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After High School You Have Options: Explore 4-Year College Alternatives [Infographic]

Posted: July 25th, 2016   |   Author: Jamie Wilke


Congratulations – you’ve graduated from high school! Now what? High school graduates have some big life decisions to make.

  • Should you go straight to work and start making money right away?
  • Can you afford to take a year off before going to college to volunteer or travel?
  • Is going to a four year college your only career training option?

Check out this article for some surprising facts about going to college, and learn what other options are out there for you.

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Letter to IntelliTec Students About Loan Repayment Scam Alert

Posted: July 18th, 2016   |   Author: IntelliTec Colleges


Dear IntelliTec Student:

We are writing to inform you that our current and former students (and even their families) recently have been targets of online and telephone advertising programs that purport to offer student loan repayment assistance and/or debt forgiveness. You may have seen such advertisements on Facebook or on the Internet. Many of these advertisements prominently use IntelliTec’s name and photographs of IntelliTec’s campuses in their ads.

Please be aware that IntelliTec College is not affiliated or involved in any way with any such loan repayment or debt forgiveness offers, nor does IntelliTec College endorse or approve any of these entities.

None of the companies and offers are legitimate. There have been many reports in the last few years of scams in the student loan industry whereby companies charge significant fees (often hidden or undisclosed) for performing tasks that can be done easily or for free without the need for assistance. In worse cases, the people behind the scams are actually just out to obtain social security number and other private personal and financial information.

These “offers” are not just targeting IntelliTec students, but are targeting students from colleges and universities around the country. We are actively taking steps to stop these companies from targeting our students and alumni, including reporting these scams to the appropriate federal and state agencies.

Please always exercise care and caution when receiving or responding to any inquiries or offers concerning student loans or debt consolidation or forgiveness.

WHERE STUDENTS CAN GO FOR INFORMATION ABOUT STUDENT LOANS

  • All currently enrolled students should contact one of our Financial Services Representatives at their campus with any questions regarding their student loans
  • Former IntelliTec students should contact IntelliTec Colleges loan repayment advisor, Evelyn Mestas at emestas@intellitec.edu or 719-632-7626.

Evelyn can quickly identify a student’s current loan circumstances and steer you

towards the appropriate official entity for further assistance.

  • Intellitec Colleges has also partnered with USA Funds to provide free loan counseling assistance and budget planning information.

Students can contact USA Funds at 1-866-497-8723, or at www.repaymyloans.org

  • All students can find information about their existing loans, by contacting their loan servicer (official entity hired by the Department of Education to service federal loans). The Department has currently 11 loan servicers. If a student is not sure who their loan servicer is, they can find that information nslds.ed.gov
  • For additional federal student-loan repayment resources, visit

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans

HOW TO AVOID BECOMING THE VICTIM OF A SCAM

Scammers are constantly changing their scams, and sometimes it can be very hard to tell a scam from a legitimate offer. These guidelines may be helpful you. Before giving out your personal or financial information:

  • Treat all solicitations for debt relief or loan consolidation services as suspect until you can be sure they are legitimate.
  • Ask for the company’s physical address, direct phone number, and website. Check to make sure they exist and appear legitimate.
  • Check out the company’s listing with the Better Business Bureau bbb.org to see if they have a record of complaints or if they are registered at all.
  • For debt management providers, see if they are registered with Colorado Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section, and consider any disciplinary history in the list posted at coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/dm/consumer
  • NEVER give out usernames or passwords.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE BEEN THE TARGET OF A SCAM

If you already have been the target of a scam, in addition to any money you may have lost, you might be at risk for identity theft. You may want to consider doing the following:

  • Review your credit reports from all three credit reporting bureaus for fraudulent activity. You may obtain a free copy of your credit report each year from AnnualCreditReport.com
  • Place a fraud alert with each of the major credit reporting bureaus, Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. Get more information at consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0275-place-fraud-alert
  • Report the scam to the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at consumerfinance.gov
  • Report the scam to your attorney general’s office. Colorado residents may do so at stopfraudcolorado.gov


 

Colorado Springs Motorcross Athlete Races to a Career in Personal Training

Posted: July 13th, 2016   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


Colorado Springs Personal Trainer graduate Brett Stralo - Motorcross athlete

Motocross racing is a serious passion for IntelliTec College Personal Trainer graduate.

