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4 Simple Tips to Help You Choose the Best Career College

by on April 9th, 2018 in Articles News

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There are many things to consider when choosing a school for your career training. Location and program availability are obvious factors you need to look at, but there are other criteria that you should know about before deciding on your school of choice. Here are a few things to help you choose the best career college for you.

1. Check Accreditation

Accreditation standards are set up to ensure that the school provides you with a quality education. There are guidelines that schools must follow to ensure that they provide you with the education necessary to qualify you to enter your career field. Attending an accredited school like Ayers Career College is important for two main reasons. First, accreditation will help make you more successful. You will be provided with an education that has taught you the necessary skills for your chosen field. Additionally, many employers require you to hold a degree from an accredited school. You do not want your employment options limited because your degree is from an unaccredited institution.

2. Understand Entrance Requirements

Most schools have minimum requirements to be admitted as a student. Some requirements are simple and consist of having a high school diploma or GED. Other times you will be faced with requirements that include prerequisite classes or letters of recommendation. Be sure to understand the school’s requirements and make sure that they are attainable before choosing your school.

3. Compare Costs

A great benefit to choosing a career college is that they are often much less expensive than a four-year university. Though costs will vary by program, you can save thousands of dollars throughout your education and reduce your potential student loan debt. While you will see savings, it is important to compare tuition prices and financial aid options when you choose a school.

4. Financial Aid Options

Financial aid is a great resource to help mitigate the costs of school. Find out whether the school is eligible for federal grants and check into the school’s private scholarship programs. These options can help you save tremendously on your tuition.

Ayer’s Career College is proud to offer a wide range of career training programs and financial aid resources to our students. Want to learn more? Get the information you need by calling us at 1-800-317-0131 today!

Women in Trades: No Limits

by on March 1st, 2018 in News

Fifty years ago it was not common for women to work in trade occupations. In fact, it was not common even twenty or ten years ago. Men dominated the world of electricity, construction, heating, and even the medical industry. Fast forward to today, and there are so many more opportunities for women in the workforce. Women can be electronic technicians, medical assistants, HVAC installers, and business owners.

At Ayers Career College, we want you to know you can train for any career you want! Interested in becoming an HVAC-R technician or electronics technician? Go for it! Is medical assisting or the pharmacy industry more your speed? That’s great! There are so many opportunities and benefits of pursuing any one of these careers.

The Benefits of Working in Trade Fields

  • You will have a job. Choosing a career in trades means you are choosing a profession where there is a need for highly qualified workers. You are choosing a field that pays well and ever growing areas of furthering your education and expertise.
  • There is a high demand for professionals in trades. Companies know graduates of Ayers Career College have a high level of quality and professionalism. We have a high value for keeping our program up-to-date, so you receive the best education in your field.
  • You’re paving the way for future generations. By choosing to follow your dreams and work in trades, you are teaching the next generation of young women they can do the same. They can be whatever they want, and you are helping teach them that.

Networking Opportunities

Still feeling hesitant about pursuing a job in the trade world? There are many organizations out there directed towards helping tradeswomen. ANEW is an organization providing extra training and offers assistance in finding employment as well as other services. They have been around since 1980 and are a proponent of women pursuing nontraditional careers. Women in HVACR is another great organization filled with resources for women hoping to pursue a career in this specific field.

We are so excited about the future and specifically the future of women in trades. If you are interested in pursuing a career as a tradeswoman, we would love to chat with you more about exploring a career as an HVAC technician or starting a career in electronics technology!

March is Women’s History Month, and we want to celebrate past victories and future successes for women especially in the area of trade. We hope you celebrate Women’s History Month and know you are the incredible women of tomorrow’s history. Because after all – who runs the world? That’s right – girls!

4 Tips to Help You Train for a New Career While Working Full Time

by on February 6th, 2018 in Articles News

Starting a new job can be pretty exciting! But preparing for a new career requires dedication, and often times specific training. That can be challenging for someone already working full-time.

We’ve put together 4 steps to help you successfully transition into a new career while balancing your current full-time job.

1) Know what type of training your new career will require.
The first step in preparing for your new career is to determine the skill set and training that you will need to have. Transferable skills are those skills that you already have and can take from your existing job to virtually any new job. Examples of these would include supervisory skills, communication skills, or the computer program skills that you possess.

