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Ayers Partners with LifeShare Blood Centers for Donation Drives

by on December 10th, 2016 in News

blood-drive-todayAt Ayers Career College, we are committed helping those in our community.

Did you know: several hundred blood donations are needed every week to meet the needs of patients just in our area! By donating blood, you are helping to fulfill a vital role by contributing to our community blood supply, and helping to reach goals for meeting patient needs for blood.

Ayers Career College has partnered with LifeShare Blood Centers, and will be hosting several blood donation drives on campus throughout 2017. Click here for our full schedule.

To help ensure efficiency, donor safety, and so we all have a great experience, we ask that students please schedule a specific time to sit for your blood donation. This allows us, and LifeShare, to plan ahead so they can schedule staff and resources for the number of people registered to donate blood.

Our goal is to make our 2017 donation year the best, most successful yet! If you’d like to schedule an appointment to donate blood during one of our donation events, please stop by the front desk, or talk Mr. stripling!

Click here for our full 2017 Blood Donation Drive schedule with LifeShare Blood Centers

 

Is CompTIA A+ REALLY the Standard for IT Pros?

by on December 5th, 2016 in Articles News

Whether you’re a fan of CompTIA A+ certification or not, the question remains: it is the REAL standard certification for IT professionals? Would you be better off seeking out some other certification?

Let’s talk a little first about A+ certification and what it means for you the budding IT pro. A+ certification is an entry-level certification for PC service technicians. When you pass the A+ exam, you become certified in computer installation, maintenance, customization, and operator.

CompTIA is the shortened name for Computing Technology Industry Association, a trade group comprised of distributors, manufacturers, and resellers. They are involved in many aspects of business ethics and professionalism, as well as aspects of computer ownership such as warranties, product returns, and price protections. CompTIA also sponsors certification in areas like document imaging and network certification exams.

Though it has traditionally been a lifetime certification, these days with frequent technology changes an A+ certification must be renewed every 3 years. Since they are non-product specific, CompTIA exams are more basic in nature than other certifications that deal with a specific hardware or software platform.

So what does all of this mean? It all boils down to CompTIA is an industry standard. A certification that is a gateway to employment possibilities, a CompTIA A+ certification doesn’t limit you in one aspect of IT but demonstrates a general proficiency that you are more or less ready for employment in an introductory role in IT.

Most IT pros still seek out other certifications, and of course the more certifications you have, the better off you are when it comes to pursuing jobs with more specific or detailed responsibilities. Of course, you will need to build experience before pursuing those jobs anyway, so the safest and arguably best course of action as you are beginning is starting at A+, then working your way up.

Working your way up is generally a sound career strategy no matter what your field, right?

For more information on the CompTIA A+ certification program offered at Ayers Career College, Call Janice Evans at 318-868-3000 today! Financing options are available.

DISCLAIMER: All information presented in this article is for informational purposes only. Specific class schedules (day/evening/weekend/online), or program names may not currently be offered at Ayers Career College. For current training programs available, please visit ayers.edu/programs or speak to an Admissions Officer by calling us at 1-800-317-0131

Pharmacy Tech Certificate: 3 Reasons Why it’s Worth Getting

by on July 27th, 2016 in Articles News

There are many reasons why it’s worth your while to get your Pharmacy Tech certificate from Ayers Career College. We have been training students for specialized careers since 1953, and started the Pharmacy Technician program in 2004. Since then, we have been training students to become reliable members of a pharmacy healthcare team. Our 36 week program combines hands-on training with classroom instruction, and is taught by knowledgeable instructors who have years of real-world experience.

Here are 3 reasons why you should get a Pharmacy Tech Certificate at Ayers!

Hands-on, Real-life training: Your career training will include learning exercises like mock clinics – which will be set up with real-life, practical scenarios – as well as hands-on training inside a realistic pharmacy setting. Best of all, you will learn from certified instructors (certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board).

You’ll Build a Strong Foundation of Knowledge:  You will learn the basics of medical abbreviations, pharmacy calculations, and drug interactions – You’ll be taught how to make medications, IV admixtures and compound drugs, as well as fill capsules, syrups, lotions, and solutions. You’ll also learn the basics to maintaining patient records. We help you build a solid foundation so you can grow and excel in your career!

PT’s are Kind-of a Big Deal!  Pharmacy Technicians are in great demand in a variety of workplaces. So, an externship will help you to practice, learn, and develop the skills necessary to get started in a functional pharmacy. Plus, you’ll learn the necessary customer service skills to be able to answer or direct any concerns and questions of customers that will help you expand your education and potential career options!

