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4 MORE Careers You Can Pursue as an Electronics Technician

by on January 31st, 2019 in Articles News

Pursuing a career as an electronics technician offers you opportunities to work in a variety of jobs. If you enjoy tinkering with electronics and electrical systems, you will be a hot commodity in today’s technological workforce.

We already told you about these 4 careers you can pursue as an Electronics Tech.  Now we’ve got 4 MORE careers that you can pursue with an electronics technician education!

1. Manufacturing Technician

Manufacturing technicians typically work with machines in a factory setting. Usual work includes machine set-up, monitoring machine output, and troubleshooting when an error has been identified in the production process. Machinery in this setting operates using electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, or computer systems. If you are quick on your feet, and like problem-solving, this would be a great career path to take!

2. Broadcast Technician

Broadcast technicians work to ensure that radio or television broadcasts are clearly transmitted. You will work with electrical equipment to broadcast clear images and sounds. If you have strong manual dexterity and attentive hand-eye coordination, becoming a broadcast technician would be a great career opportunity.

3. Avionics Technician

Avionics technicians work with radar equipment, radio equipment, navigation systems, and missile control systems in aircraft or spacecraft.  You will provide ground support, conduct functional flight tests, and in some instances manually install electrical systems into aircraft. If you are proficient in your record keeping and enjoy maintenance and repair work, this may be the career path for you.

4. Electromechanical Technician

Electromechanical technicians work with unmanned equipment, like submarines or aircraft. You will conduct functional tests, calibrate, and provide general maintenance.  If you are interested in robotics, this job may provide opportunities to assist engineers during the development process.

Put Your Skills to Work

Do any of these sound like career opportunities you’d like to pursue? Start your new career as an electronics technician today. Our instructors are ready to share their real-world experiences and guide you toward success! Fill out the form, or call us today to get started! 1-800-317-0131

Balancing Work, School, and Home Life this Holiday Season

by on December 4th, 2018 in Articles News

The holiday season alone is enough to stress anyone out. But trying to balance work and school responsibilities during this time can cause added stress that no one needs. Finding the right balance between work, school, and home life isn’t always easy, but can be done. But how do you do it? We’re sharing a few tips to help you prioritize your time, and keep yourself on track!

Stick to a (Modified) Schedule

Try and give yourself some relief by sticking to a short-term, modified schedule – and be flexible! If your work schedule changes for Black Friday sales and pre-Christmas shoppers, you’ll have to make some changes to your study schedule. Every minute counts, so plan ahead and pack your study guides and reading materials for your lunch break or the bus ride into work. Use that time to review your materials and put a study plan into play. Setting realistic study goals will help you stay motivated to make it part of your (new, temporary) daily routine.

Add Color To Your Planner

With work, school, and family activities going on, it’s easy to miss something. Use a calendar or planner to make sure you don’t miss important homework deadlines or family gatherings. Categorize events with different colors so you can see what your schedule looks like at a glance. Quickly seeing what days are full – or when you have time to fill – will allow you to prioritize your time and will keep you on track.

Ask For Help When You Need it

If you need some help, ask! At home, delegate responsibilities to others who can help with the chores. At school, ask your instructors what specific topics to focus on, or for study guides to make the most of your study time. Need help with time management, or interviewing skills? Your Career Services advisor can help you put a career plan into place so you have a roadmap to reaching your goals. Setting small goals won’t seem overwhelming, and can help you balance your professional life and school with your personal and family responsibilities.

Finding the right balance this time of year can be a challenge. But, with the right mindset – and a little planning – you can continue to work toward your career goals!

Start a new year working toward a new career! Call Ayers Career College today! 1-800-317-0131

 

 

Career Training After Military Service

by on November 11th, 2018 in Articles Career Training News

If your military service is coming to an end, you might be wondering what your next career step will be. Many of the skills you learned and used in the military will transfer to a job in trades or healthcare. Career colleges and trade schools provide training and certifications that can lead to long-term jobs in today’s most in-demand career fields. A career training school like Ayers Career Colleges is a great option for military veterans settling back into civilian life.

What Career Colleges Offer

Career Colleges and Trade Schools usually offer several options for learning a new trade. Ayers Career College offers training programs in the trades and healthcare fields. Training options include Heating/AC/Refrigeration (HAVC-R), Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and Electronic Technician training. In addition, we offer shorter certification classes in IT technology fields or phlebotomy.

How Long are the Training Programs?

The career training programs can be completed in 36 weeks. For programs with evening schedules, training will take 60 weeks. The shorter certification classes range between 2 and 5 weeks.

