IntelliTec Grad wants to pass on the message to her son, “Never give up!”.
Business Graduate’s Well-Prepared Portfolio Convinced Parkview Medical Center Employers of Her Skills and Professionalism
Raven Saccomanno found herself accepting her first job offer in her chosen career within weeks of her graduation from the Business Office Administration and Accounting (BOAA) program at IntelliTec College of Pueblo. While it all happened fairly quickly, she felt ready to take on the challenge of a new career as Admitting Representative at Parkview Medical Center. Parkview is a private, non-profit healthcare facility in Pueblo, Colorado.
Saccomanno Enjoys a Family-Like Work Environment
Raven loves that she found a job specifically related to her degree, but mostly, she loves the people and the place where she works.
“For me it’s like my second home, and everyone is like family. I felt welcomed from the start,” said Saccomanno.
IntelliTec Graduate’s Patience and Composure Ensures Parkview Patients Stress-Free Admittance
Saccomanno is the first person an admitting patient speaks to. She creates a relationship with that individual sets the tone for his/her experience at Parkview.
Her ability to competently enter new patient data, and at the same time calmly address the individual’s concerns, speaks to her newly acquired business administration skills and training at IntelliTec College.
“Everything I learned at college (computer skills and customer service) is basically what I do everyday. And the smaller class sizes helped me to experience more one-on-one time with super helpful teachers and supervisors. At this school it’s obvious they want you to pass,” explained Saccomanno.
Business Adminsistration and Accounting graduate Raven Saccomanno and her son share in her special moment.
Help From Her Mom Made Pursuing Her Degree a Family Affair
As a single parent, Saccomanno wants her son to know that no matter what, she’ll always be there for him and to never give up. Just as her mother provided the time and support Saccomanno needed to completely focus on school, she wants her son to recognize the role his family plays when challenges arise. Saccomanno’s mom sacrificed sleep time to ensure her son had proper care, allowing school to remain a priority for this IntelliTec College graduate.
“She was my rock. I can’t begin to thank her for all she’s done for me,” said Saccomanno.
Business Administration Graduate’s Academic Commitment Leads to 4.0 GPA
Raven made three promises to herself at the very beginning:
Strive for a 4.0 GPA.
Maintain perfect attendance.
Take advantage of any study time available to complete her work.
Her promises paid off in spades. She was recognized as a Student Ambassador and received a scholarship, and she also enrolled in the National Technical Honor Society. Teachers and staff at IntelliTec College of Pueblo immediately recognized her efforts.
Program Supervisor Julio Martinez explains, “What set her apart from most of the other students in the program is her commitment to the program. She had 100% perfect attendance during her entire 18-month program. There were even times where she would come wrapped in a blanket and bring her own box of tissues because she did not want to miss a single day of class.”
Saccomanno’s Efforts Extended Beyond the Classroom, Offering Assistance to Those Less Fortunate
Public Invited and No Appointment Needed: Free Style Consultations and Haircuts starting at 10:00 a.m. – Donations to Benefit Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)
IntelliTec College’s student cosmetologists in Grand Junction and Pueblo will accept donations for all men’s and women’s haircuts on Wednesday, April 27th. Proceeds raised during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) will benefit the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA).
In addition, all four IntelliTec College campuses are participating in month-long activities to raise money and awareness during SAAM. Students, faculty and staff are participating in the upcoming April 27th Denim Day, selling teal ribbons for donations to CCASA, and providing on-campus educational resources for sexual assault awareness and prevention.
IntelliTec Hosts 2 Cut-A-Thons to Raise Money During SAAM – Accepting Donations for “Free” Haircuts and Style Consultations
Student stylists will accept donations for all men’s and women’s free haircuts and style consultations. No appointments are needed as clients will be seen on a first come/first served basis. Proceeds raised during SAAM will benefit CCASA. Refreshments will be provided, and donors will receive a teal ribbon with their haircut.
The Pueblo campus will hold their event on Wednesday, April 27th from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Grand Junction’s campus from 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
IntelliTec College’s Cosmetology Salon in Pueblo is located at 3691 Parker Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81008. The Grand Junction campus’ Cosmetology Salon is located at 2464 Patterson Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
Student cosmetologists actively raises funds and awareness during the month of April in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
Sexual Assault and Violence Awareness is Important in our Communities
In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. Sexual violence occurs more frequently than most people realize. 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, according to the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN).
