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Healthcare Jobs With Short Training Times And High Demand

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized |

It isn’t at all uncommon for people to change careers. However, it can be difficult if you don’t have the proper training. There are a number of healthcare-related jobs that are in demand that only require training times of one to two years, many of which also pay relatively high salaries given the short training times needed. Phlebotomist Between 2014 and 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor expects that there will be an increase in phlebotomy positions of about 28,100 and that demand for people with phlebotomist certification who have completed a phlebotomy technician training program will increase much faster than average. As of 2015, the median pay for someone in this position was $31,630 per year. This position involves drawing blood in doctors’ offices, hospitals, and other medical facilities. The unemployment rate for phlebotomists is only about 1.6 percent. Nuclear Medicine Technologist It’s also possible to attend a community college course for about a year to get a certificate in nuclear medicine technology. This job requires people to administer radioactive medications and then take diagnostic images using a special camera. The median salary for someone working as a nuclear medicine technologist is over $62,000 per year.  Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician A job as a medical clinical laboratory technician requires an associate’s degree and has a median salary of over $36,000 per year. These technicians help with lab tests and are mostly employed by hospitals, but can also work in laboratories and doctors’ offices. Employment opportunities are expected by grow by 13 percent up to 2020, making it a good choice for people looking for a new career with plenty of job openings. Medical Assistant Another healthcare job with a particularly high expected growth rate is that of medical assistant with an expected increase in job openings of about 24 percent between 2014 and 2024. The median salary is almost $30,000 per year. Taking a certification program that lasts one to two years may be helpful in getting a job, but it’s possible to start working as a medical assistant with nothing more than a high school diploma. Typical duties vary based on state laws, but include tasks such as answering phones, filling out insurance forms, taking care of injections and drawing blood. Medical Records and Health Information Technician Those who don’t want to have to deal with blood or injections may want to consider getting trained as a medical records and health information technician. The required training is typically either a certificate or an associate’s degree, depending on the position. The median salary as of 2015 was over $37,000 per year, and it has an expected growth rate of 15 percent between 2014 and 2024. The job involves dealing with health information and records, including maintaining patient records and dealing with insurance reimbursements for procedures. For more information, contact a company like Western Career...

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Looking For An Exciting Career? Learn To Fly!

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

It isn’t really an overlooked career choice; in fact, there are some career seekers who might have a passing thought of being a pilot. While it is an exciting career path, there aren’t as many students taking training courses as in years past. If you are looking for an almost-guaranteed position, however, this is the career you might want to take a second look at. Pilot Shortage Coming There has never been a better time to train to be a pilot. Recently, a little-known regional airline, Republic Airways, declared bankruptcy, but it wasn’t because they don’t have the passengers needed to keep them going; it was because they lack the resources in pilots to keep flights in the air. If an airline does not have the pilots it needs, it loses profits and could very well lead to closures. For new pilots, this means that with a rather large population of retiring senior pilots, there are more openings than ever before for newer pilots to enter the field. A regional airline is usually where most pilots begin their careers unless they started their career in the military. A lot of the major airlines do hire from the regional airlines, so it is possible to make your way into international flights and a higher salary over time. What Keeps Students Away The lack of students seems to be attributed to the lower salaries of beginning pilots with regional and larger airlines to begin with. The lower salary often keeps students from pursuing a career in the airline industry simply due to the lack of affordability in their housing and food costs. However, if a new pilot stays with an airline for several years and gains experience, their wages do rise and often are some of the highest wages across many industries. Another reason some students stay away is the amount of cockpit hours needed in order to fly a commercial airline. It is easier for those coming from the military to obtain the hours needed, but it isn’t impossible for aviation school graduates to also get the hours they need. It is possible to gain experience with private charter companies or corporate jets and if you can afford to, by renting your own plane for an hour or two occasionally. Flight School Training You can receive excellent training from flight schools right across the country. It’s possible to learn landings and takeoffs from flight simulators before ever sitting in a cockpit. You will receive extensive in-class lessons and the hours spent in the air do count toward your overall flight experience which you can use towards getting a job with a large airline. Contact a school like Parkland College for more...

