Author Archives: Dr. Jack Thomas

Dr. Jack E. Thomas, Ph.D., HSPP

Dr. Thomas is pleased to announce he has re-opened his clinical practice in Bloomington.

Dr. Thomas is pleased to announce he has re-opened his clinical practice in Bloomington. He also continues his work as a Medical Expert for Federal Administrative Law Judges primarily in Indianapolis. He continues as Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Development at Martin University.

He resumes direct clinical practice in Bloomington (his home) to provide needed mental health services to the community.

Dr. Thomas specializes in providing services for patients suffering depressive illness, bereavement and dysthymia (persistent depression).  He will see adult and adolescent clients by appointment only. Dr. Thomas is former CEO of the Non-Diet Diet Center that operated in Bloomington and Washington DC. He is eager to provide services for such patients coping with psychological barriers that interfere with weight loss progress.

Please visit the Clinical Office in Bloomington @ 4307 East Third Street (Parkridge East)

Please call 812-325-6877 for an appointment.

Dr. Jack E. Thomas, Ph.D., HSPP

The Race For Prosperity Continues In America/The World – Much Depends On Who Has Credentials!

by, Dr. Jack E. Thomas, Ph.D., HSPP

I am working on an article for publication that will detail the overall progress and the relative progress African Americans have made in both higher educational attainment and professional specialty participation in the U.S. job market.

Unfortunately, the news is not all good!

In these areas African Americans are still running far behind White Non-Hispanic   Americans.  In 1960, for example Whites were almost twice as likely as African Americans to possess a Bachelor’s degree or more and unfortunately in 2011 (the most recent NCES data available) Whites are still nearly twice as likely as African Americans to possess a Bachelor’s degree or more.

This is a significant problem particularly in the new millennium where knowledge and technical know-how is king.  It has been true for some time but certainly within the last 50 years higher education has been the surest path to financial success and the American Dream!

Joining the ranks of the professional class is the gateway to numerous opportunities for a better life!

African Americans are running but not fast enough to catch-up!

Asian Americans are sprinting far past White Non-Hispanic Americans.

Hispanic Americans are moving forward with steady gains in higher education!

All Americans will have to do more in higher education!  As the President noted recently the U.S. not long ago led the world in percentage of citizens ( age 25 and over ) with Bachelor’s degrees.  We now trail 14 other countries and this isn’t good in a very competitive world!

Coming soon!

More data – Some solutions to this vexing problem!

Peer Mentor: Deja Foster

We Welcome New College Peer Mentor To Anyonecanachieve.com!

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Peer Mentor, Déjà Foster

IUPUI

Déjà received an Indiana Twenty-first Century Scholarship

She is a graduate of Tech H.S. – Career Technology Magnet Program

She earned a CNA certificate

That career program’s stated mission “to provide a learning environment where integrity, technology skills, and academic excellence prevail…to inspire students to reach their full potential…”  The program is located on the historic Arsenal Technical High School Campus.

Her grandfather, William D. Thomas (also a Tech H.S. graduate) comments “Willa and I are so proud of our granddaughter’s accomplishment.  We definitely feel she has earned her success though her maturity and hard work.  My daughter, Bridget, has done a great job supporting and encouraging Déjà in the right direction.  We all wish her a successful and happy life.”

Anyonecanachieve.com congratulates Déjà Foster and we look forward to following her success at Indiana State University.

Dr. Jack E.  Thomas, Ph.D., HSPP, CEO & Founder, Anyonecanachieve.com

 

 

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski - President, University of Maryland at Baltimore County

Freeman Hrabowski: 4 pillars of college success in science

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski - President, University of Maryland at Baltimore CountyDr. Hrabowski (PhD, Math) is truly a pioneer in promoting minority college student success in the Arts, Humanities and STEM sciences.  He promotes not only success but excellence in academic and life accomplishment! His Meyerhoff Scholars Program has graduated hundreds of minority students over the past twenty years who have gone on to complete MD and or PhD programs at prestigious universities including e.g. Harvard and Stanford!  His long list of distinguished students is a wonderful testimony to his mentoring/support program! His Meyerhoff program is a wonderful institutional example that mirrors our web based mentoring system at Anyonecanachieve.com!  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hrabowski for his tireless effort in the service of excellence in education of underrepresented minorities  particularly in the STEM sciences.
Please watch the TED talk video embedded below to hear Dr. Hrabowski in February 2013 talk about his childhood background in Birmingham and his path to success at UMBC!

