Archive for December, 2008

Here is my third strategy to make college affordable in the face of the economic meltdown. I call it Start Locally, Finish Prestigiously.

Over the years, I’ve seen people back into this strategy because they either couldn’t get into a college they liked, or simply weren’t ready to commit big bucks without a specific career goal.

Those are still both good reasons to adopt this strategy, but the third is even more appropriate in 2009. This is one of the best strategies for getting a top notch college degree at a 50% discount!

Rather than take on a fat loan for four years of private school tuition, start your education in a local community college and transfer to the prestigious school you want to attend in your junior year. It may not be quite as much fun, but it can cut the cost of a college education in half.

The New York Times recently highlighted a story about a young woman named Reshma Tharani who did just that.

Reshma Tharani

Reshma Tharani

Her career goal was to teach either especial education or elementary school. She had another goal. She had her heart set on graduating from New York University, one of the most expensive colleges in the United States.

Instead of taking out a huge loan than she might never be able to pay back on a teacher’s salary, she started her college education at Nassau Community College. She commuted from home and completed all of core requirements for about $2,000 per semester.

In her junior year she transferred into NYU and got her degree for almost half of the cost of a full four years.

Keep in mind that the first two years of college are almost exclusively dedicated to fulfilling so-called “core requirements.” In most cases these classes are no more than an AP high school class. You pay nothing for a high school AP credit, why pay thousands of dollars for the same class in a prestigious college?

You may also find that it’s much easier to get into your school of choice as a transfer student, rather than an incoming freshman.

Of course, this strategy flies in the face of young people’s desire to “get out of the house,” and there is a lot to be said for pure joy of campus life. However, I can tell you from personal experience, that campus life gets old after one or two years. If you wait until your junior year to move out and live on campus, you’ll still get your fill of the college life.

Finally, the quality gap between private colleges and state university has closed considerably. You may discover that you’re better off simply completing your degree at a local college.


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We were deeply saddened by the loss and really understood, for the first time, that cancer is a relentless killer.

Clyde Horne

Clyde Horne

Later that year, my sister-in-law Paula was diagnosed with breast cancer. My wife and her family began working to fight cancer and has since raised over $30,000 through Relay for Life events.

A few months ago I learned that one of my oldest and dearest friends had been struck with both kidney and lung cancer at the same time! Peter is a strong 55 year-old man with an unshakable positive attitude. Thus far he’s winning the battle and we pray for him every night.

 At that point I realized it was time for me to chip in and do my part.

I have teamed up with the American Cancer Society to help fight cancer while helping young people with their careers this holiday season.

 As you may know, my first book Career Secret Sauce: 9 Winning Strategies for Building a Great Career was published earlier this year. The book is a carefully crafted handbook for helping young people between the ages of 20 and 30 build a great career. In light of the recent economic downturn, this information is more important than ever.

 I will be donating 100% of the book royalties earned from sales on Amazon.com between Monday December 8, 2008 and Sunday December 14, 2008 to the American Cancer Society.

If you haven’t bought a copy of the book yet, this is perfect time to do so for yourself and all of the young people you know. Not only will it be a great Christmas or Hanukkah gift, but you’ll be helping to fund critical cancer research as well.

 If you’ve already bought the book — thank you. Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed it and considered recommending it to others. Here is your chance to buy a few copies as holiday gifts and help the American Cancer Society at the same time.

To order the book on Amazon.com follow this link: http://www.amazon.com/Career-Secret-Winning-Strategies-Building/dp/0981799809.

Thanks and I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

 Dave Horne


CONTACT: Dave Horne — davehorne@careersecretsauce.com (925) 998-9894

 Career Expert and Author Donates Book Royalties to Fight Cancer
100% of proceeds for a week will go to American Cancer Society

 (La Quinta CA — December 5, 2008) Career expert and Career Secret Sauce author Dave Horne will be donating 100% of the royalties earned on the sale of every copy of his latest book sold on Amazon.com from December 8 to 14, 2008

Horne’s recent book, Career Secret Sauce: 9 Winning Strategies for Building a Great Career, provides young adults with a road map to create successful careers. The book’s core strategies are based on the author’s 30-year career rising from clerk to CEO, and are augmented with profiles of nine additional exemplary individuals.

“My father died of cancer in 2005 and since then my wife, Susan, has been very active raising money to fight cancer through Relay for Life” said Horne. “With Christmas coming, I thought this would be a great time to raise money while providing a valuable gift giving opportunity for families with young people who are concerned with their careers in today’s economy.”

Those who want to take advantage of this program can do so by purchasing the book through Amazon.com between December 8th and 14th. There is no limit to the number of books purchased per person.

For more information about Dave Horne and his book, please visit www.careersecretsauce.com.

About The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.

For cancer information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, contact the American Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345 or www.cancer.org

Expert Praise for Career Secret Sauce

“The nine strategies in Career Secret Sauce are a road map to a great career.”

John Davies
Author — The $100,000+ Career

 “Dave Horne has captured the essential building blocks for a great career!”

Penelope Trunk
Author — Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success

 “Career Secret Sauce is an important resource for people who want a successful career and (here is the secret) are not willing to sacrifice their personal life to get it.”

Dr. Paul Powers
Author — Winning Job Interviews and Love Your Job

“The strategies offered in Career Secret Sauce provide many useful tools and real life examples of securing and creating a successful career.  There is something for everyone, whether just embarking on their first career or looking to enhance their current career opportunities.”

Thomas M. Tippet
Vice President-HR (Retired)
Allstate Insurance Company


“Dave Horne discovered that most people’s natural instincts about how to get promoted are not only flawed, but can actually be self-destructive.  His science of Promotionology really hits the nail on the head.”

Jay Ennesser
Vice President

“Dave Horne has a way of explaining career success to today’s generation that really connects. He recognizes that a flavorful career requires just the right blend of ingredients and seasoning from the very beginning, and he provides a relevant recipe.”

Valerie Terry, Ph.D.,
Pepperdine University

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