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May the Fourth Be with You: Free Donut Friday

by on April 30th, 2018 in Campus Events

You’re invited to take a tour of Ayers Career College!

invitation to Ayers Career College open house. May 4, 2018. Get a free donut when you tour the school

Get a donut this Friday, May 4, 2018 when you come tour our school! Classes start soon, and we can help get you registered for any of our upcoming classes.

Come on out, have a donut and see what we’re all about! Meet our staff, say hello to instructors, tour our classroom, and chat about how we can help you reach your career goals!

Tours (and donuts) are available this Friday, May 4, 2018 from 8:00 am – 11:00 am. We’re excited to meet some new students, so reserve your spot (and your donut!) today!

 

 

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!

Your Career Prescription: Pharmacy Technician Training

by on February 19th, 2018 in Uncategorized

If you’re looking to break into the world of healthcare, you might consider becoming a pharmacy technician. Pharmacy technicians are essential to your local pharmacy. They work along with the pharmacist to fill prescriptions, organize drug inventory, and work to meet patients healthcare need.

Pharmacy technicians aren’t only needed at the local pharmacy. Licensed pharmacy technicians are needed in hospitals, clinics, government offices, and pharmaceutical research companies. These unique opportunities not only allow you to work within the healthcare industry but also give you a glimpse into a variety of advancement careers.

So, what’s the benefit of going through a pharmacy tech program?

Real-World Experience

Students in the pharmacy technician program are eligible for an externship program. This allows you to put your newly learned skills to work in a pharmacy while you are still in class. This experience will offer valuable insight into your future career, and the chance to complement your education with real-life circumstances.

Short-Term Program Leads to Long-Term Employment

Taking a certification course can increase your options of being hired at specialized pharmacies. Certain states may also require certification to be eligible for employment. Completing a pharmacy technician program can also increase your chances of career advancement. Formal training will help you work your way up the ladder, with pay that mirrors your knowledge and expertise in the field.

Sometimes you don’t have the ability to go to a two- or four-year program to further your career. The pharmacy technician program at Ayers Career College can be completed in 36 weeks to get you on the road to employment as soon as possible.

Ayers Career College provides advanced career training for Shreveport and the surrounding areas. The Ayers pharmacy technician program can provide you with the knowledge to begin a rewarding, well-paying career that is always in demand. If you are seeking a rewarding career in the healthcare industry, call us today to learn more about becoming a certified pharmacy technician! 1-800-317-0131

 

This article was originally written and published in 2010 and has been updated according to industry standards. 

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.

Some Of The Companies That Hire Our Graduates Include