Additional career development courses are open to all pharmacy tech students – These courses will teach you effective interview skills, social network usage, how to write a quality resume, and how to build a professional portfolio. In addition, you’ll learn about networking, time management, what constitutes professional attire, and how to find and follow job leads

Graduating students will be eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. After graduation and passing the exam, you will be able to work in retail or hospital pharmacies, university laboratories, government research agencies, or within the biopharmaceutical industry. The job placement rate for graduates of our program is 85% (we also offer full-time job placement assistance). Financing might be an option for you through private and federal scholarships, loans, and grants.

Consider attending Ayers Career College for an exciting career as a Pharmacy Technician. Call us today, or simply fill out the form you see on this page and talk with one of our helpful and professional staff members about getting started in your brand new Pharmacy Tech career!

DISCLAIMER: All information presented in this article is for informational purposes only. Specific class schedules (day/evening/weekend/online), or program names may not currently be offered at Ayers Career College. For current training programs available, please visit ayers.edu/programs or speak to an Admissions Officer by calling us at 1-800-317-0131

CompTIA Certifications: Worth it, or Nah?

by on May 19th, 2016 in News

If you work in an IT field – or hope to at some point – you need to be familiar with CompTIA certifications. They are the standard measure of competence that should be included on every IT resume.

Many experts have worked in IT for years without ever completing the certifications, but they only limit their options. Even if you have passed a test or two, there may be benefits that you are overlooking. No matter who you are, these are some of the key things continuing your education through CompTIA can do for you.

CompTIA Certification at Ayers Career College

Focus Your Learning
One thing is certain with a career in IT: you will always be learning. Whether you are looking for a first job, are trying to change careers or you are a seasoned veteran, CompTIA certification can serve as a focal point for your learning. Keeping up with the ever present changes in technology means continuing your studies no matter what. The A+ and specialty curricula are regularly updated to make sure what you study remains pertinent to the field. This can help you find strengths and weaknesses to further expand your knowledge and skills.

The Good Jobs Demand It
CompTIA offers many different official certifications, but trying to get a professional level IT job without at least the basic A+ on your resume is next to impossible. Large companies often use it as an initial screening to see which resumes get the trash pile. Government positions almost universally require these certifications for hire, and those jobs account for a huge percentage of career-level positions. If you want your IT work to come with health benefits, vacation, retirement and stability, you need CompTIA to get your foot in the door.

Discover or Expand a Specialty
Like any field, IT professionals are worth more when they specialize. Work experience can help you determine if you prefer networking, security or any number of other particular expanses, but exploring specialty certifications will really give you an idea of how deeply you really want to explore a niche IT avenue. Once again, the certification training is a starting point to open doors to truly expert levels of practice that can easily mean a difference of tens of thousands of dollars a year.

Join a Community
Many people build lifelong relationships during their higher education. While CompTIA certifications present a very different environment than college or other formal training paths, it will still lend you to interact with people who share your skills and interests. This can be great for you socially, building important friendships and partnerships, but it is crucial professionally. Networking is the most important part of developing your career in the modern world, and this holds especially true in technology related fields. You’ll be surprised to see how valuable your friends and contacts can be even if you’ve never met them in the flesh.

There is little reason to put off completing your certifications. Courses and tests are more affordable than ever, and there are plenty of ways to work around your existing schedule. Take a look at some of the different paths to plan the right one for you and get started with the next, more successful, part of your professional life.

Want More Information? Call Nic Melancon at 318-868-3000 (Or Simply Fill Out The Form You See On This Page!)

Sources:
https://ayers.edu/comptia-network-plus-certification/
https://www.pluralsight.com/blog/career/comptia-certification
https://certification.comptia.org/why-certify/professionals

DISCLAIMER: All information presented in this article is for informational purposes only. Specific class schedules (day/evening/weekend/online), or program names may not currently be offered at Ayers Career College. For current training programs available, please visit ayers.edu/programs or speak to an Admissions Officer by calling us at 1-800-317-0131

Careers in Electronics Technology: Satellite/Cable TV installation and Service

by on January 22nd, 2016 in News

Ayers ETElectronics Technology students will find a whole list of potential career paths they can seek; ATM service, manufacturing wiring installer, and home theater installation are just a few of the occupations available.

