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Automotive Technician Appreciates Fun and Friendly Atmosphere at Grand Junction Subaru

Posted: May 11th, 2016   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk

Dustin Cooper Automotive Technician Graduate Success Story - IntelliTec College in Grand Junction

Dustin Cooper, Automotive Technician working at Subaru in Grand Junction.

New IntelliTec College Graduate Dustin Cooper Finishes What He Starts – an Associate’s Degree and a New Career

Cooper had a lot of experience working on cars in his free time and at his gas station job, but his knowledge ended at the basics. Now that he’s completed his hands-on career training as an automotive technician and works full-time as an Automotive Technician at Grand Junction Subaru, he’s proud of the new skills in his toolbox.

“Now when you hear that knocking sound in your car, I can diagnose it when you bring it in,” jokes Cooper.

Helpful Colleagues and an Easy-Going Attitude Make Going to Work Enjoyable

According to IntelliTec’s Automotive Program Supervisor Mark Faudree, Cooper can do a lot more than diagnose car troubles. He was a top performer while enrolled in school, and he made sure to both learn and master a skill before moving on to something new.

“Dustin is a self-starter; dedicated, dependable, and steps in willingly to help out. He’s a real asset to the automotive field, and I think any company would be proud to hire him on as a technician,” says Faudree.

Dustin Cooper Automotive Technician Graduate Success Story - IntelliTec College in Grand Junction

Dustin Cooper and fiance – Automotive Technician Graduate Success Story – IntelliTec College in Grand Junction

Cooper Stays Focused in College to Earn a Successful Career as an Automotive Technician

Cooper’s previous path of choices included a lot of loose ends. In fact, leaving things undone was a way of life for him. All that changed once he enrolled in the Automotive Technician training program at IntelliTec College in Grand Junction, and he determined he would not just start but finish his professional certificate and associate’s degree.

Before starting classes, Cooper moved to a number of towns in Colorado, enrolling in various trade schools or community colleges, yet never finishing a degree or program. At the urging of his fiancé, Cooper checked out IntelliTec’s Automotive program in Grand Junction, and within a few weeks he committed to finishing something he started. His new approach? ‘Keep focused on what you want to learn and how much you want to learn, and you will succeed.’

“She [his fiancé’] really pushed me to succeed. Her positive comments kept me encouraged during the long days of school and work,” says Cooper.

“My dad taught me to be ‘prepared to work.’ That meant arriving 15-20 minutes early, get set-up and be ready to go. It’s something I still do at my own job today,” comments Cooper.

“My dad taught me to be ‘prepared to work.’ That meant arriving 15-20 minutes early, get set-up and be ready to go. It’s something I still do at my own job today,” comments Cooper.

Automotive Tech Grad Uses His Strong Work Ethic to Manage Full Time School with Full Time Job

Cooper’s weekly schedule included full time school and a full time job. Luckily for him, hard work was something he was already pretty good at. He began working by age 11 during his summers with his dad, rising at 6:00 a.m. and returning home as late as 6:00 p.m.

“My dad taught me to be ‘prepared to work.’ That meant arriving 15-20 minutes early, get set-up and be ready to go. It’s something I still do at my own job today,” comments Cooper.

Cooper Earned Better Grades by Finding the Best Way to Study

Every student has to outline the most effective way to prepare for classes and tests, and Cooper especially needed to develop a plan that worked for him. He’s a self-described “terrible test taker”, performing poorly on them during high school. This left him lacking confidence in his academic abilities. After he figured out what worked for him, it was full speed ahead.

“Rather than trying to cram days or nights before, I made sure to look over the material right before the test. It helped that it was fresh in my mind just as I walked into class,” recalls Cooper.

About IntelliTec College in Grand Junction

IntelliTec College in Grand Junction, CO offers hands-on career training in the technical trades, cosmetology, and allied healthcare and dental fields. These programs award either associate degrees (occupational) or professional certificates and are designed to be completed in as little as 18 months or less. IntelliTec provides a supportive learning environment with small classes sizes and caring instructors. Learn how you can improve your life with a meaningful career by requesting information at or calling 970-245-8101.