IntelliTec College Cosmetology Graduate Brings Newly Earned Skills to Family-Owned Salon
PHOTO: IntelliTec College in Pueblo Cosmetology graduate Evany Andrews puts her new skills to work at a family owned business.
Evany Andrews knew there was no fast and easy way to reach her professional goal. This graduate from IntelliTec College of Pueblo understands it’s really about staying focused every day in order to keep things constantly moving forward. When she began Cosmetology classes at IntelliTec, she was already working full time and single parenting two children. As if that wasn’t enough, her car broke down just to test her limits. But Andrews is no quitter.
“I struggled – no doubt about it. But I was determined,” she said.
Cosmetology Graduate Focuses on Styling African American Hair in Pueblo
The struggle paid off, first with her professional cosmetology certificate and next with a job at her brother’s salon, Evan’s Heaven in Pueblo. Their specialty is African American hair, and Andrews credits one teacher in particular who challenged her with learning specific cutting and styling techniques on African American hair.
“As an African American, I felt that [styling African American hair] was something I really needed to know,” Andrews maintained.
She’s had an ongoing love affair with make-up since childhood and knew that in order to pursue her passion she’d have to first complete her Cosmetology certificate.
“I chose IntelliTec because I’d heard lots of positive things about it from my boyfriend who was in the auto program at the Colorado Springs campus. Plus, I really believe they have the best school for cosmetology with the most qualified instructors,” said Andrews.
PHOTO: Andrews plans a future for herself and for her kids.
She also liked that there were no prerequisites to complete and that she could immediately learn the necessary content and practical application to help her begin working in the cosmetology industry.
“They offer so many opportunities while you’re there and help you find jobs even after you finish. They even help you find daycare for your kiddos if you need it!” commented Andrews.
Skilled Cosmetologists Can Look to a Variety of Opportunities
What Andrews has noticed is that the whole cosmetology vibe has changed in the last several years, and she no longer feels she has to choose between hair and make-up; Andrew’s wants to do it all! Her goal is to be a respected businesswoman in the community where one day she’s recognized for her on-trend skills as well as possibly her own cosmetic line.
“I know it’s a very ‘in the future’ goal, but I think it’s important to professionally evolve every five years. When corporate trainers presented on campus, I learned to look ahead at what lay in the future for cosmetology and think in broader terms,” said Andrews.
PHOTO: Evany Andrews – Professional Cosmetologist, IntelliTec College of Pueblo graduate.
After high school it was eight years before she decided she needed a career and not just a job. At that point she had two children to support, and it was tough to get back into the groove of classes and homework. But from the moment she enrolled she found an incredible amount of support from all the teachers at IntelliTec College of Pueblo.
“Peggy Gunther was instrumental in helping me with anything I needed. It really felt like every teacher was invested in my success,” Evany recalled.
Andrews Encourages Others with Her Contagious Laugh and Welcoming Smile
Cosmetology Program Supervisor Peggy Gunther knew there was something special about Andrews that couldn’t be taught in the classroom. Gunther noted how Andrews made people feel instantly welcome, which in turn made people want to be around her. And when she came to IntelliTec, she came prepared.
“She recorded a number of tutorials and created a portfolio on make-up applications long before attending IntelliTec. These are just a couple of examples of how Evany actively sought out educational opportunities to always improve her skills,” added Gunther.
Andrews felt like she had many positive messages from teachers at IntelliTec. These were the ones she turned to most when times got hard and she struggled to keep her focus.
“Life happens and even though you might get discouraged, keep your head up and your goals in mind. Look toward graduation so you can envision life in the real world. And keep it moving forward – always forward,” she said.
About IntelliTec College of Pueblo
IntelliTec’s Cosmetologist certification program is designed to be completed in 15 months. The program will prepare you to sit for the Colorado State Board of Cosmetology exam. Students learn the value of clear client communication and how to apply styling techniques on real clients in the College’s own cosmetology school salon.
IntelliTec College of Pueblo offers hands-on career training in the cosmetologist, automotive technician, medical assistant, nursing assistant, business office administration and accounting, and personal trainer fields with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Request information at www.IntelliTec.edu or call 800-724-9636.
Posted: March 22nd, 2016 | Author: Shivaun Martynes
Unless you’ve been living on the moon, you probably know what an Automotive Technician is, but do you really know the extent of what one does? It may surprise you just how much knowledge and training auto technicians must have in order to build and maintain a successful careers. So, if you’re thinking that there is not much to this career field, think again!