Another common job is in satellite or cable television installation or service. Satellite and cable TV providers serve a large number of customers, and the sheer volume of installers needed means consistent job openings for qualified professionals.

The industry often refers to satellite and cable TV installers as telecom technicians, a title reflecting the technical nature of their job. Their job often includes setting up, rearranging, or replacing routing and dialing equipment (since most boxes these days include Internet connection). In addition, telecom technicians inspect, repair and replace faulty, damaged or malfunctioning equipment, and make service and maintenance calls for adjustments and re-calibrations.

For someone pursuing employment in the electronics technology field, starting off as telecom technician just might lead you to a decades long career! As a telecom technician, you’ll develop skills on the job that can also be use in a variety of other occupations, which means that becoming a telecom technician can be a good career move whether you intend on staying in that field or pursuing another.

So, whether you’re moving toward satellite or cable TV installation and service, or another field in electronics technology, you have several options. Your career is what you make of it, and the skills you develop can solidify your job prospects for years to come!

If you’re ready to take the first step in starting your career in electronics, give us a call! Schedule an appointment with your Admissions Officer, and figure out enrollment options – including financial aid programs that can help you pay for your career training!

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics*, telecommunications technicians have a job growth rate of about 4 percent, which places it at the average for all professions. This rate means relatively promising job prospects for young telecommunications professionals just entering the industry.

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

DISCLAIMER: All information presented in this article is for informational purposes only. Specific class schedules (day/evening/weekend/online), or program names may not currently be offered at Ayers Career College. For current training programs available, please visit ayers.edu/programs or speak to an Admissions Officer by calling us at 1-800-317-0131

4 Careers You Can Pursue with an Electronics Technician Education

by on January 20th, 2016 in News

4 Careers You Can Pursue with an Electronics Technician EducationAs an area that will continue to need new workers to fill positions, there is an odd confusion surrounding the electronics technology field.

What can I do with THAT?
What does an electronics technician even do?
Can I get a job with that?

Believe it or not, there are answers to those questions! …And they are all affirmative and positive in nature. No, electronics technicians are not electricians (though they do often work with wiring and electricity), and they are not merely cable TV installers (though they may do that job as well).

Electronics technicians cover a relatively wide array of jobs within a small sliver of the technology/electronics field, which gives them options, though many electronics technicians do find areas they enjoy working in more than others.

So let’s end the confusion now: here are 4 career paths in electronics technology that you may find helpful.

1… Central Office Technician: These workers install the “guts” of a central hub or office in many businesses. Their main duties include setting up and maintaining switches, fiber optic cables, and routers in a central office setting. Businesses that feature call centers and telecommunications hubs often employ central office technicians to help manage send, process, and amplify data from telephone, Internet, and cable connections.

2… PBX Installer and Repairer: Setting up private branch exchange (PBX) switchboards for call centers and other businesses that need to juggle a large number of phone lines, PBX installers connect telecom equipment to communications lines, including installation and testing of frames, supports, power systems, alarms, and software. They also may work with voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as well as Internet connections and network applications.

3… Headend Technician: Cable and television companies employ Headend Technicians, who work in a similar capacity to Central Office Technicians. Headend technicians often work at distribution centers.

4… Station Installers and Repairers: The prototypical electronics technician job, Station Installers and Repairers install telecommunications equipment including cable TV and satellite equipment, home theater equipment, and other electronic home and business devices. Their duties also include testing lines and diagnosing problems.

So, now that we’ve talked about the types of career you can have as an electronics technician, lets talk about getting you to that point. First, you’ll need the right guidance and training – which, lucky for you, we can provide!

Instructors in our Electronics Technician program have years of real-world experience, and know what employers in the area are looking for. Our instructors are focused on the success of our students, and are committed to seeing them achieve their career goals. With their instruction and guidance, electronics technician students learn and develop the skills necessary to get started in this growing field of technology.

Want a bit more information, or just ready to jump in and get started! Fill out the form you see on the top this page, and we’ll get in touch with you to discuss your enrollment options!

DISCLAIMER: All information presented in this article is for informational purposes only. Specific class schedules (day/evening/weekend/online), or program names may not currently be offered at Ayers Career College. For current training programs available, please visit ayers.edu/programs or speak to an Admissions Officer by calling us at 1-800-317-0131

Medical Assistant or Medical Office Specialist: Which Is For You?

by on January 8th, 2016 in News

Ayers Graduates | Medical Office Specialist and Medical AssistantHealthcare is a field that is in need of all types of employees – from doctors and nurses, all the way to Medical Assistants and Medical Office Specialists. Chances are, you know what sort of path you need to be on if becoming a doctor or nurse is in your future. But, if you’re thinking you’d want to be a Medical Assistant or part of the medical office staff, then the path might not be as clear, and the answer to which career you’d rather have might not be as easy.

