Posted: November 22nd, 2015 | Author: Yvette de Ryk
“Employers Appreciate What You Know – and Even What You Don’t Know – as Long as You Are Honest About Both”
HVAC Technician graduate, Daniel Kindred, recognizes the value of focus, drive and determination.
Daniel Kindred, Refrigeration and HVAC Technician (heating, ventilation, air conditioning technician) graduate from IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, believes in old-fashioned principles: hard work, honesty, and the power of a thank you note.
After a tough HVAC Tech job interview with Academy School District #20 in Colorado Springs, he took the time to send a personal note of thanks to each person on the panel interview. “They asked some tough questions; questions I didn’t have all the answers to. I answered truthfully if I didn’t know something, but I also promised to research the questions and send them the answers. I included that information in my thank you notes, and I think that must have impressed them,” stated Kindred, “because I got the job!”
Make Every Dollar Count at College
When Kindred was 26 years old and still working at an hourly job in the food industry, he realized one day he had reached his earning potential. He was bored and depressed and “wanted to make more money by entering a growing career in HVAC.
I’d gone as far as I could as cook, and when I discovered IntelliTec, I saw it as a way out of just working and existing in life,” said Kindred. He dedicated himself to classes in the morning followed by an eight-hour restaurant shift (plus weekend hours) at his job, and study time whenever he had a free moment. “It was a struggle, but my main goal was to learn as much as I could while enrolled,” he added.
Juggling school and work can be challenging, but he advises students to look at the final picture. “Determine what sacrifices have to be made in order to succeed,” he explained. He takes advice from mentors seriously, and recognizes their shared personal experiences are valuable nuggets of information. “One teacher said ‘you’re not here to learn everything, but to understand how to learn for the future.’ I feel lucky to have a some of the best teachers in the industry as well as my dad giving me great advice,” said Kindred.
Invest in a Career with Innovation and Extra Effort for Big a Pay-Off
It takes a desire to learn and a level of integrity to be successful in the HVAC industry, according to one of Kindred’s former teachers, Charles Ledford. “The true test of any tech is to be able to refer him to family and friends since he would be directly in their homes. I wouldn’t hesitate to do so, and as a previous HVAC business owner, I’d hire him in a second.”
IntelliTec Offers a Strong Support Network Before, During and After Completion of a Program
Kindred recognizes he brought focus, drive, and determination to his college experience, but he attributes his success to a lot of help and encouragement from teachers and staff at IntelliTec. “You learn so much in such a short period of time, and not all of it relates just to your program classes. I felt like people there helped me with my first day jitters, kept me from feeling overwhelmed by pacing the content, and if it hadn’t been for my resume writing class, I don’t think I’d have the job I do today,” he said.
Posted: November 20th, 2015 | Author: Shivaun Martynes
Choosing an associate degree or professional certificate program over a bachelor degree will allow you to reach your educational goals in less time, save money and maintain the life you’re currently living.
Compare your options, then decide which degree is best for you and your lifestyle.
Just consider these 5 factors when making your decision:
Career focused training
Choice and availability of programs
The slideshare presentation below covers the 5 reasons to choose a certificate or Associate Degree program over a Bachelor Degree program.
Posted: November 12th, 2015 | Author: Yvette de Ryk
Campus Meets Growing Need for Automotive Technician Training in New Mexico
IntelliTec College in Albuquerque celebrates its Grand Opening Saturday, November 14th, 2015 from 3-5 p.m.
Albuquerque, NM – IntelliTec College in Albuquerque will host the official Grand Opening of its new automotive technician training facility on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 from 3-5 p.m. at 5001 Montgomery Boulevard NE, Suite A24, Albuquerque, NM 87109 (just west of Burlington Coat Factory). Attendees can expect to meet one-on-one with administrators and staff, take tours of the campus, and enjoy free refreshments such as hamburgers and hot dogs.
