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The Beginner’s Guide to a Career in HVAC: Choosing an HVAC School

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

A career in HVAC presents great opportunities for anyone willing to train and learn how to install, repair, and maintain heating, cooling, and ventilation systems. The construction industry in the U.S. took a hit during the recession, but has been rebounding in recent years. According to statistics and forecasts, new construction is expected to grow and keep growing for many years to come, which means that there will continue to be a need for trained workers who graduated from an HVAC school.   It’s not just new construction that makes this an enticing industry. HVAC systems are not designed to last forever. There is always a need for maintenance, repair, and installation of new systems, so for someone going to HVAC school to learn these skills, the future is bright and includes a lot of job stability. If you like to work with your hands, think on your feet, problem solve, work with people but also be self-directed, and you like to do work that people appreciate and that you can actually see in front of you when you’re finished, HVAC is a great option.   Choosing an HVAC School – First Know What You’re Getting Into Before you actually get to the part where you choose a school, it makes sense to understand just what it will mean to get trained in HVAC and to enter this industry. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and many skilled workers in this field are also trained in refrigeration and programmable logic controllers (PLC).   Technicians trained at an HVAC school are usually prepared to work on systems in both residential and commercial settings, but it may take a few years of on-the-job experience to work up from a residential to a commercial technician. As an HVAC technician your job could include installing new systems, repairing existing systems, and performing routine maintenance to help keep older systems running well. Technicians usually work for a company, but mostly work independently throughout the day and are responsible for decision making on the ground. Every day is typically in a new location with a new problem to solve, so this is not a job for someone who wants to sit in an office and do the same thing day after day.   When you choose to train to be an HVAC technician you can expect to get into an industry that is growing. It’s a smart choice if you want a career with skills that will always be in demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), HVAC careers are growing at a rate of 14 percent, much faster than average, overall job growth. The BLS also records the average annual salary for an HVAC technician as $45,110. For workers with more experience and specialties, the salary can be significantly greater than the average.   Are You Ready for HVAC School? Now that you know a little more about what it means to work in HVAC, are you ready to choose a school to get your training? To be an HVAC technician it is important to understand that you need training, but there are also characteristics of your abilities and personality that will make you more likely to succeed in the field. For instance you need to be able to be physically active and stand on your feet for much of the day. This isn’t an office job. You also need to have good customer service skills, an ability to troubleshoot and make independent decisions, and good time management. You also need to be prepared to spend a little over a year training and earning a diploma at an HVAC school.   Choosing the Best HVAC School to Meet Your Needs If you have made it this far and are still excited about HVAC, you’re ready to start figuring out where to go to school. This is an important step to take because your HVAC school will teach you what you need to know to work in the field, should help you find an apprenticeship or a job, and will be the place you spend the next 12 to 18 months of your life.   Choose a Quality HVAC School. This goes without saying, but how do you know a school is a quality school or that you will get a quality education? One of the easiest ways to know that you are choosing a good school that will serve you well is to make sure it is accredited. Accreditation is a process that some schools go through to prove that they provide a valuable education for the money students pay.   Accrediting agencies are independent organizations that spend years looking into a school to be sure it meets all requirements and provides the kind of education it promises its students. FTC is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and is licensed by the Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education. If an HVAC school is not accredited, take a pass.   You Want an HVAC School that Provides Full Training. HVAC systems are only getting more complicated and more technical. Don’t settle for an HVAC school that has not kept up with the times. Training alone is no longer enough in the field of HVAC. You want a school that will also train you in refrigeration repair and installation, as well as PLC. FTC’s diploma program for HVAC includes both so that you get a complete, well-rounded education in HVAC/R and PLC. Look for Small, Hands-On Classes, Not Big Lecture Halls. HVAC maintenance, repair and installation are skills. These are not academic concepts. Although you will need to learn some theory, which may be taught lecture style, what you really want to look for in an HVAC school is the chance to get your hands dirty. You want small classes, plenty of one-on-one time with instructors, the chance to collaborate with and learn from other students, and most of all the kind of training […]

9 Signs You Need to Go to Cosmetology School

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

Do you obsess over hair and makeup? Do you pay attention to the latest ways celebrities are using nail art? Were you the friend doing everyone else’s hair for prom? Do you feel like your current job is going nowhere and isn’t challenging you? If you can answer yes to these questions and identify with some of these signs and clues, it may just be that you were born to go to cosmetology school.   Cosmetology school is a trade-based program that prepares students in as little as 12 months for rewarding and exciting careers in hair styling, salon ownership, makeup, nails, skin care, and barbering, even freelance beauty. Can you imagine getting out of your current job and spending every day doing makeup, designing new hair styles, or helping people feel more confident with their looks? If so, you might just be ready for cosmetology and a new and better career.   You’re always doing your friends’ hair—and they love it.   You’re the go-to person in your family and among your friends for hair, right? Or maybe they come to you for makeup, or nail art, or all of the above. You have this natural talent and you love doing it. You could continue to just do favors for your friends and family members, but why not do more with your inherent talent and creativity. With the right training through a cosmetology program, you could get the skills that would support your natural talent and allow you to make a lucrative career out of it.   You complain about your dead-end job, a lot, so it may be time for cosmetology school.   Your friends are sick of hearing about it, but you are just sick of your job. Mainly because it’s a job, not a career, you feel as though you aren’t doing anything meaningful and lastly, you really don’t enjoy the work. If your friends and family are tired of hearing you complain, it could be a sign that you are ready for a career change. Cosmetology school can lead you to a great career that is nothing like your current job. A cosmetology education will give you all kinds of options for a career: working in a salon, being a freelance makeup artist, working at a spa or resort in an exotic location or even opening and running your own salon.   You feel you aren’t able to express yourself creatively at work.   Being a hair stylist or makeup artist is not just a job; it’s a creative pursuit. If you never get the chance to be creative as you slave away at your job, it can be really draining. Everyone needs to be able to express themselves sometimes, but some have more creative energy than others. A career in beauty is a great way to use creativity, to actually create new looks and wearable art, every single day, while getting paid for it.   You started experimenting with makeup early, like in kindergarten.   Did you get in trouble as a kid for playing with your mom’s makeup, like often? If so, you may be one of those people who was born for a career in beauty. Maybe you also got in trouble for trying to cut your own hair, or your sister’s hair. Does that sound like you? It may have gotten you in trouble back then, but your early creativity and curiosity means you have always had a fascination with hair, makeup, and beauty and you would likely thrive in this industry.   You want a new career, but you’re worried about quitting or going to cosmetology school.   The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics can put your mind at ease. With the right cosmetology school and training, you won’t have any trouble finding a job in beauty. And, you can count on continued job security and a great salary, probably better than what you earn now. Growth in careers in all areas of cosmetology and beauty is faster than average job growth. There continues to be a need for people who are skilled at working with hair, makeup, and nails. The median salaries are great too, from nearly $21,000 for manicurists and pedicurists to $30,090 trained skincare specialists. There is a potential to earn much more than this too.   You’re chatty and great with people, a natural skill you can’t learn in cosmetology school.   Hair and makeup professionals are some of the friendliest people in the service business. They might come in a close second to bartenders as the professionals most likely to listen to their customer’s confessions and woes. If you love being around people, listening, and talking, but your current job leaves you feeling isolated, it may be time for a change to cosmetology. This is a career that requires great people skills, and being a great listener can also help you earn more; people tip better when they enjoy a great all-around experience with a hairdresser, manicurist, or barber.   You dream about what it would be like to be your own boss.   Not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. Not everyone has the discipline and drive to be their own boss, but for those who are cut out for it, the desire to stop working for someone else and to take charge instead is strong. If you think about it often, and you enjoy beauty, makeup, and hair, cosmetology school could be your next step toward becoming your own boss. With the skills and training in makeup, hair, nail art, skin care, as well as an education in salon management and career development, you can take your passion to the next level and become a freelance beauty professional or salon owner.   You’re obsessed with the latest beauty products and nail trends.   If you are always looking at what’s new and what’s hottest in beauty trends, you were made for cosmetology school. Students in cosmetology have a real passion for […]

FTC Continues to Invest in Central Florida

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

Florida Technical College continues to invest in Central Florida, following its commitment to educational excellence in our region. This Thursday, FTC celebrated its Lakeland campus expansion and renovation with a community reception and ribbon cutting ceremony. Campus President, John Buck, said the improved facilities are a testament to the college’s dedication to make education accessible to all and commitment to sink deeper roots in this community. “FTC is committed to Central Florida because we recognize that a well-trained workforce is the key to keeping the area’s economy bustling,” Buck said. “Central Florida truly is an important economic engine to the state and we are proud to be doing our part to keep it that way.” The expansion adds nearly 1800-square-foot to the campus, which is home to more than 300 students pursuing two and four year degrees, as well as diploma programs, in areas like criminal justice, business and marketing, and allied health care. Florida Technical College has three more campuses in Central Florida and two others in South Florida.

7 Things you will learn in Culinary School

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

Thinking about a career in the kitchen? FTC’s Culinary Arts Diploma Program will give you the necessary knowledge to work, manage and cook in the heat of a busy kitchen.  The program is only 13-months in duration and new sessions begin every month. The structure is a combination of hands-on-deck experience and lectures.  When you join the diploma program at FTC you will learn how to read a recipe, be confident in the kitchen, the importance of having a good knife, what ingredients you must have in your kitchen at all times, and how to use your imagination to transform simple ingredients into delicacies.   How to read a recipe: You may think you know how to read, however, learning this is like taking a trip to a foreign country. You have to know where you are going. Do you need a car? What to pack? A cell phone charger that works abroad? The last thing one want to do is start a trip and realize you don’t have all the necessary tools to get to the final destination. Reading recipes has its tricks. Do you have all of the ingredients? Do you understand all of the steps? A positive execution will depend on all of these factors.   Benefits of having a good knife: Have you ever cut an onion or a pineapple with a dull knife? The final product might not even look appealing to the eye. Having the right knife to cut a product will make the difference. If you slice onions with an extremely sharp knife, the sulfur that the onion contains does not break as much, meaning you won’t tear up as much.   Use of imagination: You never know what new chic dish you will come up with. This program will allow you to use your imagination and make incredible creations. Don’t get upset if you mess up, it happens to the best in the business, keep on cooking and you will create that tasty dish you thought about in your mind.   Safety in the kitchen: Anything can happen in a kitchen; you will learn what to do in any situation that could arise. For example, an automatic reaction to a fire is to use water to douse the flames, however, you should never use water on a grease fire.  You will also learn what to keep handy in case of a cut or burns.   Accidents are fixable: There will be times you may run to your instructor fearing you have messed up a plate. FTC culinary program will give you techniques and hands-on experience to fix mistakes. There could be a few baking disasters, however, most foods are salvageable after adjusting some seasonings and textures.   It’s okay not to measure anything when cooking (unless you are baking): This program will allow you to trust your eye and mouth.  Unless you are baking, you don’t need to measure anything, use your eye to measure a teaspoon of salt, then use your mouth to taste and see if you need more salt or more water! Eyeballing will make you a stronger faster cook.   Must have ingredients: You will learn that having some key ingredient always stocked in your fridge and pantry will excel your creations. For instance, butter makes everything better, salt make your dish tastier, lemons add that exquisite fresh taste and eggs can do anything to your plate.   FTC’s Culinary Arts Diploma Program will provide you with hands-on experience to get to work immediately. Whatever reason you have to learn how to cook FTC can help. For more information or to find out about the culinary program enrollment contact us now!   By Jose Luis Dieppa

5 Reasons to Hire an HVAC Professional

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

Running a home or business involves a lot of responsibilities including maintaining and fixing multiples things, like the air conditioning unit. Hiring an HVAC expert to take care of it, is your best course of action. The reasons to hire and HVAC pro are many: safety, time, peace of mind, certified skills and knowing local code requirements. 1. Safety: Hiring someone who is a certified HVAC will provide the most secure option to deal with your unit. HVAC systems utilize potentially dangerous gasses in order to keep your house or office within the right temperature. If you personally are not trained in how to handle these components, it is not worth the risk of harming yourself or your family members. 2. Time: Time is money. Running a house or business is time-consuming with so many things to be constantly thinking about. As a homeowner/business owner, you don’t have the time to think about the repair and maintenance of the HVAC. You don’t have too. By hiring an HVAC specialist, you will be saving yourself the unnecessary time on trying to maintain or fix it yourself. 3. Peace of mind: Hiring an HVAC alleviates the stress of dealing with a heating or cooling emergency. HVAC units tend not to follow the weather patterns for when to break down and stop working. Extreme temperatures on either side can be worrisome for the condition of the home and its inhabitants. An HVAC specialist is available 24/7 will give you peace of mind. With quality services and a proven track record, you can rest at night knowing that your system is working at full efficiency. 4. Certified skills: Choosing a contractor who has been certified is always the best choice. When you’re looking for someone to install or repair your unit, you do not simply want to go with the lowest priced option. After all, this system will be in your home or business for years, and a poorly installed system can lead to costly repairs, not to mention leaving you freezing cold during the winter or super-hot during the summer times. Choosing a contractor who is certified helps to ensure that your heating or cooling system is being repaired by someone who has already been through rigorous training to ensure they have the necessary skills to keep your HVAC system in tip-toe shape. 5. Local requirements: Only those who regularly work with central air conditioning systems are up-to-date on the various safety concerns and local laws and ordinances regarding proper AC installation. An HVAC understands the needs of both residential and business customers, how to keep them safe with their new AC system, and how to most successfully meet the requirements laid out by city and state governments. Florida Technical College HVAC with PLC diploma graduates have learned the necessary skills to perform an excellent job with the units. If you are interested in learning more about this trade program visit us at FTC. Keep a clear mind when making the decision of which HVAC repair service company to hire. Remember, hiring one is already a good decision. By Jose Luis Dieppa

The Best Way to Learn Culinary Techniques – for a Career or Home

Posted on January 30th, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

If food is your passion, you have probably considered taking cooking classes or even attending and completing a culinary degree or diploma program. Cooking is a hot career and foodies are everywhere. Even if you only want to be a better home cook or learn culinary arts as a hobby, you are not alone. The foodie culture has been growing for years—surveys show there have been steady increases in sales of specialty foods and increased viewership for food and cooking shows.   This growth in food and cooking culture means that more people are trying to figure out how to be better at it. People who love new food experiences don’t just want to go out to new restaurants; they also want to learn how to be better cooks and figure out if they want to become professionals in the culinary arena. If you’re thinking about how best to learn how to cook or how to be a better cook, you have a lot of options. From weekly food and recipe subscription boxes to cooking shows and magazines, the choices abound, but have you thought about a real culinary education? What You Get from a Real Culinary Education Not every cook or chef went to culinary school, and there are many, many great home cooks who are also self-taught. So, why should you spend the time and money on cooking classes? Teaching yourself or learning through a mentor are possible ways to learn how to cook, but these won’t give you everything a real, structured education can give you:   Skills, not just recipes. Being a good cook, and eventually a great cook, takes more than simply being able to follow a recipe. It requires learning skills that make up the foundation for being able to follow a recipe. In classes you learn culinary techniques that you can’t get from a recipe, things like how to julienne vegetables, how to boil pasta the right way, how to debone a fish, and how to measure dry ingredients for baked goods, just to mention a few. A professional vocabulary. You could attempt to julienne those carrots as the recipe directs you, but what if you don’t even know what the word means. Cooking comes with a vocabulary that is totally different from everyday language. With professional cooking classes you will learn what it means to blanch something and what a meringue is. Real kitchen confidence. In so many industries you can fake confidence to seem more competent, but in cooking you actually need to know how to do things. If you can’t deliver, you can’t succeed as a cook or chef, or even convince your family you can put together a great dinner. To get real confidence in the kitchen, confidence that means something, you need to learn how to cook. Life-saving safety training. There are many things in the kitchen that can make you sick or even kill you if you aren’t careful. If you want to get more involved in cooking, you need to know how to do it safely. What you get from a true culinary education that you can’t get from books or TV shows is instruction in how to prevent cross-contamination, how to handle a knife safely, and how to sanitize and disinfect.     Can’t I Just Learn Culinary Techniques Watching Cooking Shows? There are so many cooking and food shows on television now, including more than one network devoted to them. And, yes, these shows can give you some great tips and tricks, but if you don’t have a solid foundation in cooking basics, you will struggle to put them to use. For instance, if your favorite cooking show host tells you to fold the egg whites into your batter instead of mixing it in, do you really know what that means?   What about an Apprenticeship? Some cooks and chefs learn their trade by working their way up the kitchen ladder, usually starting as dishwashers. This is definitely a valid way to become a professional cook, and there are some truly great chefs who learned this way, but it is not the best option for everyone. One downside to learning through an apprenticeship rather than cooking classes is that you have to start at the bottom and you’ll have to prove your dedication and skills to move up from there. Not everyone has the ability to take a low-paying job, especially if you are hoping to learn how to cook as self-improvement rather than for a career.   What You Can Do with a Real Culinary Education When you learn how to cook through a culinary arts program, you get a professional education that can lead to a number of careers as a cook or chef. Cooks work anywhere food is served, from schools to restaurants and hotels. Cooks may also work their way up into the management of any of these types of service areas. By taking cooking classes you put yourself in a position to work as a line or prep cook, a sous chef, a pastry chef, and potentially one day an executive chef in charge of an entire kitchen.   Having learned culinary techniques through a diploma or degree program, you’ll also be prepared for a career that you create yourself. Cooking goes hand-in-hand with entrepreneurship and even freelancing. You could work as a freelance personal chef, or even buy and start up a food truck. Other interesting careers for culinary professionals include recipe tester and developer, food writer or critic, butcher, or a food buyer for an upscale grocery store.   Growth in the Culinary Industry Whatever career in food you choose, you will be entering a growing and exciting industry. People are more interested in food than ever, how to cook, where food comes from, organic foods, vegan foods, and much more. This means that there are more opportunities for anyone with a culinary education than ever before, a growing trend that shows no signs of stopping.   […]

Become a Medical Assistant: Diploma vs. Degree

Posted on January 24th, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

Working as a medical assistant is a rewarding career that more and more people are turning to for a better income, more balanced working hours and great job security. Careers that provide support for physicians and nurses—like medical assisting—now make up 60 percent of the health care field. This growing area of health care needs more trained professionals every day.   For a career that is actually meaningful and that allows you to help people on the job, you almost can’t beat working as a medical assistant. These professionals work alongside doctors and nurses in all kinds of medical settings to provide the best patient care. Medical assistants get patient appointments started, take vital signs and assist with procedures. It’s a rewarding career and one that you can get started in without spending four years in college. Training as a Medical Assistant: Diploma vs. Degree So, you want to become a medical assistant, but you are not sure what step to take next. Very few employers will hire someone as a medical assistant with only a high school diploma. It is possible to get hired this way and to receive on-the-job training, but it is becoming less common. You are more likely to appeal to employers by getting some level of secondary education, either a medical assistant diploma or a medical assistant degree. Here are some comparisons of the two options:   Program length. One of the most significant differences between these two levels of education is the time it takes to complete them. A diploma program will take a year or less, while an associate’s degree program takes at least two years as a full time student to complete. This is an important consideration when choosing between a degree and a diploma. Ask yourself if you can afford to spend two years earning a degree, or if you need to start working sooner. Program cost. With more credit hours, an associate degree program will cost more; therefore time is an important consideration when choosing between a medical assistant degree and a diploma, but don’t forget cost. By choosing a longer, more expensive program, you will face additional expenses in two ways: a higher program cost and a longer time before you can start earning a salary as a medical assistant. Coursework. Another difference to consider when choosing between a medical assisting degree or diploma programs is the coursework. Both will have similar courses, but the degree coursework will include more advanced topics. Both programs cover administrative skills for medical offices, lab procedures, pharmacology, medical terminology, ethics, and basic clinical and surgical procedures. The degree program will also include anatomy and physiology courses and more advanced and in-depth courses in general. Either a diploma or degree program in medical assisting should prepare you for professional certification. Not all employers will require certification or registration as a medical assistant, but getting this distinction will make you a more desirable candidate for jobs. Completing either level of training program will provide you with the knowledge you need to pass a certification exam. Hands-on experiences. Hands-on learning and practice are important parts of getting an education as a medical assistant. Whether you choose a diploma vs degree, you should be sure that your program includes a significant number of hours of hands-on practice as a medical assistant. This is the experience that will really prepare you to do the job and is something that employers like to see on resumes. Career advancement. If you think you might want to advance your career in health care beyond working as a medical assistant, you may want to carefully consider your training program. Earning a medical assistant degree will give you greater opportunities for continuing your education later. For instance if you want to earn a nursing degree after a few years on the job as a medical assistant, having that associate’s degree will put you in a better position to earn another degree as compared to only having a diploma.   Job opportunities are similar for those who earn a medical assistant degree or a medical assistant diploma. While many other things are different for these two levels of education, the level of opportunity is high for both. There are many positions available for medical assistants and there are no indications that this will change in the future. Just be sure that if you have a particular hospital or doctor’s office in mind where you would like to work, that you check to see if a medical assistant degree is required or if a diploma will suffice.   Become a Medical Assistant:A Fast-Growing Field Whether you choose a diploma vs a degree or vice versa, you will have plenty of work opportunities with training as a medical assistant. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) categorizes medical assisting as a career that is growing much faster than other jobs. The agency estimates that between 2014 and 2024 the field will grow by 23 percent and will add over 138,000 new positions. This means finding a job after graduating will be fairly easy if you take the right steps.   Health care in general is a growing field as the population of the country ages, but allied health workers, those workers like medical assistants that support doctors and nurses, are more in demand than ever. Opportunities for people with a medial assisting degree or diploma will be numerous for years to come and job security is something that you can look forward to in your new career. Great Salary Opportunities for all Medical Assistants The number of jobs available for trained medical assistants is growing, along with job security, but salaries are also worth considering. The median annual salary for a medical assistant in 2015 was $30,590. Those with a medical assistant degree may be able to earn more than someone with a medical assistant diploma, but there are likely to be variations depending on employer, years of experience, location and other factors.   According to […]

Careers in Cosmetology: How Men Are Rocking This Industry

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

When you think of the beauty industry, of who is enrolling in cosmetology programs, you probably picture a woman as the typical student and worker in this industry. That may be true, but that fact is changing. Cosmetology is not just for women. Men are growing in the industry and making a big impact. If you are a man interested in hair, barbering, makeup artistry or even nails, there is a place for you in the beauty industry and in beauty colleges.   Stereotypes are changing and that’s good for everyone. Having more men in the beauty industry means adding new perspectives to an ancient art. Men have as much of an ability and affinity for styling and creative beauty as women do and it’s time to start breaking the stereotype of the typical person seeking a career in the beauty industry. There is major growth happening in beauty and cosmetology and there is room for men and women in this exciting and prosperous career.   Men Are Already Working in the Beauty Industry While you may find yourself in the minority working in a salon or spa, you are not the first or the only man to go into cosmetology as a career. According to the Professional Beauty Association, the industry is diverse and becoming more so. In 2011, 16 percent of employees in the beauty industry were men and 29 percent of salons were owned by men. The number of men enrolling in cosmetology is growing and is expected to continue to grow. There are no limitations on what men in this business can do.     Join the Ranks of Famous Men in the Beauty Industry While there are more men entering the cosmetology work force than ever before, men working in the beauty industry is not a new phenomenon. In fact, some of the most famous hair stylists and makeup artists have been men. If you have a creative flair and an affinity for design, you could join the ranks of some of the most famous people in beauty, all men:   Max Factor. One of the giants of the beauty industry, Max Factor found fame in the early years of Hollywood. His major contribution to beauty was the invention of a new kind of makeup, an alternative to the thick, gloppy makeup that young movie stars were using on set. He created a lighter formula that was revolutionary at the time and went on to work with such legends as Judy Garland and Bette Davis. Vidal Sassoon. By far the most famous hair designer in history is Vidal Sassoon. This British-born hairstylist started from modest roots, but worked his way up to style the stars. He is credited with inventing the bob hair cut for women. In addition to developing his own line of hair care products, he co-founded the Paul Mitchell brand of hair salons and products along with his now-famous student, Mitchell. Charles Revlon. Most people don’t realize that the person behind the world-famous Revlon brand was a man. Revson revolutionized nail beauty by creating colors that had never been used in nail design before. He also introduced matching lipstick shades so that women could coordinate their hands and faces. Kevyn Aucoin. Aucoin was a more modern star in the beauty industry, making a name for himself working as a makeup artist for some of the most famous faces of the 1990s: Cindy Crawford, Tina Turner, and Cher, just to name a few. He also authored a book, Making Faces, about makeup, which still stands today as one of the most popular beauty books of all time.   Men Are More Interested in Grooming and the Beauty Industry than Ever before Hair, skin care and other forms of personal grooming have long been dominated by women. Women spend time and money on appearance and beauty, and for a long time men watched and wondered why. Now, though, men are joining in on it too. Personal grooming for men is becoming a booming industry. From 2009 to 2014 men’s skin care has seen a huge increase in sales, over 50 percent. This means more men are interested in facial moisturizers, body moisturizers, facial cleansers, and anti-aging products than ever before. Personal care and beauty products aimed at men have increased around the world, with sales growing close to the $5 billion mark.   Another area of specialization in cosmetology colleges is also seeing a resurgence among male consumers: barbering. From 2007 to 2009 the number of barber shops increased by nearly 19 percent in the U.S. Beauty colleges are enrolling more students in their barbering programs as men demand more specialized care for their hair, both facial and on their heads.     The Beauty Industry as a Whole is Booming More students of all types are applying for and enrolling in cosmetology, barbering, aesthetics, nail, and makeup programs. The industry is booming and continues to grow unabated, which means that more makeup artists, hairstylists, nail designers and barbers of all types are needed to fill roles in spas, salons, as freelancers and as instructors at cosmetology colleges.   For the last decade or so, the beauty industry has been growing and there are no signs indicating that it will stop any time soon. Across four sectors in the industry, there has been steady growth, including a 47 percent increase in the sales at spas or salons that hire one or more employees.   Enrolling in Cosmetology Means Great Career Opportunities, for Women and Men With the industry growing, it is no surprise that there are enough jobs and opportunities in cosmetology for everyone, including men as well as women. In fact, some spa or salon owners may want to diversify their staff with more men in order to reach out to the growing demographic of men interested in personal appearance and personal care.   According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is plenty of room for anyone wanting a career in […]