Finding a good automotive training program is the first step. Making sure that the auto tech program incorporates vital elements like ASE and Snap-on certification preparation is the next step. These professional automotive certifications will help to boost your career potential and provide more job opportunities. Employers love them!
Older technicians are retiring everyday making way for new technicians, such as yourself. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get in there.
Check out the slideshare presentation below and find out what employers look for when hiring Automotive Technicians.
Posted: March 16th, 2016 | Author: Shivaun Martynes
Aspiring Dental Assistants, listen up! If you want a career that you can grow with, you’ll want to start with knowing how to get the most out of your training. One of the best things a dental assistant can do for their career is to become certified.
Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) and Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) are among the top two Dental Assistant Certifications out there, and they are highly regarded by employers. These are the ones you want to look for in your dental assisting training program.
Flip through the short Slideshare presentation below to find out what these two certifications entail, eligibility requirements and how being certified can take your career farther:
IntelliTec Cosmetology students volunteer to glam up guests at “Night to Shine” sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation
Pueblo, Colorado – Nearly 200 young adults from the Pueblo area enjoyed star treatment as they attended the very first “Night to Shine”, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation on February 12, 2016. This one night event, held in more than 200 churches across the U.S. and six countries worldwide, celebrated thousands of young adolescents with special needs. IntelliTec College of Pueblo brought their own special glam and glitz by designing elegant hairstyles and completing each fashionable look with a manicure for guests. The Family Worship Center Church hosted this memorable prom night experience at 3800 Parker Boulevard, Pueblo, CO from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (more…)
Posted: February 11th, 2016 | Author: Yvette de Ryk
Attending College, Like Everything in Life, is About Dedication and Perseverance
IntelliTec College of Pueblo’s Personal Training program graduate Nichole Richardson found balance between college and parenting.
Sometimes it’s the little things in life that impact our attitude and set the tone for the day ahead. For Nichole Richardson, IntelliTec College of Pueblo’s Personal Training graduate, it was the daily motivational quotes one of her teachers posted on the gym wall.
“I always looked forward to seeing what wisdom she had to share with us each day,” says Richardson.
Even after graduation, she revisits those pearls of wisdom as a means to motivate and inspire when daily life gets overly hectic.
The Personal Training Program at IntelliTec College Fit Her Like a Glove
After a recent move to Colorado, this single mother of three found herself needing to re-enter to the workforce, so she turned to her passion as a means to support herself professionally.
Nichole previously attended a college where classes were large and impersonal, and she preferred the small class environment at IntelliTec where instruction was focused and individualized.
Finding a Balance Proves to be the Greatest Challenge
As any single parent recognizes, setting a balance between college and parenting is a challenging task. Richardson faced it head-on with a straightforward practicality.
“It’s something I just had to learn to juggle. It’s just part of being a mom,” she says.
According to her program supervisor, Peggy Rayburn, Richardson always found time to lend a hand to her fellow classmates.
“Nicole was always a team player. She would volunteer for outside events as well as help those who needed it,” comments Rayburn.
Instructors Take Time to Teach Inside and Outside Classrooms
Nichole viewed this approach as just another component of her degree, which she learned first-hand from invested instructors. She notes IntelliTec teachers would go to any length to ensure students were successful, making themselves available before and after class to revisit content or answer questions.
“They really wanted us not just to learn but to take that knowledge into our careers and succeed,” she says.
New Personal Training Job With Flexible Hours Fits Full-time Mom’s Schedule
Richardson accepted a position just two days after graduation at a large fitness center. They were able to accommodate her full-time parenting demands and schedule her with part-time hours, which fit her needs perfectly. She loves everything about her job, from the owners to her co-workers, and she feels lucky she gets to spend so much time in a gym pursuing her passion for fitness.
Nichole reminds students, especially “seasoned” students returning to the classroom who question their potential success,
“Even those with unfailing motivation can sometimes hit a wall. Always remember why you enrolled in the first place, and then start by putting your nose to the grindstone. If you maintain a singular focus – success – that commitment will pay off,” encourages Richardson.