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How Can You Encourage Your Teen’s Love Of Writing?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Teenagers who have come of age in today’s high-tech world may use computers, tablets, and smartphones so much that taking pen to paper for anything more than a brief note or list can seem ridiculously old-fashioned. However, if your teen or tween has already shown some signs of writing talent, helping foster this spark and encouraging him or her to pen longer missives than a social media message can help improve communication skills during a crucial time in brain development. Read on to learn more about some of the benefits a teen can achieve through writing, as well as how you can best encourage your teen to write more and more often. What benefits can writing offer a teen? The teen years can be fraught with emotion and the creation (and destruction) of close relationships. Communicating through writing in a private diary or journal can help teens both identify and process their feelings without worrying about judgment or peer pressure. Creative and nonfiction writing can also improve communication skills in general, helping your teen in both his or her personal and future professional lives.  In addition to the many long-term benefits of clear communication, good writing skills can have a more immediate financial benefit by helping your teen win high school essay or creative writing awards or college scholarships. With the cost of higher education continuing to rise, any additional funds your teen can earn through his or her writing should be put to good use. What should you do to help encourage your teen to write?  Studies have shown that most teens enjoy writing for an audience — and rather than dampening this desire, social media and online platforms can encourage teens to want to communicate clearly. Teens who are praised for their writing (whether through academic grades or parental feedback) are more inclined to continue to write. Surveys of teen writers have shown that being asked to write about relevant events or issues within their own lives is likely to result in a more enjoyable writing experience than other prompts that may be seen as inapplicable or overly historic. For example, teens who are asked to describe how a historic event would have unfolded if instead their group of friends was the primary cast of characters can learn the basic facts of the event while also delving into the psychological and social factors that might have impacted each person’s behavior. Encourage your teen to further their writing skills by participating in events like teen essay contests by Creative...

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4 Tips For Teaching Visual Learners

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When teaching students new material, it’s important to account for learning differences. Some students learn best by reading about a concept, while some learn by performing tasks or making something. A common learning style is visual learning, which means many students learn best by interacting with visual representations of the material. Visual learners often need to see pictures, either literally or in their imagination, in order to fully grasp new information. Here are four tips for effectively teaching those visual learners: Simplify Verbal Instructions Visual learners can become confused and muddled when concepts are explained in an overly dense, wordy manner. Instead, try to explain things in a concise, clear way that gets to the point. Supplement your verbal instructions with visuals like photographs or graphs whenever possible. Incorporate Multimedia Software Depending on the subject you are teaching, you may be able to find some high quality multimedia software that will help you teach your material in a much more visual way. For example, for students having a difficult time grasping a mathematical concept, seeing the concept explained in 3-D graphics on their computer screen may help the material to “click” in their brain. Focus on the “Big Picture” Visual learners are often better at understanding things at a big picture level, and can get discouraged if you focus solely on minute details. This doesn’t mean that you can’t incorporate details, but be sure to keep the big picture in mind as well. Don’t forget summaries or overviews of the material, and feel free to explain how the lesson is linked to larger concepts. Encourage them to Visualize Problems One of the strengths that visual learners have is that they are adept at visualizing concepts and problems. If you encourage them to do so, and give them the time and space needed to “see” the problem in their mind, they will most likely grasp the material much better than if they are not given this visualizing opportunity. You can help facilitate the visualization process by asking the students to take a few minutes to imagine the problem, and give them some visual cues. For example, if explaining the concept of photosynthesis, you can say something like “Picture the cells of the leaves filling up with sunlight.” Adapting your teaching style to individual learning styles can be challenging but also very rewarding. The visual learners you are teaching will appreciate your...