Working Together To Empower Minds

Posted on January 17th, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

FTC and its sister institutions work together to empower minds and to offer accessible education. Sometimes in life, it takes a partner to help you accomplish your goal.  Florida Technical College has a mission to make education accessible to students with busy lives, and its sister institutions in Puerto Rico — Instituto de Banca y Comercio (IBC), National University College (NUC) and Ponce Paramedical College (POPAC) — are helping it fulfill that mission. “We are one big, tightknit family,” said FTC President David Ruggieri. “Our students benefit from the wealth of information and expertise that we have in our very own education family. We collaborate with each other in everything we can for the bene t of our students.” The colleges are part of the EduK Group, Inc., organized in 2004 in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico as the advisory entity for its member institutions. The post-secondary colleges have diverse course offerings, leading to certificate and diploma programs, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The colleges’ combined experience in education and their stability and sustained growth have led them to an overall annual enrollment of more than 27,000 students. “If you are from Puerto Rico, chances are you know one of our sisters,” Ruggieri said. “FTC is like the one sibling in the Sunshine State that just about every Puerto Rican family has.” MANY SIMILARITIES Before coming to FTC Kissimmee in 2011 to chair its barbering program, Pablo Rodriguez taught at Instituto de Banca y Comercio for seven years. The transition, he said, was seamless. “Teaching here is very similar to teaching at Instituto de Banca,” Rodriguez said. “The curriculum has only a few small differences, mainly addressing Florida-specific legal matters.” “The student culture in our Kissimmee campus is very similar,as well,” he added. “We love school events with food and music, as a majority of our students are of Hispanic heritage and those things are synonymous with celebration for us.” Rodriguez stays in touch with his Puerto Rico colleagues and many of his students and frequently collaborates with them. “I get asked a lot of questions about the requirements to practice in Florida,” he said. Many of the courses taken at EduK institutions in the island transfer to Florida Technical College. A WARM WELCOME FOR NEWCOMERS Florida is the number one destination for Puerto Ricans leaving the island who seek respite from the current fiscal crisis. There are now more than one million Boricuas in Florida (1,006,542 to be exact), with 1,000 families moving here every month, according to the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. “Many of our students are newcomers from Puerto Rico,” said Gabriel Garcés, executive director of FTC Kissimmee. “That’s indicative of the fact that we’re a true reflection of this community. We’re committed to make that transition into a new place, a new city, easier for our students.” To help ease that transition, FTC offers classes in English, but the staff and many instructors are bilingual. The son of Colombian immigrants, Garcés says he connects with students who have emigrated to the country, because he knows firsthand what it’s like to start from zero. “It’s never easy,” he said. “But giving up isn’t an option. Get educated, embrace a career path that fulfills you and allows you to provide for your family. Do those things and there will be no limit to what you can achieve.”    By Jeannette Rivera-Lyles

New Medical Programs Help Students Get Limited X-Ray License

Posted on January 17th, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

From the Florida Panhandle to Miami-Dade and across the I-4 corridor, hospitals in the Sunshine State continue to expand. By Jeannette River-Lyles Construction Market Data, an organization that tracks the construction industry, reports that 126 new hospital construction projects have been completed in the last five years, with many more coming through the pipeline. These hospitals need workers, as do the many medical offices, labs and radiology facilities that cluster around them. Florida Technical College is responding to that demand with the addition of a new Associate of Science Medical Assistant Program with a Basic Machine Operator (BMO) track that will enable students to get a limited X-ray license in Florida. “There’s never been a better time to work in the health care industry,” said Diane Jasper, academic chair of FTC’s Allied Health program. “The demand for skilled, specialized medical assistants has grown exponentially with no signs of slowing down in sight. Graduates of this program will be able to work in a hospital setting, urgent care facilities, orthopedic clinics and radiology centers, to mention a few.” The 18-month program launched in March at the Kissimmee campus. Its graduates will be able to work directly under a physician, registered nurse, registered technologist, office manager or a radiology administrator. They will assist in a limited manner with patients who require chest, extremity and torso x-rays. Responsibilities may include positioning or maintaining X-ray equipment, adjusting controls, positioning patients on the exam table and setting up and adjusting equipment to obtain a better view of specific c bodily areas. The program expands on FTC’s already ample offerings for medical career training, which include diploma programs for medical assistant technicians, patient care technicians and medical coding and billing specialists. The college also offers an associate degree for medical assistants and a bachelor’s degree in allied health management. To qualify for direct enrollment in the Associate of Science Medical Assistant Program with BMO specialization, students must have a medical assistant diploma. Interested students without this prerequisite may enroll in the diploma program and move into the BMO track once they’ve completed the basic courses. “Our partners in the healthcare industry have
expressed a need for medical assistants with a
specialty in X-ray and we have stepped up to the
plate,” said FTC President and CEO David Ruggieri. ‘’Our partners trust us because we foster job readiness in each and every single one of our students with externships and hands-on training to ensure a smooth transition into the job market.” By Jose Luis Dieppa

FTC’S Culinary Arts Program Receives Key Accreditation

Posted on January 16th, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

Before Elizabeth 
Izquierdo could reach the kitchen counter, she was measuring sugar and our and baking cakes with her grandmother. The then-5-year-old understood the joy of cooking after concocting a Dominican sweet bean dessert called habichuelas con dulce. Years later, Izquierdo entered college to become a special education teacher like her mother, but decided to switch careers in 2014 and enroll in Florida Technical College’s Culinary Arts program to “pursue something I could wake up happy and joyful doing, and do every day,” she said. She now creates key lime pies, flans and lava cakes as the pastry chef at Mango’s Tropical Café in Orlando. “I followed my passion,” said the 23-year-old, who spent 13 months in the culinary program, available only in the Kissimmee campus. “I learned so many different techniques and how to prepare foods from different cultures. I didn’t just learn to cook, but also learned how the industry works.” FTC’s Culinary Arts program doesn’t resemble your grandma’s home economics class. Students aren’t just cooking pot roast and decorating cupcakes. They’re making pancetta, creamy custards and elegant sushi that rival menu items at five-star restaurants. Eight instructors guide students through culinary classes, which include hands- on labs where students practice their cooking skills. Students learn cooking techniques and as they become more advanced, they move on to creating their own recipes and meal plans. Classes are small with an average of 20 students per class and 12 to 14 in each lab. They learn an array of skills that include baking, food production, creating nutritional meals and cooking international cuisine. They serve meals to the public at FTC’s in-house restaurant, “Zazon Café,” to practice and perfect every step of the dining experience. The American Culinary Federation
Education Foundation (ACFEF), the most
prestigious professional organization for
chefs and cooks, accredits FTC’s Culinary Arts program. The accreditation means graduates are experts in their eld and can land highly coveted culinary jobs in high- end kitchens. The ACFEF’s accreditation process is as rigorous as it is comprehensive. It recognizes the top culinary programs that meet or exceed industry standards for education and training. The ACFEF’s seal of approval is given to programs with clearly de ned objectives, experienced instructors and facilities that develop superb culinary skills. “This accreditation is a testament to the quality of our culinary programs, our faculty and students,” said FTC President and CEO David Ruggieri. “We’re developing top-notch professionals, ready to leave their mark on the hospitality industry and compete with the very best in the business in creativity and technique.” FTC’s Culinary Arts graduates receive an ACFEF-certi ed culinarian certificate in addition to their diplomas. They acquire cooking skills and learn how to plan nutritional meals, budget funds and manage kitchens. “Employers everywhere recognize ACFEF as the culinary industry leader for educational resources, training and accreditation because it enhances professional growth,” said Alex Martínez, lead instructor in the Culinary Arts program. ‘’An FTC diploma coupled with an ACFEF certi cate gives our students the winning edge in today’s competitive job market.” More than 400 students have graduated from FTC’s Culinary Arts program since it began in 2011. The college has helped many graduates successfully land jobs. Its current placement rate is 90 percent. For more information, visit  FTC’s Culinary Arts Program,     By Terry Roen

Facebook Awards IT Student

Posted on January 16th, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

At 21, Carlos Mota Has Two Game Apps in The Market and $30,000 award from Facebook to Keep Going. “I couldn’t believe it,” Mota said of the award from Facebook, granted through its FbStart program that provides winners with mentorship and access to technical resources. “People from all over the world compete. I never thought I had a chance. In fact, I had totally forgotten about it when I got the email,” he added. Mota is a senior in FTC’s Information Technology Networking, Web Design and Programming bachelor’s degree program. His latest game, HeroHopp, is available for free on iTunes and Google Play for Apple and Android devices. In it, players have 80 characters to choose from, each with different skills and personality traits. The objective is to make one’s way through the game, hopping from one elevated area to another to pursue the game’s prize: the granting of a wish. It follows the path of Box King, Mota’s first game about a whimsical king wearing an oversized crown whose gold fortune is stolen. He sets out to recover his wealth, but in the process he must dodge dozens of falling boxes to stay alive. HeroHopp improves on Box King by making the game more “one touch” and enabling the player to play faster. Mota began designing games in the third grade when his dad gave him his first computer, but that wouldn’t have been enough to create these successful apps. He credits the education he’s received at FTC as key to his success. “They have taught me a lot of different languages that I didn’t know when I came to the school,” he said. “Right now we’re learning a lot of C++, which is a language that lots of online games use. You can do an infinite amount of things with a language. It’s up to you and your imagination.” FTC Information Technology programs also teach HTML, CSS3, Java, Visual Basic and Python, among other programming languages. The Information Technology Networking, Web Design and Programming bachelor’s program includes courses in all three of the subject disciplines. Students acquire specific skills in Networking, Web Design and Programming, all of which are necessary in supervisory or managerial roles within the IT industry. The programs are designed to give students practical industry expertise to complement theoretical knowledge, while making graduates highly competitive in today’s labor market. “This is a great program, and the learning is intense,” said Rigoberto Maximo, an instructor. “You’re looking at something similar to a computer science program.” Many employers are impressed with the level of experience and hands-on practical training that students get at FTC. Maximo said many of his students have gotten jobs in hospitals, theme parks and Internet security. “It is a rigorous program and the school makes sure that graduates are capable of getting a job in a very competitive market,” Maximo said. The college also offers an Associate of Science Degree in network administration/hardware with wireless technology. It provides entry-level skills in areas like network design, network administration and network configuration. Coursework emphasizes Windows and A+ training. The program is designed to prepare a graduate for entry-level employment in network administration in as little as 18 months.   By Ivette Leyva Martinez By Jeannette Rivera-Lyles

FTC and the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund Give the Gift of Education

Posted on January 16th, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

 to Perseverance FTC 2016 SM FTC New Years 2017 v1 from Eleven 11 Communications on Vimeo.   Florida Technical College commemorated Hispanic Heritage Month by making the gift of knowledge more attainable for two of its students. The college worked together with Orlando’s Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando to identify two deserving students who were recently awarded $15K each towards their education. FTC fully underwrote these two awards.
FTC students Carmen López and Zulma Echevarría were the well-deserving and proud recipients of the award. López is majoring in Criminal Justice, while Echevarría is pursuing a degree in Business. “This takes a big weight off my shoulders,” said López, a mother of three kids who struggles to make ends meet as a Walmart clerk. “The only thing I have to worry about now is making good grades.” When López received the award, she was going through a hard time emotionally after losing a baby at birth. Her spirit was down, she was tired and struggling to pay medical bills and considered dropping out. Her FTC family stood by her side, with instructors and fellow students helping her get caught up with school work at a pace she could keep. “This scholarship was the cherry on top,” López said. “It was like a sign from heaven that I was in the right place and should continue pursuing my degree for me and my family.” Upon graduation, López wants to be a juvenile probation officer. “I want to make a difference,” she said. “There are many teenagers out there who get into trouble because there’s no one guiding them. I want to help them turn their lives around before it is too late. I know it can be done if we had more people in the system who cared.” Lopez’s determination comes from her desire to give her children a better life and make them proud.   “I have no time for myself,” she said. “When I’m not working or studying, I am in the backyard playing with my kids. Their laughter is music to my ears. It’s all worth it.” FTC President and CEO, David Ruggieri, said López’s story was inspiring and a good example of FTC’s student body as a whole. “Our students have busy, sometimes complicated lives,” Ruggieri said. “We feel honored that they have selected our schools to empower themselves through education. That’s why we go out of our way to help them stay on track and be flexible when it comes to schedules. Ultimately, we want to see them all walking across the graduation stage.” FTC has long supported the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando because of the organization’s solid track record helping area Latinos achieve. “We are proud to be associated with the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando because it really makes a difference in our community,” Ruggieri said. “Since its inception in 2000, HHSF has provided more than $1 million in scholarships to students seeking to improve their lives through a college degree. There’s no greater agent of positive change than education.” HHSF is the largest nonprofit organization in Central Florida dedicated to providing scholarships to Hispanic students pursuing a college or university degree. This year, it awarded scholarships to 31 students who met the criteria, which
requires a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and are
enrolled or plan to enroll full-time at an accredited college or university in Orange, Seminole, Osceola or Lake County. Latinos are the fastest growing population group of Metro Orlando,” said Maritza Martinez, chairperson of the scholarship fund. “The economy of our region will heavily depend on us in just a few years. We’re working hard to make sure our community is prepared, academically and otherwise, to step up to the challenge.” Martinez said FTC’s support was pivotal to the organization’s efforts. “We are grateful of FTC’s support through the years,” said Maritza Martinez, chairperson of the scholarship fund. “’Hispanics are the youngest population group in Central Florida and also the fastest growing. Access to education enables us to be positive contributors to the economy, to our community and to society.” This year’s scholarship winners were recognized at a luncheon in late October. For more information about the scholarship fund, visit www.hhsfmo.org . For information of Florida Technical College diploma, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, visit www.ftccollege.edu. THE HISPANIC HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND OF METRO ORLANDO (HHSFMO) originated with a series of activities organized by the Hispanic Heritage Celebration Committee of Orange County, an employee group whose main purpose was to plan and organize activities for Hispanic Heritage month. The first Hispanic Heritage Scholar- ship Gala was hosted by this group in October 2000 to raise the organization’s initial funds. In 2003, as a result of this effort to support the local Hispanic community, a partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando was developed and the HHSFMO was established as a separate and independent organization. HHSFMO was incorporated in August 2003 as a non-pro t organization under the State of Florida. To date, HHSFMO along with the support of our partners, has been able to provide more than $1 million in scholarships to help 271 students pursue a college education.   By Jeannette Rivera-Lyles

How to Snag a Great Career as a Medical Biller and Coder

Posted on January 13th, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

Medical billers and medical coders are in-demand health care professionals who can expect to enjoy great job security well into the future. The health care industry is expanding every year. In fact, health care is the fastest growing industry in the country. This means that getting into health care now is a smart career move. With two years or less of training, you could be ready for a career that pays well, that is meaningful, that is secure, and that will allow you to work hours that match your lifestyle. A great way to get into the booming health care industry is with a job as a medical biller or medical coder, or more likely as both. Medical billing and medical coding are very similar and most educational programs will train you in both skills, as employers want professionals who can do both. This is the kind of job that will allow you to be a part of health care, but that does not require direct work with patients. If this sounds like the right kind of career for you, here’s how you can get there.   Learn More about Medical Billing vs. Medical Coding The first step you should take before starting down the path of any new career is to learn more about it. Before you start training in this field, make sure it sounds like something you can do and that you want to do. There are many great reasons to get into medical billing and coding, including steady hours, a good salary, and job security, but it is not necessarily a career that will suit everyone.   Medical Billing vs. Medical Coding: Medical Coders A medical coder is someone who translates interactions between patients and their health care providers into a special code. This code is called ICD-10, a system that was updated from ICD-9 in 2015. ICD stands for International Classification of Diseases, and it is a system of shorthand codes for various treatments, procedures, and diagnoses. Medical Billers A medical biller takes codes and insurance information for a patient and submits claims to the insurer. The medical biller also follows up on these claims.   Medical billing and coding is often done by the same person, although in large health care settings, there may be different individuals for each job. Medical billers and coders are both largely self-directed workers and spend a lot of time at computers. This work is great for anyone who likes to work independently with some amount of communication with doctors or nurses. Billers and coders do not work directly with patients. They may work in a doctor’s office or at an offsite location. Learn what a Career in Medical Billing and Coding Has to Offer Beyond simply enjoying the kind of work that a medical biller and medical coder does, it helps to also know what the other benefits of the job are. You may have certain ideas about the kinds of hours you want to work or how much you want to earn, and before you choose a career, you should know if it will match the dreams you have for your future. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people working in medical billing and coding earn a median salary of $37,110 per year, or $17.84 per hour. This is only the midpoint for salaries, so those workers with more training or experience can earn much more than this. Hours for medical billers and coders are mostly typical office hours; however, there may be opportunities to work nights or weekends in large hospital settings. A career like this could allow you to work normal hours, to have a set schedule that doesn’t change week by week, and to have a better balance between your work and your time spent with family.   Enroll in Courses for Medical Coders and Billers Medical billing and coding courses are necessary for getting this kind of job. Not many employers will offer on-the-job training for this career. It is a skill that must be learned and it takes several months, nearly a year of classes to be adequately trained to do the job correctly. You can choose between a diploma or certificate program that will take a year or less to complete, or an associate degree program that will require about two years of coursework.   Medical billing and coding classes include learning about medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology, coding for procedures, coding for diagnostics, and how to bill insurance companies. Many programs also include hands-on learning experiences, or externships working in real health care facilities. Taking classes and practicing learned skills are important for showing employers that you are a great candidate for a medical biller or coder position.   Consider Certification as a Medical Biller or Coder Medical billing and coding is a career that does not require certification in most places. Technically, a degree or diploma is not required either, although few employers will hire someone without any training. Although it is not required, getting certified is something you should consider. It could give you a leg up over other candidates for jobs when it’s time to apply. Certification shows that you know your subject and that you didn’t just go through the motions in your classes. You can get certification as a medical biller, medical coder, or both, through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). This professional organization offers examinations for certifying medical coders, medical billers, medical auditors, medical compliance specialists, and medical documentation specialists. In deciding between medical billing vs. medical coding, it makes sense to get certified in both. This is the best way to ensure you are a desirable candidate for employers.   Start Your Job Search for Medical Biller and Medical Coder Positions You have several options when it comes to where you receive your training in medical billing and coding. Medical billing and coding courses at Florida Technical College (FTC) are available at two convenient South and Central Florida […]

Top Five Careers in Medical Assisting, Without the Blood

Posted on January 9th, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

Medical assisting jobs are in high demand. It takes a small army of professionals with different skill sets to provide medical care in our world today. Physicians and nurses who are deep in the trenches require a competent support staff to help them treat those who are sick or injured and cover all of the many aspects of modern patient care. Men and women who are drawn to the medical industry and a career where they can help others have many different opportunities available to them. Traditionally, many people who were well suited for the industry but uneasy about blood, needles and intense trauma have turned to other fields. If you’re one of those people, there is great news for you! There are a large number of medical assisting careers that allow you to earn a great living while helping others, with a focus on technology and patient care, without the blood. Learn about the top five careers for Medical Assistants, and how obtaining your certification or AS degree in Medical Assisting from Florida Technical College can open up a lifetime of opportunities for you.   What is a Medical Assistant? By definition, medical assistants complete administrative duties and clinical tasks supporting doctors, nurses, their patients and the medical environment. Their duties vary based on the location of their work and the specialty of that practice. Medical assistants work in physician offices, chiropractic offices, hospitals, outpatient centers, and other healthcare facilities. Like physicians, medical assistants can specialize in many areas including sports medicine, weight loss, rehabilitation and more. In 2014, there were 591,300 people working as medical assistants in the U.S. with an average pay of $30,590 per year.   There are many different fields for medical assistants today that don’t require you to work in traumatic environments. Helping patients and healthcare professionals extends way beyond drawing blood and cleaning bedpans. There are many important jobs for medical assistants in the growing healthcare industry.     Five Great Career Paths for Medical Assistants   #1 – Pharmacy Technician Medical assistants can apply their training and skills to a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, helping the pharmacist provide medications and other health care products to patients, consumers and other health care professionals. Pharmacy technicians perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medications. This may include counting tablets, labeling bottles and dispensing prescriptions in preparation for sale at grocery stores, drug stores and hospitals. Medical assistants that work in the field of pharmaceuticals generally work in a non-critical environment away from blood, pain and trauma, yet are helping patients who are in need of medicine. Retail sales are a big part of this job and a great fit for medical assistants who have strong interpersonal skills. You can become a pharmacy technician by completing a medical assistant program and obtaining your certification. The medical field of pharmaceuticals is a $300 billion annual industry in the U.S. and expected to continue to grow rapidly over the next three years. Increased demand in prescription medications will lead to an increase in demand for pharmaceutical services. Professionals who specialize in pharmaceuticals are in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor, pharmacy technicians earned an average annual salary of $30,410 per year in 2015.  #2 – Medical Transcriptionists Medical assistants can apply their training and skills to a career as a medical transcriptionist. Medical transcriptionists listen to voice recordings that physicians and other healthcare workers make during the course of their daily work and translate those audios into written reports. Medical transcriptionists use word-processing software and speech recognition technology to conduct their work from physician offices and other healthcare facilities. These medical assistants must be able to interpret terminology and abbreviations with a basic understanding of anatomy and physiology in order to prepare written accounts of patient medical histories, discharge summaries and other important medical records. Medical assistants that work as medical transcriptionists generally work in a non-critical environment away from blood, pain and trauma, yet are helping physicians accurately document patient treatments and records. Advanced technology is a big part of this job and a great fit for medical assistants who are technically adept. You can become a medical transcriptionist by completing a medical assistant program and obtaining your certification. According to the Bureau of Labor, medical transcriptionists earned an average annual salary of $34,890 per year in 2015.   #3 – Health Information Technicians Medical assistants can apply their training and skills to a career as a health information technician. Health information technicians work in a wide range of medical facilities from physician offices to hospitals and clinics of all kinds. These medical assistants organize and manage health information data. They ensure that the information collected from patients, physicians and insurance companies is properly documented and secure in both paper files and electronic systems. Health information technicians ensure health information is accurate and accessible and use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes from databases and registries. They also maintain patient medical and treatment histories. Health information technicians generally work in a non-critical environment out of the direct line of blood, pain and trauma, yet are helping patients receive the care they need by maintaining accurate and complete files that are accessible to physicians and other professional who treat those patients. Documentation is a big part of this job and a great fit for medical assistants who are technically inclined and enjoy data entry. You can become a health information technician by completing a medical assistant program and obtaining your certification. The demand for health information technicians is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024 as the demand for health services increases. According to the Bureau of Labor, health information technicians earned an average annual salary of $37,110 per year in 2015.   #4 – Home Health Aides Medical assistants can apply their training and skills to a career as a home health aide. Unlike […]

Everything You Need to Know about Being a Patient Care Technician

Posted on January 5th, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

Patient care technicians (PCTs) are among the most in-demand professionals in the health care industry today. Doctors and nurses in a variety of settings rely on PCTs to care for and monitor patients and to communicate with them about patient needs. From busy hospitals to quiet in-home settings, PCTs work in all health care environments and are important to the functioning and operations of medical facilities.   As the health care industry expands you may have considered getting involved and finding a steady and well-paying career doing something more meaningful, like caring for people. A PCT career could be just what you’re looking for, with short training requirements, flexible study and work schedules, a real career helping people, and a job that is always going to be in demand. Learn more about what it means to be a PCT so you can feel confident going forward with this important career decision.   What is a PCT? A PCT is a Patient Care Technician, a professional who works closely with patients, nurses, and doctors to ensure that all patients are receiving adequate care. PCTs are sometimes called nursing assistants. Much of the work they do is to help nurses help patients. They are likely to report to either a nurse or a doctor and take instructions from these professionals.  What are the responsibilities of a PCT ? The responsibilities of a PCT may vary depending on the job, but are generally patient-focused:   Checking patient vital signs, like blood pressure and pulse Collecting samples from patients for laboratory testing, such as drawing blood Assisting patients with daily activities and hygiene, like bathing, dressing, and brushing teeth Monitoring and assisting with meals and making sure patients are eating enough Monitoring and delivering medications Sterilizing and cleaning patient rooms and equipment Transporting patients by wheelchair or gurney Listening to and recording the complaints and needs of the patients Communicating with nurses and doctors about patient needs Determining if patients are comfortable and taking steps to help them if they are not   The Work Environment for Patient Care Technicians Working in Hospital One of the great things about a career as a PCT is that you can choose the kind of work environment that best suits you. For instance, a lot of patient care technicians work in hospitals, which can be fast-paced environments that may be exciting for some, and stressful for others. Working in Doctor’s Office A doctor’s office is another common setting for PCTs. These positions will be less stressful and more predictable, although for some they may be less exciting. Working in Nursing Homes PCTs also work in nursing homes and other types of residential facilities, like assisted living centers, residential homes for treating addiction, or psychiatric facilities and hospitals. Each of these different settings come with unique challenges and benefits, but the different options mean that PCTs get to choose what works best for them. Working in Typical Home Another possible environment in which a PCT might work is in a typical home. PCTs may work for a company that offers in-home care for seniors or people with disabilities. This environment is usually calm and slow-paced and allows for a PCT to get to know one or two individuals better, rather than providing care to numerous patients throughout the day.   PCT vs. Medical Assistant  It is important to realize that patient care technicians are not the same as medical assistants. These are two similar career paths, but the responsibilities, duties, and level of training are not exactly the same. A medical assistant typically requires more training and certification. A typical medical assistant program is a two-year associate degree program, while PCT training is typically shorter and results in a diploma or a certificate rather than a degree. Both careers are present in a variety of medical settings and both involve helping patients.   On the job, what sets these two careers apart is the focus on patients and the level of responsibility. Medical assistants, with more training, have greater responsibilities and may perform more procedures without the supervision of a doctor or nurse. They may also do administrative work in a medical office, such as filing and making appointments. PCTs are solely focused on patients and do not do administrative tasks.   What are The Benefits of Being a PCT  ? There are a lot of good reasons to choose a career as a PCT, including the availability of positions and job security. The field of allied health, which includes patient care technicians, is growing rapidly as the health care field grows generally. There are a lot of options for jobs as a trained PCT, from working in hospitals to doctor offices to nursing homes, and in-home settings. PCT training does not take long, typically a year or less. By choosing a career as a PCT you can begin working in health care much sooner than with other, similar careers.   In addition to all these tangible benefits of a career as a PCT there are many others that are not as easy to measure. For instance, many people find this kind of work rewarding. On a daily basis, PCTs actively help people and make them more comfortable. They get patients settled into what can be a scary environment, reassure them, and make sure they have everything they need. PCTs are valuable and needed in most medical settings, both for the doctors and nurses and for the patients.   PCT Training and Certification Training for a PCT is usually a diploma or certificate program. The first step toward becoming a PCT is to earn a high school diploma or GED. The next step is to enroll in a PCT training program and to pass the coursework to earn a diploma or certificate in patient care technology. Programs for PCTs typically include a combination of classroom and hands-on learning.   Coursework may include classes on subjects like anatomy and physiology, medical ethics, patient care, medical terminology, phlebotomy (drawing blood […]

The Top Leftover Recipes and Baking Blogs for Thanksgiving 2016

Posted on November 23rd, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

This year’s top baking sites, dessert recipes, and all the top thanksgiving leftover recipes for leftovers the internet has to offer With your culinary and baking diplomas in hand, you’re ready for Turkey Day 2016. You may not need any help with the main meal, but what about the leftovers? Put your skills to the real test with creative and tasty uses for all those turkey remains, leftover cranberries, and extra sweet potato casserole. For a little inspiration:   All the Sandwiches: Country Living  Who doesn’t love a turkey sandwich? This is a classic use for Thanksgiving leftovers, and you can create one simply by throwing some turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce on bread. But, you can also get more creative. For some ideas, check out Country Living’s 18 top Thanksgiving recipes for leftover sandwiches. The recipes range from a delicate cranberry sauce, turkey, and pear sandwich to turkey and leftover mashed potatoes sandwiched between waffles. For bonus points, check out some baking blogs to make your own sandwich bread. The Best Baking Blogs of the Web: Krazy Coupon Lady  The Krazy Coupon Lady has done some of the hard work for you by scouring the web for some of the most unique Thanksgiving leftover ideas. From top baking sites to dessert recipes, you will find some great ideas here. Try baking a pizza with your leftovers or making chocolate cupcakes with leftover mashed potatoes. Donuts, dumplings, pancakes, and sweet potato brownies are also on the list. Top Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Trust: Martha Stewart Martha knows her stuff, so you know you can trust the dessert recipes and others that you find on this list of 37 diverse dishes made mostly with Thanksgiving leftovers. Try the baked pocket pies and fill them with your own ingredients. Make tartlets out of leftover cranberry sauce. Use the turkey bones to make a delicious broth and then throw in other leftovers to make the perfect soup. One Pastry to Rule them All: The Woks of Life  Sometimes you just need one really good recipe. At The Woks of Life, the authors have developed a simple yet tasty pastry recipe that would fit on any of the best baking blogs on the web. With this one recipe you can create a variety of fillings to make delicious and easy Thanksgiving leftover pastries and hand pies. Make a big batch of pastry dough and fill it however you like. Use cranberries, yams, stuffing, gravy, turkey, even leftover pumpkin pie. These delightful little treats take just 15 minutes to bake. Beyond the Turkey Sandwich: Epicurious  On one of the top baking sites and food sites on the web, you’ll find a list of unique Thanksgiving leftover recipes that were crafted by top chefs. Turn your turkey leftovers into a ramen noodle bowl or croquettes. Try turkey enchiladas or samosas or a thick and filling turkey gumbo. Sandwiches have their place, but turkey can do so much more. Whether you have already been to culinary school or baking school, or you’re just thinking about it, Thanksgiving is a great time to practice your skills and use your creativity. Everyone expects a great meal on the big day, but you can really impress your family and friends with what you can do on day two with the leftovers and these sites and recipes will get you started. If this year’s Thanksgiving experience inspires you to enroll in a culinary arts program, try Florida Technical College’s baking or culinary arts diploma programs. In about a year, you can complete the training you need to join this exciting field and make your passion your career.

