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How to Get a Better Paying Job – 9 Fun Careers That Might Surprise You

Posted: December 29th, 2016   |   Author: Jamie Wilke


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Explore trade/technical schools…they can provide you with specialized skills for that better job in less than two years! (© Kurhan – 123RF.com)

How to Get a Better Paying Job – 9 Fun Careers That Might Surprise You

Many people who graduated high school and didn’t go to college feel like they’re in dead-end jobs. Working in retail or a restaurant can pay the bills. However, these jobs don’t usually offer room to grow.

Getting a rewarding job can significantly improve your outlook on life. It is possible to be happy at work – especially if your daily work results in raises, promotions to higher positions, increased responsibility, and respect for what you do. It can feel great to be rewarded for your work and know that you’re going somewhere!

With many low-skill jobs, schedules may change from week to week, and the work itself, and even the hours that you are required to work, may not be so desirable. Additionally, health insurance may not be available. Even if insurance is offered, it may not be affordable.

The good news is that you don’t have to go to an expensive university to get paid more and have a more positive working life. There are several fun careers that you can have with an associate degree or certificate. Explore trade/technical schools…they can provide you with specialized skills for that better job in less than two years!

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You can get certificates and associate degrees from technical and trade schools. They offer a range of programs to help you find a job that you will enjoy.(© belchonock – 123RF.com)

How To Get a Better Paying Job You Enjoy

One of the first steps in getting a better paying job is to look at technical schools.

You can get certificates and associate degrees from these schools. They offer a range of programs to help you find a job that you will enjoy. Whether you’re interested in working with your hands, computers or people, trade schools have programs available.

Technical schools can be less expensive than traditional four-year colleges when you consider that:

  • Less time (2-3 years less) is required to complete your education.
  • Minimal general education courses are required, as the focus is on learning specialized skills.
  • Do you have children and/or a job? These schools often offer day or evening classes, so you will be able to go to school and also work or take care of the kids.
  • If you do need to put your children in daycare while you go to school, the less time required at school also makes technical schools a more affordable option for you.
  • Additionally, trade schools are accredited institutions and offer financial aid available to those who qualify.
Graduation hat with diploma and money

Careers in the skilled trades offer room for advancement and higher pay. (© pogonici – 123RF.com)

Make More Money And Look Forward To Work

While you may hate the job you currently have, working in a field you are interested in can make going to work something you look forward to. Many jobs for skilled workers allow you to see that you’ve accomplished something at the end of the day.

A certificate or an associate degree can allow you to make a lot more money. People with associate degrees make around 20 percent more than people who only have a high school diploma.

Careers in the skilled trades offer room for advancement and higher pay. This is especially true for people with the formal hands-on training that a technical school provides and for those with additional industry-specific professional certifications.

Most training programs will provide you the education you need to work as a professional billing clerk or specialist

Obtaining a trade-specific job may also set you up with the skills you need to start your own company. Owning and running your own business can give you freedom in many ways.

Some Skilled Workers Choose to Start Their Own Businesses

Obtaining a trade-specific job may also set you up with the skills you need to start your own company. Owning and running your own business can give you freedom in many ways. Some benefits of owning your own business include:

  • You can be in control and make your own decisions.
  • You can make more money running your own business than you would as an employee.
  • You can make a difference! You can help your clients and customers, become involved in your community, and create jobs for people where you live.
  • You can have a more flexible lifestyle. Some businesses lend themselves to raising a family while still enjoying a successful career. Some business owners can even work from home. According to a survey done by American Express, the number of businesses owned by women went up by 68% from 1997 to 2014, and in 2014 more than 9.1 million women owned their own businesses in the United Sates.

The Need For Skilled Workers

You may be thinking that you need a four-year degree to get a good job. Many parents and high schools teachers stress the need to go to college. However, there are a lot of companies that need skilled workers. These are people who are good with their hands but may not have gone to a university.

The creation of new jobs and the retirement of skilled workers has led to a lot of open skilled trade positions. It is estimated that around four million jobs for skilled laborers are going unfilled. This has led many employers to hire employees that don’t have any experience as long as they have some basic training.

9 Fun Jobs That Don’t Require Four-Year Degrees

There are a lot of jobs that don’t require you to have gone to college. Many of these jobs are seeing a lot of growth. With the need for so many new people, on-the-job training is sometimes available, but education and training is preferred. Even if you don’t have prior experience, a certificate or an associate degree may be all you need to start a new, fun career.

Here are some of the fastest growing jobs that are also fun to do: 


Automotive Technician

atmEducational Requirements: Employers prefer that automotive service technicians and mechanics complete a formal education program at a postsecondary institution. Industry certification is usually required once the person is employed.

Expected Job Growth Between 2014 and 2024: 5-8% (237,200 new job openings)

Median Wages: See the median and state wages for “Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics” at: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-3023.00

How to Earn More: Those who have completed formal postsecondary training programs or achieved ASE certification should enjoy the best job prospects. Those without formal automotive training or certification are likely to face strong competition for entry-level jobs.

Job Description: There are a lot of positions that someone interested in becoming an automotive technician may be able to fill. Automotive technicians may focus on basic repairs or specialize in certain parts of a vehicle, like brakes or engines.

Additional Job Duties

  • Figuring out mechanical problems by running tests
  • Replacing worn out or broken parts
  • Handling warranty work and repairs
  • Performing basic maintenance
  • Explaining repairs and estimates to customers

HVAC Technician

hvacEducational Requirements: Because HVACR systems have become increasingly complex, employers generally prefer HVAC Technician applicants with postsecondary education or those who have completed an apprenticeship. Some states and localities require technicians to be licensed.

Expected Job Growth Between 2014 and 2024: 14% (much faster than the average for all occupations) and 84,200 new job openings

Median Wages: See the median and state wages for “Refrigeration and HVAC Technicians” at: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-9021.01

How to Earn More: Candidates familiar with computer tablets and electronics, as well as those who have developed troubleshooting skills, will have the best job opportunities as employers continue to have difficulty finding qualified technicians to install, maintain, and repair complex new systems.

Job Description: HVAC technicians normally work on the heating and cooling systems in buildings and homes. They may also work with systems that ensure high air quality.

Additional Job Duties

  • Install or replace heaters and air conditioners
  • Diagnose and repair issues with HVAC systems
  • Help homeowners and business owners improve energy efficiency
  • Maintain HVAC systems
  • Connect systems to fuel lines, water lines, coolant lines and air ducts

Computer Support Specialist

cnstEducational Requirements: Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Expected Job Growth Between 2014 and 2024: 5-8% and 79,400 new job openings

Median Wages: See the median and state wages for “Network and Computer Systems Administrators” at: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1142.00?redir=15-1071.00

How to Earn More: Employees in this career field can usually earn more money by obtaining industry-specific professional certifications on top of their trade school certificate or associate degree. Prospects are best for candidates who are up to date on the latest technology, especially cloud computing.

Job Description: There is a wide range of computer support jobs available. Along with providing support for setting up new computers, technicians may also help people fix computer problems. These problems can be with Internet connections, hardware or software. Support technicians may help individuals or provide support for companies.

Additional Job Duties

  • Testing and maintaining computers or network systems
  • Running tests to determine hardware or software problems
  • Providing over the phone or email support for Internet or PC problems
  • Training other people on how to use computers or do particular tasks

Personal Trainer

ptEducational Requirements: The education and training required for fitness trainers and instructors varies by type of specialty, and employers often hire those with certification.