About IntelliTec College of Pueblo
The Personal Training program in Pueblo gives you hands-on career training to earn your earn your Associate of Occupational Studies degree, designed to be completed in 18 months. IntelliTec College of Pueblo offers hands-on career training in automotive technician, business office administration and accounting, cosmetology, medical assistant, and personal training fields with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Request information at www.IntelliTec.edu or call 1-800-724-9636.
“She never missed a day. Even in the snowy, winter months Taeler maintained perfect attendance,” says Allison McKisson, Pharmacy Technician Program Supervisor. “I’m so proud of her drive and her determination to make a better life for herself and her son. She’s mature beyond her years,” McKisson adds.
Once she completed her nine-month Pharmacy Technician training program, Monroe interviewed for several jobs and received three offers. She was able to quit her job in the food service industry and accepted a position at a retail pharmacy with full-time hours.
“Now I come home at the end of the day and think to myself ‘I did it!’ I’m off all government help. I have a son. We have a nice place. And now I have an amazing job where we aren’t living check-to-check. Sometimes I get emotional because I would have never imagined my life like this right now,” explains Monroe.
Pharmacy Technician graduate of IntelliTec College in Grand Junction: Taeler Monroe and her son.
If You Really Want It, You Find a Way to Make it Work
Taeler believes her struggles were no different than those of most students. However, she was committed to finishing what she started, regardless of her very real exhaustion from motherhood, work and academic demands. She didn’t just finish, though; she finished strong, earning a technical honor society certificate as well as straight A’s.
“I missed one day because I had my wisdom teeth removed. The next day, I went right back to class. Also, I’m the youngest to both graduate the Pharmacy Technician program and pass my national exam,” says Monroe.
To Get Somewhere You Have Never Been, You Have to Do Something You Have Never Done
“They [IntelliTec College] know you have a life. They know some of us have kids. And almost all of us work. I was really happy to discover they were flexible enough to have options that worked around my life,” explains Monroe.
There were days she struggled to manage such a hectic schedule. Between her commitments to her son, her job, and her classes Monroe questioned if she could finish her degree. She’d arrive home close to midnight most evenings completely exhausted, and wonder how she’d ever keep this going.
“Then I’d look at my sleeping son and think about his future. It would reenergize me every time,” comments Monroe.
It takes courage to take that first step, acknowledges Monroe, and then the ability to stick to a commitment. But the rewards are empowering personally and professionally. She looks ahead to her future and says excitedly,
“I have goals now. I’d like to further my career and eventually work in a hospital. But my immediate plan is to buy a house. I never thought I’d be barely 20 years old with such grown-up plans!”
About the Pharmacy Technician program in Grand Junction
The Pharmacy Technician program in Grand Junction gives you hands-on career training to earn your professional certificate, designed to be completed in nine months. Feel satisfied you are making a contribution to patient wellness as you learn to work with clinical laboratory equipment and develop hands-on pharmacy technician skills. Complete an externship and be prepared to sit for the PTCB Pharmacy Technician certification exam.
About IntelliTec College in Grand Junction
IntelliTec College in Grand Junction offers hands-on career training in the automotive technician, business/accounting, cosmetology/beauty, dental assisting, medical assisting, pharmacy technician and refrigeration & HVAC technician fields with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Request information at www.IntelliTec.edu or call 1-800-724-9636.
Posted: January 11th, 2016 | Author: Yvette de Ryk
“Going to School was the Easy Part; What Lead Up to it Was the Real Challenge”
IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs graduate Jackie McCormick finds a “second family” in her new job as a Biomedical Equipment Technician at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood, CO
Sometimes it’s the kindness of strangers that can turn your wheels in the right direction. In Jackie McCormick’s case, it was an old, donated Toyota truck that drove her to a place where a new life and a successful career gained traction.
That new life started with her enrollment at IntelliTec College. “I kept seeing the commercial for the Biomedical Equipment Technician program. I’ve always been interested in the medical field, and I knew I could fix equipment,” says McCormick.
Darlene Michaelis, career services adviser at IntelliTec College, asserts most of the women in the program have a real knack for fixing things. “They aren’t afraid to take something apart and figure out how to put it together. That will make them successful in a field dominated by men. Plus, Jackie had a great attitude in working with her male classmates,” says Michaelis.
A Little Struggling Leads to a Sweeter Success
McCormick knew she found the right college when teachers in her first class immediately calmed her nerves. “I have to be honest; I was nervous and even a little scared,” she admits. However, teachers reassured her by clearly outlining course lectures and assignments. They stood by their commitment to her in the classroom and out of it. For example, when she needed to realign her daycare schedule, teachers and staff got involved to find alternative options.