HVAC School Offers Cool Careers in a Hot Industry

Posted on November 21st, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

The HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) industry, also referred to as HVAC/R (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration), is a growing industry that is in constant need of qualified HVAC technicians to serve both residential and commercial markets. The HVAC industry thrives, even during economic downturns, because of the year-round comforts and lifestyles the world enjoys and expects. Combined with the growth of green technologies and the importance of energy conservation, HVAC careers are constantly in demand. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates the need for qualified, well-trained HVAC technicians will rise 14 percent over the next several years. It is forecasted that an additional 56 thousand HVAC technicians will be needed in the next few years for the installation and maintenance of HVAC units. Thus, many companies have established HVAC apprenticeship programs to offer entry-level HVAC jobs to those who have the proper training and skills. With Florida’s floodwaters, record-breaking heat and hurricanes, competent HVAC mechanics and installers are needed throughout the year. In regards to pay, the BLS reports that the media salary for HVAC technicians was about $45,000 in May of 2015, with the top 10 percent earning an average of $71,000 and the lowest 10 percent earning an average of around $28,000. It is an industry that rarely experiences layoffs. The HVAC industry is one that stays on the cutting edge of technology with new jobs being created everyday such as Energy Auditors, Efficiency Specialists and Green Technology Specialists. The industry is growing and the demand for HVAC technicians is very strong. Diversity in Career Choices It is hard to dispute that the HVAC industry isn’t one of the best fields for work. The world of HVAC has many positions for the trained and the untrained worker. New technologies and green technologies are increasing the demand for those with both strong mechanical and electronic skills. Initially, some HVAC technicians may start off as an installer, but then develop into a project manager, then field supervisor and even end up in corporate leadership. There are virtually no limits to the diversity of the careers in HVAC because it takes so many positions to create, engineer, service, repair, produce, package, promote and sell HVAC products and services. Every stage has a specific task that needs to be performed. To get a better sense of all that HVAC offers, here is just a small sample of the jobs available within the HVAC industry: Blueprint Creation/Reading Controls Technician Design Engineer Dispatcher Energy Auditor Engineering Lab Technician Equipment Performance Testing Specialist Estimator Energy Conservation Specialist Field Technical Specialist Graphic Designer Green Technology Specialist HVAC Equipment Dealer IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) Inspector Machinist Manufacturer Product Manager Product Technical Support Personnel Programmer Training Instructor Safety Director Scheduler Sheet Metal Fabricator Supply Chain Specialist Shop Maintenance Manager Vendor Manager Many of these jobs can easily be found through networking, online job sites, social media and recruiters. The demand for skilled professionals to develop, manufacture, sell and install HVAC-related products is ongoing. But those wanting HVAC careers must first acquire the necessary education and training. Available Education Programs To become an educated HVAC technician, Florida Technical College (FTC) has an HVAC school that has a well-established diploma program which gives soon-to-be HVAC technicians, project managers, sales managers and other professionals, the core HVAC courses and training required to start successful HVAC careers. The HVAC/R program offered by FTC teaches students the skills and technical knowledge needed to service, repair and install all types of heating, refrigeration and air conditioning systems. The HVAC School has a curriculum that combines comprehensive classroom training with hands-on experience. FTC also provides extensive career development classes and strategies to ensure graduates successfully obtain HVAC jobs as soon as they complete the 17-month program. The certificate HVAC/R program offered by Florida Technical College’s HVAC School has fifteen core competencies to fully prepare students for HVAC careers. Starting with Applied Mathematics, the HVAC course offering gives students exposure into Basic Electricity, Industrial Safety, Mechanical Instrumentation, Refrigeration and A/C Principles, Heat Pumps and Related Systems, and Codes and Regulations, just to name a few. The HVAC School curriculum was also designed to give future graduates an environment to test their skills before getting HVAC apprenticeships and other entry-level HVAC jobs. The HVAC School’s curriculum also has lab classes in Electrical Instrumentation, Domestic Equipment, and Commercial A/C Equipment, so students are prepared for their first day out in the field. One specific area where FTC stands out is its’ Programmable Logic Controller Units-Lab. This lab gives students extensive knowledge in Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), which is used in special computer devices to control a variety of commercial and industrial systems. The PLC lab provided gives students a setting where they can test out and put to use the valued skills of being able to troubleshoot and adjust HVAC systems by using handheld computers. This training and exposure is vital to securing HVAC apprenticeships in emerging HVAC, green and energy conservation technologies. On-The-Job Training Although there are plenty of different HVAC careers, most HVAC technicians, early in their careers, will participate in an HVAC apprenticeship. Lab classes are important, but on-the-job training is needed early on to apply what is learned in both the classroom and in the lab. HVAC apprenticeships give students the opportunity to use their newly acquired skills. Many individual employers have HVAC apprenticeship and training programs for students already enrolled in HVAC courses. Additionally, HVAC apprenticeships are sponsored by joint employer and labor groups, trade associations and even by local, state and federal agencies. HVAC apprenticeship programs typically last one to five years, often requiring about 144 hours of instruction for each year of the HVAC apprenticeship. For instance, the Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) has an HVAC apprenticeship program that gives participants real-life experience installing and servicing residential, commercial and industrial HVAC systems, monitoring automated building controls and solving problems in the field. Most HVAC apprenticeships are most fitting for those who are ready to commit […]

Top Thanksgiving Recipes – 2016 Edition

Posted on November 17th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

TABLE OF CONTENTS Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes Easy Turkey Recipe Traditional Turkey Recipe Fastest Turkey Recipe Thanksgiving Side Dishes Stuffing Recipes Mac & Cheese Recipes Sweet Potatoes Recipes Brussel Sprouts Recipes Gravy and Cranberry Sauces Recipes Gravy Recipes Cranberry Sauces Recipes Other Fun Side Dishes Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes Pumpkin Pie Recipes Other Dessert Recipes Thanksgiving Preparation Tips The Holidays are here! And Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away leaving us all searching for ideas of what to prepare for our family, guests or coworkers at the company potluck.  However, we all know that preparing a Thanksgiving meal is no easy feat and especially if you’re trying to do it on your own! So, that’s where we come in! We’ve searched for the tastiest Thanksgiving recipes and we also have some tips and instructions on how you should tackle this meal and leave everyone wobbling and gobbling for more! Get it? Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes: At your table, this will be the guest of honor! The question is how will it arrive? Roasted, deep-fried, smoked, spatchcocked and the list goes on! Despite the long and elaborate list of options, we decided to go with the most “traditional” way, roasting, as well as the fastest way. There is one thing we need you to keep in mind before you continue reading. You need 3-4 days for your turkey to thaw in the refrigerator before roasting day arrives. So if you’re reading this on or around November 19th, go get your turkey! We’ll be here when you get back! Easy Turkey Recipe: Easy Roast Turkey by Chowhound Easy. Roast. Turkey. Need they say more? We’ve come to agree that this turkey recipe is by far, sweet, easy and to the point. However, leave it up to our chefs at FTC to add a few tips that will help raise the flavor bar just a few notches. Roast a few garlic cloves the night before or the day and spread of them under the skin. When you roast garlic cloves they turn into butter. If you really like garlic, feel free to rub it everywhere!   We all know turkey can taste a bit dry, but it doesn’t have to! If you like your meats to have a bit of a citrusy taste, take the juice of a few oranges and inject the juice into the turkey. If you’re not a huge fan of citrus, buy a nice Italian dressing, yes! Italian dressing has all the desired flavors and when using it for roasting the end result promises to be superb! Traditional Turkey Recipe: Thanksgiving Pioneer-Style Herb Roasted Turkey – By FoodNetwork We don’t think it can get more traditional than “Pioneer-Style”! This delicious creation is by none other than the famous Mr. Bobby Flay! Our FTC chefs give this recipe a five star review! If you have the time and the ingredients, this recipe promises to be flavorful and does not require any altering or figuring out. Can’t get better than that! Fastest Turkey Recipes: Spatchcock Turkey by Ovens.Reviewed Butterfly roast turkey by Seriouseats When we say fastest, we are referring to the cooking time. Depending on the size, a turkey can take hours to cook and making sure it has cooked through properly is always a challenge, especially if you’re a first-timer in the thanksgiving turkey game. So, here is an alternative way for you to still make a delicious turkey, while having it cooked to perfection in HALF the time! Butterfly it! Yes, cut out that backbone and flatten it before roasting! “Spatchcocking Is Still the Fastest, Easiest, Best Way to Roast a Turkey” Thanksgiving Side Dishes: What would the guest of honor be without its entourage? Even though a well-prepared turkey will steal the show, delicious side dishes are necessary additions to its performance. If the different ways of preparing a turkey seemed never-ending, the different sides you can choose from will take the cake! From stuffing to sweet mashed potatoes, to corn and Brussel sprouts, and we can’t forget the cranberry sauce; the list for sides goes on and on, but the plus is that you can go with whatever you like! That’s right, there’s ultimately no right or wrong choice to make on your side dishes. Our FTC chefs decided to choose a few of their favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipes and give you a few different options for each! Stuffing recipes Cornbread stuffing by BudgetSavydiva Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing by Damndelicious Slow Cooker Cranberry pecan Stuffing by Damndelicious Ciabatta stuffing with chestnuts and pancetta recipe by Foodnetwork Mac & Cheese Recipes Macaroni and Cheese Recipe By Foodnetwork The Mac and Cheese recipe by Thatwhichnourishes Macaroni Cheese recipe by Thepioneerwoman Three-Cheese Spaghetti Squash Gratin (non pasta option ) by Chowhound Sweet potatoes Recipes Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Bake  by Food.com Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Browned Butter and Toasted Marshmallows by AllRecipes Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes by FoodNetwork Garlic Butter Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Parmesan by Cafedelites  Brussel Sprouts Recipes Roasted Brussels sprouts Recipe by Foodnetwork Quick Brussels and Bacon Recipe by AllRecipes Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts by Eat Yourself Skinny Gravy and Cranberry Sauces Recipes  Gravy Recipes: Caramelized Onion Gravy Recipe By Ohmyveggies Homemade Turkey Gravy by Whatsgabycooking The Best Turkey Gravy Recipe By Momontimeout Make ahead Turkey Thanksgiving Gravy by Noblepig Want to combine Brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes? Here you go: Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts recipe by TheFoodCharlatan Cranberry Sauces Recipes: How to make a cranberry sauce: the Basics by Chowhound Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce by The Farmgirlgabs Cranberry Sauce Recipe By Food Network Cranberry Sauce Recipe by Allrecipes.com Other fun (not as traditional) side dishes: Easy Pumpkin Pasties Recipe by Popsugar Sausage and Stuffing Balls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce by I should be mopping the floor Cranberry Brie Crostini By Neighborfood Blog Brie Baked Cheese Appetizer By Growingupbagel Spinach Puffs By Deliciouslydeclassified Sweet and Spicy Sausage stuffed mushrooms By Thesuburbansoapbox Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes:  Pumpkin Pie Recipes Classic Pumpkin Pie By Foodnessgracious Apple Pie By Audrey’s Apron […]

Healthcare Degrees: Earn The Skills for a Career With Vast Opportunities, Prestige and Earning Potentials

Posted on November 15th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

As the demand for healthcare professionals continues to increase, the payoff for receiving an education in healthcare rises with it. Through any one of Florida Technical College’s Healthcare Programs you could be among the many professionals who serve communities, while also bringing home a livable wage. Healthcare Degrees: An education that leads to a career in high demand: No matter what health care program you decide to take courses in, you can be sure that the skills you’ll learn will lead you to endless opportunities for employment. With the federal health insurance reform in place, the amount of individuals who have access to health insurance will rise, creating an increase in our aging population, and resulting in a higher demand for health services. As the amount of people having health insurance increases, the number of people seeking medical care will also increase, making the need for medical professionals even greater. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that just 2 years ago the healthcare industry employed over 18 million and had an average monthly job-opening rate of 3.9 percent. Having a 2.6 percent compound annual rate of change makes health care, only tied by construction, the highest of all industries. This evidence proves that an education with a medical assistant school such as Florida Technical College, that can provide degree and diploma options, will create a path to success in a field growing with need for trained individuals. A salary worth studying for: Whether it be a technical program studying medical billing and coding, or medical assisting, or a 2 year associate in applied science degree, any credential that allows you to work in healthcare will pay off financially. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has recently reported that occupations in healthcare are projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024. This growth in demand for individuals trained in healthcare will add about 2.3 million new jobs to the market. A growth like this is much faster than those occurring in any other profession, and will add the largest amount of jobs to a single profession than any other occupation. Not only will positions within healthcare facilities be readily available to graduates, but the average starting pay for most healthcare positions is a wage that is more than livable. Those who complete a 2-year medical assistant program can begin working with a starting salary of $30,590 as reported by the BLS website, making this short period of investment one that will pay off right away. Florida Technical College offers courses that could have you trained to become a medical laboratory technician, which leads to another salary that is definitely worth studying for. These professionals perform tests and collect samples to analyze tissue, body fluids, and other substances, earning a generous starting salary of $50,550 as reported by the BLS within the last year. When considering the flexible options that FTC has to offer in healthcare programs and degrees, any path you choose will lead to a lucrative career. A field with something for everyone: In studying healthcare you will have the chance to consider so many opportunities, not only for education through the variety of programs FTC has to offer, but also through the many options that will be available when choosing the right career and position for you. Careers in healthcare are diverse, each position requiring a specific set of skills and training. Medical professionals can choose to work in a position that puts them behind the scenes, completing tasks that require technical training, or on the front end of practices dealing with patients and the public. When making the decision to enroll in classes that will enable you to gain employment in entry level medical jobs, it is important to consider what environment you would enjoy spending your time in. For instance, FTC offers courses that give their students medical assistant skills, important for those who plan on working in direct contact with patients, doctors, and nurses on a daily basis. These skills include the administering of injections, taking patient vital signs, drawing blood, correct preparation of the exam room for the physician, and customer service skills that are needed in order to accurately schedule appointments and provide facility information. If you are someone who enjoys working and being in direct contact with people, a medical assistant program may be the right healthcare career choice. Others may base their educational needs and employment goals on the time they are able to set aside for their education. For those balancing a family and a full-time job, or for those who wish to start working as soon as possible, training in areas like medical reception or medical billing and coding can lead to entry level medical jobs while giving you the ability to work at your own pace, with the option of completing courses online on your own time. Medical coding specialists often work behind the scenes and are in charge of reviewing the previous day’s batch of patient notes that need to be coded. It is up to the medical coder to read the documentation and identify the patient’s diagnosis and what procedures were performed during their visit. They then take this information and put it into a more compact documentation using a specialized set of codes. This position requires the use and knowledge of computers and software programs, as well as the ability to work without supervision. Do you thrive when working alone? Do you have an eye for detail? If you answered yes, and you have the ability to take information and relay it in a more concise manner, this educational career path may be the right one for you. While jobs in the healthcare industry offer positions like medical assisting and medical coding, each accompanied by very different work environments and skills. Grow through education, and grow in your career’s field: One of the best incentives for receiving a healthcare degree is the amount of advancements professionals are able to make in their career. Receiving one degree […]

Web Designers: Creator of the Online Experience

Posted on November 10th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

How often do you search or Google something from your mobile device? Probably 90% of the time, right? Google has already confirmed that most of their searches take place on a mobile device. This means that most websites have to look good on computer and a mobile device, and it is web designers that are responsible for making it happen. Whether it’s a phone, tablet or computer, any device can be used without running into any type of inconvenience. A web design education is where most people start off in this career, learning how to make responsive, attractive, and appealing websites for a variety of businesses and organizations. If you think you have what it takes to craft great websites, you may be ready for a web design college. On top of having a fun and creative career, your web design training will prepare you for a career that offers both job security and a great salary.   Web Designers Keep Visitors on the Site Web designers are part of the growing demand for a technologically skilled workforce. They design and maintain websites for functionality and visual purposes. Web designers format the layout and graphics for websites. How a website is designed is a crucial factor in bringing in and keeping visitors. A good web designer is able to direct the traffic of visitors through the use of graphics and web links. Web designers are a blend of technical skills with creative inclinations. With a web design education, you will learn the tricks that designers use all the time to keep your interest in a web page or to get you to click on links. At Web Design College, Learn How to Help Companies Succeed In these modern times, every business needs a website. A good website means having an online presence and being successful at getting and keeping customers. At the heart of the website, web designers are the talented professionals that expand the internet presence of businesses and even non-profit organizations and charities. Charged with taking the clients’ ideas and converting them into a website that fits their needs, web designers are important to the success of any business. When you go to a graphic design school, you learn what it takes to be this crucial cog in the machine that keeps customers coming back to a website, and inviting their friends to visit too. The optimization or creation of a website can mean an increase in revenue. For example, web designers ensure that businesses have websites at the optimal operation settings. The speed of the web page alone can cost you twenty five percent of your customer base. An effective web designer ensures fast load times for the most time sensitive users.   Web Designers Are Strategic and Creative A career in web design gives you the opportunity to be both creative and a problem solver. Your web design training will prepare you to both use your creative intuition and to be strategic about designing sites that are useful for businesses. Designers do more than just make websites look attractive. They also have to strategize and solve problems, such as making websites rank higher in search engines or convincing visitors to click on links and go on to explore the site further. Advertisements and link buttons have to be placed strategically and the site has to be easy to navigate while also conveying the style and philosophy of a business. Web design is an interesting combination of being creative and being strategic, and it presents a fun challenge for those willing to accept it.   With Web Design Training, Help Create Better Mobile Sites With the vast number of websites that need to be maintained and the ones that have yet to be created, web designers have a promising future. Years ago websites were created with desktops in mind, but today with everything being done on mobile devices, web designers are needed to make sure that a website can be accessed on any device. Customers are turned off by websites that haven’t been optimized for mobile devices. It sends the message that a business is out of date and out of touch with modern technology. It’s not enough to make sure that the site is readable online, either. As someone with a web design education, you will have the skills that employers and businesses need for crafting optimized and appealing mobile websites.   Where Web Designers Work The world of web design is a big one and it comes with many opportunities for trained professionals. You may choose to work with a company as part of a team or you may decide to work for yourself as a consultant. The benefits of working for a company include steady work, a guaranteed income, and working in an office with other people. You can also start out on your own after graduating from a web design college. You don’t have to work for a company. This career is especially suited to freelancing, and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in seven web developers and designers is self-employed. With your professional training and a portfolio of your work, you will be in a good position to launch a freelance career. It may not offer guaranteed work or pay, but it does open you up to a lot more flexibility. Freelancing means you can earn as little or as much as you want, depending on your needs and how much work you want to put into your small business. It also means that you can work the hours you want to work. You could work during the day while your kids are at school and be available for them in the evenings, for instance.   Starting a Career in Web Design The internet is an integral part of most businesses providing opportunities for web design in many fields, from the design of fashion and retail sites to news sites, just to name a few. This versatile need is […]

Different Medical Assisting Jobs: A Day in the Life of a Medical Assistant

Posted on November 4th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

If you have been thinking about a career change, you love helping people and you’re interested in health and medicine, consider looking into medical assisting jobs. Life as a medical assistant is often busy, challenging, and at times difficult, but one thing it can never be is boring. If you’re ready for a better career, a career that is meaningful, then you are ready for a career in health care. Medical assistants perform a variety of tasks in medical offices, including administrative tasks like filing paperwork and making a schedule, to clinical tasks like taking patient vital signs and assisting doctors during exams and procedures. These professionals have been trained in medical assistant programs and have the credentials necessary to work directly with patients. Medical assisting jobs are meaningful and challenging, but they also offer security and a good income. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be over 100,000 new jobs for medical assistants over the next several years. The industry is growing faster than average and trained medical assistants are in high demand and will continue to be needed in all parts of the country for years to come. In this career the average salaries are around $30,000, which means there is a potential to earn even more than that. To help you figure out if medical assisting jobs are right for your future career, consider what a typical person does on the job on a typical day. From checking out patient charts and planning the rest of the day to taking care of files and other administrative work to holding the hand of a scared patient, the daily duties of a medical assistant are varied and never boring. In Medical Assisting Jobs, No Day is Typical A description of a day in the life of a medical assistant isn’t necessarily a general one. No day is ever typical because these professionals work with a different set of patients every day, each with a unique set of needs. This is one of the things that makes this career so exciting. You will face daily challenges in your role as a medical assistant, and you will never get bored doing the job. One day you may be helping a patient with routine care for diabetes and the next you are comforting someone who doesn’t feel well and can’t figure out why. Most Medical Assisting Jobs Begin with Preparations For most medical assistants, a typical day will begin with a review of the charts and the schedule. In this job you will probably enter the office in the morning, take a look at the patient schedule for the day and then start pulling out the files for those patients. The doctors need to review these files before meeting with each patient, and having them out and ready to go is a big help. After reviewing the schedule and patient files, your next task will be to prepare the rooms and equipment that the doctors will need to see these patients. You might need to get out the right equipment, clean and sterilize it, and set up the exam rooms with all the necessary tools and forms that the doctors may need. Because the day starts with all this prep work, most people in medical assisting jobs are expected to be in the office at least a half an hour before the first patient’s appointment time.   Getting Patients into Their Appointments Another important duty in medical assisting jobs is to ensure that patients get in the door and into the exam rooms in an organized fashion. In some offices, medical assistants are responsible for all parts of this process, while in others duties are split between administrative and clinical medical assistants. The administrative medical assistant is responsible for getting patients signed in, making sure their charts are ready, verifying a patient’s identity and health insurance, and helping them fill out the correct forms. A clinical medical assistant calls each patient in for their appointments and gets them settled into the exam room. In these types of medical assisting jobs you are responsible for taking vital signs, like measuring the patient’s blood pressure and weight, and asking any necessary preliminary questions. The medical assistant in this role records all the information as well as patient answers in the same chart the doctor will be referencing throughout the appointment. Medical Assisting Jobs Also Include Working Side-by-Side with the Doctor In medical assistant schools you learn how to perform many of these duties independently, but in this career you will also be expected to work with doctors. An important part of the workday is being side-by-side in the exam room with the doctor or doctors depending on the size of the facility. Your job in this capacity is to assist the doctor in any way necessary, making sure you’re close at all times is key. Working in the exam room with the doctor and patient may involve handing instruments to the doctor as needed for examining the patient or for a procedure. You may also need to open up sterile bandages or tools, provide the doctor with personal protective equipment, and add notes in the patient’s file as the doctor dictates them to you. Helping the Patient after the Doctor Leaves Once the doctor has completed an examination or procedure, it is up to the medical assistant to wrap up the appointment. This means explaining to the patient what to do next, any home care that he or she needs to do, when to schedule the next appointment, or how to use any medication. The medical assisting jobs also include answering any questions the patient may still have about what the doctor said. It is important to be a good communicator in this role because you will often be the person translating what the doctor has said and making it easier for the patient to understand. The End of the Day in Medical Assisting Jobs The time at which the […]

Press Release : FTC Kissimmee opens doors of new Construction Trade and Technology Education Center

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

October 27, 2016                                                                                                Contact: Maria Isabel Sanquírico FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    Mobile: 813-420-2922                                                                                               FTC Kissimmee Opens Doors of New Construction Trade and Technology Education Center   Kissimmee, FL – Florida Technical College Kissimmee Campus officially opened its new Construction Trade and Technology Education Center. The facilities are a modern training ground for a myriad of construction disciplines, including welding, electrical and HVAC. The construction industry is currently generating almost as many jobs in Central Florida as the hospitality industry. During the last year alone, more than 12,000 jobs related to the construction sector have been created in the region, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “We strive to create programs that respond to the needs in our community’s labor force,” said FTC President and CEO, David Ruggieri. “We’re developing the work force that will step up to the plate and continue to build and improve Central Florida’s skyline. The jobs are out there. Construction is neck to neck with the hospitality industry. We want for our students to be able to seize on that opportunity.” Ruggieri added that today’s construction sites are more high-tech and sophisticated than before and to be successful, workers need to be knowledgeable about much more than brick and mortar. “We’ve paid careful attention to equipping our Center with the best there is when it comes to tools, machinery and virtual reality simulators,” Ruggieri said. “We can’t overlook the fact that 21st century workers need to be technology savvy in order to be successful.” FTC Kissimmee Campus Executive Director Gabriel Garcés explained that learning at the school’s new center will be hands on and interactive. “Students will learn by doing,” Garcés said. “They will develop skills as they go, in a real-life learning environment. We have a superb group of instructors with decades of combined experience in the construction industry ready to share their knowledge and mentor.” Enrollment is now open for classes starting the fourth week of November.   About Florida Technical College: FTC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in a range of professions, including healthcare, computer networking, graphic design, criminal justice, culinary arts and cosmetology.  FTC’s campuses are located in Orlando, Lakeland, DeLand, Kissimmee, Cutler Bay and Pembroke Pines. Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields, FTC is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. 