If you lack any of these, Ayers Career College will help you develop those skills. In addition to our full career training programs, we also offer shorter certification courses in programs like Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, or Powerpoint.

2) Take advantage of professional development opportunities.
Be the first person to participate in any skills development opportunities that your current employer offers, especially if they relate to the new career path you are pursuing. Some employers will even help pay for school classes if they will help you in your current position.

Students at Ayers Career College should take advantage of the Career Development class to help you build your resume, or practice for a successful job interview.

3) Do not let your career preparation interfere with your current employment.
As you begin preparing for your career transition, make sure that you do not ignore your current job responsibilities. In the end, it’s important to leave your job on a positive note since you may need a reference when you apply for future employment!

4) Strive to maintain proper work-life balance.
Avoiding burnout is vital to ensuring a successful transition to a new career. Yes, you’ll be busy! But, you can prevent burnout by saving time for family, friends, and recreational activities.

What is the best way for workers to train for a new career?

The best way for full-time workers to train for a new career is to enroll in an accredited career college. With multiple professional associations and accreditations, Ayers Career College caters to the busy lives of people with full-time employment by offering flexible certification classes. Financial aid packages are also available to qualified applicants.

Contact us today to learn how we can help you train for an exciting new career as a pharmacy technician, medical assistant, or electronics technician. We can’t wait to help you realize your career dreams!

Get Hired at our Upcoming Job Fair!

by on January 31st, 2018 in Campus Events

Ayers Career College is hosting a job fair on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 1:30pm - 4:30pm in Shreveport Louisiana

Winter Job Fair Scheduled for February 22

Looking for a new job, or a career change? Spend the day at the Ayers Career College Job Fair on Thursday, February 22, 2018!

Connect with employers seeking candidates for full-time and part-time opportunities! Join us from 1:30 pm-4:30 pm for our biggest job fair yet!

From Lifeshare Blood Center to Walgreens to Service Experts, more than 20 top employers from throughout Northwest Louisiana will be attending to hire qualified candidates!

Admission is free, there is no cost to attend this job fair!
Bring your resumé, and dress to impress!

The Details

DATE: Thursday, February 22, 2019
TIME: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
HELD AT: Ayers Career College, located at 8820 Jewella Ave., Shreveport

Starting a Career in the Medical Field

by on January 16th, 2018 in Articles News

…Without Going to Med School

You want a job that’s exciting and rewarding, and your heart is set on a career in the medical field. You’re in luck – this is a growing industry where you will find many career opportunities of all types and levels. Thankfully, there are positions that don’t require the same long-term schooling (or financial commitment) that med school does. Best of all, they can be just as rewarding!

Your options when breaking into the healthcare world are almost endless. There are plenty of workplace settings where you can focus your healthcare career. One great option is becoming a medical assistant.

What does a medical assistant do?

Most medical assistants take on both clinical and administrative tasks. They tend to be the ‘Jack-of-all-trades’ in the medical world. On the clinical side they’ll be checking vital signs, recording medical history, or assisting in the trauma room. On the administrative side they help with things like scheduling appointments, or and assisting patients paperwork. Of course, the specific duties will depend on the healthcare facility.

So where do medical assistants work, then?

The most common places to work as a medical assistant are doctors offices, urgent care caners, hospitals, or clinics. However, many medical assistants find rewarding careers in unexpected places, such as chiropractors offices, nursing homes, assisted living communities, or medical labs.

Working as a medical assistant in a doctors office, or urgent care center is usually less hectic than a hospital or emergency room. It also allows you to work in a specific field of medicine. But maybe working in a fast-paced setting is where your heart is. Working as a medical assistant in an ER is tough – just as any job in the ER is – but it is also very rewarding.

Ready for the challenge?

Think working as a medical assistant could be the perfect fit for you? Check out our Medical Assistant program for a course description and schedule. When you’re ready, Ayers Career College is here to provide you with the specialized, hands-on education and training you’ll need to get started. In less than a year, you’ll be working in a career field you love!

New Year’s Resolutions for a Working Student

by on December 20th, 2017 in Articles News

The New Year is nearly upon us, and with it brings a list of New Year’s Resolutions. For many, New Year’s Resolutions may last only a few months and then slowly yet surely old habits begin to creep back in. Here at Ayers Career College, want to see your New Year bring in better grades and healthier lifestyles.

