a regular basis. From roller coasters at a theme park to traffic lights on Main Street, PLCs are the unseen, crucial component to automated life as we know it. Originally developed to replace relay circuits, PLCs have taken on a life of their own and working with them can be exciting and rewarding. There are two main types of PLCs - modular and fixed. Most professionals in the industry say modular PLCs have many distinct and important advantages over fixed PLCs. This article will discuss the advantages and briefly explore the programming methods used for PLCs. 

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Stop Destroying the Art

“You have everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself.” - Seth Godin

On a recent trip to Washington D.C., I had the privilege of wandering through the National Art Gallery for an afternoon. As I looked at the masterpieces, I couldn’t help but compare the work of these “masters” to the work done by millions of workers each day in their own art studios.


The Case for Stackable Credentials in Education

I live in Idaho, which is typically not a very progressive state, and to be honest, I think I like it that way. Idaho tends to lag behind the rest of the states in many areas, but the last couple of years Idaho tried to move to the forefront of the national education debate. The cry for educational reform has rung loudly, with initiatives making the ballot boxes in numerous states. While the public education system is in need of repair, another education system is silently undergoing radical changes using stackable credentials.


The Power of Positive Thinking…Not!

I attended a meeting last week where the discussion centered on entrepreneurship and what skill sets are required for success. One of the guest presenters told a short story regarding the power of positive thinking in response to a participant comment. The story was about a radio ad selling a DVD training program on using the power of positive thinking to get what you want. In response to the ad, the presenter sent a certified letter to the company asking them to envision receiving a check from him, then when they got the check to go ahead and send him the DVD’s. Needless to say, two years later he still has not received his DVD’s.



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