9 Reasons to Work as a Freelance Web Developer

Posted on October 25th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

  Almost any technology career is a great choice, especially if you love working with computers. More and more businesses have an online presence, which means they need more than just a basic website; they need a great site, designed by someone who knows their stuff. If you have earned a web development degree, you could be in high demand in this field. Have you considered making your career as a web designer and developer a freelance one? Freelancing is a big part of the modern economy. A lot of people are turning away from traditional positions and are setting out on their own to earn clients and money without the backing of a bigger company. You can do it too, and there are many reasons why you should. Here are just a few of them: There are a lot of jobs out there for someone with a web development degree.  There are endless jobs available for someone with a website design degree. There is potential for a traditional, nine-to-five job with a firm, but also to get multiple, freelance projects and jobs. The world has gone online and there is not likely to be an end to the need for professionals who can design and build effective and aesthetically pleasing websites. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics records information about various job industries, their incomes and growth in the total number of positions available. The growth in the field of web development is currently projected to be much faster than average job growth. Between now and 2024 there are expected to be nearly 150,000 more jobs added to the field of web development You really want to take control of your career and future.  As someone who holds a web development degree you’ll have a variety of career options to choose from. With your degree and experience you should be able to find the job of your choice with any employer. You have another option, though, which is to freelance and be your own boss. Instead of working for someone else, you can choose to work for you. Working for a firm can be a great experience, but it is always going to be limited. You won’t have control over which projects you take on, how many you take on, or how much you earn. As a freelancer you get control over those things. You can work as little or as much as you want, and you will have the ability to say yes or no to each job that comes your way.   You got your web development degree through major self-discipline.  Detractors of a freelance career will tell you that you have to be a special person to handle the level of control you have over your work. You have to be disciplined and self-motivated because you, not a boss, will be in charge of getting work, doing it on time, and keeping clients wanting more. You have to sell yourself and make sure you deliver work that is of high quality. That may be challenging for some people, but you earned your web design development degree through exactly this kind of hard work. No one completed the work for you or earned your grades for you. You did it yourself and you used motivation and self-discipline. These are the attributes that will allow you to be successful in a freelance web design career. Being self-disciplined isn’t easy, but you have it down, which means you have the potential to be a great freelancer.     You crave flexibility in your working hours.  For many people who choose a freelance career, flexibility is the absolute best thing about it. Being a freelancer means that you choose your projects, the people you work with, and the hours and days that you work. When you need time off, you take it. If you work better at night, you can work late and sleep in. Your web development degree has opened the door to a career that will give you the flexibility you have never had before in any previous job.   You’re great at what you do, thanks to your web development degree.  The purpose of going to web developer school was because you wanted a real career, a chance to earn a better income, and the opportunity to live a better life. You could have chosen any number of things to study, but you chose web development because you love this work. You’re creative and tech savvy and you enjoy designing and building websites. This is something you already have in common with freelance workers. People who work on a freelance basis love what they do. The self-discipline needed for success as a freelancer is important, and it comes a lot easier if you love the work. You’ll wake up each morning ready to get into your office and start the next project.   You thrive on working independently.  Some people can’t stand to be alone all day. It feels isolating and lonely. Freelancers thrive in this environment. If you love to work alone, to work independently on projects as opposed to working in teams, freelancing is a fantastic choice. Imagine being able to work out of your house without a lot of coworkers around. Does the idea excite you? If so, you’re a freelancer waiting to happen.   A freelancer with a web development degree will never get bored.  It’s likely that one of the reasons you made the ultimate choice to go back to school for a website design degree is that you got bored of your previous job. When you don’t have the education or training, you can end up in a job that is routine. You have limited job responsibilities and you do the same things over and over again. Careers in web development are ever changing; therefore, allowing you to do something that is more skilled and interesting. On top of that, when you work as a freelancer, the interest level goes up […]

10 Creative Joys of a Career in Web Design

Posted on October 17th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

A career in design requires both practicality and creativity. If you love being creative you should consider studying at a web design school where you can earn a web and graphic design associate degree and launch your creativity while earning a good living. What could be better than having a career that is both lucrative and that allows you to express yourself? If that idea intrigues you, you are ready to take the next step. A degree from a web design college will allow you to start a career designing and building websites, and you can do it by working for a company or by starting a freelance business. Graphic designers and web designers create all those websites you see online. They may design the entire site or individual pages; they design and create graphics and animations; they may even design advertisements. The creative work that goes into building websites is what you could be doing after attending a web design school. There are so many great reasons to go for this career, including having a better work-life balance, having good job security and better pay, and having a career that challenges you in positive ways. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs developing websites are growing much faster than average and workers in this field earn a median salary of $64,970. Not everyone gets to be creative on the job, but as a graphic designer or web developer you will be encouraged to unleash all of your creativity. The joys of having this kind of creative career are numerous, but here are some of the most important ones:   Expressing your creativity begins at web design school. The first creative satisfaction you’ll get as you pursue a career in web design is at school. Web design training isn’t like school as you remember it. You won’t spend all your time reading textbooks and listening to lectures. Instead, you will be working on creative projects, hands-on. In graphic design school you get to start practicing what you learn immediately. Design graphics, play around with animation tools, and create your own websites, all while being in school. Going to school this way is actually a pleasure and doing homework is fun.   After web design school, you get to join the creative industry.  Everyone is creative. While some people may think they aren’t, the reality is that we all are. You don’t have to be able to paint at the level of Van Gogh or Monet to be creative; you simply have to create. Some people are held back from careers in the creative field because they feel like they are not artists, that they don’t have the talent to be creative. While some are better than others at design, it’s in human nature to be creative and since you were brave enough to take the first step, you get to join the community of creators who know this secret.     Doing creative work is just plain fun.  If you asked anyone if they would rather work an assembly line in a factory doing the same thing hour after hour, day after day, or if they would like to create pictures, pick out colors, and arrange images and graphics in a pleasing way, what do you think they would say? The work you learned to do at web design school is creative, it requires more skill and attention than other kinds of work, but it is also fun. Playing around with colors and creating animated cartoons is fun. There may be days working as a graphic designer that are more challenging than others, but for the most part you will be doing work that makes you smile.   You get paid to daydream on the job.  Part of doing creative work is just letting your mind wander and becoming inspired. Stuck on a particularly tough graphic? It’s perfectly acceptable to sit back, close your eyes, and think about it. You don’t have to be always actively tapping away on the computer. That’s not how the creative skills you learned in web design school work. It’s about hard work, sure, but also inspiration. You can even take a stroll outside the office, visit a museum, or read a book to stimulate your ideas, and this is all considered a part of the job.   Find joy in simply doing what you love, day by day.  If you are making the transition to a career after web design school it’s probably because you found your last job unfulfilling. Maybe it was boring or it just didn’t challenge you. Maybe you actively hated the work you did. If creating makes you happy, get ready to enjoy your work. A lot of people are unfortunately miserable at work. That doesn’t have to be you anymore. You are about to experience the joy of loving what you do every day.   Enjoy the path of self-discovery.  Not everyone takes the time to be introspective, but when you engage in creative activities it happens naturally. This is because creativity comes from within. You may be inspired by things in the world outside yourself, but you are the true source of what you create. Digging deep into your thoughts and beliefs may not be something you have considered before, but once you start doing it you will realize how rewarding it is to learn more about yourself as you create.   Experience the creative flexibility of working for yourself after attending web design school.  Web designers and developers have a lot of jobs at their fingertips. You will have different options once you complete your web design education. One of those choices is to freelance. You don’t have to be locked in working for one company; instead, you can be your own boss and take on projects on a freelance basis. You can even use your new skills to craft the perfect website to sell your services to potential clients. Working on your own terms […]

The 10 Secrets Every Nail Tech Knows about Getting Your Nails Done

Posted on October 10th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

When you get your nails done, do you think about the training the nail tech received or how he or she got licensed? Did you know that these professionals had to go to nail tech school to learn about nail health and infections? Do you realize how knowledgeable that person sitting across from you is about nail tech supplies, types of artificial nails, and nail design? Your nail tech professional is full of secrets, but they will no longer be secrets to you. Here we give you some of the most important things your nail tech wants you to know before you get your next manicure and pedicure: Graduates of nail tech school prevent infections.  Your nail tech knows what you may not know about all the potential infections you can get if a manicure or pedicure isn’t done correctly, if the tools are not sterilized properly. In nail tech classes these professionals learn all about the infections that can be transmitted from person to person through even tiny breaks in the skin that you may not even know you have. By disinfecting tools between each and every manicure and pedicure, your professional technician is keeping you safe and preventing you from getting a nasty infection or rash. Nail techs are happy when you’re happy. With a nail tech school diploma in hand and the training to back up their work, these professionals take pride in their work. They love to produce a perfect manicure or pedicure and to have their clients leave more than just satisfied, thrilled with the experience and the way their nails look. The next time you have a manicure or pedicure done and you aren’t happy with the results, speak up. The tech wants to make you happy, so don’t hesitate to ask for a correction or redo.     At nail tech school, they learn to be creative and want to put it to use. Nail tech training is more than just learning the technical details about working with tools and equipment and knowing how to keep customers safe from potential infections. It’s also about learning a creative art and skill. Nail techs working in salons love what they do. They are artisans and they thrive on creating something beautiful. Don’t be afraid to ask for a creative design on your nails. It may cost you a little extra, but be assured that your nail tech will be thrilled to put her creative talents to work on your fingernails and toenails. They know all about nail tech supplies. Anyone with a nail tech license has been to school to earn it. There they learned about health and safety, nail design, and the skills needed to make customers happy. They also learn all about each and every nail tech supply available. They know their stuff. Don’t think that the person doing your nails is just someone with a steady hand. He or she knows what each tool is and how to use it. They know when they need to bring out the big guns for callouses and which special clippers to use. Your nail technician knows exactly what they’re doing and how to use each tool to make your experience the best. Workers with a nail tech license can warn you about nail diseases. Professionals that went to nail tech school to learn the trade get licensed to show that they know everything there is to know about providing a great manicure or pedicure experience. That includes learning about foot, hand, and nail health. They actually learn about anatomy and diseases of the nails. This means that your nail tech can point out to you if something doesn’t look right. Maybe you have some kind of infection that you didn’t realize was an issue. Because your nail tech is a professional, he or she can point this out to you and suggest that you see your doctor about it. It’s great preventative care to get your nails done. Nail techs like to meet new people and chat, most days. Nail techs even learn people skills in their nail tech classes. They learn how to work with clients and their coworkers, but they are also just people too. Nail techs get into this job in part because they enjoy working with people. They actually enjoy chatting with you while they work on your hands or feet. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation and learn more about them – they’re interested in your stories too! This goes for most nail techs on most days. If your nail tech is extra quiet he or she may just be having a bad day. It happens to all of us, so don’t be offended and just enjoy your mani or pedi along with the silence. After nail tech school, these professionals are ready for your questions.  Graduates of nail tech courses are so knowledgeable about what they do. You might never imagine that there is so much to know about nails and nail care. These professionals take their job and their training seriously and are happy to share what they know. They want you, the customer, to ask them questions. Ask about the tools they use, and ask about the chemicals if you are worried they might cause you irritation. You can even ask them about that light box if you aren’t sure what it is or how it might affect your skin. Have a special request? Ask away.     Your nail tech actually wants you to have stubbly legs.  A lot of women get embarrassed about leg stubble and want to stay perfectly clean shave every day. That’s fine if you are not getting a pedicure, but if you are, your nail tech is not going to be grossed out by a little extra hair. In fact, they would prefer that you are not clean shaven for your pedicure? Why? Shaving opens up your pores and causes tiny little nicks in your skin that you might […]


Posted on October 3rd, 2016 by SEM Tribeca


Earning your Medical Assisting Degree and balancing your time

Posted on September 26th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

Have you been putting your future on hold? Florida Technical College offers medical assistant classes that could have you earning a Medical Assisting Degree during your spare time. Getting a degree in Medical Assisting has never been more possible. With the demands of a busy work schedule and home life, many are choosing to return to Technical Institutes to advance their skill set and career path. With an open enrollment policy, earning an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting from FTC allows you to manage your time and start your future now. Here’s why earning an Associate in Medical Assisting is the right choice for your busy schedule.   Flexible Classes Technical schools preparing for a medical assisting degree offer their students a variety of class times, including day and night classes, as well as online programs. These flexible class times allow students to maintain a job while completing the requirements for their medical assisting degree. Community and Technical Colleges are the leading providers for online learning, allowing students to remain focused in their professional lives, not having to take time off for classes. While online classes are always an option that makes time management easier while in school, students should assess their individual skills before deciding which route will benefit them most. Some of these assessments include considering your knowledge of computer programs and technology, your level of reading comprehension, and the time you are able to devote to each online course. Not only can class instruction time be scheduled to suit your own individual needs, the required laboratory portions for medical assistant classes, and medical assistant externships are often offered during night hours, as well as during the day. While earning a medical assisting degree, students are required to complete 160 hours in an externship. Students earn class credits towards their degree with the completion of their externship, which offers an expansive array of medical offices, or companies to choose from, and can lead to employment directly after graduation. This opportunity gives individuals the chance to build a relationship with medical professionals giving them favorability when it comes time to pursue entry-level positions. Many medical practices must operate during all hours, and facilities and services such as residential care and assisted living, hospital administration, and Urgent Care make completing the requirements for a medical assisting degree easier than ever. Flexibility is just one of the many advantages of medical assistant programs, allowing you to balance your time and needs. Hands-On Training Many medical providers are willing to hire students in training, offering them positions before completing their degree. Many of these opportunities offer round the clock care, making early morning, or late night shifts available. The training a medical assistant student will receive works double duty as each student receives an education and hands on work experience all at once. In today’s society time is money, and why not spend your time on the fast track to a successful career? Instead of waiting for graduation to decide on the environment in which you would like to work, why not start while you are still in school? The externship offers a chance to get started on your professional goals, allowing students to choose a field to focus on and complete the externship at a practice or facility that specializes in this field. Finding your niche, or field of focus, saves time and allows each student to make strides toward obtaining a specific position, or a job at their desired practice within the medical field. While earning a medical assistant degree at a technical college like FTC, students are given the opportunity to choose from courses like microbiology, or medical theory to satisfy their elective requirements, and these allow students to study in their area of interest. If you have a desire to work in neurobiology you may want to fulfill an elective requirement with microbiology, however, if your desire is to work in primary care, medical theory may be the right elective for you. Managing your time while earning a degree in medical assisting is important, and your time can be best used when your focus is clear. If you are returning to school, holding a full-time job, or have the responsibilities and time constraints that come with being a parent, it is important to tailor your schooling to your own time restraints. These electives, along with the option to choose a field of focus for the required externship are just some of the ways medical assistant programs can make balancing your time between career, family, and education possible.   Shorter Duration When managing the dynamics of work, home life, and schooling, it is important to see the light at the end of the tunnel. With a shorter duration, medical assistant programs make it easier to plan your life. Medical assistant schools offer associate degrees in a short two year program that helps you stay focused on the finish line. With an end in sight, managing your time and planning your future becomes much easier. With the option of attending a technical college and enrolling in a medical assisting program you could be on the path to start working in your chosen career field before most jobs can offer raises and promotions. Not only will you be able to begin working a full-time job sooner, but the time you will save by choosing a medical assistant program or medical assisting school will save you money. When our independent lives begin every minute of our time has value. When your time comes at a price, a school that offers medical assisting classes gives you the best value for your time. In fact, a recent study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute shows that the unemployment and underemployment rates for graduates of a four year college have nearly doubled in comparison to those in 2007. With the high cost of attending a four-year institution, this statistic makes trade and technical school a smart investment of your time and money. Career Centered What better […]

Learn to Master These Baking and Pastry Techniques in Culinary School

Posted on September 22nd, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

Learning to be a master baker and pastry chef is fun, rewarding, and challenging. If you have always enjoyed baking and making sweets, a career in a pastelería may be a great option. It’s fun to play around in your own kitchen, but there are some skills and baking and pastry techniques that you just can’t teach yourself. You need to learn from the expertise of real pastry chefs. That’s exactly what you get at Florida Technical College when you enroll in the baking and pastelería diploma program. New courses start every month and you can finish your diploma in baking and pastry and be a master pastry artist in as little as 13 months. In these courses, taught in real kitchens, you’ll learn hands-on baking skills and decorating techniques. There is both an art and a skill to pastry, sugar, and chocolate work. Read on to get a better idea of just a few of the fun and practical skills you can learn in our pastry and baking courses.   Sugar Cookies: Baking and Pastry Techniques 101  You have to start somewhere in your pastry education and learn to master the basic culinary techniques in baking and pastry before moving on to more advanced skills. One of the simplest, yet tastiest and useful recipes you’ll learn at FTC is for sugar cookies. These cookies make a great canvas for decorating for any occasion. You can roll the dough out and cut the cookies into shapes for the holidays, for birthdays, graduation parties, or any other special occasion. The simple but delicious cookies can then be decorated with icing and other add-ons.   The Sugar Cookies Recipe A basic sugar cookie recipe is one of many important baking and pastry techniques and it begins with sugar and butter. You need 6 ounces of room temperature, unsalted butter and 2 ounces of powdered sugar. Cream them together by mixing, either by hand or with a stand mixer, which is easier and faster. When you have a smooth, consistent mixture, add in one egg, a half teaspoon of salt, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix until they are well incorporated. The next step is to add in the flower and baking powder. A great technique that you won’t necessarily learn from a cookbook or recipe, but which you will get from your expert culinary instructors is to sift the flour before adding it to the wet mixture. Sifting is simple an easy, but makes a world of difference. It breaks up lumps, aerates the flour, and allows you to measure the amount more accurately. Mix a half teaspoon of baking powder into 8 ounces of flower and then sift. Add the sifted mixture to your mixing bowl and mix until evenly incorporated.     Chilling, Cutting, Baking Another of the many baking and pastry techniques you won’t learn just anywhere is that you get better cookies when you chill the dough before baking it. Wrap your dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour or for 20 minutes in the freezer if your time is limited. Once you have chilled it well you can remove the dough, roll it thinly with a rolling pin and cut out shapes with cookies cutters. Bake the cookies on a cookie sheet in a 325 °F oven for about 12 minutes or until the edges turn a golden brown. When they are finished, remove the cookies and place them on a cooling rack using a spatula. Let them cool thoroughly before decorating with icing, sprinkles, and more. When it comes to baking and pastry techniques, sugar cookies belong in the entry-level course. All bakers and pastry chefs have mastered this simple and versatile recipe. When you find your new job in pastries and baking, you’ll be glad to have this one under your belt so you can impress your new employer with your solid foundation in baking.   The Art of Pulled Sugar Among the top baking school techniques is pulled sugar candy and decorations. This is a more advanced example of the many baking and pastry techniques you will learn as a culinary student. It takes practice and the guidance of an instructor experienced in sugar work to master this craft. Once you have it mastered, you will be able to impress prospective employers and clients with beautiful, ribbon-like candy. Pulling sugar is a technique that is used to create ribbons of candy, but also other shapes. The secret is to get the recipe right, but also to consider effects of temperature, how long the sugar is boiled, and how you manipulate it. Once you master this skill you can make ribbons, candy flowers, and many other kinds of sugar sculptures.   A History of Pulled Sugar Using sugar to create shapes and sculptures dates back to the Middle East in Medieval times. People used sugar art in celebrations, but also as medicine. The practice moved from there into Europe where royalty and aristocrats displayed their wealth with elaborate sculptures made from pulled sugar. Today, the practice of art from sugar is an important one of many baking and pastry techniques that all pastry chefs need to know.   The Pulled Sugar Recipe Recipes for pulled sugar vary and you will learn to get it just right during your baking and pastry classes. An example of a recipe for sugar ribbons is to heat five cups, or one kilogram of sugar, three tablespoons of white vinegar, and a cup plus two tablespoons of water in a saucepan. Temperature is crucial in working with sugar, so you will need a candy thermometer to get it just right. You need to heat the ingredients together until they reach a temperature of 320 °F.   Mastering the Baking and Pastry Techniques for Pulling Sugar into Ribbons Once the mixture has reached this temperature, pour it onto a large silicone baking mat or several if the sugar won’t all fit on one. […]

The Complete guide to Patient Care Technician Training

Posted on September 17th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

Ready to find a career and not just another job? This guide to patient care technician training will give you all the details you need to know to jump into this program. Patient care technicians are valuable healthcare professionals. Employed in hospitals, medical labs, physician offices, extended care facilities – these skilled individuals specialize in patient care.  From specimen collection to assisting patients with eating, a patient care technician performs a wide range of duties. In fact, these professionals are some of the most important healthcare workers today. If you’ve ever considered pursuing a career where you have the opportunity to help others daily, here is what you need to know about becoming a patient care technician.  Day in the life of a patient care technician Although patient care technicians rarely experience the same day twice, there are some common situations these professionals encounter on a daily basis. For example, regardless of the place of employment, patient care technicians can expect to tend to ill and injured individuals. After all, patient care technicians are primarily focused on patient care. Which means that you can expect to assist sick and injured individuals on a daily basis. It is common for patient care technicians to take vital signs, perform catheterization, maintain patient hygiene, assist with eating, and much more. Although specific job duties can vary by position and location, one-thing most patient care technicians have in common is helping people. Whether they are working in an emergency room or nursing home, they are focused on aiding others. So if you’re someone who finds joy in helping others, it is likely you will find a career in patient career to be rewarding. What does Patient Care Technician training entail? If you’re interested in a career as a patient care technician, you may be wondering what the requirements are. After all, what does it take to begin a career in this field? Luckily, you’ve come to the right place! In order to become a PCT or patient care technician, you will need to have a high school diploma as well as complete a training program. Training programs will vary by state and location. However, you can expect to learn the cognitive, psychomotor, and behavioral skills necessary to enter this health career. Often, these training programs can be completed in less than one year. Which means that you can get your new career started as a patient care technician in next to no time! Individuals enrolled in FTC’s Patient Care Technician Diploma Program will complete 160 hours of practical experience in a real medical setting. During this course of study, students are taught how to perform vital tasks such as drawing blood, preparing patients for examination, performing electrocardiography (EKGs) and much more! Our PCT program equips students with the tools and resources necessary for success. After completing the training program, you will then be able to become a certified patient care technician/assistant (CPCT/A) by passing an exam. Once you’ve landed a position in this field, you can also expect on-the-job training to take place.   Preparing for your certification Now that you understand more about the training requirements to become a patient care technician, you may be curious about how to best prepare.  Step 1 : Enroll in a quality-training First and foremost, enroll in a quality-training program. Although you may run across several programs, not all PCT training programs are created equally. Look for an accredited program to ensure you are receiving a quality education. After all, one of the most important things you can do when preparing for certification is to learn the tools of the trade. And that starts with your education. Step 2 :Next, you will also want to make sure to review the information before the examination. While you may know the material, it’s important you have a thorough understanding of the information in order to successfully pass the examination requirements. If possible, prepare for certification by studying with other people. Studying with a group can be a great way to learn the material while also building connections with your peers! I have my Patient Care Technician Certification, now what? Receiving your certification as a patient care technician is a rewarding moment. But its only one piece of the puzzle – you’re also going to need to find employment in your new career. While being a certified patient care technician is fantastic, finding a job can be just as important. Curious how to prepare? To maximize your success, it is important that you are prepared and ready to apply for jobs. While you may possess the necessary requirements, it is crucial to show employers why you are the right person for the job. This means you will need to plan ahead. Prepare your resume and cover letter in advance. If you need assistance, be sure to take advantage of any resume resources available through your training program. Also, have someone else read over your resume and cover letter for a final review if possible. It is easy to make a mistake. By having someone else review your work; you’ll be less likely to make a costly error. In addition, you will also want to find professional clothing. While you do not need to spend a fortune on a business wardrobe, you will need to wear business professional clothing for your interview. Remember, you only have one chance to make a great first impression.   Job prospects for Patient Care Technicians in Florida. Looking to find employment in the Sunshine State? Florida is known for it’s beaches, partying and the many residents that come here to retire. If you’re considering starting your career here, rest assured, there are few places like Florida. In fact, if there is one thing you should know about working as a patient care technician in Florida, its that type of jobs available vary widely. With its diverse and growing cities, Florida is home to a wide range of medical facilities. From large hospitals to senior living […]