Campus Director Scott Yelton is thrilled to introduce the new facility to the community. The 12,000 sq. ft. automotive training facilityhosts six classrooms and four service bays equipped with brand new Snap-On equipment. Yelton offers, “We welcome the public to check out the facility and the equipment, to see what an incredible hands-on experience this program offers, and to meet with the student-centered college staff.”
Albuquerque Chambers of Commerce Welcome Additional Automotive Training
IntelliTec’s new training fills a strong demand in the city. Before IntelliTec’s Automotive Technician program launched, Albuquerque had only one other college offering automotive training. This program began in August of 2015 and currently has 42 students enrolled. An additional 20 more students are scheduled to begin classes November 16th.
“Without exception, everyone is pleased to have this new training available. I’ve met with two separate Chambers [Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce], and the feedback is supportive and enthusiastic.” He’s excited with the depth and breadth of the instructional staff and feels lucky to have such an outstanding Program Supervisor to lead the way.
IntelliTec Continues a One-On-One Student Approach at New Campus
Yelton supports the college’s student-centered approach, which begins at the top of its organization, “Everyone is truly focused on fostering a student centric environment. It’s a core belief to treat the IntelliTec ‘family’ with encouragement and support.”
As Yelton settles into his new role, he finds IntelliTec’s culture reflects Albuquerque’s culture. “I’ve lived in this community for a number of years and have found, although it’s culturally diverse, people are accepting of one another. The relaxed and informal nature of the people allows everyone to ‘live and let live.’”
About IntelliTec Colleges
IntelliTec Colleges has been providing hands-on career training in Automotive Technology with Associate of Occupational Studies degrees since 2005 in Colorado Springs and Pueblo and 2012 in Grand Junction. Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify. Request more information about our automotive technician training program in Albuquerque at: www.IntelliTec.edu or call: 1-800-724-9636.
Posted: November 4th, 2015 | Author: Shivaun Martynes
This year IntelliTec College in Grand Junction will be a sponsor for the 2015 Rocky Mountain Woman’s Expo. It will be held on Saturday November 7th at the Two Rivers Convention Center, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
“The Rocky Mountain Woman’s Expo is the largest single day event gathering of women and businesses in Western Colorado.” Women can shop, gather information and attend special events all while having fun.
The goal of this event is to help companies throughout Western Colorado “maximize their sales and market their products and services in the most cost-effective manner.”
Hundreds of women are expected to attend this event, making it the “perfect opportunity to sell a product, brand your company, gather leads, recruit employees or simply expose a new concept.”
Sponsorships and vendors booths are available for those interested. Find the 2015 pricing structure below.
For more information contact:
Julie Shafer 90-242-6663
Jennifer Bullerwell 970-242-6663
Posted: October 23rd, 2015 | Author: Yvette de Ryk
Five Colorado Auto Repair Shops Compete & Fix Cars for Free to Benefit Locals in Need
Press Release – For Immediate Release
Colorado Springs, CO – IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs is a proud sponsor of this year’s Auto Bowl ’15 event. The event is designed to assist deserving individuals, families or charitable organizations with free automotive repair. The three-hour competition will be held this Sunday, October 25th, 2015 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at three Colorado Springs-area automotive repair shops, as well as at two other locations along the Front Range.
Five IntelliTec College Automotive Technician instructors will judge the competition, and the College will award 3 college scholarships. The event will be televised on KRDO Channel 13 on December 13th and 20th.
How Does the Auto Bowl Work?
Auto Bowl is a friendly competition between professional automotive repair shops along the Front Range of Colorado and will assist deserving individuals, families or charitable organizations with free automotive repairs or a donated vehicle. Each shop participating in the competition is required to provide a quality used car to be given away, upon completion, to a cause or individual of their choice.
IntelliTec to Judge the Event and Award College Scholarships to Top Three Teams
Scholarships will be awarded via a merit-based drawing to three businesses. The IntelliTec College “referees” will determine merit, and the criteria include: speed, workmanship, teamwork, attitude, safety and amount of successfully completed repair tasks.