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Three Advantages Of Enrolling Your Child In Private School

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

One of the biggest decisions that parents of school-aged children must make is choosing the school at which to enroll their child. For many parents, considering a private school in the community or even a school in another city that offers boarding can be worthwhile for a host of reasons. Whether you’re concerned about the quality of education provided by your local school board or you’re simply determined to give your child the best experience during these formative years, private school has a long list of advantages that are worthy of your consideration. Here are three key benefits of private school. Smaller Class Sizes One of the biggest benefits to enrolling your child in private school is that he or she will enjoy the advantages of being in a small group of students. Private schools typically have smaller class sizes than other types of schools, which can be advantageous for your child in a number of ways. Students benefit from a small student to teacher ratio because they get more attention from the teacher. This means that if your student finds the lesson a challenge, there’s more of a chance of the teacher providing one-on-one instruction. Smaller class sizes can also help introverted students become more engaged as there’s less of a feeling of stage fright than speaking in front of a large group. Higher Degree Of Parental Involvement Parents who send their children to private school are typically more engaged than parents of public school students, arguably because parents in the former scenario are paying directly for their child’s education. Students with parents who are engaged in their education tend to find more success in the classroom, in part due to the accountability generated when the parents check in with the student about his or her schoolwork daily. This can mean that your child will be surrounded by better students, which results in fewer students who act out and disrupt the learning process for their peers. Teacher Quality It’s common for private schools to have better teachers than other types of schools. While all teachers have some degree of schooling to certify them as educations, many instructors at private schools have graduate degrees. Additionally, many private school teachers have won awards for their ability in the classroom. By giving your child the opportunity to learn under the tutelage of top-quality teachers, you can find satisfaction in knowing that the education he or she receives will be second to...

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3 Questions To Ask Your Toddler When You Pick Them Up From Daycare

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When you pick up your child from daycare, it is important to immediately reassure them and establish your bond. This can help your child feel secure about daycare and make dropping them off in the future easier. To help establish a connection, you should consider asking the following three questions.  Do you want a hug or kiss?   Rushing from work or home to daycare to pick up your child, followed by errands and getting dinner ready can make pick-up as chaotic as drop-off. Taking the time to reconnect with your child physically before you get in the car or buckle them into a stroller can make the transition from daycare to home easier on both of you. But how you reconnect with your child may vary from day to day.  Some children want immediate hugs and kisses from their parents while others may take a little time before they want to be held, hugged, or kissed. Asking your child if they want a hug or kiss reminds them that they can seek physical affection, shows them that you respect their budding bodily autonomy and models positive consensual behavior.  Did you do [Insert Activity] today?  Asking your toddler open-ended questions like, “What did you do today?” can leave them feeling overwhelmed by choice or frustrated by their lack of language skills. You may want to start slowly by asking questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no. Be sure to throw in some silly questions to keep the conversation light and fun. As your child’s language skills progress, you may find that they regularly jump into an explanation of the things they did throughout the day. Follow their lead and be sure to ask lots of questions that show interest in their life.   Do you want a snack?  Even if you pick your child up immediately after lunch or snack time, you may want to offer them a snack at home. Many children are distracted during daycare and do not eat as much as they do at home. This may mean that your child is still hungry when you pick them up. Offering them an immediate snack can stave off hunger and a melt-down until dinner is ready to eat.  While you may still have a lot that needs to get done in the evening, it is important to take some quality time to reconnect with your child after you pick them up from daycare. After a conversation and a snack, a short story or a fun, cooperative game is a good idea before you get started on your evening...

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Why Catholic Schools Are Still A Good Option

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Catholic school enrollment has taken a hit in recent years, with almost 1650 schools closing or consolidating in the last decade. Catholic schools are not the only private schools with lower enrollment: all elements of the private education sector have lost students. This lower enrollment does not mean you should turn to the public school system. Despite this recent challenge to Catholic education, enrolling your children in a Catholic school offers them many clear advantages. Student/Teacher Ratio Even though public schools try to cap their class sizes at manageable levels, they sometimes have a larger student to teacher ratio than private schools do, including Catholic schools. Particularly in the early years, children benefit greatly from having fewer students in their classes. In smaller groups, they get more individual attention and do not get lost among their more outgoing peers. Research also shows that the benefit of these smaller ratios in the first academic years continues even when students are older and in larger classes. In the US, teachers in “self-contained” Catholic classrooms have about 19 students each. Academics Many Catholic schools pride themselves on having high academic and disciplinary standards. The safe school environment allows students to focus on their studies. In general, Catholic schools emphasize a challenging curriculum and homework, which leads to higher student achievement. As a result, Catholic school students exhibit better writing skills and score higher than public school students on standardized tests.   Religious Education One of the biggest advantages to a Catholic education is the focus on a religious education. The students’ faith is an integral part of the entire school day. They are instructed in scripture, morals, and church doctrine. Teachers in Catholic schools are seen as role models, not just in education but also for the way they conduct their lives. The importance of public service is also stressed, with students encouraged to participate in community service.  A Catholic education (such as is provided by offers specific advantages for students, including a more rigorous academic life. In addition, the classroom size allows teachers to give more time to each student, so your child cannot “fall through the cracks.” Beyond academic excellence, Catholic schools also offer a firm religious foundation that is part of the curriculum instead of being seen as a separate aspect. Although the enrollment for these schools has fallen in recent years, the quality of education has not. You are choosing a solid education for your children when you choose a private Catholic...