Explore College Alternatives: What Are Your Options After High School?

Posted: May 10th, 2016   |   Author: Jamie Wilke

What to do after High School Graduation

How do you decide what to do AFTER high school graduation? You may have more choices than you think!

You Have More Choices than Simply ‘Going to Work’ or ‘Going to College’.

What to do after high school graduation is a question many students, recent graduates and their parents face. Should you go to work, go to a traditional four year college, or look at college alternatives after high school? This is a valid question, and the answer is not as clear as it was a generation ago.

Take a Look at Some College Alternatives

You have several options after high school instead of going straight to work. Each of these choices allow you to expand your knowledge and continue your education without attending a traditional college. Some of these include:

  • Two-year Community College
  • Trade SchoolCareer College, or Vocational School
  • Apprentice Program
  • Volunteer Program – such as Americorps or the Student Conservation Association
  • Student Exchange Program
  • Joining the Military
Sometimes it makes dollars and "sense" to work right after high school graduation.

Sometimes it makes dollars and “sense” to join the workforce immediately after high school graduation.

4 Top Reasons to Go to Work after High School

There are several reasons a you might decide to work after high school graduation rather than go immediately to college.

  1. College Costs Money. For some, the deciding factor is the cost of attending college. You may not qualify for financial aid or a loan. Sometimes, personal or family debt may make it difficult to attend college at this time in your life.
  2. The Need to Work While Pursuing Another Career. Sometimes students, especially those in performing arts careers such as dancing, music or acting, need a “regular job” to pay bills while pursuing that career.
  3. College May Not Teach What You Want to Learn. If a student is presently working in a job they hope to turn into a career, it would be better for them to remain in that current job. It might be possible to become an apprentice to someone skilled in that field.
  4. You May Already Be Skilled in Your Career. Some students may be qualified in their work area before they graduate from high school. They include those who took vocational training during their high school years. Most high schools offer training in a variety of fields.
  5. The Demand for ‘Skilled Trades’ Workers is High. Working in a trade means you have the skills and knowledge necessary for a particular job or career field. Many of the jobs in skilled trades are in high demand and are expected to remain this way. Since more students are choosing to attend traditional college rather than trade school, the shortage of skilled workers is growing.
Vocational or Trades Schools prepare you for specialized, hands-on careers.

Vocational or Trade Schools prepare you for specialized, hands-on careers like Pharmacy Technicians or Personal Trainers.

Have You Thought About Attending a Trade or Vocational School?

There are many skilled trades you might have interest in studying. It is important to choose a school that offers the hands-on training for the skills you want to study. This is where the benefits of attending a trade or vocational school become important.

Some of these benefits include:

  • Hands-on Learning. If you are a student who learns best by physically doing a task, then you will be an ideal match for a trade school.
  • Real-world Externships. Many trade schools offer externships, providing students with real-world experience prior to working on their own. Externships are good for your resume, and they are beneficial when potential employers are looking for “experience” in the field.
  • Experienced Teachers. The best way to learn a skill is by actually doing it, and the best teacher is one who has been doing it for many years.
  • Cost Saved. Attending a trade school can allow you to complete a program in a much quicker period of time, without the same expenses of a four-year college.
  • Time Saved. A traditional college usually requires four years or longer to earn a degree, and community college takes two years. Training at a trade or vocational school school can usually be completed within a year and a half.
  • Professional Certification. For many trades, it is important that you be certified in their field in order to work. Most trade schools will arrange for students to take the tests required while the training is fresh in their minds.
  • Specialized Classes Focusing on a Single Trade. By attending a trade school, a student is able to focus solely on the skills they need for their particular field. There is no need to branch out into other educational areas like those that most traditional colleges or community colleges require.

Examples of Trade or Vocational Careers

Below is a partial list of some trades or vocational careers that a student might want to investigate. They include:

Statistics Supporting Success of Trade/Vocational School Graduates

Research has shown that:

  • Only 30 percent of adults feel that a college degree is necessary to attain middle class, down from 37 percent previously.
  • 44 percent of college graduates were working in jobs that do not require a college degree.
  • In the long-term, a college graduate – who is at the 25th percentile in income – can earn less than the typical high school graduate working in a trade. This pattern shows that the economic benefit of a college education is quite small for at least a quarter of those graduating with a bachelor’s degree.