Expected Job Growth Between 2014 and 2024: 14% or higher and 10,400 new job openings

Median Wages: See the median and state wages for “Personal Trainers” at: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-9091.00

How to Earn More: Job prospects should be best for workers with professional certification or increased levels of formal education in health or fitness

Job Description: Personal trainers help people and groups complete strength training exercises and exercises that improve heart function. Exercises can range from yoga to weight lifting, and trainers may work with individuals at all skill levels.

Additional Job Duties

  • Show people how to perform certain actions or exercises
  • Help individuals perform actions in ways that will reduce their risk of injury
  • Provide people with information about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Perform emergency first aid if needed

Cosmetologist

cosmoEducational Requirements: All states require barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists to be licensed. To qualify for a license, candidates are required to graduate from a state-approved barber or cosmetology program and then pass a state exam for licensure.

Expected Job Growth Between 2014 and 2024: 9-13% (faster than average) and 212,100 new job openings

Median Wages: See the median and state wages for “Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists” at: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/39-5012.00

How to Earn More: Employees in this career field take advanced courses in hairstyling or in other personal appearance services to keep up with the latest trends. Those who want to open their own business also may take courses in sales and marketing.

Job Description: While most cosmetologists give people haircuts, they may do other things as well.

Additional Job Duties:

  • Drying and styling hair
  • Providing recommendations based on a person’s skin or hair type
  • Offering suggestions for hairstyles
  • Chemically changing hair via dye or perm solutions

Massage Therapist

mtEducational Requirements: Massage therapists typically complete a postsecondary education program of 500 or more hours of study and experience, although standards and requirements vary by state or other jurisdictions. Most states regulate massage therapy and require massage therapists to have a license or certification.

Expected Job Growth Between 2014 and 2024: 14% or higher (much faster than average) and 49,000 new job openings

Median Wages: See the median and state wages for “Massage Therapists” at: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9011.00

How to Earn More: In states that regulate massage therapy, opportunities should be available to those who complete formal programs and pass a professionally recognized exam. Because referrals are an important source of work for massage therapists, marketing and networking may help increase the number of job opportunities. Joining a professional association also can help build strong contacts and further increase the likelihood of steady work. In addition, massage therapists may be able to attract a wider variety of clients by completing education programs in multiple modalities.

Description: People who are massage therapists relieve pain and improve circulation by manipulating soft tissues and muscles of patients. Massage therapy can help to reduce the time it takes to heal from an injury, relieve stress and help people relax.

Additional Job Duties

  • Work with clients to determine what massage is needed to help them
  • Find points of pain and tension on a client’s body
  • Keep track of a client’s progress
  • Help clients improve their posture and explain the best way to strengthen and stretch their body

Medical Assistant

maEducational Requirements: Most medical assistants have postsecondary education such as a certificate. Others enter the occupation with a high school diploma and learn through on-the-job training.

Expected Job Growth Between 2014 and 2024: 14% or higher (much faster than average) and 262,100 new job openings

Median Wages: See the median and state wages for “Medical Assistants” at: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9092.00

How to Earn More: Medical assistants who earn certification and have familiarity with electronic health records (EHRs) may have better job prospects.

Job Description: The job of a medical assistant includes handling administrative tasks in medical settings. Medical assistants may work in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and medical facilities. What medical assistants are expected to do will depend on the setting they are working in.

Additional Job Duties

  • Taking down a patient’s medical history and personal information
  • Measuring patient vital signs, such as pulse or blood pressure
  • Assisting doctors and nurses with physical examinations
  • Administering medications according to physician instructions
  • Drawing blooding
  • Performing basic laboratory tests
  • Removing sutures and changing dressings

Pharmacy Technician

pharmEducational Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent. Most states regulate pharmacy technicians, which is a process that may require passing an exam or completing a formal education or training program.

Expected Job Growth Between 2014 and 2024: 9-13% (faster than average) and 71,600 new job openings

Median Wages: See the median and state wages for “Pharmacy Technicians” at: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2052.00

How to Earn More: Some states and employers require pharmacy technicians to be certified. Even where it is not required, certification may make it easier to get a job. Many employers will pay for their pharmacy technicians to take the certification exam.

Job Description: Pharmacy technician jobs are both full- and part-time. People may work in hospitals, grocery stores or other medical settings filling prescriptions.

Additional Job Duties

  • Collecting the information required to fill a prescription
  • Packaging, labeling and measuring medications
  • Organizing and helping to maintain an inventory of medications
  • Pharmacy technicians at hospitals may fill a greater variety of medication orders, including ones for IVs

Dental Assistant

daEducational Requirements: There are several possible paths to becoming a dental assistant. Some states require assistants to graduate from an accredited program and pass an exam. In other states, there are no formal educational requirements.

Expected Job Growth Between 2014 and 2024: 14% or higher (much faster than average) and137,500 new job openings

Median Wages: See the median and state wages for “Dental Assistants” at: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9091.00

How to Earn More: Dental assistants with advanced certification or training will likely have the best job prospects.

Job Description: A dental assistant may be required to do a variety of tasks, and job duties will depend on where someone works. Most assistants will work with patients to take down information about patients and provide basic dental care.

Additional Job Duties

  • Preparing dental patients for procedures
  • Dealing with administrative tasks, like making appointments and taking payments
  • Explaining proper oral hygiene to patients
  • Assisting dentists during procedures and making sure tools are sterilized

Conclusion – Find Your Dream Career

If you’re interested in increasing your income and your level of job satisfaction, you should consider getting a certificate or an associate degree in a vocational program from a trade school or technical college.

Technical colleges often allow you to get an associate degree or certification while you work a full-time job. Obtaining an education is a key part of how to get a better job. You can complete your training in less than two years, and financial aid is available to those who qualify. (Read the next article: “How to Pay for College On a Low Income: Financial Aid Tips for Adults Going to College”).

Sources Used

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook – http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
  • Expert says skilled labor workers are in high demand and in short supply – http://whnt.com/2016/03/27/expert-says-skilled-labor-workers-are-in-high-demand-and-in-short-supply/
  • America’s Skilled Trades Dilemma: Shortages Loom As Most-In-Demand Group Of Workers Ages – http://www.forbes.com/sites/emsi/2013/03/07/americas-skilled-trades-dilemma-shortages-loom-as-most-in-demand-group-of-workers-ages/#65be36f94545
  • 4 ways to increase your salary potential – http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2014/08/30/wall-st-cheat-sheet-4-ways-to-increase-your-salary-potential/14761891/
  • Certificates: A fast track to careers – http://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2012/winter/art01.pdf – The Advantages of Owning Your Own Business – https://www.thebalance.com/the-advantages-of-owning-your-own-business-2948555

About IntelliTec Colleges

IntelliTec Colleges provide hands-on career training in Colorado and New Mexico with Associate (Occupational Studies) Degrees and Certificate programs designed to be completed in 9 to 18 months. 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 are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.



 

What Does a Cosmetologist Do? Learn About This Caring Career for Creative, Social People…and No Degree Required!

Posted: December 29th, 2016   |   Author: Jamie Wilke


It’s difficult to get by in the world today. Many people feel stuck in dead-end fast food or retail jobs. Others struggle through backbreaking manual labor just to make ends meet. Maybe you couldn’t afford to go to school at a major university and never got a proper start in life, and now you’re wondering if there’s any hope left for you.

cosmetology school hair stylist

Cosmetologists offer services related to beauty, grooming and personal care.