This shorter timeframe can be better than committing to programs that take as long as 4 years at a traditional college or university. In under a year, you can be on your way to a new career in an in-demand field! With proper career training, you can earn a quality income to help support your family after your military service is complete.

Can I Use Financial Aid?

Federal and State Programs help eligible participants further their career. We encourage students to fill out the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for financial assistance. Students that meet the requirements will be awarded assistance to use toward a training program at Ayers.

Further, your financial aid officer can help determine if you are eligible to use VA benefits toward your career training.

Knowing you can complete a training program in one year (or less!) is great motivation to getting the education you deserve. Moreover, career training improves your chances of getting a high-quality, high-paying job in an in-demand industry! Get started by calling Ayers Career College today! 1-800-317-0131

6 Great Benefits of Being a Medical Assistant

by on October 12th, 2018 in Articles News

6 Great Benefits of Being a Medical Assistant

National Medical Assistant Recognition Week is coming up soon. That’s right! Being a certified medical assistant means you get a national week of recognition! That’s how important this incredibly rewarding career is.

But having a national week of recognition is not the only perk that comes with choosing a career in medical assisting. Here are just a few of the many other benefits:

Plenty of Job Opportunities with Competitive Pay

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, medical assistant jobs are projected to grow “much faster” than average job growth: 29 percent from 2016 to 2026. And the average salary for these indispensable members of the healthcare industry? $32,480 (as of May 2017).

Countless Specialty Fields

From pediatrics to geriatrics and everything in between, every specialty field in the healthcare industry needs professionally trained experts in healthcare assisting. Whether your goal is to surround yourself with the sweet sounds of cooing newborn babies or to hold the hand of those in need of extra attention in palliative care, you can choose whichever specialty suits your particular character.

Never-Ending New Experiences

Since no patient is the same, each new day brings new experiences and in the healthcare industry, you never know what the day will bring. It’s a far cry from the dreaded office job. Instead, you begin each day with a fresh start, welcoming the mysteries that lay ahead in the day.

Providing Essential, Life-Changing Services

Of course, there’s the undeniable joy and fulfillment that comes from providing care and concern to those who need it most. Being a medical assistant is just one way that our graduates contribute to a bigger picture by making the world a better place one patient at a time. Medical assistants leave lasting impressions on those they care for. What career is more rewarding than one that contributes such compassion?

Steps Towards Higher Learning

For those wishing to expand their careers in the medical field, becoming a medical assistant is the perfect first step towards a higher goal. Whether you want to become a Registered Nurse, LPN, or even a specialty doctor in another field, medical assistant training provides you with a great foundation to build on.

There are, of course, many more benefits to being a medical assistant – these are just a few. We want to take a moment to recognize our medical assistant graduates as well as encourage new students to pursue your dream of having one of the most rewarding careers there is.

Being your rewarding career in healthcare by enrolling in our next Medical Assistant class! Call us today to find out about our medical assistant certification program! 1-800-317-0131

 

Back to School for Grown-Ups: Career Training as an Adult

by on September 4th, 2018 in Articles Career Training News

It’s no secret that in this day and age higher education is important to increase your earnings. But what if you’ve been in the workforce for over a decade? Is it worth it to go back to school for a degree or specialized certification and how easy will it be to slide back into the student life?

The benefits of going back to school

The wage gap is growing and those that have degrees or certificates are doing much better than those without. It’s worth the time and money you put into getting certified in programs like HVAC repair, pharmacy technician, medical assistant, and electronic technicians because these jobs won’t be disappearing. In fact, as industries rely on more tech, fields like HVAC and electronics will always be looking for qualified people to fill the jobs. The medical field is one of the fastest growing fields and qualified medical assistants and pharmacy techs are always in demand. Going back to school will boost your ability to earn more and stay employed.

What about the costs?

There are costs to going back to school and getting a degree or a certified in a field. One way to help you afford your educational pursuits is to look into financial aid. Most colleges and trade schools offer some type of assistance to help you pay for tuition while you’re in school. Loan repayment is deferred until after you’ve gotten your degree or certificate so you’re not on the hook for payments until after you’ve finished your education.

Time management

Going back to school as an adult presents time challenges, as most people are already working and can’t just up and quit their jobs to seek more education. Many schools, like Ayers Career College, offer flexible schedules so you can learn while you earn. Career colleges also offer accelerated courses so you’re not spending years in college making it faster for you to get done and get out in the workforce working in the field you want.