“What is so exciting for the automotive shops is that they get to choose whom to extend the scholarship to – one of their own employees, or to award it to an external individual they deem worthy. It’s completely up to them,” states Stacey Snyder, Associate Vice President of Admissions & Marketing at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs.
The Automotive Technician scholarship amounts will be awarded as follows:
1st Place – $20,000
2nd Place – $15,000
3rd Place – $10,000
Cory Woerth, Automotive Technician Program Supervisor at IntelliTec College – and one of the volunteer referees for the Auto Bowl – states, “These type of events are really a win-win. Not only do the recipients truly appreciate having their cars repaired at no cost, but employees feel honored to provide a much-needed service for their community.”
Additional volunteer referees include IntelliTec College instructors Frank Gardner, Zach Bernal, Dave Gorman and Byron Buff from the Automotive Technician program in Colorado Springs.
About IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs
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) programs. Request information at www.IntelliTec.edu or call 1-800-724-9636.
Automotive Program Supervisor
IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs
30-minute episodes of the event will be aired on local KRDO, channel 13:
Oct. 18th – 10:30am
Watch this 30-minute video introducing the 5 participating auto shops, IntelliTec College, and Advance Auto Parts:
5 Local Auto Shop Teams Competing in AutoBowl ’15:
Bad Rock Auto – Woodland Park
Team: Shane Worke, Leonard Fuhrmann, Sky Conley
Intermountain Coach – Colorado Springs
Team 1: Bert Roberge, Randy Corum, Paul Tafoya Team 2: Ray Martinez, Blake Fraser, Aaron Lewis
Lee Myles Auto – Boulder
Team 1: Joshua Vialpando, Warren Filuta, Drew Miller Team 2: Nick Jarvis, Mike Zudar, Alfredo “Fred” Hernandez Team 3: Michael Garnett, Erik Ryd, Sean Teeuwe
Aspen Auto Clinic (Denver Location) – Englewood, CO Team 1: Mike Fields, Kris Heil, Bryan Bejvoda Team 2: Heather Thomasson, Andrew Sprong, Ryan Novick
Aspen Auto Clinic – Colorado Springs
Team 3: Ryan Morrison, John Howells, Brian Simpson Team 4: Byron Thompson, Mike Kertesz, Kevin Heffner Team 5: Rafael Gallegos (CR D’Arius “D” Green Academy), Tarin Moseley
Posted: October 13th, 2015 | Author: Yvette de Ryk
Local Pueblo Career College Invests in Community with Financial Donation from Annual Car Expo Fundraiser
Press Release – For Immediate Release
IntelliTec College of Pueblo raised and donated a total of $2500 to three local charities: The YMCA (top), The Boys & Girls Club of Pueblo (bottom), and Posada (not pictured).
Pueblo, CO – IntelliTec College of Pueblo raised and donated $2500 from their 2015 Auto Show to three worthy charities. Those charities were Posada, The Boys & Girls Club of Pueblo, and the YMCA of Pueblo. This annual IntelliTec event raises needed funds for local organizations, and it fosters ongoing partnerships between a local college and its community.
Community Involvement Leads to Stronger Civic Relationships
“Many of IntelliTec’s staff and students live in Pueblo, and we believe it is our responsibility to reach out to our neighbors and business leaders. We’re not just here for ourselves; we’re part of this community,” explains Jason Ontiveros, Automotive Technician Program Supervisor.
Campus Director Dr. David A. Scott, Ed.D. recognizes Pueblo’s family-centered focus. “The city of Pueblo is truly a close-knit community. IntelliTec College shares that same relationship, making connectivity to one another integral to each other’s level of success.”