Important Things to Consider Before Making Your Decision

For many students and their parents, the decision to attend a traditional college or to investigate college alternatives after high school graduation is a difficult one. Some things for you to consider include:

  • The student’s career interest
  • The student’s goals
  • The student’s aptitude
  • The student’s high school records

After weighing the pros and cons, the student and/or parent may decide that attending vocational or trade school is the way to go. Later on, if the student wishes to obtain a four year college degree, they will always have the option to do so.

In Summary

As can be seen, there are several options after high school for those who wish to try something other than college after their graduation.

Additional Resources

  • Vocational Information Center – – An education directory that provides links to online resources for career exploration, technical education, workforce development, technical schools and related vocational learning resources.
  • Choosing a Vocational School – from the U.S. – Federal Trade Commission
  • Choosing the Right Career Training School – – Better Business Bureau
  • Career Colleges and Technical Schools – Choosing a School – – U.S. Department of Education

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About IntelliTec Colleges

IntelliTec Colleges provide hands-on career training in Colorado and New Mexico with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs, designed to be completed in as little as 18 months or less. Campus locations include Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. IntelliTec provides a supportive learning environment with small classes sizes and caring instructors. Learn how you can improve your life with a meaningful career by requesting information at or calling 1-800-748-2282.


IntelliTec Colleges In Colorado and New Mexico Log Over 16 Million Steps During Contest

Posted: May 5th, 2016   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk

IntelliTec College Refrigeration & HVAC Technician program awarded pizza party for winning "Lace Up & Go" Walking Contest

IntelliTec College in Grand Junction’s Refrigeration & HVAC Technician program is awarded a pizza party for winning the “Lace Up & Go” Walking Contest in April.

Students & Staff “Lace Up & Go” to Celebrate the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day

In recognition of the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day, on April 6th IntelliTec College devoted the entire month to a step contest among all four campuses.

  • The total number of steps all campuses reported for April’s month-long contest was 16,676,609 steps.

“We had an incredible number of participants who not only pushed to achieve their best, but they rallied on behalf of others as well. This was a wonderful team and individual program effort,” sad Leslie Barlow, Director of Education at IntelliTec College in Grand Junction.

All 4 IntelliTec College Campus Locations Participate in the American Heart Association's "Lace Up Go" Walking Contest in April.

IntelliTec Colleges In Colorado and New Mexico Log Over 16 Million Steps During Month-Long Walking Contest in April.

Refrigeration & HVAC Technician Program Participants WIN “Lace Up & Go” Contest

  • Students, staff and faculty members were invited to “Lace Up & Go” to build awareness of the benefits of a more active lifestyle.
  • The program with the most steps logged at the end of April was awarded a pizza party.
  • The winners: the Refrigeration & HVAC Technician program logged 8,440,066 steps!  
    • They averaged 281,335 steps per person for the month of April.

All 4 IntelliTec College Campuses Walked Their Way to Better Health

Participants used smart phones or health bracelets to track and log total steps daily.

“This might have been the first step to a healthier lifestyle for some of the participants,” said Barlow. “We wanted to present an opportunity for campuses to be more active and have fun while doing it,” she added.


According to the AHA: "There are countless ways you can get active, but walking has the lowest dropout rate of them all! It’s the simplest positive change you can make to improve your heart health." (Copyright:

According to the AHA: “There are countless ways you can get active, but walking has the lowest dropout rate of them all! It’s the simplest positive change you can make to improve your heart health.” (Copyright:

Walking 20 minutes a Day Can Decrease Fatigue and Increase Brain Power

  • Society is less active than ever before. Too much time is spent sitting in front of a screen during the day and at night, leading to predominantly sedentary lifestyles.
  • Increasing activity levels by just 20 minutes a day makes a truly significant difference in your health.
  • According to NY Times columnist Maia Szalavits, it can dramatically reduce the risk of a whole host of diseases, particularly diabetes, heart disease, dementia, as well as cancer.