You work, have a family, and go to school. To say your life is hectic would be an understatement. You started school because you desire to grow, learn, and create a better life for yourself, and we want to help. Here are some New Year’s Resolutions that will help you improve your health, grades, and even yourself.

1. Stay Rested

It cannot be stressed enough, but a way to a healthy body and a healthy brain is through sleep. If you know you are not getting enough sleep right now, it is time for a switch. Staying rested will not only make you feel better but will also improve your thinking. Better thinking will result in better grades!

2. Get Organized

This is difficult for some people. We suggest getting a planner or downloading an app you will actually use to keep a schedule. Then, here is the key: use it! At the beginning of the week, take time to sit down and schedule your week. This means penciling in time for studying and homework as well as exercise and some downtime to simply rest and breathe.

3. Take a Day Off

You can choose to go nonstop until you hit a wall, or you can schedule the time to rest and refuel to keep going for the long haul. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Make sure to schedule one day a week to not look at homework or work but to do the things you love and bring you life. If you are in a season of life where a day is not an option, then give yourself half a day or schedule thirty minutes in every day where you can breathe and feel refreshed.

4. Start Moving

Exercise has so many benefits and not just physically. Making time for just thirty minutes of movement every day will benefit you physically, mentally, and emotionally. If you are new to exercising, do not feel overwhelmed. Start with going for a walk in nature, or explore different options to find something you love. You will find that exercise can become a place to escape and recharge.

5. Don’t do it Alone

Whether it is studying, exercising, or your day off, find people to enjoy it with. You weren’t meant to do it all alone.

It may seem like very few of these resolutions actually have to do with schooling, but by taking care of yourself, you will quickly see an improvement in your work. Begin the New Year by valuing yourself, getting organized, and see the difference it will make in every area of your life.

Congratulations, Graduates!

by on December 13th, 2017 in Student Testimonials

On Saturday, December 9, 2017 we held a formal ceremony for our students graduating from their programs of study. We are so proud of all that you have accomplished, and wish you all the best in your new careers!

collage photo of Ayers graduates from December 9, 2017

Graduates from our HVAC Program are:  Aubree Woodson, Chancel Goldsmith, Christopher Hall, Corey Steadman, Dennis Hall, Nicholas Burks, Raymond Myers, Seth Orr, She’Mazien Holt, and Zachary Skinner

Graduates from our Medical Assistant Program are:  Crystal Hill, Jeri Burkhalter, Kimberly Valdez, Kristen Burkhalter, Marquita Jones, Megan Ladatto, Michele Wilson, Na’Talya Allen, and Taylor Robinson

Graduates from our Pharmacy Technician Program are:  Ashley Mims, Brenda Jenkins, Byunca Ellis, Clarissa Johnson, Jimnesha Reliford, Ola Ivey, Shakerinie Butler, Terence Pierre, Tiesha Bowman, and William Swaim

Graduates from our Electronics Technician Programs are:  Jeremy Walker, Greg Lafitte, and Torrance Barkley

Remembering to Balance Work, Life & School During the Holiday Season

by on November 20th, 2017 in Articles News

Balancing work, life, and school during the holidays can be stressful. We know you have so much on your plate with shopping for gifts, preparing meals and getting in time for studying. Here are some tips to help keep your busy life organized and manageable during the holiday season.

Prioritize Your To-Do List. Sit down during the weekend and think about what it is that you need to do during the week. The next step is to list those items by when they need to be completed. This process will help you create a weekly timeline for working through your to-do list.

Shop Online. If you feel that shopping is another task that takes time away from family and studying, think about ways to making this task easier. For example, can you do some of your holiday shopping online? If you plan far enough ahead, shopping online also comes with free shipping and plenty of time for wrapping. Have you considered doing online grocery shopping? Websites like Jet and Boxed can ship items directly to your doorstep for little or no cost.

Prepare Meals Ahead of Time. Do you find it hard to serve meals during the holiday season? Try preparing meals on the weekends so you aren’t spending precious weekday time in the kitchen. Another preparation secret is to prepare meals in bulk and freeze them. This allows you to pull already cooked meals from the freezer as needed. Think about making items that freeze well like double batches of chili or crock pot ready meals.

Set Aside Time for Studying. Remember to make school a priority. Set blocks of time aside for uninterrupted studying or getting together with study groups. Remember to arrange for childcare for these blocks of time.