10 Things You Need To Know When Starting Graphic Design School

Posted on September 13th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

In a world taken over by social media, with information at the tip of your fingers, career paths that lean towards the digital genre are becoming more appealing, and more popular. We advertise online and on television, we communicate through the touch of a screen, and we buy, sell, and trade all in digital form. For those with a love for technology and a talent in art, a Graphic Design Associate Degree may be a perfect fit for you. Before taking the plunge, here are some things that will help you get on the right track to becoming a successful graphic design school student.   Have A Solid Portfolio Now that you’ve come to a point in your life where you are seriously considering graphic design school, it’s also a good time to make sure you have a rockin’ portfolio. Show prospective schools your talent by compiling your best work. Chances are you were sketching away designs during class in high school anyways. Bring those designs and sketches to life by presenting them in your portfolio. Once you’ve been accepted into a graphic design school, keep going! Graphic design courses will give you the chance to create interesting, unique, and creative work in a variety of mediums. Your time spent learning the skills you’ll need for a successful career in graphic design are the best time to develop your portfolio under the expert direction of your instructors. Attending courses at a technical college for a graphic design associate degree will allow you to stay focused on graphic design and design concepts, making each assignment you do a potential creative piece for your portfolio.   Have An Interest In Business Whether you aspire to work for a firm, or start your own after graphic design school, business knowledge is a must. If you have the opportunity to attend graphic design courses consider adding some business courses to strengthen your skillset. Business knowledge can help you increase the visibility of your products and services while creating a stronger identity for yourself, brand, or future business in the design world. Even the time spent in school working towards your degree can be utilized to start making a name for yourself in the design world.     Clients Will Come First While attending your graphic design courses you’ll be given the freedom to make most of the creative decisions, and while you will always be working toward a deadline or assignment due date, these projects can be completed around your own schedule.  It is important to know that while you will be producing the final product, many designers must work around the schedules and within the timeline of their client’s needs. This often means late nights working on a project with a deadline, and even incorporating some elements that you may not be completely in favor of. Many clients come to designers with a vision, and it is your job to turn that vision into a reality.   Pay Attention In Art Class Getting a graphic design associate degree doesn’t mean everything you learn will be on a screen. Learning how to draw and sketch is an important skill you should continue to perfect while attending graphic design school. Building a visual vocabulary to communicate your ideas is another benefit of attending graphic design classes. While being able to draw your layout plans is essential, knowledge of color coordination and schemes is also important. These fundamentals, along with typography, and layout concept and design are just some of the courses graphic design schools offer. Be Prepared To Invest Not only will you be spending money on books and tuition, but you will also need to invest in a good computer and some sort of software. While sketching still plays a role, most of your time in graphic design classes will be spent using creative software like Adobe Creative Cloud and Serif DrawPlus X8. While your school will provide you with a list of the required software programs and equipment, keep yourself in the know by researching the latest tools being utilized by top designers. Along with investing in software programs, buying yourself a quality computer to work on during graphic design school can make all the difference. Consider a fast computer with plenty of memory space to store creative files, and opting for a larger screen can make designing easier. Most graphic design schools recommend Apple work stations, and students will often create designs using DSLR cameras, HD video cameras, and large-format printers.     Be Prepared For Late Nights, Odd Hours, And Deadlines Design school, like any other schooling, comes with more assignments than you hope for, which means you live your life by a deadline or due date. While you can make your own schedule while working toward a graphic design degree, you should still be prepared to manage your time according to the demands of others. Design projects will come from you, and this means that you will most likely spend late nights awake and hunched over your work striving for perfection. When a final product is a direct representation of ourselves, our creativity, and our talents, we tend to work on it until our eyes run dry, and the sun comes up. Coffee anyone?   Stay Up To Date On Design Trends You don’t have to be a graphic design school graduate to start keeping yourself up-to-date. Expect to continuously discover new trends emerging in aesthetics and design concepts. In today’s ever evolving world, technology is changing at lightning-fast speed, and you’ll need to brush up on your skills every day. Luckily with information at our fingertips this has never been easier. Doing things like attending design conferences like the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Design) conference can benefit your education and you’ll learn about emerging trends and technologies from experts in the field. Even graphic design books and magazines can introduce you to the latest aesthetic and technology trends. Graphic design schools will offer these materials and opportunities, so […]

7 Signs You Should Be In A Baking Arts Program

Posted on September 10th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

Do you love to cook and bake? More specifically, do you love to cook and bake for others? If you do, chances are baking school or pastry school could be your start to a successful and enjoyable career.   love for A cooking Do you find yourself in the kitchen each night, stirring the contents of bubbling pots on the stove, or measuring and sifting ingredients for the night’s meal? Do you enjoy the process and science of creating something savory? If you find yourself wondering what you will bake that weekend while at your day job, and if you have a love for cooking, baking and pastry school may be the start to an education that you’ll enjoy. Schools for baking and pastry arts even offer courses in chocolate and candy making. If you desire to learn baking and pastry arts beyond that of magazines and cookbooks, baking school could be right for you. If dinner at your house has guests clawing at your front door 30 minutes early, only to lick their plate clean and ask for more, it could be a sign that you should be in a baking arts program.   Detail Oriented If you are someone who appreciates the process of fine tuning a product and you naturally take the time to understand the cause and effect, chances are you’ll fit right in pastry and baking courses. They say cooking is an art, and baking is a science, because every ingredient plays a specific role in baking. If you enjoy the taking your time to scoop and pour perfect measurements, knead the dough for just the right amount of time, and grease every nook and cranny of the pan so that your cakes fall out effortlessly, then a baking and pastry arts program could lead to an enjoyable career for you. They say that cooking is an art, while baking is a science. The little details in baking and pastry making are essential to a delicious final product. If you find yourself pouring water splash by splash to ensure a perfect cup measurement, or counting the number of chocolate chips that go into a batch of homemade cookies, take it as a sign that you would excel in a baking arts program. Creating a sweet and savory product in baking and pastry classes requires the attention to detail that you have.     Not afraid to try new things Every great chef tastes the food they make. They taste raw ingredients during the preparation stage, they taste their dish as it cooks, and they taste it when it is finished. If you enjoy the excitement of trying new things, especially foods, you possess an important trait of a potentially great baker. In baking and pastry classes you get the chance to discover so many flavors and combinations. A food lover always looking to expand their repertoire of food knowledge and tastes would get the chance to do just that in a baking and pastry arts class. Not only do you get to learn the techniques of the trade, but you will discover ingredient combinations that leave your mouth watering at the end of each baking class. What better way to savor the day than spending it learning the art of baking and pastry making?   You currently work in food service Ever dream of being the boss? If you currently have a passion for food and work in the food service industry, but aren’t in the position you would love, baking and pastry arts classes can offer you the knowledge and skills it takes to move forward with your professional goals. Attending a technical college for a baking arts program is a rewarding experience. Not only are you doing something you love, but it is almost immediately hands on. Each day you attend pastry and baking courses you will leave with something new to contribute to your current job. Upon receiving your degree or diploma you will be qualified and eligible to take on larger tasks and more responsibilities at work. If you love the fast paced environment of the food service industry, the art of plating food to create an aesthetically pleasing dish, the patience of placing a piece of cake just so, then carefully drizzling melted caramel or chocolate into designs before presenting the table with their dessert, then you clearly belong in baking and pastry classes. Use your already attained food service industry knowledge to excel in the work place after graduating from a baking arts program. Not only are you used to the fast paced life of the service industry, but you’ll have the skills to stay behind the scenes doing what you really love. If you already love your job, but would like to go a step further and transform your career into one more rewarding both financially and mentally, you should definitely sign up for pastry and baking courses.   You are ready to start your professional career as soon as possible One of the best things about baking and pastry schools is that you learn so many valuable skills and information in a short period of time. Not only does the program prepare you for a rewarding career as soon as you graduate, but it allows you to accomplish these career goals with speed and efficiency. Going to baking and pastry school is a straight shot towards your future career as a professional baker and pastry artist. The classes are straight forward and focus on the trade without all of the extra hassle of taking classes you won’t need or use in the workplace. In baking and pastry school you will get to focus all of your attention and effort on the one thing that interests you most. This not only means money saved from the expense of books and classes you would otherwise take in another program, but time saved. Time is money, and in no time you could be making your own as a baker. That’s […]

Beauty and Cosmetology Programs: The Complete Guide to Beauty School and Enrollment

Posted on September 9th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

TABLE OF CONTENTS Beauty and Cosmetology Programs: Areas of Specialty Advanced Hairstyling Cosmetology Barbering Esthetics Facials and Skin Care Nail Tech Enrolling in Beauty and Cosmetology Programs The Future for Beauty and Cosmetology Careers What is a Career in Cosmetology Really Like? What Exactly Are Beauty and Cosmetology Programs? What Are the Requirements to Enroll? How You Can Fit Beauty and Cosmetology Programs into Your Busy Life How Long Does it Take to Complete Beauty and Cosmetology Programs? How to Get Started Now in Beauty and Cosmetology Programs If you have always loved makeup or doing your friends’ hair, if you always keep up with the latest beauty trends and you get excited when you see the newest line of nail polish colors, a career in beauty and cosmetology is for you. To get into this exciting career, all you need is the expert training of beauty and cosmetology programs. Of all the cosmetology schools in Florida, you can’t beat the expert instructors, flexible schedules, or hands-on training that you get at Florida Technical College. Here you can learn skills in all the branches of beauty and cosmetology programs and decide which one you want to focus on for a career. With this complete guide, we’ll show you what all these major beauty branches are,how you can specialize in any one of them and what you need to do to get enrolled in the beauty training program that will get you through the doors of a great salon and a new career in beauty. Beauty and Cosmetology Programs:Areas of Specialty Beauty and cosmetology is more than just hair and makeup. There are so many different skills to learn and different areas in which you can choose to specialize. You can also choose to simply learn them all. Be a specialist, or a well-rounded professional. To help you decide, here is all you need to know about the top beauty and cosmetology programs’ specialized branches.     Advanced Hairstyling “Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts” – Jim Morrison The Mistake Preventer! With a diploma in advanced hairstyling you will learn the latest trends and hands-on techniques for cutting, styling, and coloring hair. This is more than just learning basic cuts and classic styles. This is advanced work, which means mastering the hair trends that women and men are asking for in salons right now.   Career Options With advanced hairstyling courses, you will have a lot of career options. By understanding and having experience with the latest techniques in styling and coloring, you will be in high demand in top salons throughout Florida, and anywhere else. You can work as a stylist; you can work as a freelancer doing hair for individuals or wedding parties; you can work as a personal hair stylist; and you can even use the skills you learn, along with coursework in managing a salon to go into business for yourself.  Latest Trends Trends in hair are always changing, but one thing always remains the same: people need haircuts and styling. Even during an economic downturn, you can expect that people will be paying for their hair care. The hair styling techniques you will learn in beauty and cosmetology programs will help you keep up with trends in style as they change, but as a professional you’ll want to do your own research as well. Looking forward to the next fashion season will always tell you what’s hottest right now. And now in hair, that means big, natural texture, messy-looking knots that actually take a lot of skill to achieve, retro ‘80s volume, and colors ranging from bronze ombré to baby blonde to low-key pink and purple highlights.   Cosmetology  Cosmetologist: The Image TRANSFORMER! Cosmetology courses cover a little bit of everything beauty, but mainly focus on hair, makeup, and salon strategies. Coursework covers administering beauty supplies, managing a salon, applying makeup, hair styling and cutting, and hair coloring. Career Options A cosmetology specialty in beauty and cosmetology programs will prepare you for a variety of careers. With this diploma you could work in just about any kind of salon or even a barber shop. You can work in the beauty supply industry or get into managing a salon or even running your own salon. You can also work as a professional stylist for hair, makeup, or both.  Latest Trends According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, cosmetology is a growing field, with the number of careers increasing faster than average. This means that people are spending more on hair, makeup, and beauty, and that’s good news for you. Even when the economy isn’t doing well, people tend to spend money on beauty and hair care. As for the fun beauty trends in cosmetology this season, start looking for more intense makeup with dark lips and serious eyeliner, textured and curly hair, and difficult, labor-intensive hair styles that require trained cosmetologists to achieve.     Barbering  I’m a barber, what’s your superpower?” Barbering is all about styling for men, and it may seem a lot less complex than what women need, but barber training is essential to do this work. Barbers not only cut and style men’s hair, they also shave and shape facial hair, provide facials and esthetician services, color hair, and often manage and run salons and barber shops.  Career Options With barbering courses during your beauty and cosmetology programs, or even as a specialty by itself, you will gain the skills you need to work as a barber. You might work in a dedicated barber shop, or as a specialist in men’s hair in a salon. You can be a salon or barber shop owner or manager or work as a personal, professional stylist.  Latest Trends The good news about barbering is that there is a growing trend in men spending money on beauty products and services. The trend is still considered new, but is expected to keep growing for many years. It goes beyond barbering in the traditional […]

What Comes after Welding School? Job Outcomes and More…

Posted on August 1st, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

As you get ready to graduate from your welding school program, you are probably thinking about a new career in this exciting field. You have a lot of options from working in construction to pipe welding and even ship building. First, you need to prepare yourself to be hired by working on your resume, interview skills, and on passing the National Construction Career Test in welding. The education you get from a welding training program will set you off on an exciting and lucrative new career path. Welders work with their hands, creating new things every day on the job. It is rewarding and interesting with room for advancement and growth. There are plenty of opportunities for welders right now and by getting a job in this field you can look forward to earning more. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly 400,000 positions for welders in the country and these workers earned a median salary of over $38,000 per year. Welding school is what will put you in a position to join the ranks of these skilled workers. If you are preparing to graduate from your diploma program, now is the time to think about what your options are. Start thinking about what kind of career you want, where you would like to work, and how you will achieve your career goals.     Career Opportunities after Welding School As a welder you will find that you have a lot of different opportunities for your future job. Welders may all do approximately the same work, but they do it in different settings, working with different materials, and in all kinds of industries. The main industry that relies on welders and employs the most workers in this field is manufacturing. The manufacturing industry relies on welders to make metal products, machinery, vehicles, and other types of equipment. The construction industry also needs skilled workers who have been through welding school. Professionals in this field work on joining girders, beams, pipes, in both commercial and residential properties. Welders are needed to build and do maintenance work in power plants and oil and gas refineries. Welding trade school can also lead you in a direction you never expected. Welders are needed in the shipbuilding industry, for instance. You could be a part of building new ships and repairing existing ships. You may also work in the aerospace industry working on air craft. Imagine working underwater. Underwater welders are particularly skilled workers and are in demand for jobs building and repairing bridges and other structures.   Advancing Your Welding Career  Fresh from welding school, being new in the industry, you are likely to start out in an entry-level position, but there is plenty of room for growth. Welding training through your initial diploma program is just the beginning. You will continue to learn on the job and you can even advance to better positions by learning new, more specific welding skills. For example, once you have mastered basic welding, you may want to train as a underwater welder. This would involve learning how to dive and learning the specialized skills for doing welding work under water. You might also just want to advance your skills and your experience enough to be able to become a self-employed or freelance welder. This can give you the chance to move around, to take jobs you like and avoid others, and to earn as much or as little as you want.   Professional organizations like the American Welding Society can help you advance your career beyond basic welding training. Through groups like this you can earn extra certifications, take professional development courses, and learn specialized skills such as using robotics, teaching welding courses, or welding inspection.     Your Next Steps after Welding School Once you have given some thought to what kind of career and future you want in welding, you need to start preparing to get that first job. It’s time to think about finding open positions, how to apply, creating a great resume that showcases your skills, and learning how to have a good interview that impresses prospective employers. Start with your welding trade school’s career services department. Here you will find the resources you need to get started on pursuing your career post-graduation. The best place to start is with job placement. Professionals in career services can give you a leg up on finding the open positions. They can help you find specific types of jobs. If you know exactly what kind of position you want, let these career helpers from your welding school find it for you.   Crafting the Perfect Resume Next, start to work on your resume. This is the one thing that has to represent who you are and what you have to offer employers. Again, career services can help you, but only you can provide the necessary information. Include past and current jobs, even if they are not related to welding. These experiences tell an employer that you have what it takes to hold down a job and be a good employee, no matter what kind of work. Your resume should also be specific about what you learned in welding school. List the courses you took, so a future employer knows exactly what you can do and what your skill set is. Another great thing to include in your resume is proof that you can do the work needed for welding. You can do this by including pictures of some of your projects from welding classes. Pick a few that showcase specific skills you learned.   Interviewing Skills A resume represents you on paper, but to land a job you also have to represent yourself and your skills in person. A lot of people feel nervous about interviewing, and you may too, but the way to overcome that is to practice. Do mock interviews with friends or family to get better at being interviewed. It’s a skill, and the only way to be good […]

Top 25 Technical terms to Know before Starting Electrician Training

Posted on July 29th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

Electrician training is hands-on work, but it also requires some academic and book knowledge. To prepare for your electrician education, it’s a great idea to get a head start on learning the important terms electricians need to use on the job. This list will get you started with 25 important electrical terms. The number of jobs for electricians is growing every day and getting into this line of work is a smart move. All you need to get on the path to becoming a professional electrician is the right education. As you get ready to start an electrician training program, you’re probably eager to learn your new trade right now. If you haven’t started your program yet, you can get started by learning some of the more common technical terms that electricians use regularly. By learning some of these terms now, you’ll make a good impression on your instructors and let them know you are serious about electrical trade school. Getting a head start may also erase some of the anxiety you may feel over starting something new. Being prepared now means you will be ready to go on day one of classes.   Basic Electrical Circuit Terms Starting with the basics, electrician training means you will be learning all about electric circuits. A circuit is a path that a current of electrons flows through. Here are some of the related terms you’ll want to know. Alternating Current (AC). This is a type of current that reverses direction with a regular pattern, usually several times per second. Direct Current (DC). A direct current is a current that only flows in one direction through a circuit. You won’t work much with DC current in electrical trade schools, as most modern circuits are AC. A fuse is a device that is used to interrupt the current in a circuit for reasons of safety. When the current in the circuit gets too high, a strip of wire in the fuse melts and breaks the circuit. The fuse has to be replaced to get current going through the circuit again. Also referred to the Earth, the ground is a reference point. Voltage is measured with respect to the ground. The term also refers to the return path that electric current takes. When a circuit is grounded it protects people from dangerous levels of current and voltage. In electrician training, you will work with many loads. A load is anything that uses up electrical energy. Lights, motors, and transformers are just a few examples. A circuit that has become overloaded is dangerous. Overload refers to the use of equipment in a circuit that exceeds its capacity and creates more current than the circuit can handle safely. Eventually, an overload will lead to overheating and damage to the circuit and components. Parallel Circuit. In a parallel circuit, current can flow through multiple, parallel paths. Full voltage goes to each load connected in the circuit. Series Circuit. In a series circuit, there is only one path for electrical current. With loads connected in series, the amount of voltage through each one is different. Short Circuit. A short circuit is a fault in a circuit that causes current to take a different path. This sometimes causes damage, but certainly wastes energy and is usually caused by poor insulation of the circuit.   Electrician Training Tools When you start your classes in trade school, electrician tools will be important for hands-on learning. It helps to know what some of these are before the first day, so you won’t feel lost.  An ammeter is a tool that measures the amount of current in a circuit. With a traditional ammeter, current is measured by placing the ammeter in series in a circuit, which necessarily interrupts the circuit. A clamp-on style ammeter can be used without disrupting the circuit. A conductor is anything that will allow electrical current to flow through it. Metals are materials that conduct well and are considered conductors, which is why circuits are made of metal wires. Aluminum and copper are most commonly used. Digital Multimeter. Your most useful tool in electrician training will be the all-purpose multimeter. This is a tool that can do it all: measure current, capacitance, resistance, voltage, frequency, and temperature. A generator changes mechanical energy into electrical energy. They come in many different forms, but basically generators run nearly all power grids by providing the electrical energy we all use. An insulator is the opposite of a conductor. It resists the flow of current. In electrical work it is used to protect circuits, to keep the current contained within the circuit, and to protect people from electric shocks. This is a device made of a coil of conductive metal wire. When current is sent through the coil it becomes magnetic.   Electrical Units and Measurements  Electrician training comes with math and calculations, but they are mostly simple. It becomes especially easy to understand the math behind electrical work and circuits when you understand the measurements and units. Current and Amperes. Current is the flow of electrons through a circuit and the amount of current in a circuit is measured in units of amperes, or amps for short. This is why the tool for measuring current is called an ammeter. Capacitance and Farads. A capacitor is something you will use often in electrical trade school. It is a circuit element that holds electrical charge and capacitance is a measurement of how much charge it can hold. This is measured in units called farads. Power and Watts. Another measurement you will learn about in electrician training is power. Electrical power is a measurement how fast electrical energy can be transferred through a circuit. The basic unit for measuring power is the watt, but kilowatt is used more often. Resistance and Ohms. Different materials resist electrical current to varying degrees and resistance is a measurement of that. Insulators have higher resistances than conductors. An ohm is the basic unit of measurement for resistance. Voltage and Volts. […]

The Beginner’s Guide to HVAC Training

Posted on July 21st, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

HVAC training is a crucial way to start out in the field of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Working on these systems is a skill that must be learned, but once you do, you’ll find yourself in demand. Learning through a trade program is a great start, but it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Find out how long it takes to get through HVAC training, the options you have for programs, all about certification, and what kinds of jobs you can expect to get with your diploma. Learning a trade means having new career options that will always be in demand. HVAC technicians are always needed, and in fact the number of jobs in this field is expected to keep growing over the next several years. To become a technician requires some type of HVAC training. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, and technicians who can work on these systems are skilled workers. They install, make repairs, do electrical wiring, perform routine maintenance, replace parts, and connect HVAC systems to other components. This kind of work is done in all buildings that have HVAC from the largest commercial high rises and warehouses to a typical residential home or tiny apartment. As HVAC systems evolve and technology changes, skilled, well-trained HVAC technicians are needed more than ever. If you’re thinking about getting into this field, here is everything you need to know about HVAC training.   What is HVAC? Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning are the systems that keep buildings comfortable and air healthy and free of pollutants. These systems work together to control indoor temperatures, humidity levels, and air quality. In other words, they provide climate control for all kinds of indoor environments. The heating system, typically a furnace, heats air in a building, while an air conditioner cools it. The ventilation system is made up of the ducts that carry the warm or cooled air throughout a building. Both heating and cooling systems often include filters to remove particles from the air and humidifiers or dehumidifiers to control moisture in the air. HVAC training prepares workers to be technicians and to work with these systems. As an HVAC technician you can expect to install systems using blueprints and technical drawings, inspect and perform maintenance existing systems, make repairs and change out parts, install and test controls and thermostats, connect HVAC systems to water lines and air ducts, and make recommendations for energy efficiency.     The Future of HVAC Jobs According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of HVAC is growing faster than average job growth. The predicted growth in the number of jobs is projected to be 14 percent between 2014 and 2014. In 2015 the median salary for an HVAC technician was $45,110 per year, which means there is a potential to earn much more.     HVAC systems are only getting more advanced, technologically, which means that HVAC training is becoming more important than ever. Important trends in HVAC include smart systems and thermostats, with more being connected to the internet, energy efficiency technology, and the use of mobile apps helping technicians to provide better service.   Steps to Becoming an HVAC Technician If a career in HVAC sounds like the right choice for you, it’s important to understand how you get there. There is no single correct path to take, but there are some general steps you will need to work through in order to become a working HVAC technician: Graduate from high school. The first thing you need is a high school diploma or equivalency certificate. This is a requirement for working in this skilled trade and you won’t be accepted into an HVAC program without it.   Find an HVAC training program. If you have that diploma in hand, you’re ready to find your training program. A traditional way to get training is to apprentice with an experienced worker, but more often students are choosing a diploma program. You have a lot of options, but many employers may want to see that you completed HVAC coursework.   Complete an HVAC training program. Whether you choose a hands-on classroom experience or an apprenticeship, your next step will be to complete it. Many HVAC programs take as little as a year or less to finish, so you don’t have to expect to spend years getting an education.    Consider certifications. Not all states require certification or licensing for HVAC technicians, but it is something to consider. There are several options for types of certification, for example Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA certification for handling refrigerants. Decide which certifications you want to pursue and then you will be ready to hunt for your first HVAC job.     What is HVAC Training Like? A smart way to start your HVAC career after high school is to choose an HVAC training program. These are programs that usually result in a certificate or diploma and that prepare you to pass certification exams. Most take less than a year to complete and involve classwork with hands-on training.   You can expect to learn HVAC skills from trained professionals who have worked in the field. They will teach you about safety, using tools, reading blueprints, construction drawings, and other technical drawings, basic math needed to work with HVAC systems, and basics of electricity, heating, and cooling. In HVAC training you will also learn about the fundamentals of HVAC equipment, how they are designed, how they work, and how to install and connect them to other systems. Expect to learn how to troubleshoot problems and make repairs and how to improve the efficiency of different types of HVAC systems. HVAC training programs should provide you all of this education and more by giving you direct instruction combined with hands-on practice. You can expect to be working on sample HVAC systems and using real tools to perform the actual tasks technicians do.   Where Can I Get HVAC Training? While apprenticeship programs may be available to […]

Plumbing School vs. Plumbing Training Online

Posted on July 18th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

If you are considering a career in plumbing, you have already made the important decision to enter the skilled trades. Now you have another choice: a traditional plumbing school with hands-on learning and instructors or online plumbing courses. A lot of students are embracing online learning, and for great reasons. Taking classes online is convenient and sometimes less expensive, but before you make that choice, there are some important things to know about learning a trade online versus in a traditional classroom.   Going to plumbing school should be an exciting experience. You will be learning a new trade with a number of new skills and you will be setting out on the path to a meaningful career building, fixing, and really helping people. There are a lot of choices for plumbing school and you have a lot of factors to consider. For instance, you have to think about how much you can afford, about campus location, and about your job prospects once you finish the coursework. One of your biggest choices will be between a real, brick-and-mortar plumbing school and an online learning program. Each one has its benefits and its downsides, but as you get into the details you will be able to make the right choice for your needs.   Pros and Cons of Traditional Plumbing School Maybe you thought that once you were done with high school that was it for you and traditional school. Before you dismiss the idea of going back, you should know that plumbing school isn’t really traditional at all. In a plumbing diploma program, you do more hands-on learning than book learning, and it can take you as little time as nine months. You also have the opportunity to plan a flexible course schedule that works around the rest of your life. Here are some of the other pros to going with a real trade school for plumbing: Experienced instructors. In a traditional plumbing course you get instructors who are actually plumbers. They aren’t just teaching you from a text book; they actually have years of experience and can share that knowledge with you. Interact with instructors. You also get face-to-face interactions during every class period with those great instructors. You can ask questions, ask for clarifications and demonstrations, and learn from someone who is there, in the room, to work with you.   Structured learning. If studying has never been your strong suit, you are far from alone. With traditional coursework you get structure that helps guide you through what you need to learn, instead of needing to rely on your own motivation and pacing. Hands-on learning. With a career that is all about working with your hands and with tools and pipes, it just makes sense that learning in a classroom is more effective. With at traditional class you get to actually try the skills that you learn. Classes are small. In a real, plumbing school setting you will learn in classrooms that are small. You get individualized attention from instructors and can learn from and work with a manageable group of fellow students.   There are a lot of good reasons to choose a traditional school for plumbing, but there are some downsides too. No one program is a perfect fit for everyone. You must be on campus. With a traditional program you have to be physically on campus and in the classroom for your coursework. Although there is a lot of flexibility in scheduling, once you pick a course time, you have to be there. You may have to commute or relocate. Depending on your location and your chosen campus, getting there may involve a commute, which takes time and money. Interaction is important. If you prefer to study and learn alone, you may not enjoy the setting of a traditional classroom. You may have to work with other students to complete projects.   Pros and Cons of Online Plumbing Trade Schools  Your other choice for plumbing school is to go with an online program. With improvements in technology, learning online has been growing. From K-12 programs to undergraduate degrees, and even skilled trade programs, there are many online courses available for all kinds of learners. Some of the pros of going online include: Greater flexibility and convenience. There is no denying that an online education gives you the most flexibility. You can choose when to study, read, and even take exams. Records and grades always accessible online. Online courses generally have grading down to a science and you get your results quickly and conveniently. Don’t live anywhere near a plumbing school campus? No problem. One great thing about online learning is that it makes an education more accessible.   Online learning may be accessible, convenient, and flexible, but there are many cons as well, especially if you are interested in plumbing training courses: Online learning can be boring. According to research, students often drop out of online courses because of boredom. They left the online classes because they lacked the engaging experience that you get in a traditional classroom. You may need additional training. With online courses instead of a traditional plumbing school, you may be able to pass a certification test, but most states also require a certain amount of hands-on experience for a plumber to be licensed. Most plumbers get training through an apprenticeship and if you started with online training, you may be behind in that experience. You miss out on the hands-on learning of plumbing school. With online courses you may be able to see video or podcast demonstrations of the skills you’re learning, but you won’t have the opportunity to actually try them for yourself. Minimal interaction with other students. Interacting, discussing, and collaborating with other students can be an important part of learning and something you may miss out on in an online setting. Intrinsic motivation required. Without an instructor in front of you with a paced and guided course, you will have to rely on your own sense of […]

FTC Honors Victims of the Pulse Nightclub Attack – – Press Release

Posted on June 15th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

June 14, 2016 FTC Honors Victims of the Pulse Nightclub Attack, Former Student Among the Dead Students, staff and faculty will hold two vigils on Wednesday at the Kissimmee campus. Kissimmee, FL – Florida Technical College, Kissimmee, will honor and remember the victims of Pulse Nightclub terrorist act with two vigils on Wednesday, June 15, at its Kissimmee Campus, 3831 W Vine St. The events will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. A former Cosmetology student at the school, Leroy Valentín Fernández, 25, is among the dead. Many other of the school’s students lost loved ones. FTC President and CEO, David Ruggieri, said the institution will do everything in its power to help families move forward and heal emotional wounds. In a message to them, Ruggieri said: “Florida Technical College believes in the bravery and resilience of this community which always pushes forward with kindness and determination. Like all of you, we are also heartbroken. The senseless loss of so many promising young lives fills our souls with sorrow. We can only imagine what their families and friends are going through. Lives have been changed forever, but together we can create a bridge to reach with love and assistance those who have been impacted the most. We will be there for them, standing tall and strong, to help them move forward and heal. To the families going through such a difficult time, you can count on us now and always.” Since the Monday after the attack, the school has made available grief counselors to all of its students and increased security throughout.  About Florida Technical College: FTC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in a range of professions, including healthcare, computer networking, graphic design, criminal justice, culinary arts and cosmetology.  FTC’s campuses are located in Orlando, Lakeland, DeLand, Kissimmee, Pembroke Pines and Cutler Bay. Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields, FTC is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Program availability varies by campus. For graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program and other important information please visit www.ftccollege.edu/disclosures.html.

