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Getting Ready to Graduate? Part I

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by Florida Technical College

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.  

5 Potential Career Paths For Culinary Majors

Posted on March 23rd, 2016 by Florida Technical College

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

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

Posted on February 20th, 2016 by Florida Technical College

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  

A Brief Unofficial History of HVAC

Posted on November 16th, 2015 by Florida Technical College

We’re used to thinking about HVAC—heating, ventilation and air conditioning—as a relatively recent invention. After all, how could there be air conditioning before we learned how to harness the power of electricity? However, a look back at history shows us that some form of HVAC has been utilized since humans have been around.  Look at the cavemen. Did you ever wonder why they lived in caves? It’s not merely because it took them a while to invent tools. Caves were a good place to live because their temperature is relatively steady—cool in summer and warm or warmish, in winter. The problem with caves, though, is that they’re not very well ventilated. You can’t keep a nice toasty fire going in a cave. Which is why many cultures built their homes below ground. The Vikings and some Native American cultures figured out that when your house is partly underground, you have the advantage of the natural coolness of the earth. And you can have a hole or two in the roof for ventilation. But when it comes to ancient cultures, nobody took care of their creature comforts better than the Romans. It was very common for their buildings to have a heating system called a “hypocaust.” An adjacent furnace would force hot air through spaces in the floors and walls, keeping homes and bathhouses nice and cozy. They even had a primitive form of air conditioning. Roman viaducts were engineering marvels that used gravity to get water to their towns and cities. Viaducts also brought water into pipes behind the walls that cooled Roman houses. With the fall of Rome, much of that engineering know-how disappeared for a time. The next significant invention would be the chimney. Before chimneys ventilation was still provided by roof holes, which meant that in colder weather, interiors were smoky. But then some clever person figured out that the smoke could essentially pipe itself out of the house. It seems that the chimney, believe it or not, was not common in homes until around the 12th century. The Renaissance was a time of experimentation in art, but for Leonardo Da Vinci it was also a time for experimentation in engineering. In 1500, this multitalented genius devised what was perhaps the first mechanical cooling system, a water wheel that sent cool air into a patron’s boudoir. Around the same time, European engineers developed ventilating fans and airshafts to make mining less dangerous. The Industrial Revolution brought with it significant advances in heating and ventilation (if not yet air conditioning). For example, in the mid-19th century, a British engineer named David Boswell Reid devised a brilliant heating and cooling system for the Houses of Parliament in London. Around this time the steam engine had been developed to the point where it could be used to supply air and for exhaust systems. In the 20th century HVAC systems start to look more familiar. So much of the technology that we take for granted was invented during this fertile time—giant furnaces and air conditioning systems, fan systems, the air conditioning and refrigeration that literally helped change the world. With this technological explosion came the realization that carbon emissions are contributing to global warming. More recently, engineers have been developing ways to keep our homes comfortable without the environmental impact. Alternative technologies, like solar and wind power, will likely become more and more common as their costs go down. But many architects and engineers are looking backwards as well. It’s not uncommon these days for new homes to be built partially underground, which can bring about a considerable reduction in energy consumption. The cavemen may not have been much for hygiene, but when it came to HVAC systems, they were onto something! For information on how to start your HVAC career, contact Florida Technical College Today! Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Let our Admissions Team answer any questions you may have and guide you on the path to you new career. Don’t wait any longer and call us today!   Sources http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to/a7951/a-brief-history-of-air-conditioning-10720229/ http://www.brighthubengineering.com/hvac/26990-history-of-hvac-knowing-the-timeline/ http://www.ultimatehistoryproject.com/chimneys.html http://www.azevap.com/history-technology.php http://www.victorianweb.org/technology/engineers/reid/1.html

8 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Medical Billing Program

Posted on November 16th, 2015 by Florida Technical College

Any Google search will tell you that there are a fair amount of choices when looking for a medical billing program. It can be overwhelming to try and figure out which one is best for you. To help you narrow it down, here are 8 questions to ask before you commit to a program:   How comprehensive is the program?   Every medical billing program will teach you the basics. But you want a comprehensive background in procedural codes and diagnostic codes (make sure they cover ICD-9 and 10). In addition, you’ll want training in anatomy and physiology, and you’ll want some exposure to medical law and medical ethics.   Does the program teach any other skills?   Aside from comprehensive training in medical billing and coding, you’re going to want other skills as well. A good medical billing program will teach you computer skills, office procedures, customer service techniques and more.   How flexible is the program?   Are there day, evening and weekend classes? Is there an online option?   Where is it located?   It may not be a great idea to choose a medical billing program entirely for its location. But it certainly can be an important consideration. Especially since so many students already have jobs and/or family obligations. Find out how long it will take you to get to class, and if there are public transportation options.   Is financial aid available?   If you need help with tuition (and who doesn’t?) make sure you ask about financial aid packages and payment options. Make sure you contact the financial aid office before you decide on a school, because you’ll want to know how helpful they are!   What kind of degree will I get?   Does the school offer a certificate or an associate’s degree? Either choice may be right for you, but find out what your options are. An associate’s degree may allow you to continue onto a 4-year program if you want to.   Is there a career services department?   The better schools not only have a good academic program. They also have ways to help guide you through the job search process. Look for a program that can help you with important tasks like getting your resume together and writing a killer cover letter. Find out if the program has connections with local firms that hire medical billing specialists.   Can I talk to an actual human?   Take a campus tour. And it won’t hurt to ask if you can talk to current students and alumni. The more information you have, the better your chance of finding the right fit for yourself. When you make contact with a school, make sure you ask about these options.   Don’t wait any longer and contact Florida Technical College today! Your new career as a Medical Billing Specialist is just a call away! Let our Admissions team answer all your questions.   RELATED ARTICLES Get Started in a Career in Medical Billing and Coding! What’s the Difference Between Medical Billing & Medical Coding? How to Prepare for a Great New Career as a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

