September is #ContinuingEducation month!

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Each month on the business blog we celebrate a different theme or topic. This September our bloggers will be discussing #ContinuingEducation. What better time to talk about this topic then when close to 55 million children will be returning to school in the United States?

According to the Association for Talent Development’s (ATD) 2014 State of the Industry report organizations spent $1,208 on average per employee for training and development. That’s a one percent increase over 2012. Employees spent an average of 31.5 hours on training in 2013. That’s up from 30.3 in 2012. Employers and employees spend a lot of time and money on continuing education, so we thought it would be worth more of an in depth look.

Some of the topics you may see discussed this month on the blog include:

  • Back-to-school for business pros
  • Skills you should learn
  • Best online learning resources for you and the business pros in your life
  • Groups or organizations you can become a part of to sharpen your skills
  • Must watch TED talks

Join in the conversation
Remember, the above topics are just a sampling. But, we’d like to hear from you! Do you have a continuing education topic you’d like us to discuss or research? Let us know by leaving a comment at the bottom of this page. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. You can keep up with all of our content the whole month long by tracking the #ContinuingEducation hashtag on social media.

About Barclay Pollak

Barclay Pollak is an award winning journalist and proud to be a member of the Corporate Communications team at TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) in Madison, Wis. Barclay joined the team in April of 2013. Before that Barclay worked as an Anchor/ Reporter for the NBC affiliate in Madison. While at NBC-15 Barclay was recognized by several organizations for his contributions to the television news industry. They include the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow Regional Award) and the Chicago/Midwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2012 Emmy Nominee). When he’s not working Barclay enjoys cheering for all the sports teams in Wisconsin. Barclay’s a University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus and a huge fan of Badger athletics. Barclay is fascinated by the ever changing world of technology and spends a fair amount of his free time reading about the latest and greatest developments online. When Barclay’s not learning about technology he’s scouring the Internet in search of freeware. Barclay has an 8-year-old daughter and lives with his girlfriend of almost five years on Madison’s southwest side. Follow on G+.

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