Barlow agrees and advocates walking 20 minutes a day to help focus the mind and help aid in its productivity. She adds,

“It’s very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at increasing overall cognitive function. This is especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate.”

About IntelliTec Colleges

IntelliTec Colleges provide hands-on career training in Colorado and New Mexico with associate degrees (occupational) and professional certificate programs, designed to be completed in as little as 18 months or less. Campus locations include Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. IntelliTec provides a supportive learning environment with small classes sizes and caring instructors. Learn how you can improve your life with a meaningful career by requesting information at or calling 1-800-748-2282.


Pueblo Business Graduate Follows Strategic Path to Success: Set Goals, Show Up and Do the Work

Posted: April 27th, 2016   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk

IntelliTec Grad wants to pass on the message to her son "never give up."

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.

BOAA grad Raven Saccomanno and her son share in her special moment

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:

  1. Strive for a 4.0 GPA.
  2. Maintain perfect attendance.
  3. 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



Student Cosmetology Salons in Grand Junction and Pueblo to Host Cut-A-Thons Wednesday April 27th to Raise Funds for Charity During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted: April 21st, 2016   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk

Press Release – For Immediate Release

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 hosts 2 Cut-a-Thons

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).

Pueblo, CO and Grand Junction, CO – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and the student cosmetology salons at IntelliTec College in Grand Junction and Pueblo are each raising funds for the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) by holding Cut-a-Thons on Wednesday, April 27th. The public is invited to participate and donate.

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.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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).



Pueblo Beauty School Grad Extends Passion for Make-up Into Cutting Edge Cosmetologist

Posted: April 1st, 2016   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk

IntelliTec College Cosmetology Graduate Brings Newly Earned Skills to Family-Owned Salon

IntelliTec College in Pueblo Cosmetology graduate Evany Andrews puts her new skills to work at a family owned business

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.

Andrews plans a future for herself and for her kids

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.

Evany Andrews - Professional Cosmetologist, IntelliTec College of Pueblo graduate.

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 or call 800-724-9636.


5 Things that Make a Great Dental Assistant Training Program

Posted: March 28th, 2016   |   Author: Jamie Wilke

Dental Assisting Training Programs - 5 things you should learn

Reputable Dental Assisting training programs will teach these 5 must-have skills:

  1. Safety and Hygiene
  2. Patient Care and Comfort
  3. Office Administration
  4. Taking and Recording X-Rays
  5. Instructing Patients in Proper Dental Care

Read our original article for even more information on what to look for in Dental Assisting Training Programs: Top 5 Things to Look for When Comparing Dental Assistant Training Programs.


3 Qualities Employers Look for When Hiring HVAC Technicians

Posted: March 24th, 2016   |   Author: Jamie Wilke

Top 3 HVAC Technician Traits

What are the top 3 things employers look for in a candidate applying for HVAC jobs?

  1. Appearance
  2. Attitude
  3. Aptitude

HVAC technicians need to be on-time and dependable. For this reason, some employers may pay more attention to your college attendance and dependability than your grade point average.

Read more about HVAC Careers in our original article: Exploring Careers in the HVAC-Refrigeration Industry.


Learn How to Get Hired as an Automotive Technician [SlideShare Presentation]

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.


Which 5 HVAC Technician Jobs are Most In-Demand?

Posted: March 21st, 2016   |   Author: Jamie Wilke

HVAC jobs are in demand. Learn what skills are most needed.

There is always high demand for HVAC-Refrigeration Service and Repair Technicians who can:

  • Troubleshoot
  • Diagnose
  • Repair

HVAC jobs that are the most in-demand include:

  1. Residential heating and cooling systems
  2. Commercial HVAC systems
  3. Commercial ice making and beverage equipment
  4. Grocery store refrigeration equipment
  5. Commercial cooking equipment

For more detailed information, read our article: Exploring Careers in the HVAC-Refrigeration Industry.


Learn How to Create a College Student Budget in 4 Easy Steps [SlideShare Presentation]

Posted: March 18th, 2016   |   Author: Shivaun Martynes

Budgets are tricky, especially when you’re in college and juggling a job, family and social life. It’s hard! Have you ever wondered how some people make it look easy?