Jobs for Creative People: 10 Things You Need to Know About Cosmetology

If you’re a creative soul, you’re in luck. There are some great jobs for creative people out there, and cosmetology is one of them. Do you have a passion for beauty and personal style? You could become a professional cosmetologist and have a fulfilling career where you can pursue your interests in hair, makeup, nails, or skin care.

Cosmetology is an excellent line of work for those seeking creative and caring careers. Many people don’t consider cosmetology jobs because they think they require too much schooling, but it’s actually possible to complete your training, get your license and begin working in a little over a year.

1. What Does a Cosmetologist Do?

Cosmetologists offer services related to beauty, grooming and personal care. This includes things like:

  • Haircuts, styling and coloring
  • Weaves or extensions
  • Nail art or maintenance
  • Skincare and makeup
  • Spa treatments

Most cosmetologists have a specific niche that they focus on, but some choose to work in more than one area. You could become a nail artist or choose to devote yourself to skincare. In the modern era of social media, you might even become well known in your niche.

pueblo cosmetology school salon

At IntelliTec College you can expect to earn your Cosmetology certificate in as few as 15 months.

2. Where Can a Cosmetologist Work?

You’ll have a variety of options, such as:

  • Privately owned spas and salons
  • Chain salons found in malls or shopping centers
  • Cruise ships and resorts
  • Senior-living facilities
  • Film or television studios, theater companies or music productions
  • Manage your own salon or booth that you either rent or operate out of your home

3. What Schooling is Required to Become a Cosmetologist?

To begin your cosmetology training, you’ll need at least a high school diploma or GED. Most cosmetology schools require an average of 1400 to 1600 hours of training, which will include learning about a variety of techniques. Some programs include specialized training for a certain area of cosmetology, such as nails or skincare.

At IntelliTec College, for example, you can expect to earn your Cosmetology certificate in as few as 15 months. During that time, you’ll learn and practice your cosmetology skills hands-on in the school salon where you will work with real clients. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in community projects where you’ll get to further practice your skills and help those in need. This will give you the real-life experience required to do well on the Colorado State Board of Cosmetology exam.

4. How Much Money Can You Make at Cosmetology Jobs?

Your income as a cosmetologist will greatly depend on three things:

  1. Where you work
  2. How much you choose to work
  3. How dedicated you are to advancing in your career

The flexibility of this field allows you to go in a number of directions and essentially earn as much as you see fit. For example, some cosmetologists choose to create their own line of beauty products to go along with the services they offer.

In general, cosmetologists can expect to make between $17,000 and $47,000 a year. According to CareerOneStop, in 2015 the median wage for cosmetologists was $23,660 a year (or $11.38 per hour).

When looking at wages for this career – keep in mind these points:

  • The median wage is the wage that half of all cosmetologists earned more than that amount and half earned less.
  • The amount you earn is likely to go up the longer you’ve been working, so don’t get discouraged at the numbers on the lower end of the spectrum.
  • Consider that the take-home earnings of a cosmetologist can actually be more when you add in tips/gratuity from clients.

If you plan on working on Colorado, you might be interested to know that cosmetologists in the Boulder area made the most money in the state, averaging around $31,000 a year. However, there might also be more competition in that area. Cosmetologists in Pueblo and Grand Junction made between $21,000 and $26,000 in 2013. (Source: “Cosmetology-License.com”)

cosmetology school nail specialist

According to the United States Department of Labor, cosmetology jobs are expected to grow up to 13 percent by 2022, with hairstylists and skin-care specialists being in high demand.

5. What are the Benefits of a Career in Cosmetology?

One of the best things about choosing this line of work is that the demand is expected to remain relatively high. People want and need to look good whether the economy is thriving or struggling. The need for haircuts and beauty treatments will never go away, which means you’ll always be able to find work if you need it.

In fact, according to the United States Department of Labor, cosmetology jobs are expected to grow up to 13 percent by 2022, with hairstylists and skin-care specialists being in high demand. As of 2013, over 11,000 cosmetologists were working in the state of Colorado, and those numbers will rise with the growing population and booming economy.

Other benefits of this career include:

  • You can choose a variety of niches to get into.
  • You can choose to have a flexible work schedule. Many people in this career work full time, but part-time positions are also common.
  • If you own a salon you may have longer hours, but you can set your own hours.
  • Salons are usually the busiest during evenings and weekends, but that may free you up for longer mornings at home.
  • You can enjoy a high level of freedom and independence at work without being told what to do by a supervisor.
  • You can choose to work for yourself or a bigger salon or spa.
  • You can earn a competitive income without the need for a four-year college degree.
  • You have options for growth or side income, such selling or creating your own line of skincare products.

6. Are There Any Negatives of Cosmetology Jobs?

There are negatives to any career. If there weren’t, we would all be doing the same thing! The truth is that different careers are suited to different people. Some things that could be considered negatives about this career path typically include:

  • You’ll usually be on your feet all day.
  • Clients can be difficult, and sometimes they have a hard time explaining what they want.
  • If you anger a client by doing something they don’t like with their appearance, it can’t always be fixed.
  • The job is very social, which might be considered a negative if you’re an introverted person.
  • If you attempt to work at a higher-paying salon, the competition can be fierce and sometimes difficult.
cosmetology school makeup artist

Appearance can affect the way a person feels about themselves, and at the end of the day, you’ll rest easy knowing you helped improve someone’s self-esteem.

7. What is Everyday Life Like for a Cosmetologist?

There is a lot of flexibility with this career. Most cosmetologists work from late morning to evening on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Salons are typically closed Sundays and Mondays, but it greatly depends.

In general, the life of a cosmetologist can be very fulfilling. You’ll be spending time chatting as you work, which makes this one of the best careers for social people. Along with being a friend and confidant to your clients, you’ll also be someone who helps change their lives.

Appearance can affect the way a person feels about themselves, and at the end of the day, you’ll rest easy knowing you helped improve someone’s self-esteem. Not everyone gets to feel that way about their jobs.

8. Is Cosmetology Right for You?

You shouldn’t get into cosmetology simply for an interest in hair or makeup. There’s a big difference between doing your own hair at home and working on clients as a job. Cosmetology is ideal for self-starters who are motivated to handle all aspects of the business.

You’ll need to be capable of:

  • Staying organized, scheduling appointments and handling all jobs in a timely manner.
  • Keeping it together when things get stressful.
  • Handling difficult clients and maintaining good communication skills to help soothe conflicts.
  • Being social and friendly even when you aren’t in a great mood.
  • Looking stylish and presentable at all times.
  • Paying attention to the latest trends in hair, beauty and makeup.
  • Dedicating yourself to working on advancing your skill set for the rest of your career.
  • Traveling to trade shows and conventions related to your niche.
  • Comfortably touching and handling clients in an appropriate physical manner.
  • Selling products and services to your clients by speaking positively about them.

9. Is There Any Specific Advice for Succeeding in Cosmetology?

One of the most important aspects of cosmetology is confidence. You’ll need it every step of the way, from the first day you walk into your cosmetology training course to any random day years into your career. Clients want to trust someone to make them look and feel great, and they won’t develop that trust if you doubt yourself.