Education is a lifelong pursuit, and you’re never too old to back and make yourself more marketable to employers who are looking for someone with your skill sets. You deserve to take the time and invest in yourself. Check out Ayers Career College to find flexible schedules, financial aid, and the teachers who are waiting to get you on your way to earning more money. Ready? Call us today! 1-800-317-0131

What Does it Take to Become an HVAC-R Technician?

by on August 14th, 2018 in Articles News

The demand for skilled HVAC Techs is growing, so this is the perfect time to start your new career. But learning how to maintain complex heating, ventilation, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems takes time. You’re probably wondering what does it take to become an HVAC Technician?

HVAC-R Tech training

Job requirements for an HVAC technician will vary by position since HVAC systems are becoming increasingly more complex. Many companies require new hires to complete HVAC training from an accredited school, like the one offered at Ayers Career College.

How long does it take to become an HVAC technician?

We know that not everyone is on the same schedule. That’s why we offer both day and night classes. Our day program takes only 36 weeks to complete, while our evening program can be completed in just 60 weeks.

Job Outlook and Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth within the HVAC field is expected to be 15% for the 2016-2026 time period. This represents a much faster growth than is seen in overall market trends. Additionally, the salary within the field is competitive, with the median salary for HVAC technicians at $47,080.

HVAC is an exciting career field. If you have questions or are ready to get started, call us today! 1-800-317-0131

Medical Assistant: A Great Career for Stay-at-Home Moms

by on July 30th, 2018 in News

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Working as a Medical Assistant is an excellent option for stay-at-home moms looking to jump back into the workforce. Not only does this profession highlight their already developed skills, including organizational tasks and caring for those who need help, it gives them the flexibility to do it on their own terms.

Here are 5 reasons why starting a career as a medical assistant is a great option for stay-at-home moms:

Training on your time

The 36-week program at Ayers Career College is a great option for students with families and other responsibilities. In fact, the schedule shouldn’t impact your children’s lives at all. Day classes meet from 8:30 am to 1:50 pm, giving you time to attend to your before- and after-school activities.

Career excitement

While being a stay-at-home mom is one of the most respected and rewarding careers out there, working as a Medical Assistant also has its benefits. Medical Assistants are essential in the healthcare community; assistants work with patients on a daily basis, ensuring their comfort and happiness while helping promote a healthier future.

Supplemental income

Because this job is in high demand, it has excellent stability and pay. The average salary for a Medical Assistant is $32,480, with plenty of room for growth through advanced degrees and certifications, which can give you and your family financial freedom and stability. The employment in this area is expected to grow by 29 percent—much faster than other occupations. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of this growing field.

Flexible work environment

Most Medical Assistants work in hospitals or care centers, which means there is a wide variety of shift types and schedules. Because your family should always come first, becoming a Medical Assistant is a great career for those who need flexibility in their hours. Though shifts can include swing shifts, weekends, and holidays, having the opportunity to earn overtime and make your own schedule outweighs the cons.

Perfect trait requirements

Best of all, stay-at-home moms already possess the skills necessary to be successful in this field, including being compassionate, organized, adaptable, a good listener, and being prepared for anything. Medical Assistants love helping others and want to be useful and impactful in their careers—just like loving mothers in their home lives. The technical skills will come through education, but programs cannot teach the personal traits Medical Assistants need to be successful, and as a stay-at-home mother, you’re already a step ahead.

To learn more about becoming a Medical Assistant, or to enroll in Ayers Career College’s nationally recognized and flexible program, call us today! Your new and exciting career is just 36-weeks away.

5 Reasons Why You Should Become an Electronics Technician

by on July 16th, 2018 in News

photograph of an Electronics Technician student sitting at a work desk soldering a circuit board

Working as an Electronics technician is a valuable and necessary part of today’s world. But how do you know if this is the right career for you? Do you enjoy working with your hands? Good with computers, wires, or other tech items? If you answered YES, you may be the right fit for this career path!

Here are a few more reasons why this may be the work for you.

The Work is Engaging and Involves Movement

Many people dread a workplace that is repetitive or requires them to stay in the same place all day. Want something new and challenging? As an Electronics Technician, you’ll work on sound systems, security systems, computer systems, or network servers. You might even do it all in the same day!

The Pay is Strong and Steady

The U.S. Bureau of Labor gives an average of $27.51 per hour for technician work, with many jobs paying over $50,000 annually. This type of work tends to be needed consistently since there will always be a need for maintenance or repairs in any complicated computer system.

Increasingly Digital World Requires More Technicians

The increased reliance on computers and electronic systems (like security systems) means that the world will continue to need more technicians. Digitized machines (like slot machines at the casinos) require more and different repairs than purely mechanical machines of the past. And, for example, as the LSU School of Medicine acquires more advanced equipment, they’ll need more technicians to both install and repair these systems over time.

