A well-known adage suggests, "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." Knowledge is not static, it evolves; therefore, continuing professional education in any growing field -- including medicine, law, education and technology -- is critically important to the productivity and vitality of that field's workforce. Employers are discovering that money spent on employee education is more of a realistic investment than a costly decision.

In his State of the Union address in January, President Bush proposed an initiative to expand workforce training to ensure that employees will be prepared with the skills to adapt to changes in dynamic industries. It is an initiative that statistics support. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the 1990s, increased worker skills accounted for an estimated 32 percent increase in workforce productivity, representing a dramatic increase from the preceding decades. Clearly, offering educational opportunities beyond the standard four-year degree to employees who work in technology-related fields can only improve productivity and employee value.

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