Life-Long Athlete and Army Veteran Bret Stralo Overcomes Challenges

Words like commitment and drive are often overused, particularly when they relate to the effort necessary to change career paths. The journey to a new career generally includes learning the necessary content in the field, applying newly acquired skills and training, and hoping there’s a job available at the end of the academic tunnel. Or you can do what Personal Training graduate Brett Stralo did: transform his talents as a professional athlete into a successful career.

Personal Athleticism Drives IntelliTec College Graduate to a Career as a Personal Trainer

Stralo began motocross racing at the age of six. Over the years he has celebrated a number of successes, from regional and national championships to earning his way into the A class. He is currently working on a state title and anticipates receiving his professional license this year. This passion for motocross required extreme dedication and physical commitment every day of his life.

Personal Trainer Brett Stralo puts in long days at Tru Fit Athletic Club, but he loves every minute of it. He is a graduate of the Personal Training program at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs.

Personal Trainer Brett Stralo puts in long days at Tru Fit Athletic Club, but he loves every minute of it. He is a graduate of the Personal Training program at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs.

It’s not something you can do when the mood strikes. To be successful, it takes everything you’ve got,” Stralo emphasizes.

He recently graduated from IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs with an Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Personal Training. His take-charge attitude fueled the completion of his internship in half the expected time, but it is his personable approach that makes him a well-rounded trainer. Tru Fit Athletic Club in Aurora recognized his unique talents during Stralo’s internship there and hired him on as a permanent personal trainer at their facility. His days are long, but according to Stralo, it is a necessary time investment in order to build his client base.

“My days start at 4:00 am end at 8:00 pm Monday – Friday. These hours accommodate scheduled clients and allow for drop-ins looking for a trainer,” acknowledges Stralo. “Building a client base means you have to keep an open schedule at the gym, but on the plus side, these long hours allow me to be home on weekends.”

Stralo Balances Work Schedule With Family Life

Weekends are dedicated to his 5 year-old son, Blake, and to his new wife, Sarah. Family time reminds him of the need to strike a balance between work and play. Stralo admits this can sometimes be difficult. Once he determined it was time to switch careers [from a soldier in the Army] and pursue his degree at IntelliTec College, he put every ounce of effort into doing so with integrity and professionalism. He believes if he spends time now building a career he’ll lay the path to future success.

“I knew if I committed myself to school and the knowledge the teachers provided I’d have a chance to do something professionally I’d always been personally passionate about,” says Stralo.

TruFit Personal Trainer Brett Stralo and family.

Weekends are family time for Brett Stralo with wife, Sarah and son, Blake.

Exceptional Teachers + Dedicated & Passionate Student = Professional Success

Stralo credits Sarah Peterson and Timothy Agan, Personal Trainer Instructors at IntelliTec College, for sharing their knowledge and life experience in the personal training profession. He recognizes that their investment and encouragement in him (and all the students) helped him become one of the best personal trainers in the business. However, the praise is equally reciprocated.

“Brett is extremely dedicated and passionate about the field of health and fitness. He’s highly professional and – most of all – truly caring toward each and every client he worked with during his time as a student trainer,” observes Peterson.

Agan adds, “He’s just very approachable and personal. He always wants to learn new training exercises to help clients both physically and mentally.”

Stralo Takes Command of Challenges – Overcomes Them with Prayer, Determination, and Faith

Stralo believes the formula for success is fairly straightforward. Apply yourself to your education with a professional attitude and overcome challenges that threaten to block the path to your goals. He acknowledges everyone experiences roadblocks. However, it is how you face them that determine the outcome. His past included a period as a single father with no support system. This left him un-deployable in his military career and facing the need to establish a new career. So, he turned to what he knew best: fitness. With prayer, determination, and faith, Stralo now enjoys a career where success at the gym takes on an entirely new meaning.

About IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs

IntelliTec’s Personal Training program offers an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree that features step-by-step training using the official NASM curriculum.

IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, CO offers hands-on career training in the technical trades, computer technology, allied health care and personal training fields. These programs award either associate degrees or 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 www.IntelliTec.edu or calling 719-632-7626.



 

How to Choose the Right Career Path – Explore Your College Options After High School

Posted: July 6th, 2016   |   Author: IntelliTec Colleges


Hand holding Diploma wrapped with a red ribbon.

Explore the many college and career options that are available to you after high school. (Photo credit: © Teerawut Masawat – 123RF.com)

Learn How to Get a True Career After High School

A “career” is more than a job—it’s a calling. A life-long vocation that not only gives a person a new level of respect among their peers, but allows them to provide for others. A career is about purpose, and having a place in this world. So why are so many young Americans no longer pursuing one?

High schoolers face daunting difficulties when planning for the future. It’s hard to plan a career in a world that demands a four year degree as the price of admission. As a result, many young people begin working right out of high school.

What many don’t know is that there is a third option—a way to have a real career without the substantial investment of a four year degree.

Think About Attending a Vocational School or Technical College

You can reach your career goals without going to a four-year college, and a vocational school can do this for you. By going to college for a shorter period – less than two years – you can increase your earnings over time and have an evolving career.

A vocational school (or sometimes called a trade or technical college) can give you:

  • The training you need for an in-demand career you will love in less than two years.
  • A way to start making money sooner than if you went to a four-year college.
  • A plan for your future. You can have a career where you can start making more money than you could have made with no college education. These careers also have advancement opportunities.

Career Options for High Schoolers Planning to Attend a Vocational School

If you decide getting an associate degree or certificate from a vocational or technical school in less than two years is the right decision for you, the next step is to pick a career path.

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You can plan your career according to what you like to do, what jobs are in demand, or even how much your job will help or impact others. (Photo credit: © Kurhan – 123RF.com)

A large number of career choices exist in technical or vocational colleges, including:

  1. Fun Careers – You may be surprised at how many careers are a lot of fun.
  2. Careers That Are In Demand– Many of these careers are in fields that are in high demand right now, like nursing and welding.
  3. Meaningful Careers – Some careers are in fields that are focused on helping and lifting up others, such as physical therapy.

1. Fun Careers

Whether a career is fun is a personal choice. What one person thinks is fun, another may totally dislike. Here are some careers that many students find enjoyable and a little information on them.

Group of business people celebrating by throwing their business papers in the air

Choose a career doing something you love – matching your personal interests – and work days will go by much faster. (Photo Credit: © Wavebreak Media Ltd – 123RF.com)

  • Personal Trainer – Those who choose this field are usually physically active and have a passion for physical fitness. They are up on all the latest trends in fitness. If you spend a lot of time in the gym, this may be the perfect career for you.
  • Cosmetologist – If you enjoy helping people feel beautiful, this may be the career for you. In this field you, can branch off into jobs such as Estheticians, who beautify and clean the skin, Nail Technicians who work on the client’s nails, and Hair Stylists who manage hair cutting, coloring and styling.
  • Construction Manager – Those who choose this field usually begin by researching programs available at many two-year colleges. Training is often available through the construction industry associations.
  • Aviation Maintenance – If you are interested in repairing motors, but want something different to repair, this may be the career for you. It is best to attend one of 170 Aviation Maintenance Technician schools that the FAA has certified. This can lead to jobs at major airports across the nation, as well as jobs for the U.S. Armed Forces at military bases.
  • Air Traffic Controller – Although it is a very stressful job, those who work in this field totally enjoy the work. Those in this field have vigorous training and testing, including health and mental stability tests.
Dustin Cooper Automotive Technician Graduate Success Story - IntelliTec College in Grand Junction

Dustin Cooper – Automotive Technician Graduate – IntelliTec College in Grand Junction.