Take Time for Yourself. The holidays can get overwhelming with all the pressures we put on ourselves. Set aside time for a walk or meeting a friend to recharge your batteries. If you can’t get away, take a moment during your commuting time to center your thoughts and clear your mind.

Remember that staying organized during the holiday season can help you remain calm and maintain a balance in your lifestyle. Ayers Career College wishes all of their students and faculty a very Happy Holiday Season. If you would like to join the ACC family contact us for more information.

Ever Thought About a Career in Pharmacy?

by on October 9th, 2017 in Articles News Pharmacy Tech Training

Recently, the Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) posted an article outlining the need for Pharmacy Technicians and the problems associated with this need. The need stems from the training gap between unemployed people and unfilled jobs.

In June 2017, 7.1 million* Americans were unemployed

CECU writes, “What if you couldn’t find someone to issue your prescription?  The demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 9% over the next decade, requiring no less than 34,700 new professionals during this time, according to BLS.”

At the same time, 6.2 million* jobs are unfilled

With 6.2 million jobs open and 7.1 million people looking for jobs, why aren’t they being filled? The reason is that those who are looking for employment are not always qualified because they lack the correct training.

The problem? Lack of appropriate training & skills

CECU writes: Today over half of pharmacy technician credentials come from postsecondary career colleges and universities. In 2016, postsecondary career colleges awarded 6,826 credentials in this field out of 13,087 awarded in all of higher education, or 52% of all pharmacy technician awards. Between 2011-2015, the sector awarded 69,579 awards. Our institutions will be integral to meeting the rising demand for pharmacy technicians in the next 10 years, and we are ready to meet the challenge.

“Pharmacy technicians bring important skills and support to their roles in various healthcare settings,” said Janis Paulson, CEO of Unitek College. “Programs provided by institutions in our sector are essential to providing both theoretical knowledge and applied skills that prepare graduates to be successful in this field.”

Pharmacy technicians perform important roles with both patients and other healthcare professionals. They work directly with patients, organize inventory,  process payment and insurance information, and mix medications under the supervision of a pharmacist. Advances in pharmaceutical research coupled with a higher demand for prescription medication due to factors like increasing numbers of cases of chronic disease will lead to higher demand for pharmacy technicians. In addition, as pharmacies begin offering a greater number of services such as flu shots and vaccines, pharmacy technicians will be needed to support this larger role.

“Without our schools, thousands of students would not be able to be trained adequately for careers as pharmacy technicians,” said Steve Gunderson, president & CEO of CECU. “It is important for both those students and our nation’s economy that they have access to the programs that will help them enter this field and fill the rising job demand.”

Are you interested in pursuing a career as a Pharmacy Technician? Ayers Career College would love to help make this a reality. Contact us and see how you can get started!

Exploring a Career in the HVAC Industry

by on September 12th, 2017 in Articles News

It’s no secret that choosing a job in the trades is a smart career choice. Research from Explore the Trades shows that these jobs are high-growth and offer high wages. A rising star in the trades industry is the HVAC field (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning). The tremendous growth rate and excellent pay for this industry makes it an attractive option for any skilled worker. We have the perfect cheat-sheet to determine if this high-wage field is the right career for you:

WHO: Who Makes a Great HVAC Technician?

A quick review of the career field on Explore The Trades shows that HVAC Technicians typically do not need a college degree. It is common to receive credentials by taking short-term certification classes. Experience with a variety of power tools and electrical systems is a plus.

WHAT: What Do HVAC Technicians Do?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), you can expect to work installing, maintaining and repairing heating and cooling systems for buildings ranging from homes, schools, major factories, and industrial buildings. Specific tasks vary from using blueprints to set up a system (correctly installing all lines, wiring, ducts and other components) to inspection and replacement of worn or broken parts.

WHERE: Where Do HVAC Technicians Work?

BLS data reports that these technicians have very steady employment working for manufacturers, contractors, and construction companies; approximately 10% are self-employed. An interesting new development in the field is the growth of nanotechnology and similar precision-based workplaces that require incredibly high-maintenance cleanrooms. In these environments, HVAC systems are crucially important.

With the BLS reporting average wages of over $45,000 and the nationwide addition of nearly 40,000 new jobs by 2024, there has never been a better time to launch your career as an HVAC Technician.

Still not sure if this is the right job for you? We’d love to speak you and help you determine the right education, certification, and career pathway. Make sure to request for more information and one of our admission representatives will contact you shortly!

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