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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

Show your support for our Military Veterans: Greenlight a Vet

by on November 9th, 2015 in News

Greenlight a VetThe Greenlight a Vet campaign helps establish visible national support for our veterans. Show your support simply by changing one porch light to green in a visible location – on your porch, or in your window – and keep it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for our veterans.

When they’re out of uniform, and in civilian clothes, it’s hard to show our veterans the appreciation they deserve, because they are more camouflaged than ever. This simple campaign is intended to spark a national conversation regarding the recognition of veterans, and “greenlight” them forward as valued members of our communities.

Learn more about the Greenlight a Vet campaign at www.greenlightavet.com and watch the video below:

Ayers Career College offers various financial assistance programs which can assist veterans, active duty service members, reservists, dependents, and spouses get the quality career training they deserve. Give us a call today at 1-800-317-0131 to see how easy it is to get started training in your new civilian career!

I’m becoming a medical assistant. Should I join the AAMA?

by on October 13th, 2015 in News

For medical assistants, joining the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) is one of the first things you should consider.

Throughout many professions, there are professional organizations of these types, and for many people it is an internal struggle as to whether to join them or not. Some people consider their profession a job, and aren’t interested in committing a great deal of their time and money into programs that will help them in their current field, particularly when they aren’t as committed to this job as to others.

Others, of course, feel drawn in to their occupation, and want to learn as much about it as possible, gain expertise and certifications, and improve their standing in their field. It is for those people in the field of medical assisting that a professional organization like the AAMA is the most beneficial.

If you choose to enter the medical assisting field with an eye on the present, building a few job skills before moving on in potentially another field altogether, you may or may not find much benefit in the AAMA. It is true that membership in that group is an investment; in order to maximize its usefulness, you will most likely be putting some money into the group.

Of course, if you have a dedicated office, you might ask your employer if they would be willing to fund your AAMA membership. It does provide benefit to the office, after all; AAMA members have access to a variety of benefits that help give you new insights and expertise.

Access to perks like continuing education (offered usually at a discount), as well as conferences and conventions, along with having access to colleagues with whom to network (the advantages to talking shop with others who work in the same industry around the country can be particularly valuable and should not be underestimated).

But none of this will matter all that much if you aren’t committed to the job. For many people, medical assisting isn’t their final stop, or even necessarily a stop they are planning to stay at for years to come, so they don’t feel the need to commit to this professional organization. Is this the right approach?

Maybe, maybe not. Even if you plan to transition into another career entirely, you may find some benefit in joining the AAMA. If you’re in your 20s or early 30s and are just starting out in the professional world, it can be a good experience to witness the commitment of others to their profession, even if you aren’t necessarily joining in on that commitment.

Plus, you may develop some additional job skills that you might find useful in the future. Communications skills, logic and reasoning, and the ability to look deeper into your work than the immediate task in front of you are all skills that will be useful in virtually any job you have in the future, in healthcare or elsewhere.

The point? If you can afford to join, the AAMA can provide benefits to your career. It may or may not be a completely useful tool for you as a professional, but whether you’re a medical assisting lifer or just looking for the next job, chances are good you will learn something.

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

Want to find new IT employment? Stay current

by on October 7th, 2015 in News

Yes, it still seems like everyone wants to find a job in IT. That includes you, right? You’re ready to go, building your skills, interning, studying…but are you ready for the job? How up are you on the latest IT trends, processes, and tech involved in the industry?

It seems that for hot young IT talent, hiring managers are (surprise, surprise) looking for solid talent and people who have the ability to perform in today’s bustling IT environment. But they’re also looking for IT pros who aren’t letting their skills get stale and relying on their current position.

Diana Smith, Branch Manager for Robert Half Technology Group, says staying fresh and doing more than keeping your well-worn skills sharp, but staying up to date on the latest in evolving technologies will keep you imminently employable—and promotable.

“Technology professionals who keep their skills up to date are always in demand,” she said. “Employers want entry level talent who are current with the latest and continually evolving software, tools and trends. New employees who can hit the ground running with minimal training are highly appealing at any level to employers.”

To be certain, it’s easy to pay lip service to “staying current.” But how do you actually do it, particularly when you’re either trying to get a job, or keep the one you have? As with many job skills, it’s all about investment—and that doesn’t necessarily mean money (though it can).

So can you stay on the cutting edge of today’s tech without breaking the bank on the latest devices and software? Absolutely. Half the battle is simply knowing what is out there, and what is coming. When Windows drops a new version of its OS, you need to know what is different from the previous version, and how from an IT perspective that interface will change how you and your colleagues will likely one day perform installations and troubleshooting.

Another way is simply to read. Blogs, magazines, even the news can offer insights on the latest in technology and how it continues to evolve, and you will be expected to be up to date on them. Keep up on the latest gadgets, the newest versions of the most popular devices, and even those devices, software programs, and hacks that your average, everyday user may be months behind the times on.

Your co-workers will be expecting you to be on the cutting edge, offering them advice on not only how to avoid the problems they seem to perpetually run into, but also to be in the know on what devices will be the next big thing.

Nothing on Earth changes faster than technology, and part of your job as an IT pro is having a professional level knowledge of how the industry runs and where it is going over the next six months to year. Not only mastering today’s tech, but having the inside scoop on tomorrow’s will keep your career feeling fresh.

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

Four Reasons you should consider medical training programs

by on October 2nd, 2015 in News

Four Reasons you should consider medical training programsYou are, like many people your age, looking for a new start. You want a career, but you aren’t sure where to go. It’s a common problem, really, and one that leaves many people perplexed. Some people assume they should follow a certain path; for men, it tends to be industrial arts—HVAC, electrician, or construction worker. Women often look at administrative office work or nursing. For some reason, medical training programs don’t seem to cross their minds.

Of course, these are all noble professions that can provide a solid living to those who enter them. But are they the jobs you’re looking for? You want a job that will provide not only the money that can sustain you financially, but you want a career that will feed your soul.

Healthcare is a tremendous work environment to enter into for people looking for a new career, and it’s not just because doctors and nurses can make a lot of money. Healthcare is a unique environment that is full of promise and opportunity for you.

Of course, finding that good fit is paramount. Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider a career in healthcare:

You enjoy helping people. Of course, this reason is first and foremost. If you are someone who doesn’t enjoy helping people, healthcare may not be for you. Of course, “helping people” is a vague term, and it can mean many different things depending on your career path. If you get into medical assisting, you will be working directly with patients in many cases, tending to the sick and injured, helping perform wellness visits, and a variety of other patient services.

The healthcare industry needs you. We’re in the midst of a healthcare boom, which means there is a need for qualified medical professionals in a variety of positions. With a large demand to keep up with, those getting into healthcare can have a more lucrative opportunity facing them than they may have anticipated. Not to mention job security for those who really know their job well and can perform it at a high level.

You can build new skills. Becoming a Medical Office Support Professional or Health Information Management professional is something can build considerable job skills. They interact with the public directly, work in a professional setting with doctors and nurses, and perform a variety of healthcare-related tasks. Medical assistants perform a mix of clinical and administrative tasks. All of these skills can help you in any number of industries if you ever decide the medical field isn’t for you.

You can find a career you love. Many people entering healthcare say it’s the profession they have dreamed of entering. If you are that person, if you aren’t already trending in that direction, there is no better time than now to get into the field. Finding professional fulfillment is something a lot of people never experience. If you can find it in the medical industry, you should consider yourself lucky!

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

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