Local Programs Rely on “Investments” of All Types
As one of the recipients of the fundraiser, Melanie Bravo, President and CEO of The Boys & Girls Club of Pueblo, acknowledges IntelliTec’s donation and involvement make all the difference. According to Bravo, “Seventy-three percent of our ‘club kids’ live well below the poverty line. Their parents are the working poor, where one or both work at minimum wage jobs.”
Contributions from local agencies help charities remain less reliant on federal funding and grants. These donations reflect a local investment, and the kids involved in the charities sense that investment. Bravo emphasizes the need for a place like the B & G Club, “We gets 200 kids off the streets everyday; 100 from the south side of Pueblo alone.”
“Our students and staff believe it’s our responsibility to give back to the community. We want them [the community] to know we’re here for them. Just as we produce educated, trained and quality students, we believe that without community we’re really nothing,” explains Ontiveros.
During the recent check presentation to the B & G Club of Pueblo, Bravo shares, “We always have the kids there during check presentations. We want them to know the community is invested in them.” This allows the kids to further “…engage and learn about the companies, plus an opportunity to say thank you,”, adds Bravo.
About IntelliTec College of Pueblo
IntelliTec College of Pueblo offers hands-on career training in the automotive technician, business/accounting, cosmetology/beauty, medical assisting, nursing assisting and personal training fields with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Request information at www.IntelliTec.edu or call 1-800-724-9636.
Perseverance and a Positive Attitude Help Colorado Springs Student Excellence Award Winner Michael Coble Land a Job at Montana State University
IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs graduate Michael Coble lands job as Support Analyst at Montana State University in Bozeman.
Life is filled with interesting twists and turns, and sometimes those turns lead you in the wrong direction. That’s exactly what happened to Michael Coble. After retiring from a successful 21-year career in the army, he completed a degree in the automotive industry. But six months later he realized his new career just didn’t suit him. “There wasn’t anything wrong with the job, I just never felt it was the right one for me,” Coble explained.
Coble’s previous army interests led him to complete a degree in the Computer Network Systems Technician program at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs. “When I initially joined the army it was to pay off loans,” said Coble, “I stayed because it presented opportunities in telecommunications and IT, which I really enjoyed.” However, he knew the IT industry focused more on the certifications than the experience, and that meant it was time to complete a degree.
Focus and Motivation Lead the Way to Student Excellence and a New Career
School wasn’t something Coble particularly enjoyed in his earlier years, but everything changed once he started his computer networking classes. He performed well (averaging a 4.0 GPA), and enjoyed his college experience. “I had the most thorough instructor, Mr. Carl Porter, who made the content both interesting and completely understandable. I also felt like his teaching style suited me,” said Coble.
Coble encourages students to start their job search well before graduation. “It’s essential to do early job preparation,” he stated, “I applied to a dozen or more IT jobs and was really starting to get frustrated.” Then he began working with Darlene Michaelis, Career Services Advisor, and she pointed him in a different direction; even a different state.
“Frankly, we were both surprised when he got the interview [Support Analyst at Montana State University in Bozeman], because those jobs are typically already locked in, and the posting is just due diligence. So for him, an outsider, to be hired is actually very cool,” Michaelis said.
Good Advice For All Students – Grades and Attendance Matter
Looking back, Coble recognizes the lessons he learned along the way. He urges students to remain focused. “Look at the big picture and remember what brought you to the school in the first place. How well you do in school, as well as your attendance, is a direct reflection of who you are, and employers pay attention to that,” Coble said.
About IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs
IntelliTec’s Computer Network Systems Technician training program is an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree that is designed to be completed in 18 months. Train hands-on in a CompTIA Authorized computer lab and learn the entry level IT skills necessary to become part of an IT department or work individually for a smaller business. Be prepared to sit for CompTIA, Microsoft and Cisco certification exams while also earning your degree.
Posted: September 29th, 2015 | Author: Shivaun Martynes
Has it always been your goal to make people feel good about themselves through beautification? If so, what are you waiting for? If you need more encouragement, just check out our list of 8 reasons why you should go to Cosmetology school.