10. Other Tips for Cosmetologists

  • Treat every client like the most important person you’ve ever worked with.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Be a strong salesperson. It’s an incredibly important part of this career.
  • Be aware that etiquette and professionalism are everything.
  • Know how to leave your problems at the door when you come to work and maintain a positive attitude no matter what’s going on at home.
  • Make an effort from the beginning to develop systems that help you become as efficient as possible.
  • Look into ways to stay up-to-date with current beauty trends and continue your education. This can include watching free Youtube videos or signing up for courses offered by your employer or a beauty product line like Matrix.

In Summary: Get Started with Your Cosmetology Career

If you found this article motivating and are now considering a career in cosmetology, contact IntelliTec College today. We offer Cosmetology career training programs in both Grand Junction and Pueblo, Colorado. Our team of dedicated and passionate instructors is excited to help you get started in a thriving career.

About IntelliTec Colleges

IntelliTec Colleges provide hands-on career training in Colorado and New Mexico with Associate (Occupational Studies) Degrees and Certificate programs designed to be completed in 9 to 18 months. 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 are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

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  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists –  https://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/barbers-hairdressers-and-cosmetologists.htm (visited December 25, 2016).
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How to Pay for College On a Low Income: Financial Aid Tips for Adults Going to College

Posted: December 23rd, 2016   |   Author: IntelliTec Colleges


Graduation hat with diploma and money

College may seem impossible if you do not have the money. The good news is that financial aid for college is available to those who qualify. (Photo details: © pogonici – 123RF.com)

College graduates earn 66 percent more, on average, than high school graduates. Clearly, it pays to get a higher education. How to pay for college, though, may seem impossible if you do not have the money. The good news is that financial aid for college is available to those who qualify.

How Does an Associate Degree Add to My Paycheck?

Besides earning more than twice as much, people with college educations:

  • Will hold about two-thirds of the jobs in the U.S. by 2020
  • Earn up to $1 million more during their lifetimes than high school graduates
  • Make enough in the 14 years following college graduation to make up for taking time off for school and borrowing the tuition
  • Have one-fourth the unemployment rate of those with less education
  • Enjoy a higher job satisfaction rate
  • Are more likely to have pension plans
  • Are more apt to maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly
  • Are less likely to smoke

It does make a difference how long you stay in college and if you earn your associate degree. While even some college experience helps, you will typically earn more, you will be happier with your job, and you will probably have a better pension plan than someone who did not get a diploma.

Education, graduation and people concept - group of smiling students in mortarboard with diploma and school folders

Each college, technical school or trade college has its own financial aid department. If you want to know how to pay for college on a low income at a specific school, the staff can help. Online research will turn up some great ideas too. (Photo details: © dolgachov – 123RF.com)

What Does College Cost?

Picture yourself on a car lot. You have your new car picked out. It costs more than you can afford to pay in cash, but you count on being able to make monthly payments. In the same way, what you end up paying out of pocket for college is less than you think. With the right financial aid, you can swing it.

Some of the college costs you will face include:

  • Tuition, or the cost of your actual classes
  • Fees for registration, student I.D., lab fees and membership fees
  • Text books required for each class
  • Personal maintenance like laundry money, cell phone plan and entertainment
  • Transportation to and from school
  • Housing and meals

Who Can Help Me Figure Out How to Pay for College?

Each college, technical school or trade college has its own financial aid department. If you want to know how to pay for college on a low income at a specific school, the staff can help. Online research will turn up some great ideas too.

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Prepare for college financially now by saving more money and finding more ways to make money to save. There are also 5 types of financial aid that you may qualify for. (Photo details: © grazvydas – 123RF.com)

Tips on Financially Preparing for College

How to Start Saving More Money for College

You can help yourself pay for college by saving money whenever you can. For example:

  • Bank money gifts instead of splurging
  • Save interest fees by paying off your debts
  • Save gas money by taking the bus or walking
  • Cook your own food
  • Downsize by selling items you don’t need

How to Earn Extra Money to Save for College

You can even earn a few extra bucks by being creative. In your time off, try:

  • Dog walking
  • Pet sitting
  • House sitting
  • Having a garage sale
  • Make crafts to sell
  • Giving lessons
  • Tutoring someone
  • Doing yard work for hire
  • Shoveling snow
  • Being a mover
  • Washing cars
  • Taking paid surveys

 How Can I Possibly Pay for College on What I Earn Now?

Depending on your situation, you may wonder how to pay for college as an adult or how to pay for college on a low income. Outside of winning the lottery, you have five main options for getting the money for college.

5 Ways to Get More Money for College

  1. Scholarships. Not all college scholarships go to gifted athletes or excellent students. Many go to people like you who need help paying tuition. Donors in your hometown or your industry may offer need-based scholarships. Most colleges offer this type of tuition help, too. You can find out what is available online, at your local library and from your college advisor. Winning some scholarships depends on your age, gender, ethnicity or college major. Others go to adult or low-income students.

    Scholarships are part of the answer to how to pay for college as an adult. They help cover your tuition, books or other college expenses. One of the best things about a scholarship is that, like a gift, you do not have to pay it back. It isn’t totally free, though, because you have to stay in school to keep it.

     

  2. Grants. State and federal grants provide financial aid for college. To qualify, you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as a FAFSA. The amount you will receive depends on your financial need, student’s income (and assets if the student is independent), the parents’ income and assets (if the student is dependent), the family’s household size, and the number of family members attending college. Other factors that may determine how much you receive are the actual costs to attend school, your status as a full-time or part-time student, and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

    The most widely available federal grant is the Pell grant, available in amounts up to $5,815 for the current award year which ends at the end of June. You may also receive a Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant, although each college decides who receives the grant based on certain qualifications. For state grants, you typically have to be a resident of the state that awards the grant. Other state specific qualifications will apply.

    Like scholarships, you do not have to repay grants. However, many have restrictions. For example, a Pell grant is only good for 12 semesters of college and if you have not yet received your first bachelor’s degree. Also, you do not get the money directly, your college receives the funding and then applies it to your school account to pay for tuition and fees.

     

  3. Military Benefits. The U.S. government and some nonprofits offer college funding for veterans and their families. Whether you are looking at vocational programs, technical school, or trade colleges, if you or a family member served, you may qualify. Military funding for college includes:
    • Merit-based ROTC scholarships for those planning to join
    • GI Bill for veterans
    • VA loans
    • Grants from veterans’ organizations
  4. Work-Study. While figuring out how to pay for college, don’t forget Federal Work-Study. This program funds part-time jobs for current college students with low incomes. The government provides funding to the college, which handles the hiring. You might find yourself:
    • Getting paid for work related to your major
    • Tutoring peers
    • Working at the college fitness center
    • Doing research in a lab
    • Troubleshooting in the computer lab
    • Shelving books in the college library
    • Working off-campus for a college partner

    The Federal Work-Study program limits the number of hours you can work and the amount you can earn. This is because of limits on financial aid for college. Also, you need time to go to class and do your homework.

  5. Loans. Your cost for vocational programs or trade colleges is usually less than some university tuition. Even so, you may need a loan to fully cover your schooling. Your FAFSA shows if you qualify. The federal government offers:
    • Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans
    • Perkins Loans
    • Parent PLUS loans

    Federal Loans don’t require good credit or collateral. The interest rates are low, and students don’t have to make payments until after graduation. Parent PLUS loans require a credit check and go to your parents for paying your college costs. Banks may also offer student loans, but the terms may not be as good as federal loan terms.