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Sending Your Shy Child To Preschool: What To Expect In A Facility

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Having a shy child can be heartbreaking. You can feel like there is little you can do to help your little one come out of their shell. Preschool can be beneficial in helping your child learn how to interact with others, gain confidence, and become more comfortable in being away from you for a few hours at a time. When looking into a preschool center for your own child, here are a few things you can look out for. Size of class Your shy child will likely work best in a smaller classroom setting where there are less children to intimidate them, and they have a better chance of personal interaction with their teacher. Seek a preschool that has classrooms in smaller sizes, or one that has multiple teachers so your child can get the space and attention they need. Activities Encouraging your child to try something new is an excellent way to help build their confidence. Seek a preschool center that does a lot of activities, such as: art interactive play sports crafts reading time Most preschool centers offer activities that are learning-based. For your shy child, other activities that are just for fun and interaction will be beneficial to help them grow and learn to involve themselves in new situations. Seek a preschool center that has a fine balance of education and play so your shy child can have the distraction and interaction they need to help overcome their shyness. Parental involvement If your child is so shy they won’t leave your side, going to preschool can feel like a nightmare for the both of you. You want to pick a preschool facility that understands your child’s need to be near you, and yours to know your child is safe. The right preschool for your shy child will be one that will allow you to participate in their activities for a few weeks until your child feels confident they can go to class without you. As long as you don’t interfere with the rest of the class, an understanding preschool should allow you to be part of your child’s learning until you feel they are emotionally ready to stand on their own. Just because you have a shy child doesn’t mean they can’t go to preschool like other more outgoing children. You just need to be a bit more selective about the types of preschool centers you choose. The right preschool will help your child succeed in becoming more confident with themselves as well as help you feel happier for your child. Visit a website like for more...

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3 Great Reasons To Go Through CPR Training

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you are considering getting CPR certified, you most definitely should. There are so many benefits to becoming certified that are both personal as well as professional. However, more than anything, you will be able to help those around you. This article will discuss 3 excellent reasons why you should take the time to go through CPR training from an organization like American Heart Association – AED $40 CPR LLC – Certification Training Classes and pass both the written and practical portions of the course.  You Are More Marketable Finding a job can sometimes be difficult, especially if you are trying to find a job in a competitive market. In order to make yourself more marketable to a variety of different potential employers, you can become CPR certified. If you are applying for a job that requires you to have a CPR certification, then you will likely be hired over someone who doesn’t currently have their certification. Your employer will be pleased that they don’t have to take the time and money to get you trained, and will appreciate the fact that you can begin working right away.  You Can Work With Children If you love the idea of working with children in almost any setting, then you should definitely take a CPR training course. Most childcare locations, daycares, or nannying jobs require that you know CPR. This requirement is for the safety of the children because you need to be able to perform CPR at a moment’s notice. When you take the CPR training course you will be able to learn not only how to perform CPR on adults, but also how to correctly perform CPR on both infants and children. There are certain modifications that you will need to make with infants in order to ensure that you are not harming them while doing CPR.  You Can Help Those In Need Perhaps the most important reason why you should take a CPR training course is because you can help those around you at any time or any place. For example, if someone randomly stops breathing in the middle of a restaurant, you will be able to provide mouth to mouth and chest compressions while you wait for medical help to arrive. This simple act may save this person’s life, and this is all because you decided to take a CPR training course. If you are a mother or father, you can also benefit from knowing CPR because you may be able to save the lives of your...