2. Careers That Are In Demand

There are always jobs that the majority of people cannot do for themselves. However, there is a need for someone to be able to help him or her. This is where the following jobs come in. Depending on geographic location, these jobs are almost always in demand, and their need is growing, especially in the IT (Information Technology) areas.

  • Computer and Network Systems Technician – If you enjoy tinkering around with computers and the way they work, a career in this field may be right for you. Most companies employ computer and network systems techs in order to assure that their networks are always up to speed and working correctly, especially in today’s competitive world.
  • Automotive Technician – For those who enjoy working on their own cars, a job in this field might be the way to go. Many technical schools offer training in this field. You usually start your career working under the more experienced technicians. Sometimes, automobile manufacturers and dealers sponsor two-year associates programs where you take classes one week and work in the service department the next, alternating between the two.
  • Refrigeration and HVAC Technician – A career in this field includes working with heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems. Many trade and technical schools offer training in this field, and many times, the student is trained through apprenticeships.
  • Plumber – Those choosing this path for their career will rarely, if ever be out of work. At one time or another, almost everyone has to call a plumber. Technical schools or community colleges usually teach the skills needed to gain a license in this field. Apprenticeship programs are also encouraged. Many times, local unions or other national plumbing organizations offer them.
  • Electrician – Another in-demand career is that of an electrician. In today’s world, everything runs on electricity, and so there will always be a need for someone to repair it when there are problems. Training in this field is offered in trade/technical schools, as well as in apprenticeship programs. Local unions such as the National Electrical Contractors Association often sponsor the apprenticeship programs, and they offer pay for on-the-job training.
IntelliTec participates in Grand Valley Health Fair

Medical Assistant takes patient’s blood pressure at a local Health Fair.

3. Meaningful Careers

For those students who enjoy working with people and helping them in their daily lives, the following careers may be of interest:

  • Medical Assistant – A medical assistant works in the offices of hospitals, doctors and other types of healthcare facilities. They complete tasks such as measuring vital signs, recording patient information, giving patients injections and preparing blood samples for various lab tests.
  • Nursing Assistant – A nursing assistant will provide basic care for patients who are in the hospital or in a long-term facility, such as a nursing home. They help clean and bathe patients, dress the patients, help transfer the patients between their bed and wheelchairs, just to name a few of their duties.
  • Pharmacy Technician – Those who are interested in medications and how they can help their customers might enjoy this career. Pharmacy technicians help the pharmacists to collect information to fill prescriptions, measure amounts of medication for the prescriptions and disperse medication to customers. They also help organize the inventory and let pharmacists know if there are any shortages.
  • Dental Assistant – Those who are interested in the study of dentistry may enjoy a career as a dental assistant. Dental assistants have many duties, such as preparing the patient for their treatments, handing the dentist the dental instruments, keeping the patient’s mouths dry using the suction hoses and processing x-rays and other lab tasks, to name a few.
  • Massage Therapist – Another popular field is massage therapy. The massage therapist uses touch to manipulate the soft tissues of the body, such as the muscles. They can help to relieve pain, improve circulation, heal injuries and relieve stress in their patients, along with other benefits.

Other Career Ideas – Career Options That Don’t Need a Four-Year College Degree

Listed below are a few other career choices that a high school student might find interesting:

  • Real Estate Broker
  • Landscape Architect
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Freelance Writer
  • Online Advertising Manager
  • Web Developer
  • Paralegal Assistant
  • Stenographer-Court Reporter
  • Construction Machine Operator
  • Teacher’s Aide

Consider Training at a Technical College for an In-Demand Trades Career in Less than Two Years

As you can see, there are many careers to choose from if going to a four-year college is not in your plans. It is important that you explore your career options thoroughly, including a 2 year college degree or professional certificate in an in-demand trades career. There is something for almost everyone.

The good news is, if you put the time and effort into making it in one of the careers above, many times you can earn the same, or, in many cases, more than a student with a four-year degree. If you are able to train for a job that you really love, you will be successful.

