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Quintessential Careers Associate Publisher Dr. Katharine Hansen Joins StraighterLine's Professor Direct Program

Dr. Hansen will teach self-paced Principles of Management course integrated with innovative career-management services.

Kettle Falls, WA, March 21, 2013 --( StraighterLine ( announced today that Dr. Katharine Hansen, creative director and associate publisher of Quintessential Careers (, has joined the growing list of proven educators who are leading online college courses at StraighterLine.

Hansen's course takes the unique approach of dovetailing career-management guidance and services with the business-management curriculum. "My goal is to help students learn to manage their careers and next job search at the same time they are learning the basics of management," Hansen said. Included in the course are resume critiques, cover-letter critiques, and practice job interviews to prepare students for the job search. Hansen has drawn extensively from the 5,200 pages of resources at Quintessential Careers to provide her students with top-notch career and job-search guidance. Students can register for the course at:

"Students can learn to apply course concepts to their personal career and job search," Hansen said. "They can immerse themselves in lively supplemental materials -- videos, mini-cases, tutorials, and more -- and actually have fun as they develop a deep understanding of management."

The self-paced Principles of Management course is designed to help students understand the major functions of management (planning, organizing, leading, and controlling) and the significance of each function in relationship to the existence of the company. The course describes how companies use management to set and accomplish goals through individuals, groups, and other types of resources. It also analyzes communication and ethics in the organization. Other topics include decision making, change, employee development, organizational structures, management control, leadership, conflict resolution, information security, and globalization.

StraighterLine offers several ways that its students can attain a quality education online, flexibly and conveniently, at a substantially lower cost than most traditional degree programs. Students can take college prep, freshman and introductory-level classes through StraighterLine and save thousands of dollars on the cost of their college degree. With StraighterLine's affordable subscription pricing plan, students can save up to 90 percent on their first year of college and can move through the material as quickly or slowly as they like. StraighterLine offers entry-level college courses online in Business, English, Humanities, Math and Science, as well as College Prep, with Foreign Languages coming soon. In addition, StraighterLine offers a wide variety of CBEs (credit-by-examination) that allow students to earn college credit based on test scores.

About Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.: Katharine (Kathy) Hansen, Ph.D., creative director and associate publisher of Quintessential Careers, is an educator, author, and blogger who provides content for Quintessential Careers, edits its newsletter QuintZine, and blogs about applied storytelling at A Storied Career ( Kathy, who earned her Ph.D. from Union Institute & University, authored You Are More Accomplished Than You Think, Tell Me About Yourself, Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates, A Foot in the Door, Top Notch Executive Interviews, Top Notch Executive Resumes; and with Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., Dynamic Cover Letters, Write Your Way to a Higher GPA, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Study Skills.

About Quintessential Careers: For more than 15 years, this comprehensive career development site has been empowering job-seekers of all ages find their ideal careers and jobs. With more than 5,200 pages of content -- from articles, quizzes, and tutorials -- Quintessential Careers offers visitors no-cost content that can improve their lives.

About StraighterLine: StraighterLine has been recognized as a revolutionizing force in education by major news organizations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for offering students online courses that earn real college credit for just $99 a month. Inside Higher Ed recognized StraighterLine for offering the "...lowest-cost set of credit-bearing courses on the Internet." And Fast Company named StraighterLine one of the "10 Most Innovative Companies in Education." To facilitate the award of credit, StraighterLine has forged partnerships with leading accredited online colleges and universities. A student ultimately earns a degree from those institutions but realizes tremendous savings and convenience by starting with StraighterLine.

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