Posted: September 28th, 2015 | Author: Shivaun Martynes
Did you know that as a member of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM), you can join anyof ACM’s Special Interest Groups in 37 specialty areas of IT and one of more than 500 ACM Student Chapters worldwide?
If you are in the computer technician field, you really cannot afford to NOT join the ACM; the benefits go on and on.
The Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) is one of the largest educational and scientific computing societies, dedicated to the advancement of computing as a science and a profession.
The 3 main benefits of an ACM membership are:
1) Real world experience
2) Technical resources
3) Professional networking
Becoming a member of ACM and reaping member benefits is one of the best things a computer technician can do for themselves. So what are you waiting for? Become a member of the ACM today!
Posted: September 23rd, 2015 | Author: Yvette de Ryk
A Strong Home Life With Love and Support Led IntelliTec Student to a 4.0 GPA and Plenty of Job Opportunities on His Horizon
IntelliTec Medical Assistant graduate Nathan Farris encourages students to “stay focused.” Farris enjoys employment as a Dialysis Technician.
Despite managing a patient’s pain and illness inherent in the medical assisting profession, Nathan Farris starts and ends his day feeling lucky; lucky to have a wife and daughter who encourage him to follow his dreams, and lucky to have a unique opportunity to make people feel better. “I get to help them through some of the toughest times, and that makes me feel pretty good. Not everyone experiences a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for doing their job,” explained Farris, “and at the end of the day, I can’t ask for much more than that.”
It doesn’t hurt to have a positive attitude. Pam Waterman, Director of Career Services Director at IntelliTec College Grand Junction Campus always saw Farris as courteous and polite in the hallways, greeting every type of student. “His positive and calming demeanor exudes a quiet confidence, and peers and patients alike can’t help but react positively to it.”
Confidence and Drive Open up Doors to Employment
“Nathan is not the type of person to rest on his laurels,” said Waterman. “We shared a job posting with him, and by that afternoon he’d applied, had an interview, and was offered the job,” she added. The company even offered him a higher rate than originally posted, and encouraged him to complete specific training essential to their office, for which they would cover the cost.
Farris accepted the MA position, applied his newly acquired skills at a gastroenterology office, and after one month he earned his certification as a Surgical Technician. “I must have impressed the powers-that-be enough to invest this training in me,” Farris replied modestly.
His optimistic attitude and new skill-set landed him a job as a Dialysis Technician at DCI Dialysis with “better pay, awesome benefits, and a shorter work week!” according to Farris. He’s even getting paid to further educate himself with on-the-job training as he studies for to become a Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT). An added bonus – his new company will even pay for the exam!
Farris Shares His Advice for Current IntelliTec Students
Every student has his/her own approach to going back to school, but Farris believes the one thing that carried him through working full-time and attending classes in the evening was to stay focused. He explained, “It may seem like a there is no tomorrow, but as long as you really take your education seriously and apply your knowledge to life, the rest will handle itself.”
Farris immediately recognized all the medical assistant courses were designed to intertwine, streamlining the program with the essentials and a lot of ‘practical’ time. “This gives you the opportunity to hit the ground running,” explained Farris.
IntelliTec’s Real Life, Hands-On Training was the Key to Choosing a Program
“This was a genuine opportunity for me to expand my knowledge and create a career for myself,” said Farris. From the moment he opened the doors to IntelliTec College, Farris felt welcomed. Even when the courses became challenging, the staff were always helpful. One teacher in particular shared some helpful advice, but Farris plans to keep that to himself. His philosophy is “when someone gives me really good advice, I don’t like to spread it around for everyone else to use. Keeping it private is what gives me my edge.”
About IntelliTec College in Grand Junction
The Medical Assisting training program in Grand Junction gives you hands-on career training to earn your associate degree (occupational), which is design to be completed in 18 months. Get real-life practice in our modern clinical setting with personalized instruction from our experienced and supportive instructors. Complete an externship and also be prepared for up to five professional certifications.