Additional Resources We Recommend You Explore

 Federal Student Aid – An Office of the U.S. Department of Education

 http://www.studentaid.gov – This web site outlines 5 major questions student have about paying for college. They are:

  1. How do I prepare for college?
  2. What types of aid can I get?
  3. Do I qualify for aid
  4. How do I apply for aid?
  5. How do I manage my loans?

Federal Student Aid Publications

https://www.fsapubs.gov/

  • Do You Need Money for College? The Guide to Federal Student Aid
  • College Preparation Checklist English
  • The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Form – The FAFSA is used to apply for federal, state, and institutional aid.
  • FAFSA On the Web Worksheet – The simplified worksheet is the appropriate tool to assist students and parents completing the FAFSA online.

ED PUBS

http://www.edpubs.gov – The site offers convenient, helpful access to a wealth of free financial aid publications and application tools that explain Federal Student Aid programs.

Conclusion

Tap into the funding available for low-income students, and you can pay for college. Be sure to fill out your FAFSA before the deadline so you get the federal aid you need. Your college or technical school staff will be happy to help. Think of it as the first step to a more promising future.

Sources Used

  • U.S. Department of Education
    https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/fact-sheet-focusing-higher-education-student-success
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections
    http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm
  • Education Pays 2013
    http://trends.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/education-pays-2013-full-report.pdf
  • College Scholarships
    http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/
  • Quick Guide to College Costs
    https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/college-costs/quick-guide-college-costs
  • Grants for Individuals
    http://www2.ed.gov/programs/find/elig/individuals.html
  • Military Benefits for College
    https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/military
  • Federal Work-Study Jobs
    https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/work-study#what-kinds-of-jobs
  • Types of Student Loans
    https://www.debt.org/students/types-of-loans/
  • Types of College Loans
    https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/loans/types-of-college-loans
  • 10 Ways to Save When You’re Making Minimum Wage
    http://www.moneytalksnews.com/10-ways-save-money-when-youre-making-minimum-wage/
  • 50 Ways to Make a Fast $50
    http://www.moneytalksnews.com/50-ways-make-fast-50-2/
  • FAFSA
    https://fafsa.ed.gov

About IntelliTec Colleges

IntelliTec Colleges provide hands-on career training in Colorado and New Mexico with associate (Occupational Studies) degrees and certificate programs designed to be completed in  9 to 18 months. 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 are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.



 

Automotive Tech Students at IntelliTec College in Albuquerque Fix Cars in Ruidoso for SkillsUSA Project

Posted: December 14th, 2016   |   Author: IntelliTec Colleges


Co-authors: Kayla Harper and Jason Sievert

Albuquerque students at the SkillsUSA Leadership training

Albuquerque students at the SkillsUSA Leadership training enjoying lunch at the conference.

SkillsUSA Promotes Occupational and Leadership Skills Through Competition and Community Service Projects

SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. It improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training.

SkillsUSA programs include local, state, and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom as well as promoting community service.

Albuquerque ITC just finishing up the first community service project down in Ruidoso, New Mexico

IntelliTec College of Albuquerque Automotive Technician students just finishing up the first community service project down in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

SkillsUSA IntelliTec Albuquerque Chapter Performs Community Service Project in Ruidoso, New Mexico

At IntelliTec College Albuquerque campus our students have just finished the steps necessary to receive their Chapter charter. In late October 2016, the chapter officers attended a state led leadership conference which aided in building their knowledge and growing their skills as professionals. The officer team returned from their conference and took the knowledge they had learned into their next meeting.

The result was the establishment of their first community service project, a perfect opportunity to use the student’s leadership skills to serve the community and practice their technical skills repairing vehicles. The project was in Ruidoso, New Mexico where a small camp had a dozen or so automotive related projects that desperately needed completion. Albuquerque ITC answered the call and was able to accomplish almost every task at hand. They were so efficient they also had time to relax a bit.

Many projects were completed including:

  • installing a new muffler and tailpipe on a JCB 214 Backhoe, diagnosing a bad alternator, and fixing the wiring.
  • Students repaired a draw on the battery on one vehicle and a repaired another that was overheating.
  • Another vehicle had the fuel pump replaced and two others were diagnosed with bad cam sensors and repaired.

Overall we put in 108 man hours and saved the camp over $4000. They were immensely grateful for the student’s effort and indicated they would love to have them back anytime. The students were very professional and all had a great time.

Future Plans for SkillsUSA IntelliTec Albuquerque Chapter

In the upcoming months, our students will prepare themselves for the New Mexico State Leadership and Skills Competition, a test of each students’ level of knowledge in their field of study. Wherever they place, they will build greatly needed skills to succeed as students and professionals and force their competitors to perform at their best. The goal is to win Gold at the state level and move on to the National level.

There is much more to come from the SkillsUSA IntelliTec Albuquerque chapter. Through the next few months and years to come I expect this organization to celebrate the opportunities and challenges that may arise. We will see many triumphs and some failures, but ultimately we will learn from both.

More About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce and helping each individual student to excel. The organization focuses on serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations and for further education. More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 18,000 sections and 52 state and territorial association and SkillsUSA has served more than 12.2 million members since its founding in 1965.

About IntelliTec College in Albuquerque

IntelliTec College in Albuquerque, NM offers hands-on career training for automotive technicians. This program awards an associate of occupational studies degree that is designed to be completed in 18 months. 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 505-508-5225.  IntelliTec College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.



 

New HVAC-R Industry Careers Bond 2 IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs Graduates

Posted: November 25th, 2016   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


Newly hired Refrigeration and HVAC Technician college graduate Brad Henry on-the-job with HomeLand Mechanical in Colorado Springs.

Newly hired IntelliTec College Refrigeration and HVAC Technician college graduate Brad Henry on-the-job with HomeLand Mechanical in Colorado Springs.

Genuine Respect Between Father-in-Law and Son-in-Law Leads to Successful Teaming at IntelliTec College and On-the-Job in Colorado Springs

Hollis “Brad” Henry and Christopher “Ryan” Slusher share more than just the fact that both men go by their middle names. This duo completed their Refrigeration and HVAC Technician associate degrees (Occupational Studies) at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs within months of each other. They began working at HomeLand Mechanical within a few weeks of one another and hope to one day start their own business together. To top it all off, Ryan is married to Brad’s oldest daughter.

“We negotiate our days pretty easily. When we’ve been called out for repair work, we often tackle the less desirable tasks together so neither of us feels like we got the short end of the stick,” says Slusher.

The Growing HVAC-R Industry Beckoned Military Veteran Brad Henry

After 27 successful years in the military, Brad Henry retired in order to finally be home with his family. He spent a good part of his career on overseas assignments, particularly after the 911 tragedy. Once retired, he began contracting as a civilian for the military, but felt he was essentially performing the same job and was ready for a change.

Brad enjoys his favorite downtime passion, flying his two-seater airplane. Pictured with Loren Schowengerdt.

Brad enjoys his favorite downtime passion; flying his two-seater airplane. Pictured with Loren Schowengerdt.

Henry did his homework, checking out a number of other colleges in Colorado Springs, but found IntelliTec “fit the bill.” He wanted to get right to business with hands-on training and put his love of fixing things to work again. The 18-month Refrigeration and HVAC Technician career training program was an obvious choice for him, employing both his love of technology and desire to work with his hands.

“After the military I wanted to write a new chapter in my life instead of writing the same one over and over again,” says Henry.