Nearly Half Of Our Recommended Top Jobs Require OR Prefer An Advanced Degree

NEARLY HALF OF THE JOBS WE RECOMMEND REQUIRE OR PREFER AN ADVANCED DEGREE.

EXAMPLES: LAWERS/JUDGES, PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY TEACHERS, POST-SECONDARY EDUCATORS, MEDICAL RESEARCH, SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS, SOME ENGINEERS, BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, SOCIOLOGISTS, DENTISTS, OPTOMETRISTS, SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS, BIOLOGICAL SCIENTISTS, COMPUTER SCIENTISTS, CHIEF EXECUTIVES, GEOSCIENTISTS, ECONOMISTS, MATH, STATISTICIANS, LIBRARY SCIENTISTS, LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS, HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGERS, ACHITECTURAL AND ENGINEERING MANAGERS, AGRICULTURAL SCIENTISTS, CHIROPRACTORS, PHARMACISTS, SOME NURSES SUCH AS NURSE PRACTITIONERS AND NURSE SPECIALISTS, VOCATIONAL COUNSELORS, VETERINARIANS ETC.

U.S. College Graduation Rate Trails 14 Other Countries

U.S. College Graduation Rate Now Trails 14 Other Developed Countries.

A Wall Street Journal article, April 26, 2012 indicates low college graduation rates threaten U.S. global economic leadership and contributes to the erosion of the middleclass.

The following developed countries have college graduation rates higher than the U.S. for those in the 25-34 year old age range based on 2009 data.  Reported in order:

01. Korea

02. Canada

03. Japan

04. Russia

05. Ireland

06. Norway

07. New Zealand

08. U.K.

09. Austria

10. Denwmark

11. France

12. Israel

13. Belgium

14. Sweden

Also, in 1970 only 5% of 25 year olds had less education than the same sex parent.  Now 18% of men and 13% of women have less education than their same sex parent.

Value of college degree is growing, study says

On September 21st , 2010, The New York Times reports that workers with a college degree earned much more and were much less likely to be unemployed than those with only a high school diploma, according to the report, “Education Pays: the Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society.”

According to the report, the median earnings of full-time workers with bachelor’s degrees were $55,700 in 2008–$21,900 more than those of workers who finished only high school. And the pay premium for those with bachelor’s degrees has grown substantially in recent years. Among those ages 25 to 34, women with college degrees earned 79 percent more than those with high school diplomas, and men, 74 percent more. A decade ago, women with college degrees had a 60 percent pay premium and men 54 percent…Even during the recession, a degree offered protection from unemployment . The 2009 unemployment rate of college graduates 25 and older was 4.6% compared with 9.7% for high school graduates…Read the full story

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/education/21college.html?_r=1

About Dream Occupations

We are fortunate to live in the greatest country on earth where opportunity and liberty abound. Even during times of recession, the “American Dream” is alive and well!

In America, living the “American Dream” for most working Americans is linked to the wages earned. All things considered, the more money earned on your job the better your quality of life. Today, in almost every case, people who earn good to high wages are skilled workers.

In today’s information and knowledge driven labor market, about 70 percent of the jobs are skilled jobs. Nearly a third of all jobs are high skill and high median pay jobs (about 36 million jobs). Anyonecanachieve refers to the 36 million jobs as top jobs.

On the website we’ve identified the occupational titles of those jobs. Unfortunately, minorities are grossly underrepresented in such top jobs. For example, African Americans hold such jobs at a rate of about 6%. At the other end of the pay spectrum, African Americans are overrepresented (sometimes 18% of incumbents) in low skilled and low pay occupations. Of course, a number of factors are implicated in this but one thing for sure is more minorities will need to think about preparing for such top occupations.

A college degree is required or desired for nearly all the top occupations we identified.

The purpose of the website is to draw attention to these great occupations – provide occupational information through mentors and to give interested students lots of support, strategy advice and encouragement.

The jobs are located in Management and Professional Specialty occupational groups. The number of such jobs grow at a faster rate than jobs in other occupational categories. A large number of replacement jobs will be available too as so called ‘baby boomers” retire.

Due to demographic changes in the U.S. population, by necessity more African Americans and Hispanic Americans will need to prepare for these extraordinary opportunities.

The 330 Occupational Titles We Recommend fall under SVP* 7,8 and 9 (About 36 million jobs in the U.S. labor market, 2008.)

Source: http://online.onetcenter.org/help/online/svp

*SVP or Specific Vocational Preparation – Read More