Here’s How Your Life Will Improve after Electrician Trade School

Posted on May 28th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

If you’re tired of your dead end job, of working hard and barely earning enough to scrape by, and if you dream of having a career that is more interesting than just punching the clock every day, electrician trade school could be your next step. Electricians work in a variety of settings, from small businesses servicing residential homes to large companies installing electrical systems for commercial buildings and everything in between. They make good money, work reasonable hours, and are presented with interesting challenges every day on the job. If you have been debating whether or not to go for a career change, here are just a few of the top reasons you can expect your life to only get better once you decide to enroll in Florida Technical College’s Electrical Diploma Program.  You Will Earn More as an Electrician If you work hard at a full time job, but still struggle to get the bills paid, your life becomes all about money and work. Your whole life begins to revolve around money, trying to earn more, and worrying about what will happen when you run short of cash. You don’t have to live that way anymore, and the answer is to learn a skilled trade. With training you can expect to land a better paying career as an electrician. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median salary for an electrician is $51,880 or $24.94 per hour. Imagine earning that much or even more as you gain experience and work your way up to higher positions. Life gets easier as your earnings go up. You Won’t Have to Spend Years in Electrician Trade School Some careers require a lot of education, and some people spend four or more years earning a degree with no real career options. To pass FTC’s diploma program you need just nine months and you’ll graduate knowing you are ready to be hired quickly. Becoming an electrician doesn’t require a lot of schooling because much of the learning happens on the job. Once you have your diploma and land a position, you’ll keep on learning through apprenticeship and hands-on training. Finally Get the Relief that Comes with Job Security  Having job security is not something everyone enjoys, but once you get it, you’ll feel like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Job security means you can relax and enjoy the rest of your life without worrying about being laid off. If you have a family this is especially important. Knowing you will always be able to provide is a great feeling. Electricians will always be in demand because all buildings need electrical systems. New buildings need installation and older buildings need fixes and updates. Electricians are needed to install alarm systems and telecommunication networks, and to maintain or inspect electrical systems. Enjoy Your Job Every Day If you’ve been working a mindless job, you will enjoy learning new skills in electrician trade school and having a career that challenges you every day. Electrical work is a skilled trade that presents new learning opportunities each day on the job. You can expect to problem solve and troubleshoot at work instead of just going through the motions. As an electrician you will also find that you get a variety of settings in which to work. One day you may be installing a brand new system in a new building, while the next you might be making a repair in an apartment. Some days you may work closely with other electricians, while on other days you work independently. No day is ever exactly the same as the last. Never Have a Boss again, Become an Entrepreneur Once you finish electrician trade school, you will see that you have a lot of options when it comes to where and how you work. You can work for a company of any size, or you can even choose to strike out on your own. If you have always wanted to be your own boss, you can start your own electrical business and get the freedom and challenge of working for yourself. Being an entrepreneur and small business owner isn’t easy, but if you’re interested in the challenge it can be really rewarding. Successfully starting and running a business takes hard work, dedication, and determination. The reward is answering only to yourself and knowing that it is up to you to succeed or to fail.  You Can Start Right Now As long as you finished high school, you can get started today on your future as an electrician. You don’t have to accumulate any amount of college credits or prerequisites, just enroll today and start learning. Electrician trade school is your next step. To learn more about what FTC has to offer, contact the school for information about the Electrical Diploma Program and to find out more about how you can get a better life as an electrician.  

Is Electrician School Necessary for Becoming a Certified Electrician?

Posted on May 24th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

Becoming an certified electrician is a smart choice. Careers in this field are growing fast and the median annual salary for electricians is $51,889. You can eventually earn even more than that, but you can’t just get a job as an electrician tomorrow. You have to have the right skills, training, and certification. Florida Technical College’s Electrical Diploma Program is an electrician school that can help get you there, but you might be wondering if school is actually necessary for a career in this trade. How Electricians Get Certified Certification requirements for working as an electrician vary by state. In some states you can get there by attending an electrician school, while in others you only need to apprentice with an electrician and pass the certification exam. Education credits are required in some areas and not in others. In some states you can be licensed to work as an electrician by a local municipality, but can only work in that city. To be an electrician in Florida, you must pass a national licensing examination. By passing that test you can practice anywhere in the state. As is the case in some other states, individual municipalities in Florida may also offer licensing exams, which allow you to work only in that city. Florida electricians have to return occasionally to electrician school for continuing education requirements and to renew their licenses. This helps to keep technicians up to date on changing laws and codes as well as new technologies. How to Pass the Certification Test In order to pass any electrician certification or licensing exam, you must have a certain level of knowledge about electrical systems and the skills and tools associated with the trade. Although it is possible to learn in other ways, it isn’t easy to get that knowledge without a formal education. If you have already apprenticed with an electrician, for instance, you may be prepared to pass an exam without going through a training program. If you don’t have the benefit of an apprenticeship experience, your best bet is to go to a school that will give you the basic skills and knowledge of electrical work. You don’t have to go to a four-year university or earn a degree, though. You can learn through a trade program, like FTC’s electrical diploma program, which takes much less time. Expect to finish the program in about nine months, as compared to the years it takes to earn a degree in most subjects. Why Choose an Electrician School to become a Certified Electrician ? While there are some strict requirements for working as an electrician, there is also room for figuring out how you want to get there. The most important thing is that you learn the skills and knowledge you need to start you out on a career path as an electrician and that puts you in a position to pass the certification exam. Once you have passed the exam, you can be assured that you will be able to find work or an apprenticeship that will set you off on your path to an electrical career. An electrician school, like the diploma program at FTC is a great choice for getting onto that path because it covers all the basic information you need. You’ll learn basic safety skills, how to use the tools of the trade, all about circuits, and electrical mathematics. The program covers reading blueprints and design drawings, installation of new systems, using testing equipment, lighting, cable systems, and advanced skill used in specific settings. You will also get a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience to put you in a position to succeed and to be prepared for entry-level positions. Instead of just learning through a book, you will actually be able to try out the tools and skills you’ll be using on the job. Perhaps the best reason to choose the trade program at FTC is that it is a convenient and fast way to get through electrician school and to meet your career goals. Instead of trying to pass a certification exam on your own, you get the support and education that will put you in the best possible position and within a reasonable time frame. You can earn your diploma in as little as nine months of class and lab work, and you can do it on your schedule. Take courses at the times that work for you, so you can study around your current job and family obligations, and take more than nine months if you need that extra time. For more information about how you can enroll in electrician school and learn a skilled trade, contact FTC and find out all about the Electrical Diploma Program.

Why Welding Training? The Trade School Boom Continues

Posted on May 21st, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

Manufacturing and construction are booming and that means careers for skilled tradesmen and women are increasing as well. This is matched by an uptick in enrollment in schools that offer certificates, diplomas and degrees in career-oriented programs, like Florida Technical College and its welding training program. More young people—and adults making career changes—are choosing trade and career colleges over traditional universities. So why should you choose welding training to launch your new career? Companies in the manufacturing and construction industries need all kinds of skilled workers, including welders. And, choosing a trade program over a four-year degree gives you plenty of advantages. You can get a career instead of a job and you can get it sooner; trade programs help you get into careers that are lucrative; and trade school is flexible and convenient so you can learn at your pace and on your schedule. Welding Training Leads to a Career Sooner One of the top reasons that people are choosing a trade like welding is that it leads to a real career much sooner than a four-year university program can. Even after finishing a four-year degree too many students find that their career options are limited, that the education they received was interesting, but not practical for employers. In less than a year of studying and training in hands-on classrooms, you can be finished with your coursework and ready to be hired. You won’t have to worry that your education will be wasted. Welders and other skilled trade workers will always be in demand. If you have a family to support and you don’t have the luxury of taking four years to get an education, trade school must makes sense. Become a Welder, Earn a Great Income The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual salary for a worker in the welding profession is $38,150 and the median hourly rate is $18.34. These numbers only represent the middle earners. As a trained professional you have the opportunity to work toward even higher earnings as you gain experience. Welders are also often in enough demand that working overtime to earn more is usually an option. If you choose a more traditional school instead, you not only will have to wait years to finally start earning, you won’t be guaranteed a good income. Skilled welders are always needed, so they can always command competitive wages. As a welder you can make earning a good living more than just a possibility. It’s practically guaranteed. Trade School Lets You Work at Your Pace, on Your Schedule Another reason that more students are choosing trades is that the training is much more compatible with the kinds of lives real adults live these days. Maybe you have a family and kids who need your time. Maybe you need to keep earning at your current job while you get your welding training done, so you can afford your rent and other bills. Whatever is going on in your life, trade school as compared to a traditional four-year university, allows you to take courses on your schedule and finish your training at your pace. Most students at FTC can finish the welding training program in nine months, but if your life is complicated and you need more time, you can have it. Take as long as you need to get your education, or get it done quickly. The choice is up to you. Enjoy the Comfort of Job Security Welding as a career is growing every year. As construction continues to expand, especially here in Florida, skilled welders are needed. Because only skilled and trained individuals can do this job, your welding training puts you at an advantage over other job seekers. Living paycheck to paycheck and never knowing whether you will be needed from one month to the next is no way to live. As a skilled worker you can finally enjoy better job security, yet another reason many people are turning to trades like welding. Technical and trade skills will always be needed and with the right training, you’ll be a step ahead of everyone else. Trade schools are getting more popular as people begin to realize the many benefits of ditching traditional education: earning sooner, earning more, getting good job security, and just having a job that is meaningful and rewarding. If these benefits sound good to you, get your welding training started at Florida Technical College. Get more information about the Welding Diploma Program and learn how you could be off to a new career in just nine months.

How Welding Classes Can Land You a Rewarding New Career

Posted on May 16th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

Did you know that the median annual salary for a welder is $38,150? And that’s just the middle. Those workers with the right skills and experience can make much more. Imagine having a career that allows you to create things, to build things, and to earn a good, stable salary at the same time. You can have this lucrative career and start earning real money, and it all starts with welding classes. Welding is not just any job; it requires training and a certain level of technical skills. An employer won’t hire you just because you are ambitious and willing to learn. You have to prove that you have the skills and knowledge to do the job. You can do that and get your new career off the ground by starting with the coursework in Florida Technical College’s Welding Diploma Program. Welders Earn Real Money There are many aspects of the job of a professional welder that are rewarding, but it’s hard to beat the practicality of earning a good living. If you have been working for minimum wage, or barely more, scraping to get by, you can turn that around and have a career that allows you to stop worrying about money. A good income is an actual reward that you end up getting from taking welding classes. As a skilled and trained welder you will earn a real salary that allows you freedoms you may never have thought possible. Many welders also have the option to earn more by working overtime. The more experience you get on the job, the greater opportunities you will have to start earning more as you are given more responsibilities. As a Welder, You Will Be an In-Demand Skilled Worker Welding involves a lot of technical skills. It isn’t just anyone who can walk into a facility and be hired as a welder on the spot. You have to have an education, a certain amount of technical knowledge, and hands-on experience to prove that you have what it takes to do the job and do it well. Once you learn to be a welder, you will have the skills that employers need and getting hired will be easy. As a skilled welder, you will find that you are in demand for jobs, but also that you have earned the respect of others. You won’t be just another unskilled worker; you will be a skilled worker, someone who worked hard to get an education and to take the steps necessary to learn and train. Respect from friends, and more importantly family is a great reward you can get simply from starting out with welding classes. Create New Things Every Day Another great thing about working in this career is that you get to create, build, and work with your hands. Welding is technical, but it is also creative. You will find that your work is a lot more interesting and meaningful and that it feels good to create something with your hands, an object or part that is useful and needed. As a welder you may be making and repairing items for construction, manufacturing, industrial machinery, or even ships. The possibilities are vast, but the most important thing is that you will be a part of a system that creates new things and contributes to the economy of your local area and state. Have More Time to Enjoy Life What reward could be better than being able to enjoy your life and the things and people that matter to you? If you have been struggling to make ends meet by working in dead-end jobs, your life becomes all about making money and trying to make sure you can get the bills paid and put food on the table for your family. Imagine taking that weight off your shoulders. As a welder, you can. With a more lucrative career as a welder, you will probably find that you have more free time. Unlike a low-pay job, you don’t have to get a second job. You don’t have to work 90 hours a week just to make ends meet. You’ll find that you have time to do the things you love, to spend time with your family, and to just relax and enjoy life. A career in welding can be rewarding in so many ways, from interesting work and a great income to having the freedom to enjoy life, and it can all be yours. You only need to enroll in welding classes to get started. In FTC’s welding classes you’ll learn skills from basic to advanced that will help you pass any certification tests and impress prospective employers. To find out more about the diploma program and how it can help you launch your welding career, contact FTC today.  

The Technical Skills You’ll Learn in Plumbing Training

Posted on May 13th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

If you’re ready for a great new career, one that will help you earn a good income and that will provide you with day-to-day work that is actually interesting and rewarding, plumbing training is a great option. Not just anyone can become a plumber, though. When it comes to working in the field of plumbing, training is essential. Plumbing is a skilled trade, but if you have the right education and you get those skills through hands-on training, you can expect to have a lucrative career with excellent job security. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that careers in plumbing are growing faster than the average, with an increase of 12 percent between now and 2022. At Florida Technical College, you can now join the ranks of those in the skilled trades by completing the plumbing training program to get your diploma. With convenient class schedules and hands-on plumbing training, you will learn all the technical skills needed to land your first job as a plumber. Get an Introduction to the Construction Craft Your training in the plumbing trade begins with introductory construction skills. Plumbing is an essential part of construction, both new construction and maintaining buildings, and to work in the industry you need to understand the basics. Learn how math is used in construction, how to read technical drawings, and how to handle construction materials. Safety and communication are also essential basic skills in construction and not to be taken for granted. There are real technical skills to understanding how to work safely and how to communicate with others within a construction site. Your education in plumbing training will include everything you need to know about being safe and keeping others safe around you as you work. Learn about the Basic Tools and Techniques of Plumbing Every skilled trade has its tools and during your plumbing training you will learn what they are and how to use them. Even if you have never lifted a power tool before, you can learn. From basic construction tools that all workers need to use, to the ones that are specific to plumbing, you will get all the basics first. In your plumbing courses you will learn skills and techniques too, like pipe cutting and fitting, and how to identify and use different types of plumbing fixtures. You will learn how to work with different types of pipes, from PVC to metal, how to fit them and how to bend the metal pipes using specialized tools. Plumbing Training Includes Hands-on Work Plumbing is a skill and a craft. You can’t learn it simply by reading about it or watching someone else do it. This is why FTC makes sure you get your hands dirty and practice the real techniques using actual tools that you will need on the job. Instead of just learning plumbing theory during your training, you will also be getting hands-on experience using the tools and practicing the methods of pipe cutting and fitting, installation, and making repairs. You’ll also work with water-based appliances, like dishwashers and washing machines to learn how to install and make repairs in these important applications. Learn How to Troubleshoot and Fix Problems As a plumber you may work in new construction, installing pipes, fixtures, and appliances, but you may also work in existing buildings, fixing leaks and other problems. In both situations, but especially while making repairs, you will be expected to evaluate a situation, figure out where the problems are, and come up with a solution to fix them. In your coursework during plumbing training, you will learn how to figure out the source of a problem, find a leak or a clog, and make the right fix mending broken pipes, replacing defective parts, and more. You will get a chance to troubleshoot real plumbing problems so you will be ready to do the work out in the real world. Understand and Apply Building Codes While it may not be the most interesting part of the job, when plumbers work they have to follow the rules, known as the building codes. In your plumbing training you will learn how to read those codes, how to read the blueprints for a building, and how to interpret them so that you can install and make repairs that fit within the right codes and ensure the integrity of the building. Plumbing work requires a lot of technical skills, well beyond fixing that leaky faucet in your bathroom. Plumbers need to understand a lot of details about construction, specialized tools, and specific skills. To start learning those skills, check out Florida Technical College’s Plumbing Diploma Program. In just nine months you can complete the program, receive your diploma, and set out on an exciting and lucrative new career path in the construction and trade industry.    

Top Five Reasons to Choose a Beauty School in Florida

Posted on May 9th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

The Top Five Reasons to Choose a Beauty School in Florida  Are you passionate about hair styling? Do you like to get creative with your eye makeup? Are you the one friend everyone comes to for advice on style and beauty? If so, you may be ready for a formal education in cosmetology or esthetics. These are the subjects that can get you through the door and into a career that actually pays you to be obsessed with beauty and style. At Florida Technical College we offer diploma programs in cosmetology, esthetics, and barbering, so you can get the hands-on training you need to start a new career. So why should you choose a beauty school in Florida? Here are the top five reasons: Florida is the sunshine state. Florida’s nickname is the “Sunshine State” for good reason. You cannot beat the climate and weather here, where you can expect to never feel cold again. If you’re looking for a fresh start, why stop at your career? Make the move to sunny Florida to learn to be a makeup artist, hair stylist, or esthetician, and enjoy the best weather on earth. Choose from several campuses. For a beauty school in Florida, you have options. FTC has six campuses throughout South and Central Florida, so you can pick the location that works best for your needs and where you can afford to live. Study in one of the most stylish places in the world. You’re all about style; you live and breathe style and fashion. So why study hair and makeup anywhere other than South Florida? This is one of the most stylish and trend-setting regions in the country, and the world. While you study and hone your skills, get inspired by the style you see out on the town. Get access to great career opportunities. Because Miami and the rest of South Florida are so trendy and stylish, you can expect to have a lot of options for your new career once you complete the FTC diploma program. The career services department can help place you in a position, but you can also branch out on your own and find your dream job. With so many opportunities in the area, you might even consider starting a career in freelance hair or makeup and become your own boss. Learn the skills you need to transform your future. The best reason to choose a beauty school in Florida is that by getting this top-notch education, you get to shape your future and make it exactly what you want. You don’t have to live with a job you hate; instead, get a career you love. When you feel ready to dive in and start training for an exciting new career, remember all the reasons why a beauty school in Florida, like FTC, is the best possible choice. To learn more about what FTC has to offer in beauty, cosmetology, esthetics and barbering, contact us today.

4 Reasons You Should Consider Plumbing Schools in Florida

Posted on May 4th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

Florida Technical College now offers trade diplomas in three important areas of construction, including plumbing. The plumbing trade program at FTC will teach you all the technical skills you need to land a job as an entry-level plumber. From there your education will continue with on-the-job training allowing you to move up in the field and earn even more. Trade careers are popular with young people who want to get a career right away instead of wasting years at a university. With real life demands and maybe even a family that you’re responsible for, starting to earn an income as soon as possible is important. If you’re ready to jump into a lucrative career now, there are some of the most important reasons you should choose plumbing schools in Florida, especially FTC:  Careers opportunities in plumbing are on the rise in Florida. Everyone needs a plumber at some point. Every house, apartment, and commercial building has plumbing that needs to be installed and sometimes fixed. That means that, no matter what the economy is like, plumbers are always in demand. If the economy supports new construction, as it does in Florida right now, the outlook gets even better.   According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, plumbing is a fast-growing trade. Nationwide the number of positions available for plumbers is growing by 12 percent, much faster than average job growth. In Florida the outlook is even better, with the fourth-highest employment rate for plumbers in the country. If you want to get a job quickly and start earning right away, you can’t beat plumbing in Florida. Florida’s economy is booming. Rebounding from the recession of a few years ago, the economic situation in Florida is just right for new construction. The growth of the economy in the state has been big in recent years with faster growth in many sectors than the national average. In 2014 the growth was even faster than the national average. That year the state saw a 2.7 percent growth, and a lot of that was related to new construction, real estate, rentals, and leasing.   When new homes and other buildings are being constructed, they need plumbers, trained experts who can install all the fixtures and pipes. With growth in rentals, leasing, and real estate, there are more people who will eventually need a plumber to fix the pipes. With the skills learned in a plumbing trade program, and the construction boom in the state, you can expect to have good job security working as a plumber in Florida. Plumbing schools in Florida offer convenience. Training for a new career isn’t necessarily easy. Not everyone has the luxury of devoting every day to education and training. The great thing about schools like FTC and programs like the plumbing diploma program is that you can take courses at your convenience and on your schedule. You can continue to work and earn, take care of your family, and work toward a career in a trade.   FTC also offers several other conveniences to make learning the plumbing trade, and then getting hired, easier. The financial aid department can help you figure out how to pay for your education if you need assistance, and the career services department will help with job placement, resume building, and practicing interviewing skills. You can’t beat Florida weather and culture. Economic growth, job security, and a convenient education are all great reasons to choose plumbing schools in Florida, but the icing on the cake may be the climate culture of this great state. Florida is sunny and warm all year round, so if you don’t love winter, cold, and snow, consider a move here for launching your new career.   Florida embraces the warm weather and the water. No matter where you live in the state, you’re never far from the beach. FTC offers the plumbing program at the Kissimmee campus, a great location near Orlando and all the exciting theme parks. The local night life is thriving and Orlando is an up-and-coming area for world-class food.  There are so many great reasons to choose plumbing schools in Florida to help you take your career to the next level. If you already live here, you know what some of the benefits of being in the state are, and if you are out of state, a move to the area could be the best decision you ever make. As a trained and skilled plumber living in Florida you’ll have your pick of jobs. When you’re ready to start on a new career path, one that will give you a healthy income and job security in a place that everyone wants to live, contact FTC to learn more about the plumbing diploma program.    