You, too, can master this skill and start saving money today! Check out our 4 steps to creating a college student budget in the slideshare presentation below.


Explore 4 Types of Entry Level HVAC Jobs – That New Graduates Can Get!

Posted: March 17th, 2016   |   Author: Jamie Wilke

Explore entry level HVAC jobs that new graduates can get

  1. A job with a large HVAC & Refrigeration company
  2. Union apprentice programs – earn while you learn
  3. Commercial or residential HVAC service company
  4. Facilities with large buildings employ around the clock HVAC departments: hotels, hospitals, colleges, etc.

Read our original article for even more details on each of these 4 Entry Level HVAC Technician Job Opportunities for recent graduates.


Advance Your Dental Assisting Career with these 2 Professional Certifications

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:


Pueblo Hosts the Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Night to Shine” Prom Night for People With Special Needs

Posted: March 8th, 2016   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk

IntelliTec Cosmetology Student Volunteers Bring Glam & Glitz “Invite-Only” Prom Guests

Press Release – For Immediate Release

IntelliTec Cosmetology students volunteer to glam up guests at "Night to Shine" sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation

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…)


Personal Training College Graduate Reshapes Her Life in More Ways Than One

Posted: February 11th, 2016   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk

Attending College, Like Everything in Life, is About Dedication and Perseverance

Personal Training Graduate Nichole Richardson

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.

“I have always had a love of fitness, and when I saw that IntelliTec offered a degree and a personal training certificate, I jumped at the chance to follow my dreams,” explains Richardson.

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 or call 1-800-724-9636.


9 Months at College Leads to 3 Job Offers for Pharmacy Technician Graduate Taeler Monroe

Posted: February 6th, 2016   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


“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.” – Pharmacy Tech grad Taeler Monroe

Have the Courage to Make a Choice and Take a Chance to Make a Change, If Not It’ll All Just Stay the Same.

Life is about choices on so many levels, and no one knows that better than recent Pharmacy Technician college graduate Taeler Monroe. Monroe was so determined to complete her pharmacy technician certificate, she drove 40 miles each way to attend classes at IntelliTec College in Grand Junction.

“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 college graduate Taeler 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 or call 1-800-724-9636.


Are You Listening? Soft Skills for Successful Interviews Series

Posted: February 1st, 2016   |   Author: Shivaun Martynes

IntelliTec College is providing a 12 step series highlighting soft skills for a successful interview. The first in the series focuses on Listening, specifically…

Soft Skills fo Interview PDF

Are you doing these things during your interviews?

  • Maintaining eye contact throughout.
  • Acknowledging in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Avoiding interruptions and “solutions” unless asked.
  • Asking clarifying questions.
  • Recognizing non-verbal cues.
  • Avoiding multitasking.
  • Summarizing the key points back to the speaker.

We put the challenge to you. For one week, attempt to conclude the end of every conversation with a summary back to the speaker.

For more information, contact Career Services at IntelliTec College.


Biomedical Equipment Technician Graduate Enjoys Financial Stability and Career with Potential

Posted: January 11th, 2016   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk

“Going to School was the Easy Part; What Lead Up to it Was the Real Challenge”

Jackie McCormick - Biomedical Equipment Technician program graduate IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs

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 or call 800-724-9636.


IntelliTec College – On the News on KREX 5 – Grand Junction Trade & Career Fair

Posted: January 6th, 2016   |   Author: Jamie Wilke



A trade and career fair was held Tuesday at IntelliTec College in Grand Junction for students, graduates, and anyone looking for a job.

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Watch IntelliTec Automotive in Albuquerque on KOB News 4 Good Day New Mexico – Classes Begin January 11th

Posted: January 6th, 2016   |   Author: Jamie Wilke

In case you missed it…Watch us on KOB News 4!

Classes begin Jan. 11th, there’s still time to apply now!

News Anchor Casey from Good Day New Mexico visits IntelliTec College to talk with Scott Yelton and James Gore.

Watch the video below to learn about the new Automotive Technician School in Albuquerque and how prospective students can sign up for the career training to become Automotive Technicians.