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When Should You “Redshirt” Your Preschooler?

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you’re not sure your child is ready to transition from an unstructured daycare or home care setting to preschool, or from preschool to kindergarten, you may be considering “redshirting” your child — delaying his or her entrance into the next level of education for a year to allow needed emotional growth to take place. However, there are a few factors you’ll want to consider to ensure you make the best decision for your child, as well as a few situations in which redshirting may not be the best idea. Read on for the questions you’ll want to ask yourself when enrolling your child for preschool or kindergarten. Is your child reaching milestones at the appropriate pace? If your child is generally on track with developmental milestones, it’s possible that an extra year before (or in) preschool could lead to boredom and frustration. Preschool and kindergarten programs are incredibly important, as they set the tone for a child’s entire education. If your child is frustrated with material that is designed for younger children, it may be more difficult to foster a healthy relationship with school going forward. On the other hand, if your child struggles to reach certain milestones, or could use some more practice in a certain key area (like potty training, social interaction, or motor skills), he or she could benefit from being the oldest in daycare or his or her preschool class. By interacting with younger children on a regular basis, your child will gain self esteem and independence as he or she reaches milestones at his or her own pace. Can your child handle a more structured educational environment? Although preschool and kindergarten tend to be less structured than elementary education, they still require certain skills and abilities — like the ability to sit still for more than a few seconds, to listen to and obey directions, and to interact pleasantly with teachers and classmates. If you’re not sure your child will be able to sit still in class, or if you fear your child will be disruptive, redshirting may help your child mature enough to handle these skills next year. Will your child be given the opportunity to catch up later? Children each develop and learn at their own pace, and some children may thrive so quickly that they are ready to rejoin their same-age classmates. You’ll want to talk to the administration of the school system your child will be attending to see whether such a transfer is possible or permissible. If it will be easier to hold your child back than to skip your child forward, you may want to put off redshirting until your child has had a chance to experience the more structured school...

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How To Prevent Child Abuse In Your Preschool Center

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Children rely on adults to protect them. They need to know that they will be safe from harm, and they need to feel secure. Sadly, there have been some horror stories involving preschool services that have made parents and children uncomfortable with what should be a very safe home away from home. There are some things you can do in your preschool to prevent child abuse, no matter what form it takes. Screen and Background Check Every Teacher Some of the preschools involved in the horrific episodes of child abuse made a key error when they hired their teachers. They did not perform a full background check and screen their employees for red flags before hiring them. The court ruled that the school district had failed to investigate the background of a teacher who was hired with a molestation conviction on his record and then convicted of a second sexual abuse charge while working for the district (David Splitt 1988). Preventing child abuse and molestation at the hands of your staff begins with hiring the right staff, people who have no skeletons in their closets. If someone even so much as spent a few nights in jail for assault, you do not want that person in your preschool. Mandatory Reporting Mandatory reporting is a national initiative to prevent child abuse and neglect. As a preshool owner and operator, you and your teachers are required to report anything suspicious to child protective services. That includes any injuries that occur while children are still inside your building, especially if a child is repeatedly and unexplainably injured in your  preschool. Teachers who may have made it past the screening and background checks cannot sneak under the radar if they know you will report them for hurting a child. The Use of Security Cameras Since elementary schools, junior high schools and high schools all have security cameras now, your preschool can have them too. In fact, many parents appreciate that you have the cameras because it means that you have footage of anyone who may try to take or entice their children off the campus or attempt to hurt them on campus. Teachers and other employees are more aware of their words and actions and how they might be perceived, so they behave more professionally.  Offering Special Preschool Services  Another approach is to offer abuse prevention meetings for parents and your staff. Parents can discuss their concerns freely with your staff, and you and your staff can act on the needs and suggestions of the parents. Also, you can offer (for free) days and times to parents that give them breaks from their children. These freebie days and times are commonly known as abuse prevention days. Abuse prevention days help parents relieve stress, thereby preventing the potential for abuse should a stressed parent “lose it”. Providing an abuse prevention day is an excellent way to build parents up and encourage parent and preschool connections.  For more information on this and other preschool related subjects, contact a professional like Learning Tree...

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