Holiday recipes that will make you Gobble till you Wobble!

Posted on November 16th, 2015 by Florida Technical College

It’s the holiday season, a time of presents, family and more importantly eating until we enter food comas. During this time of roasted ham, turkey, chicken and all sorts of traditional dishes, it is important and crucial to not neglect the sides. Let’s go beyond the green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. The Culinary Program at Florida Technical College is here to brighten your dishes with holiday yumminess and cheer. Here is a list of some knock-your-holiday-socks-off, side dish recipes that will be sure to impress even the grumpiest scrooge this holiday season: Loaded mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes always have and will be a staple of all holiday dinners. If you thought that the buttery carbs couldn’t get better, think again! Serve this at your next holiday dinner and your family will have a new holiday favorite. Ingredients • 5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed • 3/4 cup sour cream • 1/2 cup milk • 3 tablespoons butter • Salt and pepper to taste • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese blend, divided • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled • 3 green onions, sliced Directions 1. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven with water and cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add the sour cream, milk, butter, salt and pepper. Beat on medium-low speed until light and fluffy. Stir in 2 cups cheese, bacon and onions. 2. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until cheese is completely melted. Yields: 14 servings. Bacon, Onion and Rye Bread Stuffing Stuffing is Thanksgiving’s overall theme. We stuff ourselves with stuffing that we used to stuff our turkey. Stuffing can either be the favorite at a dinner or a neglected side. This bacon, onion and rye bread stuffing is sure to be a crowd favorite. Ingredients • One 9-inch-long loaf seeded rye bread, cut into 1-inch cubes • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1 large sweet onion, such as Vidalia, halved and thinly sliced • 1 celery rib, cut into 1/4-inch dice • 1 teaspoon chopped sage • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves • 1/2 pound piece of bacon slab, sliced 1/2 inch thick and cut into 1/2-inch dice • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth • 1 egg • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toast the rye bread cubes for about 15 minutes, tossing once halfway through, until lightly golden and dry. Transfer the bread to a large bowl. 2. In a skillet, melt the butter. Add the onion and celery; cook over moderate heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the sage and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Scrape into the bowl with the bread. 3. Wipe out the skillet. Add the bacon and cook over moderate heat until browned, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to the bowl with the bread. In a medium bowl, whisk the chicken broth with the egg. Pour over the bread mixture and add the kosher salt and pepper. Toss until the bread soaks up the liquid. Scrape into the prepared baking dish and cover with foil. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. 4. Bake the stuffing for about 30 minutes, until hot throughout. Remove the foil and bake for about 30 minutes longer, until the top is lightly golden. Serve hot or warm. Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta Swinging away from the bacon we stumble onto the Italian version of bacon-pancetta. Brussels sprouts will always appear on holiday tables but very few times with this delicious Italian twist. Ingredients • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 1/2 pound sliced pancetta, diced • 4 shallots, thinly sliced • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved • 8 baby Yukon gold potatoes, quartered • Salt and freshly ground pepper • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1 lemon, juiced Directions 1. Heat oil over medium heat in a roasting pan or large skillet. 2. Add the pancetta and cook until golden brown and crisp. Remove the pancetta to a plate lined with paper towels. Add the shallots to the pan and cook until soft. Add the Brussels sprouts and potatoes and toss to combine. 3. Season with salt and pepper and roast in the oven until the vegetables are cooked through and golden brown. 4. Remove the vegetables from the oven and stir in the butter and lemon juice. Transfer to a platter and top with the reserved pancetta. This holiday season while you’re preparing these fun and delicious treats, why not think about a career in culinary arts? The holidays are a time of recreating classics and making them your own, which is done on a daily basis by professional chefs across the country. Here at Florida Technical College we pride ourselves in creating the innovative chefs of tomorrow. We also offer financial aid to those who qualify. Don’t wait any longer, call today and have people creating your staple dishes for all their upcoming holiday gatherings!