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: September 23rd, 2015 | Author: Yvette de Ryk
Massage Therapy Graduate Teaerra Moore Once Suffered From Chronic Pain and Believes Strongly in the Healing Touch of Massage, Claiming, “I’m in it for life.”
Teaerra Moore, IntelliTec College in Grand Junction Massage Therapy Graduate, Wins CACCS 2015 Student of the Year
The CACCS honored Teaerra Moore as the 2015 Student of the Year in the category of “Physical/Massage Therapy.” The Denver Post hosted the award ceremony on September 18th, 2015 in Denver, CO at 9:00 am.
The selection process was extraordinarily competitive as schools nominated only their best and brightest students. “Teaerra demonstrated outstanding performance during her academic and professional journey while enrolled at IntelliTec College,” claimed Massage Therapy Program Supervisor Kathy German. “She’s has an incredible commitment to her career with demonstrated professionalism with fellow classmates and her many returning clients,” German added.
Personal Experience with Over 10 Years of Pain Steered Her Into a Career as a Massage Therapist
This career choice didn’t happen by accident for Teaerra Moore. Her own experience with successful massage treatments led her to believe in this form of pain relief. “I suffered from chronic pain since the age of nine and have seen between 30-40 doctors over the years. Nothing provided long-term relief. Finally, one doctor recommended massage, and after only one week I started feeling better. It changed my life.”
With diligent research she found the right massage therapy school at IntelliTec College in Grand Junction. Her systematic approach eliminated other programs in the area, and when she walked through IntelliTec’s doors she knew she found the college that fit her. “Everything about it just felt right. I loved the professional atmosphere of the clinic and the hands-on program,” said Moore.
Moore’s Goal is to Become the Best Massage Therapist – For Herself and For Her Son
Moore has serious plans for her future. She’d like to work alongside an established massage therapist for two to three years, and then learn the medical side of pain in a chiropractor’s office. Within five years she’d like to open up her own clinic. Moore attributes her drive to her passion for massage, but more importantly, to her desire to have her son be proud of his mom. Moore said, “Even when times were hard (and they were!), I kept my focus on my son. I wanted him to see that I didn’t give up, and hopefully I taught him to not give up on things either.”
Love and Support Encourage Moore to Believe in Herself for the First Time in Her Life
Teaerra has had strong support from her academic community and her family throughout her education. Instructors encouraged her to never give up and to regularly revisit the reasons for her career path choice. “One instructor regularly reminded me that no matter how badly I wanted to be perfect, I didn’t have to be, and that things worth doing took time,” shared Moore. Her father led by example, Moore explained. “He didn’t tell me how to live, he lived and let me watch him do it. Plus, he gave me the best gift anyone has ever has ever given me; he believed in me.”
Posted: September 21st, 2015 | Author: Shivaun Martynes
Congratulations Teaerra Moore on receiving the 2015 CACCS Student of the Year Award!
IntelliTec College of Grand Junction Massage Therapy student Teaerra Moore was selected to receive the 2015 Colorado Association of Career Colleges and schools (CACCS), Student of the Year award in the category of Physical and Massage Therapy. The award ceremony was held on Friday September 18th at the Denver Post in Denver, Colorado.
The CACCS Student of the Year award is a very successful public relations program, providing recognition for outstanding career college students. The awards focus on 3 areas: Commitment, performance and leadership/professionalism. Teaerra’s instructors believe that she embodies all 3 of these qualities, and for this, she was nominated by both her program supervisor and instructor to receive this award.
IntelliTec’s Massage Therapy Program Supervisor Kathy German says, “Teaerra has demonstrated an outstanding performance during her academic and professional journey as a massage student here at IntelliTec College.”
Massage program instructor Madelina Brown also comments, “Teaerra is very hard working, motivated and has been a great inspiration to others.”