Henry’s Serious Approach to Academics at a Career College Made Finding a Job Easier

Henry found the transition back to college quite enjoyable.

Proud husband and father Brad Henry enjoys dinner out with his family. Pictured back row from left to right: Oldest daughter Stephanie Slusher, son-in-law Brad Slusher, and his wife Denise. Pictured front row from left to right: Brad’s oldest grandson Jayton and his youngest daughter Katelyn.

Proud husband and father Brad Henry enjoys dinner out with his family. Pictured back row from left to right: Oldest daughter Stephanie Slusher, Brad Slusher, and his wife Denise. Pictured front row from left to right: Brad’s oldest grandson Jayton and his youngest daughter Katelyn.

He believes if you take it seriously and do what you’re supposed to be doing (reading and studying), the process is all rather straightforward. He advises that once out in the workforce you need to understand you will make mistakes. No matter who you are, let the mistakes be lessons and learn from them without letting them affect your confidence.

He began working as an HVAC Technician at HomeLand Mechanical several weeks before graduating from IntelliTec College with an Associate of Occupational Studies degree. HomeLand Mechanical is a commercial and residential heating and air conditioning business – veteran and family owned and operated. Henry enjoys the family-type atmosphere that husband and wife owners Bill and Ingrid Engler maintain for all the employees.

Henry knows learning occurs daily on the job, and he advises, “Employers know you’ll make mistakes, just don’t make the same mistake twice.”

Refrigeration and HVAC Technician graduate Ryan Slusher with his wife Stephanie.

Refrigeration and HVAC Technician graduate Ryan Slusher with his wife Stephanie.

HVAC-R Graduate Ryan Slusher Defines Happiness as Time Spent With His Family – Not Dollars in His Bank Account

Henry’s son-in-law, Ryan Slusher, learned quickly that money did not buy happiness. His six-figure salary and 12-hour workdays in the oil fields as a Safety Director left him little time with his family. It did not take much for him to be convinced to leave his job and join forces with Henry.

The two began discussing working together in the future, and once they determined this as a goal, it was time to decide on a career. Both men knew their strengths in the mechanical arena, and after a little research as to employment opportunities and salary potential in a number of trades, they quickly recognized the merits of HVAC-R. Slusher’s subsequent relocation to Colorado Springs was an obvious one as his wife’s family was already comfortably settled here.

“My father-in-law presented the idea of first going to college together and then hopefully one day working together. My wife and I probably thought about it for all of five minutes before packing up and moving to Colorado,” recalls Slusher.

Relocating a family and starting life over can be an overwhelming challenge, but Slusher admits his wife shouldered the household burdens so he could focus on getting back to school. She was his source of strength and would not let him quit for anything, despite her own struggles with time limitations and health constraints.

“I’d enrolled in college a number of times back in Texas but never went to class or ended up dropping the classes. At IntelliTec I didn’t have that issue because the program was fun and kept me interested. Plus, my wife, my true angel, pushed me through tough times with her constant encouragement,” he explains.

Brad Henry - HVAC and Refrigeration Technician program graduate of IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs - pictured with son-in-law Ryan Slusher, grandsons, daughter Stephanie, and wife Denise.

Brad Henry – HVAC and Refrigeration Technician program graduate of IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs. Brad is pictured at his graduation with son-in-law Ryan Slusher, grandsons, daughter Stephanie, and wife Denise.

A Shared Passion for the HVAC Trade and Respect for One Another Create a Unique Bond

Joanie Johnston, Career Services Manager at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, knew immediately this father-in-law and son-in-law duo were a force to be reckoned with. Henry’s maturity and strong work ethic – and Slusher’s determined job search approach and easygoing interviewing skills – made them a perfect fit for employment at HomeLand Mechanical.

Owner Bill Engler is one of IntelliTec College’s highly valued Program Advisory Committee (PAC) members for the Refrigeration and HVAC Technician program, with 36 years in the HVAC industry. He knew both Henry and Slusher were “green” as HVAC-R technicians, but have since proven themselves to be excellent technicians.

“When I interview potential employees, I make sure to ask a couple of very specific questions. First, is it something you are really interested in, and second, is it something you see yourself doing for life. This is a career that requires serious dedication, and I want the best people working for me,” says Engler.

Brad recommended Ryan to Bill Engler at HomeLand Mechanical, so he clearly respects Ryan’s abilities. They not only graduated within two terms of each other and now work for the same company, but they live together. 

“You really have to get along with someone to spend that much time with them. While both are top-quality performers in their own right, they certainly complement each other and make an amazing duo,” says Johnston.

There is a notable level of respect between Henry and Slusher. It begins with their individual commitments to family first, followed immediately by a dedication to hard work and the integrity it takes to stick to what you start.

“In all the years I’ve known Brad, we’ve never disagreed or argued about anything. We get along really well and truly enjoy working together,” admits Slusher.

Henry adds, “It’s nice to work with your family, especially when you both have a passion for what you do.”

About IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs

IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, CO offers hands-on career training in the technical trades, computer technology, medical assisting  and personal training fields. These programs award either associate of occupational studies degrees or certificates and are designed to be completed in 10½ to 18 months. 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. IntelliTec College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.



 

IntelliTec College of Pueblo Raises $2550 for Posada of Pueblo and Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County

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


IntelliTec College Donates to Boys and Girls Cubs of Pueblo County

IntelliTec College Donates to Boys and Girls Cubs of Pueblo County with Funds from 2016 Car Expo.

IntelliTec College Donates Funds from Annual Car Expo and Pin-Up Contest to Two Pueblo Community Charities

Press Release – For Immediate Release

Pueblo, CO – This year’s 2016 Auto Show at IntelliTec College of Pueblo raised $2550 for two deserving charities: Posada of Pueblo and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County. This annual fundraising event continues to emphasize the importance of community partnerships and the need for funds for deserving charities, while bringing attention to organizations that do so much for the community.

Anne Stattelman, Executive Director for Posada of Pueblo is grateful for the relationship. “IntelliTec becomes part of our organization via its advocacy during fundraisers such as this. They help to spread the word about what we do, and that’s always beneficial.”

IntelliTec College Donates to Posada of Pueblo

IntelliTec College Donates to Posada of Pueblo with Funds from 2016 Car Show.

Automotive Technology Students Generate the “Fun” in Fundraising

According to Campus Director Dave Scott, IntelliTec College of Pueblo  instills in its students the value of giving back to its community, and giving support to worthy local charities such as Posada and the Boys and Girls Clubs is just one example.

“This is a fun and exciting event for the entire Pueblo campus, but it’s clear the automotive students are some of the most excited. Those who display their vehicles take great pride in them,” recognizes Scott.

Planning and Preparation Pave the Way for a Successful Auto Show

Jason Ontiveros, Automotive Technician Program Supervisor at Pueblo’s campus, who has helped organize this fundraiser for a number of years, denotes,

IntelliTec College of Pueblo Pin-Up Contest at 2016 Car Expo Fundraiser

IntelliTec College of Pueblo Pin-Up Contest at 2016 Car Expo Fundraiser.

“There were 51 cars with all types of makes and models from a 1931 Ford to a 2014 Dodge. IntelliTec’s Student Ambassadors served refreshments, and Victory Outreach of Pueblo provided games such as a bounce house and a dunk tank.”

Months before the date approaches, staff and students begin the preparations for the auto show. The event entails a tremendous amount of planning and organization, but it is also fun and rewarding. Scott notes volunteers arrive at the break of dawn to set up, and they do not leave until “every last water bottle is picked up.”