A Career In Welding Can Help You Build Skills For A Lifetime

Posted on April 30th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

5 Reasons Why A Career In Welding Can Help You Build Skills For A Lifetime Looking to develop a skill set that will be in demand across the globe? Searching for a career you can grow in? Ready to explore one of the most lucrative career opportunities in the world? If so, pursuing your education to become a trained welder may be the right option for you. As one of the nation’s most desired trades, welding provides countless benefits and opportunities for career advancement. From robotics to education, welders can explore a diverse range of career opportunities. In fact, welding is one of the most diverse careers around! Curious as to what some of the biggest benefits are to developing the trained skill set of a welder? Check out these 5 reasons why a career in welding can help you build skills for a lifetime. 1.) Countless Industries Rely on Welders Did you know over 50% of products in the United States require welding? In fact, here are some of the most common: Medical devices Bridges Oil rigs Race cars Computers Buildings Ships Cell phones And much more!   This list is actually only a fraction of the industries that rely on welding in one form or another. Chances are, many products you use on a daily basis have been developed in part through welding. If you’re looking to develop a practical and valuable skill-set, welding may be right up your alley.  2.) There are Currently more Jobs than Welders Wondering why the wages for welders are higher than other professions? One explanation is that there are currently more welding jobs than welders. From manufacturing to construction, the demand for skilled labor is across the board. Some of the top markets for welders include: Houston Virginia North Dakota Alaska Wyoming Nevada However, many welders are able to find employment across the globe due to growing demand. If you’re seeking a career where the job market is flourishing, you’ll want to learn more about the world of welding. 3.) Welders Rely on Cutting Edge Technology It’s a profession that’s been around for a long time. From the Medieval Dark Ages to present day, welding is one of the world’s most ancient trades. However, the processes have come a long way. In fact, welders today rely on cutting edge technology in their everyday work. Having a transformative effect on the trade, technology has rapidly expanded and improved welding practices. From the development of arc welding to the refinement of laser cutting, welding is continually evolving. Welders are not only relying on technology on the job site, though, they’re also using it to filter scientific data along with recordkeeping. Making technology crucial to the trade. 4.) Welders can Work Anywhere in the World Does working in the water sound like a dream come true? How about working in outer space? While these might seem like far-fetched scenarios, there are so many places for skilled welders to find work. A profession that is in-demand across all 50 states, and nearly every country on this planet, welders are able to take advantage of a global marketplace. How many other skills could you take with you halfway across the world? Spend a few years in a rural town or head to the big city, there’s plenty of options for exploring when working in welding. If you have ever wanted a job where you could travel the world, becoming a welder may be the answer you’ve been searching for. 5.) Welders have a Long-term Career Path One of the most rewarding aspects to a career in welding is the fact that you’re able to pursue a long-term career path. As a skilled trade, welding provides more than a job, welding provides a career. And better yet, welding provides a career with numerous opportunities for growth and advancement. Like most good things, though, building a successful career in welding takes time. However, it is 100% possible! After all, earning over $100k per year is not unheard of for welders. In fact, there are many welders who are earning this sum and more. With welding, you have the opportunity to build your own career, and with the right education and experience, you can be well on your way to making this a reality in your own life. If you’ve ever considered pursuing a career in welding, there has never been a better time than the present to take action. There’s no reason you should settle when it comes to your future. Don’t spend another day in a job that isn’t going to take you to the places you want to go. Provide yourself the foundation and skills you need to take that next step forward in your career.   Enroll in Florida Technical College Welding Diploma Program Today Equipping you with the technical and practical knowledge necessary to interpret manufacturing drawings, construction blueprints, calculate measures and much more, FTC is here to help you begin a career in the welding field. To find out more about this one of a kind program, click the link below or call a FTC Kissimmee campus today to speak with a knowledgeable Florida Technical College Admissions Representative.   Contact FTC Now

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Culinary School

Posted on April 30th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

5 Important Questions to Ask When Choosing a Culinary School With a passion for food and a desire to finally start a career you can get excited about, you’re ready to go to culinary school and start out on a new path… To become a cook or chef, without working your way up from dishwasher, you need to get hands-on training in the kitchen. Florida Technical College offers a culinary arts diploma that teaches all the skills needed to land a lucrative and rewarding restaurant career or to be an entrepreneur and start a food business. As you make the important decision to pursue the education that will allow you to follow your dreams, make sure you ask these crucial questions before picking a culinary school: Is there a campus near me? There’s not much point in getting excited about a culinary program if it isn’t in a location that works for you. You need to make sure you can get to your classes because this isn’t a subject you can learn online or from a distance. FTC is conveniently located in Kissimmee, Florida. Is the culinary school near a thriving food scene? If you’re going to train in the food industry, you want to make sure you not only have a great school to attend, but also a nearby world-class culinary destination. Your experience with food extends into the community, and so do your job opportunities. In Central Florida, you have access to the great restaurants of Orlando, and the surrounding areas. Will I get hands-on training? A culinary education is all about skills. This isn’t book learning, and to get the training you need to land a job in a kitchen, you need to learn in a hands-on environment. You want to know that your classroom will be a modern, up-to-date kitchen, which is exactly what you get at FTC. Who will be teaching me the culinary arts? A program for culinary training should include instructors who have worked in real kitchens, not just good teachers. You want to learn from the best and from the people who know, first-hand, what it’s like to work in a kitchen. They can train you to be prepared for actual, real-world culinary experiences. Can I get financial aid? Getting an education isn’t free, so make sure you find out if the school you choose offers assistance with financial aid. A culinary education is an investment, but if you don’t have the money to spend now, you’ll never get your career off the ground. Financial aid can put you in the position to get your education, so you can pursue your dream job. Going to culinary school may be your dream, but it shouldn’t be a decision you make lightly. Ask these important questions, and any others that you have, before making your choice. To get all the information you need to decide on a culinary program, contact Florida Technical College today.   RELATED ARTICLES : 5 Potential Career Paths For Culinary Majors Love to Cook? 5 Reasons To Consider Enrolling In A Culinary Program Learn to Create Delightful Desserts & Earn the Pastry Chef Title

Patient Care Technician vs. Medical Assisting

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

How Being a Patient Care Technician is Different from Medical Assisting  If you’re looking for a career in health care, and you want to get into that new position as soon as possible, a diploma from patient care technician schools like Florida Technical College may be just what you need. In reading about your health care career options you may be confused to see that there are programs and job descriptions for both patient care technicians and medical assistants. What’s the difference? Both of these are exciting careers you can get into with the hands-on training of a diploma program, but the day-to-day work and responsibilities are very different. Patient Care Technicians Work Directly with Patients The job duties of a medical assistant are diverse. They work with patients; they may do lab work; they also do office work and man the phones and patient records. Patient care technicians, on the other hand, only work side by side with nurses and doctors to directly care for patients. They may do some medical assisting work like inserting catheters or taking vital signs, but they are mostly responsible for just helping patients feel comfortable, making sure they can eat and helping them stay clean and take care of hygiene. Patient Care Technicians Do Not Do Administrative Work  The work of a patient care technician is always with the patients, unlike a medical assistant who may be expected to do filing, update patient records, and do other office duties. Patient care technician schools do not focus on these kinds of office skills because the work of a patient care tech is all about patients and their immediate needs, not the administrative needs of the office. Educational Requirements May Be Less for a Patient Care Technician While patient care technician schools like FTC offer diploma programs for both types of health care workers, many employees require more education and training for medical assistants. Regardless of which career path you choose, getting hands-on training is crucial to being able to do the job well and take care of patients. Every Day as a Patient Care Technician is Different As a patient care technician, your main responsibility is to care for your patients. This means that on any given day your duties depend on what they need. One day may involve helping a new patient get situated and adjusted to a long stay, while the next you may be helping to transport your patients to physical therapy and making sure their rooms are clean for their return. Both of these health careers are rewarding and interesting, but only patient care is totally focused on the needs of patients. If you want to be directly involved, every day, in making people feel better, this could be the career of your dreams. To get ready to find the right position, check out patient care technician schools like FTC. Contact us today to find out more about the diploma program that will give you the skills and credentials you need to land your first health care job.   RELATED ARTICLES: What it Means to Be a Patient Care Technician – Part 1 What it Means to Be a Patient Care Technician – Part 2

Certificate Programs to Launch Your New Career

Posted on April 27th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

5 Great Certificate Programs to Launch Your New Career If you’ve been dreaming of a new career, you can have it. All it takes is a little of your time to complete one of these certificate programs offered by Florida Technical College. At one of our six Florida campuses, you can spend less time than you thought getting the diploma that will launch your new career. Here are just five of the great programs that could have you in a new position by this time next year.   1. Baking and Pastelería Can you imagine yourself working in a kitchen or bakery, crafting the most beautiful and delicious cakes, pastries, and breads? With a diploma in baking and pastelería from FTC, you can realize that dream. Our program will give you the hands-on training you need to thrive in this creative career. Learn how to bake tasty breads and desserts, and how to artfully design and create edible decorations. 2. Cosmetology For another creative career option, consider cosmetology. This is another one of our certificate programs that allows you to learn in a hands-on setting, from instructors who have worked in the field for years. Learn how to cut, style, and color hair, learn makeup artistry, and get the practical business skills needed to manage a salon or even start your own beauty salon. 3. Patient Care Technician Working in health care can be so rewarding. For a career that allows you to actively participate in helping patients and making sure they are comfortable, consider studying for a patient care technician diploma. Patient care technicians are on the front lines of health care, assisting nurses and doctors, taking patients vitals, keeping patients safe and clean, and providing comfort and care, and all it takes to get into this career is the completion of an FTC diploma program. 4. Esthetics Imagine working in an upscale salon, using your expertise to help customers look and feel their best. You could be that expert that clients rely on. You just need a diploma in esthetics. Estheticians work in spas and beauty salons providing professional makeup application, facials and full-body skin care, and other beauty services. 5. HVAC/R with PLC Workers skilled and trained in heating and cooling installation and repair are always going to be in demand. Being able to work with complicated residential and commercial HVAC systems requires a certain level of training. Not just anyone can do it, but you can get into this lucrative career by earning a diploma from one of FTC’s certificate programs. Included in the program are hands-on practice and training with programmable logic controllers. These certificate programs and others available at FTC are perfect for anyone who wants a career change without spending years getting a degree. With a year-long program, flexible class schedules, and the possibility of financial aid, not to mention career placement, you can realize your dreams and find a fantastic new career. Contact FTC today to get more information about all of our programs.

Florida Technical College’s New American Force Trade Programs will fill in-demand jobs in plumbing, welding, electricity and construction.

Posted on April 20th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

April, 2016  By: Eleven Communications Construction is currently one of the fastest growing workforces in Florida and across the nation, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor… Graduates of Florida Technical College’s New American Force Trade Programs will fill in-demand jobs in plumbing, welding, electricity and construction. Students will receive classroom instruction as well as on-the-job training with apprenticeship programs that will provide a gateway to higher paying jobs and future advancement in the construction industry. Construction is currently one of the fastest growing workforces in Florida and across the nation, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor. “We’ve come out of the recession and now commercial and residential construction are making a strong coming back,” said David Ruggieri, president and CEO of Florida Technical College. “These Construction Trade Programs will open up new opportunities for people to get in the door, get licensed and advance within these high-demand fields.” Ruggieri said the college researched the local trade industry, incomes and job placements and found there were many construction opportunities that were going unfilled. He said the new programs would be a boon for students looking for a fulfilling career and employers who need skilled workers to fill jobs. Construction Trade grads can immediately fill openings for builders, inspectors, plumbing or electrician assistants or assistants to engineers and architects. Local employers are thrilled about the New American Force Programs. “Employers are very excited because it gives them well-trained professionals who can start work immediately after graduation,” Ruggieri said. “They don’t have to hire sight unseen because employers get to see the student’s work ethic during the apprenticeships. Also, students will already have security clearance on job sites so they can begin work right away.” Initially, classes will be offered at the Kissimmee campus and the program will eventually be expanded to FTC’s Deland and Lakeland campuses. The 12-month programs will be added to the 18 short programs FTC currently offers. The short, condensed nature of the classes is ideal for students who want to get trained in a new profession and quickly find employment. Gabe Garces, executive director of FTC’s Kissimmee campus, said the program is a perfect fit for the current economy. “Construction trades are in demand,” Garces said. “There are not enough trained professionals in the industry and there are not enough people going into the industry. Our graduates will help fill that void.” FTC currently places eight out of ten of their graduates and those rates are expected to be equal or greater for graduates of the construction trades programs. The Kissimmee campus was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, multiple times, for “engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.” Only 513 schools, colleges and universities have been named to the Honor Roll, based on volunteer hours. FTC had more than 50,000 hours last year. The new trade programs are another dynamic example of how FTC has evolved over the years to meet the needs of students and the job marketplace. Students can apply for scholarships, federal financial aid or grants to help pay for the classes. The Plumbing Diploma Program gives students the technical and practical knowledge to make installations, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of plumbing systems in residential and commercial settings. Graduates will be able to fill positions as a plumbing helper in residential and construction firms. The Electrical Diploma program prepares the student with the technical skills and practical knowledge and skills to perform installations, service and repairs in the electrical trade. Graduates will fill positions as an electrician helper in residential and construction firms in the electrical trade industry. The Welding Diploma Program offers the technical and practical knowledge needed to interpret manufacturing drawings and construction blueprints, calculate measures, as well as bend, cut, grind and weld ferrous and nonferrous metals. Students will learn Shield Metal Arc, Gas-Metal Arc, Flux Core Arc, Gas-Tungsten Arc and pipe welding. The Welding program is classroom based, with a combination of lecture and lab. The program will prepare a student for entry-level employment in the field of welding. Graduates from this program will be able to fill positions as an electrician helper in residential and construction firms in the electrical trade industry. Graduates of the construction trade programs will receive accreditation from the National Center for Construction Education and Research, which is the industry’s gold standard. The credentials ensure students receive quality training based on uniform construction standards and criteria. Students that graduate with the Construction Trade Certificate can be employed as builders, inspectors and assistants to engineers and architects. Florida Technical College was founded in 1982 to provide post-secondary training in specialized business fields. Today, FTC offers Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate Degrees and Diploma Programs in today’s fastest growing occupations across a spectrum of fields. FTC students receive the new iPad with e-books instead of textbooks, which allow FTC students to tackle coursework anywhere, anytime.    

El Osceola Star

Posted on April 18th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

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8 Simple Yet Stunning Nail Trends You Should Try This Spring

Posted on April 10th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

8 Simple Yet Stunning Nail Trends You Should Try This Spring Whether you’re searching for a bold new look or high-fashion inspiration, you won’t want to miss this season’s latest nail trends. From gorgeous hues to glitters galore, there’s something for everyone this spring. In fact, just check out these 10 stunning trends below.   1.) Be Bold with Cobalt Blue Leave the baby blues in the drawer this season and instead, make a bold statement with cobalt blue. A rich color with a striking hue, cobalt blue is the perfect way to make your nails pop. Best of all? This color makes the ultimate combo and is incredibly easy to pair!   2.) Shimmer with Silver Sparkles Have a thing for glitz and glamor? If so, you will definitely want to try out this spring 2016 nail trend! Simply dot the tips of your nails with a silver glitter polish or go for a full glaze to really add some shine. Also, be sure to use a polish with finely sized glitter for the most sophisticated look.   3.) Dazzle in a Rose Gold Glaze Soft and feminine rose gold is one color you don’t want to skip out on this spring. Ideal for nearly every combo, rose gold is an eye-catching color that is sure to dazzle. How to sport this look? Coat every nail with a rose gold glaze or coat a single nail on each hand for a bolder take.   4.) Keep it Natural with Beige This spring, it’s time to forget about sheer nudes and pale pinks and say hello to beige. After all, what’s not to love about this classic color? Complementary for nearly every skin tone and a throwback to the creamy ‘70s hues, beige is one shade you may never want to take off. Dress it up or dress it down, this nail color is about as versatile as it gets.   5.) Cool it with Charcoal Want to keep things neutral this spring? If so, you’ll want to say hello to the moody and modern charcoal gray. Sleek and sophisticated, charcoal is the perfect way to mix things up. However, be sure to stick to matte tones to pull off this trend.   6.) Stand Out with Seafoam Calling all ocean lovers or really anyone who has a thing for blues and greens – it’s time to start incorporating seafoam. A unique yet stunning color, seafoam is sure to leave heads turning. Reminiscent of warmer days, seafoam is the perfect way to celebrate the start of spring!   7.) Rock a Bottom Line Tired of the same old trends, colors, and hues? If so, this new look is for you! Edgy yet stylish, it’s time to add a bold new flair with polished bottom lines. Expected to be one of this seasons’ most popular nail trends, this is one look that is sure to stand out. How to get the look? Simply line the bottoms of your nails and voila! Stick to black for a classic look or add a burst of color for a fresh take.   8.) Find Simplicity in Stripes While bold undertones may be striking for some, if you’re looking for something a bit more classic, consider adding thin diagonal stripes to your nails this season. A fun way to add some flair, it’s hard to go wrong with stripes. However, be sure to stick with white if you want to rock a simple yet striking look.     Earn Your Beauty Degree From Florida Technical College   RELATED ARTICLES : 10 New Beauty Trends To try This Spring  

Getting Ready to Graduate? Part II

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

Getting Ready to Graduate? How Social Media Can Help or Hinder Your Job Search As you get ready to graduate from Florida Technical College you are preparing your resume, practicing your interviewing skills, and working with the Career Services department to help you find your dream job. What you should also be doing is taking a look at your foot print on social media sites. Many employers check the social media sites of prospective new hires, and they often reconsider hiring someone based on what they see. Use Common Sense on Social Media   There are some major mistakes you can make, which may seem obvious, but don’t be the person who lets a potential new boss see these blunders. Employers do not want to see references to drugs, sex, drinking, guns, or profanity. If you think you might have any of these things lurking in your ancient history, from when you were less responsible than you are now, it is worth your time to go back and delete them.   Also Avoid these Less Obvious Mistakes   So those are the big ones. It makes sense to get rid of those majorly controversial posts and pictures. But there are other, more subtle things that may turn off a new employer. According to a survey, employers rethink hires when they see a lot of grammar or spelling mistakes in social media posts. They also don’t want to see you complaining about past jobs or bosses, making very strong political statements, or posting anything too controversial or excessively personal.   How to Clean up Your Social Media   You can delete anything from your pages that you think may turn off a potential boss, but if any of your sites are just overflowing with posts and pictures you think might cause you a problem getting hired, you have two options: You can change your privacy settings to make sure a new employer can’t see your posts, or you can delete your account. Having one or two pages that an employer can check out without being offended is a good idea, so do your best to make at least one presentable and visible.   How Social Media Can Help You Get the Job   Your faux pas on social media may cost you a job, but being selective and thoughtful about what and how you post can actually give you a boost over other job candidates. If you don’t have a LinkedIn account yet, now is the time to start one. Being on this professional site shows potential employers that you are serious about your career. It also gives you a place to show your skills, education, and job experience, almost like an online resume.   As you get ready to graduate and find an exciting new career, remember that your online identity sends a message to prospective employers. Google yourself, clean up your social media sites, create a professional account, and if you need help, let our Career Services department here at FTC help you.  

Getting Ready to Graduate? Part I

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

Getting Ready to Graduate? Finding Your Dream Job You chose to complete a program at Florida Technical College so you could have the career of your dreams. Now that you’re close to graduating, it’s time to make that dream a reality. By planning ahead and preparing now for your graduation, you can ensure that you will have an easier transition from school to a new job. There are several things you can start doing now to make sure you find and get that great new job. Reflect on What You Want for Your New Career   Before you can find your dream job, you need to know what it is. This means more than just knowing that you want a job as a hair stylist in a salon, or a career in IT. Now is the time to really reflect on what you want your future to look like so you can find the perfect job for it. Consider the kinds of hours you want to work, if you want part time or full time work, and what kind of salary you hope to earn.   Take Advantage of Job Placement Services   Once you have a clear picture of what it is you want for your new career, you can let FTC’s career service professionals help you find it. Job placement works with employers to find the open positions that match what you want in a job and the skills you have. The people in the job placement office can also guide you through this process and make sure you have the best chance of getting the job you want.   Craft Your Resume   Knowing what job you want and finding an open position with the help of the Career Services department is just the beginning of finding your dream job. Now you have to make sure you secure it. Your resume is the first thing a potential employer will see, so make sure it looks perfect: Keep it simple. Use a simple, easy-to-read font, a clear layout, and limit your resume to one page. List your education and job experiences in reverse chronological order, with the most recent first. List your skills. You’ve been working hard to learn important new skills. This is the place to brag about them. Put your name, email, and phone number at the top, front and center. Avoid typos and silly errors. Proofread again and again to avoid these. Let someone else proofread it too. Get advice from the experts in Career Services. Write your resume and then let our experts check it for you and tell you how you can improve it.   Practice Interviewing   Your resume gets you the interview, but it’s your ability to interact and answer questions during that interview that will get you the job. Interviewing well is a skill that has to be developed; no one is born with it. Practice interviewing as much as you can before the real event. Ask family and friends to set up practice interviews with all the questions you think you may be asked. Dress professionally for your interviews, even if you expect to dress more casually for the actual job. Men should wear a suit. Women can wear a suit, a modest dress or slacks and a nice blouse. If you’re not sure what you have is appropriate, run it by someone in Career Services for a professional opinion.   Contact FTC’s Career Services department today to get started on finding your dream job. Now, before you graduate, is the time to work on your resume, practice interviewing, and let our experts help you find that perfect position.  

The Hottest Hair Trends for Summer 2016

Posted on April 7th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

The Hottest Hair Trends for Summer 2016 If you’ve been thinking about signing up for FTC’s Cosmetology Diploma Program, you are someone who knows hair, makeup, and style. You probably keep up with all the trends and latest fads, right? If you’re getting into this great career, keeping up is a must. These things change quickly. To help you out, here are some of the hottest hair trends for Summer 2016: Super straight and sleek. Straight isn’t usually easy to achieve, which is good for future stylists. A big trend for the upcoming summer is to go perfectly straight and sleek. All the ladies who want to achieve this look will need a good hair stylist to get it right. Think long, flat, with a severe part down the middle or tied back into a sleek pony. Dip-dye ends. Wild colors have been all the rage in hair for a few years now. We have even seen multi-hued hair and dye jobs that mimic an ombre effect. Now, the newest trend is to just die the ends of your hair, any color you want. Go for a few inches of bright pink or just a quick dip in baby blue for blondes.   Pigtails and braids. Maybe it’s the carefree attitude of summer, but the classic kids’ style of pigtails is back for adults. Any woman can work it if you do it right. That means pairing this childlike hairstyle with more mature accessories. Braided pigtails are especially fun and easy to do for summer.   Simple buns. Talk about the ultimate in easy styling. The messy bun is back and all it takes to achieve is a quick twist of the hair and a few pins to hold it in place. A lot of women will be embracing this go-to trend this summer. Any age, any color. While we have mostly seen young fashion trendsetters take on this daring look with blue, lilac, and even silver locks, the trend is now extending to more mature women. You’re never too old to have fun with your hair. Pink, blue, purple, bright orange, nothing is off limits. FTC has a thriving cosmetology department where you can learn all the latest beauty secrets. If you love beauty and cosmetics, why not work in what you love? Maybe YOU can set the trend for next season!   RELATED ARTICLES: Hair Coloring Technique- Balayage Cosmetology Schools in Florida: Hair Care and More

A Career In HVAC Is A Fantastic Fit For You

Posted on April 6th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

5 Signs A Career In HVAC Is A Fantastic Fit For You Did you know that HVAC, or otherwise known as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning is one of today’s fastest-growing careers? In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for HVAC professionals is expected to grow by 14% from 2014-24. Offering a favorable employment outlook along with competitive pay, it is no wonder why this career choice is so in-demand. Wondering if a career in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning is the right choice for you? Find out if going back to school and becoming an HVAC Technician is the career for you by checking out these 5 signs below.   1.) You’re someone that tends to be detailed oriented Do you consider yourself to be detail oriented? If so, a career in HVAC might be a fantastic fit. As a technician staying organized is a critical part of the job. For example, many HVAC technicians are in charge of tasks such as diagnosing and fixing repairs along with maintaining accurate records of the jobs performed. An attention to detail can help you perform these tasks with ease.   2.) You’re seeking a career that offers job stability One of the greatest advantages of pursuing a career in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning is that you’ll be able to break into a career that offers stability. With HVAC systems being an integral part of nearly any property, there is ample need for individuals who are able to provide the necessary maintenance for this equipment.   3.) You prefer hands-on tasks Does the idea of sitting at a desk all day sound like a nightmare? Do you prefer to be up on your feet and active in your work? If so, HVAC might just be the ideal career for you. Often tasked with lifting parts, equipment, and other objects, technicians perform a variety of hands-on tasks during their work. Whether it be installing new equipment or performing repairs, technicians are able to enjoy an active career.   4.) You are comfortable troubleshooting If you’re someone that has little trouble getting to the bottom of something, you may find a career in HVAC to be your calling. After all, diagnosing, troubleshooting and repairing are a big part of your job as a technician. In fact, technicians will often receive notices about a system before they even have a chance to diagnose the problem, making effective problem solving key.   5.) You’re searching for a career you can grow in Whether you would like to work in refrigeration, heating or air, or even ventilation, there’s a diverse range of career opportunities to explore with a background in HVAC. Work independently or as part of a team, the great aspect to pursuing a career in HVAC is that you’ll have plenty of options to explore. In fact, if you’re looking for a career you can truly grow in, you may find that HVAC is exactly what you’re searching for. Interested in learning more about a career in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning? If so, we encourage you here at Florida Technical College to see first-hand if going back to school for HVAC Training is right for you. Explore our campus, meet our professors, and experience first-hand what it is like to be a student at FTC. Don’t delay, schedule your non-obligation campus tour today by calling your nearest FTC campus location.   Call Central Florida Campus: (847) 402 – 3337 Call South Florida Campus: (844) 332 – 3409     RELATED ARTICLES : 5 Important Safety Tips Every HVAC Technician Should Be Aware Of Why Demand for HVAC Technicians is Growing

5 Hot Makeup Trends for Spring 2016

Posted on April 2nd, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

5 Hot Makeup Trends for Spring 2016 The arrival of spring means more than just warmer weather; it also means new trends in beauty. If you’re a makeup fanatic, you are going to love the fun new ideas for spring 2016, straight from the runways. As someone who loves makeup and style, why not use your talents in a new career? With a diploma from Florida Technical College’s esthetics program, you could become a professional makeup artist. Here are five of the coolest trends for this spring, which you can learn how to apply with the right training:   1. Glitter, glitter everywhere. Nothing about this spring’s makeup trends are subtle, and glitter is not just for little girls anymore. The runways for this season were covered in glittery makeup and glitter as makeup. For a toned down version, try a glitter eyeshadow or a shimmery, all-over face powder to give just a hint of glitter and sparkle.   2. Fun French manicures. A manicure is like makeup for your fingertips. A French manicure is a classic, but can also be a little boring and conservative. Think fun and festive for this spring. French manicures have gotten a makeover with tips done in bright colors, metallic, and even glitter. You can even add nail art to the neutral base of a French manicure to make it more fun and trendy.   3. Bright blue for eyes. For anyone who missed this favorite eye shadow shade of the 1980s, it’s back. For spring this year, bright blue hues, applied thickly, are becoming all the rage. From rich cobalt blue and teal eye shadows to shimmering royal blue liner, blues that catch attention are big right now. To go bold, try a bright blue shadow, but for a more subtle take try navy eyeliner.   4. Outlandish eyelashes. Models on the runway this spring were sporting some wild eyelashes. Some were super think, while others were extra-long. Some faux lashes were even trimmed into unique shapes or came in bright colors, especially blue. You can try this trend without looking too outrageous by trying slightly longer lashes or go bold with colored lashes with toned down shadow and liner. 5. Bronze skin. With warmer weather and sunny skies, tanned skin is always popular. This spring, look for a light touch. A light bronzer on the places the sun naturally touches is just perfect. Another technique seen on the runways this season has been a mix of shimmery bronzer with face cream for an all over, subtle glow. Makeup this spring is all about having fun and taking risks. Why not do the same for your career? If you love makeup and have an eye for trends, you could be a makeup artist or esthetician. At FTC, you can earn a diploma in esthetics that will train you for any career in beauty, from working in a salon or spa to being a freelance makeup artist. Choose from two convenient Florida campuses, take courses that work with your schedule, and take advantage of financial aid assistance and you could soon be working in the career of your dreams!   RELATED ARTICLES : New Fall Runway Makeup Trends 2015