In addition, McCormick had to quickly learn how to be a student again. “I’d soak up as much as I could during class, then study in the evening when my son slept,” said McCormick. Her scheduled focus enabled her to land a job at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood, CO immediately after graduation. According to McCormick, she knew it was a good fit for her after her first interview, and now that’s she’s been there several months, St. Anthony’s feels more like a family than a workplace.
A Helping Hand and Professional Advice Make All the Difference
Jackie is thankful for the support and encouragement she’s had along the way. This includes babysitting assistance from her mother-in-law to personal advice shared by instructors at IntelliTec.
McCormick learned, “I don’t have to memorize the answers, I just have to know where to find them. This really resonated with me because it’s been applicable in my academic and professional accomplishments.”
McCormick encourages anyone on the fence to take that first step with a phone call. “Why not obtain that degree that says ‘yes I can do this!’? I am so happy that I decided to further my education and actually obtain a degree which lead to a career. I not only love what I do, but I now have a future with earning potential,” she says with a smile.
About IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs
IntelliTec’s Biomedical Equipment Technician training program is an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree that is designed to be completed in 18 months. Apply hands-on maintenance and repair skills in a biomedical lab setting and look to employment opportunities at hospitals and other patient care facilities. Be prepared to sit for the Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician certification exam.
IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs offers hands-on career training in the automotive technician, biomedical equipment repair technician, computer network systems technician, medical assistant, personal trainer and refrigeration & HVAC technician fields with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Request information at www.IntelliTec.edu or call 800-724-9636.
Posted: December 31st, 2015 | Author: Yvette de Ryk
Grand Junction Employers to Showcase Their Businesses & Meet Potential Employees on Tuesday, January 5th at IntelliTec College
Press Release – For Immediate Release
Grand Junction Area Trade & Career Fair – Open to the Public – Tuesday Jan 5 from 2-5pm at IntelliTec College at 772 Horizon Drive
Grand Junction, Colorado – Students, graduates, and the general public can expect to meet face-to-face with local employers during IntelliTec College’s Trade & Career Day on Tuesday, January 5th from 2–5 p.m. at 772 Horizon Drive in Grand Junction. At least 12 employers will attend and anticipate hiring business office administrators, cosmetologists, medical assistants, automotive technicians, and HVAC/refrigeration technicians. Other industries skills and qualifications are also in demand. Campus tours are available upon request.
Leslie Barlow, Director of Education at IntelliTec College in Grand Junction advises, “Attendees can expect to network and talk about what they offer potential employers in a relaxed atmosphere. However, those attending should be prepared for a possible brief interview since employers are looking to hire!”
Career Fair Gives Job Seekers Unique Opportunity to Reveal Personality
While hiring officials seek out well-qualified individuals, their goal is to find the candidates who stand out among the ‘good’ candidates with great personalities. “Job seekers should bring a cover letter and a resume, but more importantly, come prepared to shake hands with employers and to show who they are,” emphasized Carey Marone, Career Services Advisor at IntelliTec College in Grand Junction.
IntelliTec’s Trade & Career day allows job seekers to gain confidence during a less structured meet and greet and to get excited about their chosen field as they talk with potential employers. Barlow adds, “The purpose of this event is to partner with local businesses and community members for business promotion, trade promotion, education, and networking.”
About IntelliTec College in Grand Junction
IntelliTec College in Grand Junction offers hands-on career training in Automotive Technician, Business Office Administration & Accounting, Cosmetologist, Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and Refrigeration & HVAC Technician with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Most programs are designed to be completed in 10 1/2 months or less. Request more info at www.IntelliTec.edu or call 800-724-9636.
Posted: December 31st, 2015 | Author: Shivaun Martynes
TOP: High School Student Rafael Gallegos Receives Scholarship to IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs for Automotive Technician Training. BOTTOM: Lee Miles Auto Shop receives 2 of 3 college scholarships to IntelliTec College from winning Auto Bowl ’15.
Lee Miles Auto Shop in Denver took home two of the scholarships. They will award their scholarships to whomever they deem worthy.
Rafael Gallegos, high school student at Career Readiness Academy, also won a scholarship. He will use this scholarship to attend IntelliTec’s Automotive Technician program, which is an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree designed to take only 18 months to complete.