Pin-Ups and Classic Cars Create a Timeless Pair at Annual Event

For the second year, the College’s Automotive Technician program introduced additional fun and fashion with a 50’s themed pin-up contest where ten young ladies competed for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes.

Winners took home gift baskets filled with a variety of Matrix beauty supply products and gift cards. Contestants were judged based upon their execution of hairstyles, outfits, and overall presentation of the 50’s pin-up style. Students at IntelliTec College of Pueblo’s Cosmetology program were on hand to style with hair and makeup for the models of the contest.

Pin-Up Contest Contestants at IntelliTec College of Pueblo's 2016 Car Expo Fundraiser.

Pin-Up Contest Contestants at IntelliTec College of Pueblo’s 2016 Car Expo Fundraiser.

Contestants posed for a photo shoot with several of the cars on display, and the car owners were thrilled to have their vehicles photographed with the fashionable 50’s pin-up ladies. “The contest is done very tastefully and everyone has a great time with it. Hot cars and pretty girls have always gone together in the automotive world. We take great strides to ensure it is all part of the family-oriented fun of the event,” says Scott.

About IntelliTec College of Pueblo

IntelliTec College of Pueblo, CO offers hands-on career training in the technical trades, cosmetology, allied healthcare, and massage therapy 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 719-542-3181.

Contacts:

Jason Ontiveros
Automotive Program Supervisor
IntelliTec College of Pueblo
jontiveros@intellitec.edu
(719) 542-3181

Dave Scott
Campus Director
IntelliTec College of Pueblo
dscott@intellitec.edu
(719) 542-3181

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IntelliTec College Helps Colorado Springs Army Veteran Realize a Life-Long Dream in Personal Training

Posted: November 7th, 2016   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


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IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs Personal Training program graduate – Marcus Richard. Pictured with wife Jenae and son Poppi.

Personal Training Graduate Urges Others to Follow Their Dreams

Sometimes childhood dreams get sidetracked with real life demands, but that does not mean they can never be realized. When Marcus Richard decided to revisit this dream, it happened in quite a roundabout way.

After eight years in the U.S. Army, Richard knew he needed a degree to advance his career. So he met with an admissions representative at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs in order to discuss enrollment and begin classes. During that meeting everything changed when he learned he could not only earn a degree but a Personal Training degree.

“My initial goal was to just earn a degree so I could advance my military career. But when I realized I could complete a degree in Personal Training, I knew this was an opportunity to fulfill a life-long dream,” says Richard.

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LEFT: Army veteran Marcus Richard paying his respects to Mr. Irvin “Moose” Hornkohl, one of the last surviving soldiers from Pearl Harbor. RIGHT: Personal Trainer graduate coaches his son’s team for Colorado Springs Park & Recreation Football.

Richard Promotes Functional Fitness for Every Day Tasks as Attainable Goal for Clients

Richard now has new goals for his future that integrate a personal approach to fitness on a larger scale; he plans to open his own gym one day.

He is convinced the path to true health is ‘functional fitness’, or the ability to transfer a workout from the gym to the real world. Marcus recognized the real world includes everyday tasks such as picking up children, groceries, and even furniture, so it does not matter how much weight you can deadlift or how many crunches you can do…it is about creating strength for everyday tasks.

“I want to help people achieve their goals. Whether it’s training to make the wrestling team, managing health-related issues such as diabetes or high blood pressure, or even just trying to get your body ‘summer ready,’” explains Richard.

Richard Believes Dreams Come True With Hard Work and Perseverance

Richard’s everyday philosophy is one that will ring true when training clients. Getting in shape, losing weight, and finding a level of fitness that changes your life are goals like any other goal in life. They do not occur without hard work, insists Richard, but if you can dream it, you can do it.

Marcus reflects, “Nobody can ever keep you from realizing your dreams. If it’s something you take seriously, though it may get challenging at times, the reward will outweigh the risk.”

Self-Drive, Determination and Wife’s Support Fuels Graduate to Complete a Full Course Load With a Full Time Job and a Full Time Family

The path to fulfilling his dreams included an incredible amount of support on the familial front. Marcus acknowledges how much his wife, Jenae, invested in his degree; from managing everyone’s schedule to the daily prep of meals and the care-taking of their son, she allowed him the time and energy to focus on completing his degree.

Richard lovingly refers to his wife as more than the glue, but the balance of all the chaos, that occurs when dad is gone everyday until 10:30 p.m., and family time is relegated to weekends.

Professional Integrity Reflects Army Veteran’s Classroom Integrity

As an active duty soldier in the Army, there were a number of times Marcus had to rush to class straight from the field or a training exercise. He was able to jump right into whatever the class was working on; he never made excuses or let everyday commitments distract him from achieving his professional goals.

“Marcus was an exceptional student in the Personal Training program. He was completely focused on learning all he could about becoming a personal trainer and continually practiced the skills he learned in class. His dedication and commitment as a student will transfer well to his professional career, and I have no doubt he will be successful,” states  Sean Gillotte, IntelliTec College Personal Trainer Program Supervisor.

IntelliTec College Personal Trainer Instructors Share Knowledge and Time Outside the Classroom

Richard in turn is grateful for Gillotte’s patience and guidance. He is also appreciative to teachers such as Sam Callan for his subject knowledge and time spent outside class to demonstrate exercises or methods to help special case clients. Richard realizes this extra time provided him a better understanding of how to be a more all-around instructor.

Motivational Quote Guides Personal Training Graduate Toward an Exceptional Future

Richard often listens to Eric Thomas, a motivational speaker, author, and minister. He lives by one of his quotes in particular: ‘Be phenomenal or be forgotten.’

“We die twice in life. We die in the natural and we die the second death when the last person who knows us dies. Before that person passes, I intend to be in a record or history book so even if I can’t live on, my legacy will,” states Richard.

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.



 

Massage Therapist Job Openings are High – Train Now for a “Healing” Career as a Massage Therapist

Posted: November 4th, 2016   |   Author: Jamie Wilke


Relaxed woman receiving a shoulder massage

Relaxed woman receiving a shoulder massage.

Have you ever considered getting a job as massage therapist? Whether you have or not, now may be the right time to seriously consider a massage therapy career.

There is a nation-wide shortage of massage therapists, and getting into a career college to get the training needed to become a professional massage therapist is easier than ever. Whether you’re starting your career or switching from another line of work, the opportunity is now ripe to begin a new, prosperous career in massage therapy. Many massage clinics professional sports centers are hiring massage therapists right now.

Why is the Demand for Massage Therapy Growing?

Massage Therapy services are growing in demand for a number of reasons. According to the United States Department of Labor:

  • Massage is becoming more accepted and respected for wellness management and pain treatment as more states are requiring standards and licensing for therapists.
  • Many healthcare providers are beginning to provide massage as treatment to their patients.
  • Professionals athletes use massage for pain and injury management.
  • Many clinics are being franchised, thus lowering the cost of a massage and making it affordable for more people.
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Hot rock massage therapy

A Massage Therapist Career – Historical and Respected

Massage therapy reaches back centuries, and it has always been a strongly people-oriented profession. It is a tool for healing the human body naturally, by helping it to release tension and heal itself.

The first records of massage therapy originate from China and Egypt and has spread throughout the world, because its benefits impacted so many people in a positive way. Moreover, it has been found that massage therapy does indeed decrease stress and release certain chemicals in our brains that are important for mental health.