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Is College Overrated? The Top 21 Highest Paying Jobs with NO College Degree

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About IntelliTec Colleges

IntelliTec Colleges provide hands-on career training in Colorado and New Mexico with associate degree and 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 www.IntelliTec.edu or calling 1-800-748-2282.



 

Get The Facts: College Degree vs High School Diploma? Learn the Top 5 Benefits of Going to College

Posted: June 13th, 2016   |   Author: IntelliTec Colleges


Hand holding Diploma wrapped with a red ribbon.

Did you know? You can enjoy these “Top 5 Benefits of Going to College” –  without getting a 4-year degree at a traditional university? (Photo details: © Teerawut Masawat – 123RF.com)

Congratulations! You’ve Graduated from High School – Now What Will Your Next Move Be?

Many high school students, and perhaps their parents, often wrestle with these questions:

  • Does a person earn more money with a college degree vs high school diploma?
  • Is it worthwhile to go to college?

Research shows that yes, those who know the value of a college degree usually do make more than those with only a high school diploma do.

 

Here are the ‘Top 5 Benefits’ of Going to College:

 

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Massage Therapist Translates Computer Hobby Into New Career as Help Desk Specialist

Posted: June 10th, 2016   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


Rebecca Annis computer network systems technician graduate

A fun hobby translates into a new career for Rebecca Annis, a Computer Network Systems Technician graduate of IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs. She is currently employed as a Help Desk Specialist at Progressive Insurance.

Computer Technician Graduate Believes: Better Care of Self Leads to Better Care of Others

Rebecca Annis’ long-time massage therapy clients knew she had it in her to follow her dreams. Not that massage therapy was not a satisfying career for her. After 13 years in the industry she had a loyal client base and owned her own business. But she just needed the encouragement to turn her love of computers into a new career path where she could potentially earn more money and become part of a growing industry. And though she was hesitant to begin the Computer Network Systems Technician (CNST) program, when she finally leaned in, it turned out to be a perfect fit.

“To be honest, I had a bit of an attitude toward the idea of enrolling in a ‘trade’ school. I’ve always believed the more traditional colleges offered a stronger curriculum and employers looked to these schools when hiring employees,” admits Annis.

Rebecca’s Interviewing Confidence Leads to Job Offer from Progressive Insurance

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IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs to Give Free Fitness Assessments & More During its Personal Training Clinic Grand Opening: June 13-16

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


IntelliTec College Personal Training Students Perform Fitness Assessments & Design Client Workouts at a Discount

Receive a free 30 minute personal training session during IntelliTec College's Personal Training Clinic Grand Opening June 13th-16th from 1-5 pm

Receive a free personal training session during IntelliTec College’s Personal Training Clinic Grand Opening Mon-Thurs, June 13th-16th, from 1-5 pm.

Press Release – For Immediate Release

Colorado Springs, Colorado –IntelliTec College is offering free, 30-minute personal training sessions during its Personal Training Grand Opening Clinic the week of June 13th – 16th from 1– 5 pm. The one-on-one training sessions include a 30-minute workout, which can be scheduled at the event for individuals 18 years and older. IntelliTec’s Personal Training Building is at 2260 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80909. There is no appointment necessary for training sessions during the grand opening.

Daily door prizes include four free 1/2-hour personal training sessions and gift certificates to Whole Foods, GNC and Sprouts. Winners need not be present. Healthy snacks and refreshments will be provided during the clinic.

Guests who attend the Personal Training Clinic’s Grand Opening can sign up for deeply discounted fitness programs. Interested participants can schedule their personal training sessions during the Grand Opening or contact the Clinic Monday through Thursday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. The Clinic is open to the public, and students currently enrolled in the personal training program will design individualized workouts. Make an appointment today to schedule your first session by calling Sarah Peterson, Personal Training Instructor at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, at (719) 201-4361.

Personal trainers and staff will be available to provide clinic information, answer questions and offer personal trainer program information for those interested in a career as a personal trainer.