Love To Cook? 5 Reasons To Consider Enrolling In A Culinary Program

Posted on April 1st, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

Love To Cook? 5 Reasons To Consider Enrolling In A Culinary Program Do you have a natural knack when it comes to whipping up delicious meals in the kitchen? Are you someone who has always enjoyed cooking but has never considered it a viable career? Have you always wondered what it might be like to be a professional chef? If so, then enrolling in a culinary program might be right up your alley! Teaching you the fundamental art of cooking along with classic and modern culinary techniques, culinary school can give you the tools you need to succeed. Still not sure if culinary school is right for you? Check out these 5 reasons why you might want to consider enrollment today.   1.) Master the Tricks of the Trade First and foremost, going to culinary school can help you master the tricks of the trade, or in other words, the techniques that will be necessary in the kitchen to help you succeed. In fact, during culinary school you can expect to learn how to prepare international recipes, serve customers and even organize a dining room. At Florida Technical College, you will even be able to put your skills to the test at our very own “Zazon Café” which is open to the public.   2.) Travel the World The benefits of enrolling in a culinary program don’t end there. In addition to helping you master the tricks of the trade, you’ll also have the opportunity to travel the world if you choose. Whether you dream of working on a cruise ship, hotel, or even a restaurant across the world, with a background in professional culinary techniques, you’ll be able to take your skills on the go. Stay at home or head across the globe, it’s up to you!   3.) Become Your Own Boss Does being your own boss sound like a dream come true? Luckily, culinary professionals have no problem becoming independent professionals. After all, whether you choose to work as a private chef or even open your own restaurant, as a professional chef you’ll have the opportunity to become completely self-employed.   4.) Enjoy a Competitive Salary Earning an average pay of around $41,000 annually, professional chefs are able to enjoy a highly competitive salary. While estimates can vary by location as well as by experience, completing a culinary program will give you a competitive edge when it comes to seeking employment. If you’re looking for a career that will enable you to earn a comfortable living, rest assured that completing culinary school could be just what you need to take that next step forward.   5.) Learning Beyond the Classroom Going to culinary school enables you to not only develop an employable skill but a skill that you will use for the rest of your life. After all, just consider how many times you cook. If you’re like a lot of people, probably more often than you can even count! As a chef, you’ll develop culinary techniques that you will be able to take with you wherever you go. Whether it’s perfecting the Christmas roast or treating your loved ones to a delicious home cooked meal, as a chef, you can rest easy in knowing that your learning goes beyond the classroom. If you have a passion for cooking, there has never been a better time to consider enrolling in a culinary program. Fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF), Florida Technical College can help you make your culinary dreams a reality. Whether you are ready to enroll today, or would simply like to learn more about the culinary program at FTC be sure to click the link below. Request Information RELATED ARTICLES: Questions to Ask When Choosing a Culinary School Learn to Create Delightful Desserts & Earn the Pastry Chef Title School for Culinary Arts

5 Potential Career Paths For Culinary Majors

Posted on March 23rd, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

5 Potential Career Paths For Culinary Majors Wondering what going to culinary school could do for you?   Well, to put it simply, enrolling in a culinary program can provide an outstanding number of benefits. In fact, not only can you expect to master numerous culinary techniques, you’ll also be prepared to seek employment from a diverse range of employers. Whether you dream of being a private chef or managing a kitchen, there are countless avenues to explore with a background in culinary. Curious as to what specific opportunities might be ahead once you complete a culinary program? Check out these 5 potential career paths.   1.) Hospitality Chef Frequently employed by hotels, resorts, and cruise ships, countless chefs choose to work in the hospitality industry. Often tasked with managing kitchen staff, orders, meal prep, and more, working as a chef in the hospitality industry means that you’ll have the opportunity to prepare dishes for a wide range of pallets. Better yet, if you have the travel bug, working as a cruise line chef will enable you to literally set sail on your new career!   2.) Restaurant Owner Has owning your own restaurant always been a dream of yours? If so, going to culinary school might just be the answer you’ve been searching for. Covering topics such as menu design, sterilization, hazard prevention, serving tables, along with classic culinary techniques, completing a culinary arts program can help you master the fundamental essentials to becoming a culinary expert. Whether you plan on owning a five-star restaurant or a simple burger shack, a background in culinary arts can give you just what you need to get started.   3.) Caterer Did you know that a culinary arts degree also prepares you for a career in catering? Working as part of a team to prepare food for events such as weddings, galas, receptions, conferences, and much more, caterers specialize in a wide variety of outlets. Often tasked with prepping food in advance, caterers commonly take care of meal preparation as well as presentation.   4.) Private Chef Prefer working in a small team compared to a large organization? Private chefs work in an incredibly diverse range of environments. From private yachts to summer homes to even personal households, private chefs enjoy a tremendous amount of variety in their work Employed by multiple individuals or sometimes only a single individual, private chefs often are in charge of tasks such as meal preparation and cooking.   5.) Pastry Chef Do you consider yourself to be a baker or enjoy baking? If so, becoming a pastry chef could be an ideal career path. Specializing in making desserts such as cakes and pastries, pastry chefs work in a variety of outlets. From hotels to hospitals to even private bakeries, pastry chefs are able to take advantage of a wide range of career opportunities. If you’re looking to indulge in a career that is as truly sweet as it sounds, pursuing a culinary arts degree could be just what you need to fulfill your pastry chef dreams.   Ready to find out how you could enroll in a culinary arts program today? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF), Florida Technical College is here to help you succeed.                                RELATED ARTICLES: School for Culinary Arts Love to Cook? 5 Reasons To Consider Enrolling In A Culinary Program Careers in Culinary Arts

5 Important Safety Tips Every HVAC Technician Should Be Aware Of

Posted on March 20th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

5 Important Safety Tips Every HVAC Technician Should Be Aware Of Working as an HVAC technician in the field of heating, cooling, and air can be a rewarding career choice. The opportunity to actively problem solve while enjoying a stable salary, the field of HVAC certainly has its advantages. However, while working in heating, cooling and air offers numerous benefits, that doesn’t mean there are not precautions as well. After all, HVAC technicians are exposed to a unique set of hazards while on the job. Which means safety is huge in this profession. And whether you’ve been working in this field for a few months or a few years, you will want to know these 5 important safety tips.   1.) Make Protection a Priority The most effective way to stay safe while on the job? Make protection a priority. Anytime you are being exposed to contaminants such as dust or other debris, you will need protective equipment like a respirator to avoid inhaling these harmful substances. In addition, you’ll also want to make sure to wear goggles or some type of face shield to keep your eyes safe from harmful exposure. Gloves should also be worn when handling particles and anything that has the potential to cut you. Remember, safety starts with protection first   2.) Assess the Situation at Hand In addition to using protective equipment to ensure your safety, you will also want to assess the situation at hand. Before jumping into a task, take the time to identify any potential hazards that may be present on the job site. Each job is a unique situation and location, so it’s wise to take the necessary safety precautions beforehand. While it can be tempting to immediately start on a job, it’s better to take the time to get the job done and do it right than to just rush through everything.   3.) Double-Check Your Equipment Moving from one job site to the next is a common scenario for many HVAC technicians. So having the right tools for the job is crucial when it comes to heating and air. Before starting a job, assess the required tools you will need in order to complete the job. Whether a wrench, wire strippers, or even a vacuum gauge it’s important to always double-check your equipment. Keeping everything in order is important for completing the task at hand while also keeping you safe in the process. Using faulty equipment is more likely to lead to injury so performing routine maintenance is key.   4.) Don’t Take Shortcuts In addition to double-checking your equipment, you will also want to make sure you’re not taking any shortcuts. As an HVAC technician, you’re working with chemicals, electricity and in some cases extreme temperatures on a regular basis. And while taking a shortcut might save you a few seconds, exercising caution should be your number one priority. In order to truly be safe on the job, technicians must follow procedure.   5.) Exercise Caution Around Chemicals While HVAC technicians face a number of potential hazards while on the job, caution must especially be adhered to when it comes to chemicals. With the potential to cause bodily harm, chemicals need to be stored and handled properly in order to prevent serious damage. Keep chemicals in original containers and never mix substances, even if they appear to be similar. In addition, store chemicals in well-ventilated areas away from vents to prevent fumes from spreading. And always follow signage and instruction to avoid harm not only to yourself but to those around you as well.  Interested in potentially launching a new career in heating, cooling, and air conditioning? Call FTC Now To Learn More About HVAC Technician Training   RELATED ARTICLES : A Brief Unofficial History of HVAC A Career In HVAC Is a Fantastic Fit For You  

10 New Beauty Trends To Try This Spring

Posted on March 17th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

10 New Beauty Trends To Try This Spring Looking for a little beauty inspiration? While spring may still be a few weeks away, these top new beauty trends are sure to leave you saying goodbye winter and hello spring. Whether you love a full glam look or a total bohemian vibe, there’s something for just about everyone. In fact, the only problem you may have this spring when it comes to beauty is deciding which new look to try first. Check out these 10 new beauty trends to get your creative inspiration flowing. 1.) Tropical Eyes Top beauty trends for Spring 2016 is all about vibrancy. Bold and striking colors are going to characterize this season’s hottest look. Colors such as turquoise and yellow will be primary eye shadow colors, so be sure to stock up now! 2.) Faux Freckles Great news for the freckled ladies among us, freckles are expected to be all the rage this spring. For those who love the look but are not blessed with these beauty marks can achieve the look by using a brown eye pencil. Simply dot the freckles along your cheeks where they naturally would arise, and voila, your face is now freckled. (Time in the sun is not even required!) 3.) Cherry Red Lips While a classic red lip is always in style, this spring be on the lookout for hot cherry red lips. For daytime and nighttime wear, red lips are a must this spring. Looking for a bolder look? Don’t forget to add liner to really make your lips pop. 4.) Blue Liner Love color? If so, be warned, you might become obsessed with this beauty trend! Especially stunning on brown eyes, blue liner is a bold new beauty look for this spring. Simply line the bottom of your eyes and you’ll instantly be rocking a cooling and refreshed look. 5.) Blushing Bronzers This beauty trend is the perfect way to show a little color without spending time in the sun. If you’re looking for that perfectly peachy glow, look no further than this spring’s hottest bronzer. Blend a light pink with a dab of bronzer and watch your face glow. 6.) Rose Eyelids This spring your cheeks will not be the only thing looking a little rosy. If the runway was any indication, rose infused eyelids are going to be a hot beauty trend this spring. Simply dash a bit of pinks along the eyelids or up until the brow for a bold new look. 7.) Abstract Liner Tend to be conservative when it comes to eyeliner? In spring 2016, it’s all about thinking outside of the lines. How to get the look? Play up the corners. Don’t be afraid this season to extend your liner beyond the corner of your eyes to add a dramatic flair. Or, opt for under eyeliner only for a subtle and seductive look. 8.) Full Brows Think twice before tweezing those eyebrows away. While perfectly thinned brows were once the hottest trend, it’s all about full, sleek brows this year. To give your brows a lift, simply use a light pencil to shade for a sophisticated look. 9.) Lined Lips Whether you’re rocking a natural beige or a bubblegum pink, you won’t want to forget the lip liner this season. Adding volume and sheen, lip liners are the perfect way to make any pair of lips pop while also keeping the color looking fresh. In fact, lip liner is the ideal tool for making sure your lip color lasts all day long. 10.) Nail Art Looking to make a statement this spring? If so, look no further than this season’s eye-catching nail art. Featuring vibrant colors, and glam galore, nail art is a simple way to make a bold statement. Whether you prefer ruby reds or orange hues, there’s a nail color for you this season. Love all things fashion and beauty? If so, you may also love a career in cosmetology. Offering a cosmetology diploma program, Florida Technical College can help you turn your passion into a reality. Ready to learn more? Click the link below to get started today. Request Information RELATED ARTICLES : The Hottest Hair Trends for Summer 2016 8 Simple Yet Stunning Nail Trends You Should Try This Spring  

What it Means to Be a Patient Care Technician, Part 2

Posted on February 20th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

What it Means to Be a Patient Care Technician: Working toward a Better Lifestyle In Part 1 of this series on what it means to be a patient care technician, we showed you just how meaningful this health care career can be. What you also get as a patient care technician is a better lifestyle and the chance to have a real balance between your work and your personal life. If you’re ready to find that balance and enjoy life more, find out how a career in patient care can get you there: Choose your working hours.  In your current job you probably have little control over when you work. With a career as a patient care technician you can expect to have more flexibility. Careers in patient care are growing all the time, faster than average, which means that you have choices. You can choose from a job with night shifts, a nine-to-five schedule, or evenings and weekends. The most important thing is that you finally have the options so you can create a work schedule that is right for you. Work part time or full time. Among all of your choices for working in patient care is the option to work part time or full time. If you want to take some time off to pursue other interests, but still need to earn money, a part time career in patient care could work for you. Because trained workers in this field are so in demand, you have the flexibility to choose how you work and how much free time you get. Earn a better income. When you get out of your dead-end, minimum-wage job and start working in patient care, you will be earning more money. With more income comes greater freedom. Imagine being able to pay off debt, take your family on a vacation, or even just not worrying about money all the time. Spend more time with family. In your current job you probably don’t have the flexibility to choose your own work hours or you may even be pressured to work over time. Quality time with family naturally suffers. With a career as a patient care technician, getting more time to spend with your family is easy. Be there when the kids leave for school or when they get home. Be there to take them to the park in the evenings or to go on weekend trips. Train as a patient care technician on your schedule. Training through our patient care technician program is achievable for anyone. We have flexible class schedules that allow you to train and learn while still taking care of your family and holding down a job. We also offer financial aid assistance, so you can make your dream a reality. Becoming a patient care technician means you can have a better life. You can take back control of how and when you work. You can spend more time with family. And, you can earn more money and get the freedom that comes with a better income. Get started today and find out more about FTC’s Patient Care Technician Program.   RELATED ARTICLE : What it Means to Be a Patient Care Technician – Part 1  

What it Means to Be a Patient Care Technician, Part 1

Posted on February 20th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

What it Means to Be a Patient Care Technician: A Meaningful Career   Did you know that you can train to be a patient care technician in less than two years? Through Florida Technical College and the Patient Care Technician Diploma Program you can take the coursework and get the hands-on experiences you need to be a nursing assistant, a phlebotomist, a health technician, or even a home health aide. Maybe you’re not really sure what it means to be a patient care technician, but if you are interested in a new career, you enjoy working with people, and you want more than just a job, it’s time to learn more. Find out how being a patient care technician means enjoying a career with meaning: Work with people every day. A lot of modern jobs require you to sit in front of a computer or stand in a factory-line setting and just churn out work. It’s only natural to connect with other people, but in these kinds of jobs you lose that connection. In patient-focused careers, the opposite is true. You actually get to connect with, talk to, and work with people every single day. Loneliness in your work will be a thing of the past. Help people feel better. As opposed to some other medical careers, like medical assisting or billing, a career in patient care is truly focused on the patients and helping them to feel better. Your work as a patient care technician will include helping patients do all the little things that make them feel more comfortable, like bathing, walking, and eating. Be important to other people. Healthy people take these small things for granted, but for those who are ill or disabled, having someone to help and comfort them is important. Your daily duties to your patients will make you a hero in their eyes, someone on whom they will rely and enjoy seeing day after day. Develop relationships. Most patient care technicians work in hospitals, assisted-living facilities, and other long-term care facilities. This means that you get to work with patients over a long period of time and develop real and meaningful relationships with them. These aren’t just numbered patients coming in and out each day. They are real people and you will have the chance to get to know them on a deeper level. Finally have more than just a job. If you’re tired of having just a job, somewhere to punch the clock and earn a basic living, then working as a patient care technician is a great opportunity. Working in health care gives you the chance to have a meaningful career, but also to advance, to learn more, and to move into more lucrative and challenging positions. If a meaningful career is important to you, find out more about FTC’s Patient Care Technician program. We can offer you the hands-on training you need to get your foot in the door. And look for Part 2 in this series to find out how working as a patient care technician will help you achieve the kind of lifestyle you always dreamed of having.   RELATED ARTICLES : What it Means to Be a Patient Care Technician – Part 2 Patient Care Technician vs. Medical Assisting

DeLand HVAC Students Act as Local Heroes

Posted on February 18th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

  DeLand HVAC Students Act as Local Heroes The classroom often isn’t the place where instructor Hored Salmon teaches his HVAC course to FTC Deland hvac  students. Salmon takes an approach to teaching that combines hands-on experience with community service, creating a winning combination in which students learn in a real work environment while helping their neighbors. Dionette Rivera, 27, can attest to that. Last winter, her heater wouldn’t start on a very cold night. It was the latest problem in a long line of issues Rivera, a single mother of four, had with her AC/heater unit since she bought her Deltona house. Even though the equipment was still under warranty, she couldn’t get the company who installed it to respond to her calls. Rivera didn’t know what else to do when it occurred to her to call Florida Technical College in DeLand for help. She had recently received her hair stylist diploma at FTC and knew about its HVAC program. “I don’t like to ask for favors,” said Dionette, who works full time as a daycare teacher and does hair part time to make ends meet. “But I really needed help and didn’t know where else to turn. The problem with the AC system was making it very difficult for the kids and I to sleep. The house was either muggy or freezing most of the time, and I was out of money.” Salmon was touched by the young mother’s situation and sprang into action. “She’d paid $5,000 for a new AC unit and the company that installed it had done a terrible, terrible job,” Salmon said. “It didn’t even seem they had licensed technicians involved. The whole thing made me mad.” Salmon and his team — students  Ryan Furber, Jarrid Race, John Clark, and Michael Pruitt and HVAC instructor Jacob Osterhut — rolled up their sleeves and went to work. They picked apart the AC unit and rebuilt the entire thing. They ran new pipes underground and then flushed the system clean because it had become infested with mold and acid, which could spread to the home’s walls. It was a complex task that the HVAC crew tackled with dedication and compassion. “I am very proud of the students who helped,” Salmon said. “They put in long hours, were eager to help and kept the best attitude.” The end result, Rivera said, was perfection. “My unit is working without any hiccups and my power bill has gone down quite a bit,” she said. “The FTC guys were such a blessing.” Salmon is glad that he and his students made a difference. There was no charge for their services. “We do things like this all the time,” he said. “We want to be relevant to the neighborhoods we are in. We help the community by lending a hand to someone who really needs it and, at the same time, our students get real-world experience.   RELATED ARTICLES : A Career In HVAC Is a Fantastic Fit For You A Brief Unofficial History of HVAC  

Unleash Your Creativity

Posted on January 28th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

Unleash Your Creativity with a Career in Business Management and Marketing People tend to think of careers in business as being a little dry, but the truth is that it takes creativity and bold thinking to be successful in business, especially when it comes to marketing. If you have always enjoyed being creative, this could be a great career path to pursue. With a convenient and affordable associate’s degree in business management and marketing online from Florida Technical College, you can get a jump-start on a great new career that will put your creativity to work. Here are just a couple of reasons you can expect to show off your creative side in a business and marketing career: Creativity drives new products. Successful companies today are not those that rest on the successes of their current products; they are the ones that are constantly coming up with new ones. Businesses need creative people, with the right training and skills, to think up the big ideas that lead to new products to put into development. There is an art to marketing, literally. To sell products and services, businesses need creative marketing plans, branding and advertising to convince consumers they want to buy. This quite literally involves art in many situations. Marketing involves creative writing for the copy in advertisements and on websites, graphic design that keeps consumers interested in a website, and creating the images that will help promote a product and a brand. Creative thinking for a changing world. Technology is constantly changing and shifting how businesses develop products and sell them. As a creative person with business and marketing training you will be in a good position to help a company come up with the new ideas that will put it ahead of the competition. Being able to think of something new, something no one has done yet, requires both business knowledge and creativity. Entrepreneurs create something out of nothing. FTC’s program in business management and marketing is a great stepping stone to entrepreneurship. The degree can give you the skills you need to start your own business. In being an entrepreneur, you are creating something completely from scratch and that requires some creative thinking to come up with the big idea and to put it into action. Creative content is crucial. With websites, social media, and other platforms, businesses need to have a lot of content available for their consumers. This content is becoming increasingly creative and storytelling through content is more important than ever, and to tell a story requires creative thinking.   To be successful in business and marketing, you must be able to think creatively. Add your natural creativity to the skills you can learn in FTC’s online business management and marketing program and you have a recipe for business success. We make it easy for you to earn your degree and launch your new career with an online program, financial aid assistance is available for those who qualify, as well as job placement services, so don’t wait any longer and contact us to find out more about the program today!  

4 Qualities Employers Look for in Network Administrators

Posted on January 19th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

As a new career, network administration can provide you with job security, interesting and challenging work, as well as a better income. Florida Technical College (FTC) offers an associate degree program in network administration, including wireless technology, which you can complete in less than two years. By earning this degree you will put yourself in a position to meet the demand for network administrators, network field technicians, telecom engineers, and so many more opportunities. To make yourself the most desirable candidate for these great jobs, consider these four important qualities that                                                                                                  employers look for in new hires: A commitment to keep learning. Technology is always changing, which means that to be successful in this career, you need to be open to continuous education. Your degree from FTC is the right place to start, but future employers want to know that you will be willing to take additional courses, to read up on evolving technologies and take part in professional development opportunities. The need to keep learning and growing is what makes a career in network administration so exciting, so embrace it. Specialized technical skills. Your future employer wants to see that you have certain specialized skills right from the start, in addition to being willing to learn more over time. With the network administration degree from FTC, you can prove you have those skills. Not only does this program teach you all the basics of network design, administration and configuration, it also provides you with the skills needed to work with a variety of network hardware and wireless technology. Problem-solving skills. Network administrators are often proactive in their work. They set up and maintain networks with the goal of avoiding problems, but they also have to troubleshoot. A big part of working in this field is solving technology problems. Employers want to know that you can think critically and apply what you have learned about networks to solving problems as they arise. At FTC, we emphasize problem solving and make sure you have the skills and the practice to be good at technical troubleshooting. Being self-motivated. The work of a network administrator and related fields is highly independent. To be able to work on your own and take charge of your daily responsibilities without a lot of oversight is liberating and empowering, but it also requires self-motivation. You won’t always have someone looking over your shoulder, telling you what to do next. Employers want to see that you can be self-motivated and get your work done without being shadowed.   Earning a degree in network administration from FTC is your first step toward a great new career in this exciting technological field. It’s up to you, though, to ensure that you practice and develop the important skills needed to impress future employers and get that dream job. Let our educators and professionals in network administration help you get there.

How to Prepare for a Great New Career as a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

Posted on January 19th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that careers in medical billing and coding are growing faster than average, which means you have a great opportunity to train for and get an exciting new job in this area of healthcare. A medical billing and coding specialist works in doctor’s offices, medical labs and insurance companies. They prepare invoices, bill patients and use a system of codes for medical procedures. In this career, you can contribute to health care from the comfort of an office while enjoying a great salary. Here are some of the steps you need to take to become a medical biller and coder:   Get an education. Medical billing and coding is specialized work that requires training. At one of Florida Technical College’s many campuses, or online, you can learn all the skills needed to work in this field, and you can do it in less than a year. Our diploma program teaches you everything you need to do the work of a medical billing and coding specialist and prepares you for being hired in your dream job. Learn from professionals. The best way to learn a new skill is from the professionals who have put these skills to work in the real world. Instructors at FTC are experienced professionals who have actually worked in healthcare. Through our billing and coding program, you get to learn firsthand from the people who have done this work for years. Participate in hands-on experiences. Billing and coding is a set of practical skills, and to be good at them you need practice. Employers will want to see that you have not just taken the coursework, but that you have also had some real-world experience. As part of our diploma program you will participate in an externship, an on-the-job training experience working in a real healthcare facility. Practice your job-hunting skills. Just having the training is not always enough to get a job in the field of your choice. You have to be able to communicate to employers that you have the skills and the experience to do the job. To get your dream job you need to have a great resume and you need to practice interviewing. At FTC you can take advantage of our career services department to help you find and get a job. The career professionals offer job placement assistance, resume writing and interview skills training.   Now that you know all that it takes to work in this exciting area of health care, you can see how easy it is to get started. Find out more about our medical billing and coding specialist diploma program and how we can help launch your new career. With the right education, support from experienced professionals, hands-on practice and guidance in your job search, you can make your dream of working in health care a reality.   RELATED ARTICLES : 8 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Medical Billing Program Medical Coding and billing: 4 Common Myths Get Started in a Career in Medical Billing and Coding!

4 Things You Need To Know Before Becoming A Criminal Justice Professional

Posted on January 14th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

Considering becoming a Criminal Justice Professional? An exciting field providing countless employment opportunities, pursuing a career in criminal justice might just be the best decision you ever make. However, before you get too far ahead of yourself, there are a few things that you’ll want to take into consideration. After all, is a Criminal Justice Degree the right choice for you? Here are 4 things to keep in mind.   1.) Long-Term Job Security Looking for a career that offers a stable future employment outlook? If so, look no further than a career within the field of criminal justice. Serving a vital role to communities, cities and states across the country, individuals with a background in criminal justice are in a highly favorable position when it comes to job security. After all, there is not a county or city where some type of law enforcement is not necessary for the security and safety of the community.   2.) Rewarding and Fulfilling Career In addition to providing long-term job security, a career in criminal justice can also be incredibly rewarding. While working in this field can be challenging, it also offers the opportunity to pursue work that is fulfilling. Whether you choose to seek employment as a police offer, FBI agent, detective or something else entirely, a career in criminal justice can open the doors to some of the most rewarding work that you’ll come across. If you’re tired of working in a dead-end career without a purpose, a career within the criminal justice field might just be the new direction you’ve been searching for.   3.) High Demand for Professionals Working hard to serve others, individuals with a background in criminal justice are able to seek employment across the nation. Whether in rural America or in a bustling city, rest assured that the skills you develop as a criminal justice professional are absolutely sought after.   4.) Diverse Range of Career Paths Perhaps most exciting of all, pursuing a degree in criminal justice can provide the opportunity to explore countless careers. Whether you’re seeking a fast paced position or a slower-paced position, there is a diverse range of career paths as a criminal justice professional. Here are some of the most common career paths within the field. Law Enforcement Police Office Training Patrol Officer Corrections Juvenile Justice Counseling Caseworker Aviation Security Probation   However, the reality is that these positions are really only the beginning of the opportunities you will be able to explore with a degree in criminal justice. If you’re looking to make a major change and believe that criminal justice might just be the ideal fit for you, it’s time to take action. After all, there is no better time than the present to make a change for the better. Offering an Associate’s of Science in Criminal Justice Program, Florida Technical College can help you launch a rewarding career serving others as a skilled and respected criminal justice professional.   Request More Information Now   RELATED ARTICLES: Get Your Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Now! 6 Considerations When Choosing Criminal Justice Colleges in Florida Top 8 Careers To Pursue With a Criminal Justice Degree