Other industries, from advanced manufacturing to energy production, in and around Shreveport are adding electronic components to make their work more rapid, but they’ll always need the human element to keep those systems running.

This Work Offers Flexibility

Installers and dealers in home security systems can often become sub-contractors within a larger company and set their own schedules as Electronics Technicians. While many jobs are more traditional with salary or wages, Electronics Technicians can use their skills to start their own businesses that work with a variety of clients in the Shreveport, Louisiana area.

Training Can Be Done Quickly

It doesn’t take ages to become an Electronics Technician! At Ayers Career College, you’ll be ready for your new career after a short 36-week course. As part of your program, you’ll even take a Career Development course to help transition from the program to the work you are most interested in doing.

So, what are you waiting for?! Call us at 1-800-317-0131 right now so we can get you registered for our next class start!

New Campus President Named at Ayers Career College

by on June 22nd, 2018 in News

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Torris Ferguson, Campus President | Ayers Career College

Shreveport, LA, June 22, 2018 – Ayers Career College announced that Torris Ferguson has been named the new Campus President of Ayers Career College. Ferguson, a native of North Carolina, will bring an enormous amount of experience and expertise that will benefit the students of Ayers.

“Our number one priority is to provide our students the knowledge and skills required to immediately enter into a career in the fastest growing industries,” said Bruce Busada, chairman, Ayers Career College. “When looking at candidates from across the country, Torris stood out because of his record of successful student outcomes and expertise, especially in the in-demand information technology industry. We are excited for what this means for our students.

Prior to joining Ayers, Ferguson served as Assistant Campus Director of the Dallas, Texas campus of computer training and IT certification school MyComputerCareer. He was quickly promoted to Campus Director of MyComputerCareer’s Charlotte, North Carolina Campus. Prior to entering career education, Ferguson worked for the Capital Area Workforce Development Board in Raleigh, where he saw firsthand the type of educational training necessary for successful careers.

Ferguson believes the key to education is good educators focused on engaging their students. “One of my favorite quotes regarding my passion for higher education is an old Chinese Proverb – ‘Tell me, I’ll forget; show me, I’ll remember, involve me, I understand,’” explained Ferguson.

Ferguson received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College, a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management and is currently a candidate to receive a PhD in Higher Education Leadership. Ferguson is married to Torria Ferguson, who is a K-12 educator, and together they have five children. Their oldest son serves in the United States Air Force and recently graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base.

Ayers Career College has been training and placing men and women in the ArkLaTex in successful and in-demand careers since 1953, making it one of the oldest and longest-serving locally owned Shreveport career colleges today. Ayers current training programs include: Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician, Electronics Technician, as well as IT certification prep classes for CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Digital Literacy, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint. Ayers also provides customized contract training for businesses and organizations.

For more information on Ayers Career College, please contact us at 318-868-3000 or visit our website at www.ayers.edu.

Is Attending a Career College the Right Choice?

by on May 14th, 2018 in News

High costs and time demands of traditional four-year colleges make it hard for many people to continue their education. This can be frustrating for those looking for work in today’s job market. Thankfully, attending a school like Ayers Career College is a great option for those who want to jumpstart their career.

So, how do you know if attending a career college is the right choice for you?

You Don’t Know Where to Start.

Maybe you know you want a career in a certain field, but don’t know where to begin. Attending a career college can help you develop your skills with specialized career training courses.

If you’re looking for a career in the medical industry, taking a Medical Assisting course is a great place to start.

Or, start your healthcare career by training as a Pharmacy Technician.

If technology or IT is more your speed, consider an Electronics Technician course.

Get started in the trades industry by training as an HVAC Technician.

Your career counselor can help you find the program that best fits your career needs and interests.

You Want to Begin a Specific Career.

If you have specific career goals in mind, consider a career college with programs in that field. If your goal is to become an LPN or RN, a course in medical assisting can help launch your career in the healthcare field. Attending a career college is a great option for those who know which career they want to pursue, and want to start working in a short amount of time.

You Want a Career Promotion!

Completing specialized courses can catapult you to the front of the line, even if you have work experience. With a CompTIA a+ Certification, you are better positioned to stand out from the crowd of IT professionals applying for the higher positions you want.

If you work in construction, an electronics technician certification or HVAC-R diploma will strengthen career skills, and make you an even more valuable contractor for your customers.

Potential employers are certain to notice extra certifications on your resume. Showing your commitment to knowledge and learning with a certification makes you a valuable asset and shows potential employers that you are sincere about your career.

If you are ready to begin a new career or want that promotion in your existing career, contact us today. With financial aid and flexible scheduling, you could be well on your way to a fulfilling career within weeks!

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