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Get Jewels on Your Teeth!

Posted: June 7th, 2016   |   Author: IntelliTec Colleges


Jewel Bonding is Only $30 per Jewel!

Work is performed by IntelliTec College’s Dental Assisting program students.

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Call to Schedule Your Free Appointment Today:

  • 970.245.8101

IntelliTec College of Grand Junction is at:

  • 772 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506


 

Colorado Springs Medical Assistant Practices Professionalism Beyond the Office Doors

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


New IntelliTec College Grad’s Likable and Easy-Going Personality Well-Suited to Local Optometrist’s Office Environment

Shauna Matthews displays a calm and caring demeanor at her new job with Our Eye Doctor

Shauna Matthews displays a calm and caring demeanor at her new Medical Assisting job with Our Eye Doctor in Colorado Springs. 

Shauna Matthews is a walking endorsement for the saying, “smile – it’s contagious.” She brings a light and positivity into every room she enters, and her self-assuredness lets patients know they have come to the right optometrist’s office.

That’s exactly what Dr. Kara Fedders, O.D. with Our Eye Doctor recognized when she first met Matthews and immediately hired her. Fedders knew she wanted Matthews’ smile and cheerful attitude to be the first thing to greet her patients.

“You can train skills, but I always hire personality. I knew she [Matthews] would fit right in the moment I met her. She comes across as genuine and caring, and patients respond to that,” says Fedders.

Recent Medical Assisting Graduate Overcomes A Lackluster Academic Past

Matthews’ determination helped to increase her 2.0 high school GPA to a 4.0 GPA and placed her in the National Honors Society throughout her entire Medical Assisting program at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, CO. (more…)



 

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

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

Posted: May 10th, 2016   |   Author: IntelliTec Colleges


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

Automotive Technician Graduate – IntelliTec College in Grand Junction

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 recent college grads – people aged 22 to 27 with at least a bachelor’s degree –  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 – http://www.khake.com/ – 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 – https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0241-choosing-vocational-school from the U.S. – Federal Trade Commission
  • Choosing the Right Career Training School – http://www.bbb.org/ – Better Business Bureau
  • Career Colleges and Technical Schools – Choosing a School – http://www2.ed.gov/students/prep/college/consumerinfo/choosing.html – U.S. Department of Education

Sources Used

  • Why Young People Shouldn’t Go to College (At Least Right Away) – https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/nurturing-resilience/201103/why-young-people-shouldn-t-go-college-least-right-away
  • IntelliTec Colleges – http://www.intelliteccollege.com/
  • College vs. Work – http://www.educationbug.org/a/college-vs-work.html
  • Life After High School – http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/after-hs.html#
  • Is There a Viable Alternative to College? – https://fee.org/articles/is-there-a-viable-alternative-to-college/
  • What Americans Say It Takes to be Middle Class – http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/02/04/what-americans-say-it-takes-to-be-middle-class
  • Major Decisions: What Graduates Earn Over Their Lifetimes – http://www.hamiltonproject.org/papers/major_decisions_what_graduates_earn_over_their_lifetimes/
  • When College Grads Earn Like High School Grads – http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2014/09/08/college_graduate_vs_high_school_graduate_salaries.html
  • Discover the Benefits of Trade School – http://www.natradeschools.edu/benefits-of-trade-school-maryland
  • Top 3 Advantages of Attending a Trade School – http://www.examiner.com/article/top-3-advantages-of-attending-a-trade-school
  • Another Option After High School: Trade/Vocational Schools and Career Colleges – https://www.quintcareers.com/vocational-school/

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 www.IntelliTec.edu 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: http://www.123rf.com/profile_halfpoint)

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: http://www.123rf.com/profile_halfpoint)

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 www.IntelliTec.edu 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

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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).

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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 www.IntelliTec.edu or call 800-724-9636.



 

5 Things that Make a Great Dental Assistant Training Program

Posted: March 28th, 2016   |   Author: IntelliTec Colleges


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: IntelliTec Colleges


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: IntelliTec Colleges


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.