So, Medical Assistant or Medical Office Specialist – which to choose? There are important similarities (and clear differences) that make these two occupations distinct, but sometimes difficult to distinguish.

First, let’s look at the similarities. Each position handles clerical and administrative tasks in their office environment. Answering phones, handling mail, and maintaining paperwork or electronic filing systems are all part of both professions, in some degree. In that sense, both of these positions complete many similar tasks in a doctor’s office or medical clinic, so it’s the differences between the two that spotlight the distinction between a Medical Office Specialist and Medical Assistant.

Medical Assistants often perform clinical tasks that Medical Office Specialists do not. While Medical Assistants and Medical Office Specialists performs many – if not all – of the same front-desk duties, Medical Assistants also often go back into the treatment rooms with patients and handle some of the clinical duties under the supervision and direction of the doctor.

As a result, Medical Assistants are required to learn additional terminology and should have a better grasp on a doctor’s vocabulary. It’s important to note that a medical assistant is a different position than physician assistant, Medical Assistants do not require the same medical knowledge as a PA. While our MA and MOS career training programs are similar, there are distinct differences between the two.

Both career paths have an upward-facing job outlook, and both are vital to the proper functioning of any medical office. Which position appeals more to you is a personal decision, but one that we can help you make. Schedule an appointment today to discuss training programs, and career options, for both Medical Assistants and Medical Office Specialists. Admissions Officers at Ayers can answer any questions you have about both professions, and can help you get started on the path to the best career for you!

Learn more about our Medical Assistant program, or our Medical Office Assistant program and then contact us today by filling out the form you see on the top of this page. Or, if you prefer, you can call us at 1-800-317-0131 or stop by our campus in Shreveport. We can’t wait to help you get started!

DISCLAIMER: All information presented in this article is for informational purposes only. Specific class schedules (day/evening/weekend/online), or program names may not currently be offered at Ayers Career College. For current training programs available, please visit ayers.edu/programs or speak to an Admissions Officer by calling us at 1-800-317-0131

Celebrating 20 Years with Karen Squyres

by on December 10th, 2015 in News

Today we are really excited to celebrate the 20 Year Anniversary of Karen Squyres working with us at Ayers! We are so proud of the hard work she puts into each day, and the dedication she has to seeing each student achieve their goals.

Thank you for all that you do for us, and our student, each and every day! We are so happy to have you as part of the Ayers family! We hope to celebrate many (many!) more years with us!

Here are a few videos that were submitted from various students and those closest to Karen to acknowledge her big day!

Veterans Day 2015: Celebrating our Military Service Members

by on November 12th, 2015 in Campus Events News

On Veterans Day 2015, Ayers Career College honored and acknowledged our student and employee military veterans for their selflessness, sacrifices, commitment, and bravery. We are truly thankful for the dedication and sacrifice that our military members give, and thank everyone who has served our country.

To our military veteran employees: thank you for your service, and thank you for being a valuable part of the Ayers family!
To our military veteran students: We are honored to be a part of your career growth, and wish you the best in all that you do.

Student and staff honorees were all presented with a certificate of appreciation for their service in the military.

Ayers Career College is proud to support our men and women uniform. We proudly participate in financial assistance programs that can assist veteran and active duty service members receive high quality, yet affordable career training in the Healthcare, Electronic, and HVAC industries.

For more information on our career training programs, or financial assistance options, please contact us today at 1-800-317-0131.

Veterans Day 2015 – Honoring Our Veteran Staff Members

by on November 10th, 2015 in News

In preparation of Veterans Day tomorrow, we’d like to take today to acknowledge and honor our staff members who are veteran members of the US Military. From everyone at ACC, we want to thank you for your service, and thank you for being a valuable part of the Ayers family!

Ayers Career College staff members that are US Military Veterans

Eddie Brown, HVAC Instructor – US Army Veteran
Carlet Peterson, MA/MOS Instructor – US Army Veteran
Paul Shores, HVAC Instructor – US Navy Veteran
Erica Barrett, Career Services – US Navy Veteran
Jesse Cummings, ET Coordinator – US Air Force Veteran
Amber Borrego, Campus President – US Army Veteran

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