Sam Solakyan Invited to Join the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Youth Foundation

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I am proud to announce that I’ve been invited to join the prestigious board of the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation. The Sheriff’s Youth Foundation is dedicated to provide protection and meaningful activities for Los Angeles’ younger generation. I feel deeply honored to be invited to the board as I myself am a devoted supporter of organizations that support children and young people across the world.

The Sheriff’s Youth Foundation has been working tirelessly since it was established in 1985 to provide a safe haven for the youngest members of the Los Angeles community. The main goal of the foundation is to keep children in high risk areas away from crime and drugs by providing meaningful after school activities and creating a connection to the youth community of Los Angeles. SYF’s work has been proven successful in giving the security necessary for kids to improve their grades and keep away from crime.

I hope the experience I’ve gathered from earlier engagements such as: Filipino Children’s Foundation, Glendale Healthy kids, Serve the People and the most recent, Project Child Save, which focuses on locating and rescuing missing children that often are in great risk of being traded as slaves of sexual labor, will be utilized in this involvement too. As I’ve commented before: “There is nothing more vital or necessary than the empowerment of our youth”.

Read more in this press release:

http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/prnewswire/press_releases/California/2014/04/03/LA97356

The Evolving Landscape of Higher Education

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By Sam Solakyan

The contemporary American economy is continuously evolving, with a large section of the workforce now comprised of skilled labor and trades.  With that comes an increase in the demand for such careers.  Consequently, the face of higher education is adapting to prepare students accordingly, thus meeting the needs of employers.

Normalcy in higher education is no longer confined to bachelor’s degrees at four-year institutions.  According to the White House, in 1990 the U.S. ranked first in the world in four-year degrees.  Today, the U.S. ranks 12th.  Several factors can be attributed to this change including the increasing cost of higher education and a surge in self-made entrepreneurship.  But the primary factor seems to be a shift in the economy, and therefore what types of positions are needed, and what types are not.  And in my opinion, it is an exciting time of great potential for those entering the world of higher education.

In 2012 the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that middle-skill jobs — those typically requiring education and post-secondary training after high school, but below the level of a bachelor’s degree — will make up approximately 45% of all job openings projected through 2014.  The report, cited in a Fox Business article, noted that, “of the occupations requiring postsecondary education, those requiring an associate degree are projected to grow the fastest, at about 19%.”

The growing need for associate degrees means stable and well-paying careers are more readily accessible to students at a lesser cost.  Those seeking to fulfill their dreams of achieving the financial stability and security for the future that comes with an excellent career are no longer necessarily impeded by the cost of a four-year education.  These expanding opportunities in higher education positively affect a greater percentage of the population — with disciplines such as health care, engineering, computer science and technology leading to well paying careers — which means a better quality of life for individuals, and a stronger economy for the nation.

I have great appreciation for the evolution of higher education, and hold in the highest regard those students taking advantage of these new opportunities.  I can empathize with those whose educational pursuits are non-traditional.  As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I am a proud graduate of the University of Phoenix, having obtained my bachelor’s degree while working full time and supporting a family.

The trends that are occurring are opening up newfound opportunities for individuals that may have otherwise not pursued higher education due to many of life’s responsibilities that can hinder such inspiration.  And by reducing the hindrances of completing higher education, we all experience the positive impact on a macro-level.  President Obama has urged everyone to commit to at least one year of higher education or post-secondary training.  I concur, and encourage everyone to research how higher education is becoming more accessible, more affordable and more attainable, and then commit themselves to whichever type of training is most suitable for their talents and interests.  Take part in the new landscape of higher education — for yourself, your family and your future.