Massage Therapists Have an Opportunity to Work in Professional Sports Settings

Massage therapy careers are in unexpected places. One of the biggest roles that massage therapy plays in society is in sports. Professional athletes turn to massage therapists every day, and the assistance of such a therapist is standard. Sports massage therapists are employed in nearly every professional sporting community in the world, thus offering the option (though not the requirement) to travel for work. If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling the world, a sports massage therapy career could be exactly what you’ve been waiting for.

close-up of a young woman getting a back massage from a massage therapist

Young woman getting a back massage from a massage therapist.

Massage Therapist Jobs Available Now – Clinics are Hiring Massage Therapists

After getting formal training in massage therapy, this exciting range of choices can be open to you—at a time when therapists are more needed than ever.

Massage therapists can work in:

  • Massage therapy clinics
  • Spas
  • Physical therapy centers
  • Chiropractic offices
  • Professional athlete training centers
  • Hospitals
  • Cruise ships, resorts
  • Self-Employment
  • And more!
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In 2016, Colorado ranks second among all states in their demand of massage therapists: [photo credit: © Laura Gangi Pond – 123RF.com]

In Colorado, healthcare professionals are generally in high demand. Colorado’s market has a lot of room for non-franchise therapists.

Did you know?

  • Colorado is also one of the top 5 highest-paying states for massage therapists.
  • Employment of massage therapists in Colorado is expected to increase 38% from 2014-2024 – resulting in 360 new job openings per year.
  • In 2016, Colorado ranks second among all states in their demand of massage therapists: there are 432 residents in Colorado for every massage therapist. Hawaii ranks first in demand, with 222 residents per therapist.

A nationwide shortage of therapists means that changing careers could also be a chance to change location. Ever considered living in another state? Some states have an extremely high demand for massage therapists, like New York, who has more than 1400 citizens for every therapist! That’s nearly 500 higher than the national average of 944.

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Many massage therapists now travel on-site to their clients. This is called mobile massage.

“Mobile Massage” – A New, Growing Trend in Massage Therapy

Mobile massage can be an opportunity for therapists to grow their businesses. People are requiring massage services now more than ever. However, for various reasons, they don’t have the time to travel to the massage therapist, or they aren’t physically able to do so, on a regular basis. Some clients are elderly or disabled. Others are just too busy working.

Massage therapists across the nation have recognized this hurdle for potential clients, and they are now performing massage therapy sessions on-site to theirs clients: at their home, nursing home, or place of business. This trend is being called traveling, mobile, or outcall massage therapy.

According to the American Massage Therapy Association, “The number of massages given in a client’s home, office, or in a corporate setting jumped from 39 percent in 2010 to 50 percent in [in 2012].”

New massage therapy graduates should keep in mind that they are encouraged to work for someone right out of college instead of going straight into owning their own business.

People Often Change Careers for a More Meaningful Life

Changing careers is more common than you might think. The average person changes careers more than 5 times! Different careers are now more accessible than ever before; thus, many people take advantage and explore many different jobs and opportunities.

People are starting to seek meaning in their careers—they would rather do what they are truly passionate about, and this has spurred many people, young and old, to pursue their dreams.

With schools like IntelliTec College, training to become a massage therapist is a fast, fun, and affordable process—and it’s far more hands-on than many traditional university degrees.

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IntelliTec College massage therapy students in training

Open the Door to a Massage Therapist Career and a New Life While Demand is High.

Massage therapy is a time-honored profession that is focused on people. You could be helping people every day you go to work with the healing power of massage in one of these ways, and more:

  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Stress Relief
  • Sports Medicine
  • Treatment of Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, and Headache
  • Myofascial Release
  • Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Tai Massage

A massage therapy career is available and accessible to you today. Schools like IntelliTec College of Pueblo and IntelliTec College in Grand Junction provide hands-on training for massage therapists and are here to support and facilitate your journey into this exciting and rewarding new career.

Sources

http://www.careers-advice-online.com/career-change-statistics.html

https://www.abmp.com/updates/blog-posts/expect-more-les-massage-therapist-population-still-growing-very-slowly

http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Massage_Therapist/Hourly_Rate

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319011.htm

https://www.amtamassage.org/articles/3/MTJ/detail/2683

https://www.abmp.com/updates/blog-posts/expect-more-les-massage-therapist-population-still-growing-very-slowly

http://www.onetonline.org/link/details/31-9011.00#AdditionalInformation

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm#tab-6

 

 



 

Stay-at-Home Parents Can Have Careers Too

Posted: October 27th, 2016   |   Author: IntelliTec Colleges


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Now that the kids are in school – are you thinking of going back to school too and returning to work? [photo credit: © dolgachov – 123RF.com]

The job of being a stay-at-home parent is tough as nails, but ultimately it’s rewarding. It’s the most thankless job. It’s an unpaid job. It gets you respect…sometimes.

Being a parent is hard work, and it comes with many sleepless nights and plenty of stress. You have to learn everything yourself, and no one agrees on how best to do the job.

When the kids are home for the summer, it’s your full-time gig. But what happens when it’s time for them to go back to school? You get a breather, sure. But then there’s next summer, and childcare is expensive.

Are you a stay-at-home parent who has thought of returning to work?

Nine months of kids at school, what will you do with it?

You could, of course, work on your own projects while the kids are in school. Maybe you like woodworking, hiking, or calligraphy. Maybe you want to improve yourself; get a gym membership or start trail running.

Maybe you fantasize about going to college and starting an exciting and fulfilling career. What if you could dedicate that extra time to a long-term investment: a career along with being a parent? It may surprise you how easy it is.

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70% of careers don’t require a bachelor’s degree – real careers like medical assisting, automotive technician, and cosmetology. You can train for these careers at career colleges in less than two years.

What if you could go to college while your kids were in school?

Vocational career training that takes less than two years can radically change your life. As a stay-at-home parent returning to work, you will be happy know that you do not need four years and tens of thousands of dollars to go back to school. In fact, 70% of careers don’t require a bachelor’s degree—and not just coffee house jobs.

Skilled work, like massage therapy, personal training, cosmetology, dental and medical assisting, pharmacy technician, computer networking, HVAC installation, car repair, and many others are all available without a four-year degree.

Career college class times are often flexible – you can choose between day or evening classes. It’s hands-on learning, too, where you will gain skills through actual practice and application.

You can train for a real career in less than two years – and start making more money for your future!

Did you know that a holder of an associate’s degree, on average, earns 20% more than a student who only received a high school diploma? With the extra money, you might be able to work and play with time to yourself—even in the summer. Vocational career training is more affordable than ever.

Change Your Career – and Your Life – for the Better

Believe it or not, 68% of college students are over 22, and 40% are over 25. It’s no surprise, either, as adults are deciding to take a break after high school then go to career-specific education later.

Now is one of the best times to pursue a skilled trade, as there are record shortages in many hands-on professions, along with job growth in the sectors that employ skilled workers.

Requirements for Getting Into a Career College

Many vocational degree and certificate programs don’t even require a high school diploma. With a GED (general education degree), you can pursue a wide range of programs that can be completed in under two years. If you don’t have a GED yet, there’s plenty of help to get you there in just months. Various IntelliTec College campuses provide GED preparation and testing. Training for a new career is 100% possible for a stay-at-home parent.

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Training for a new career is 100% possible for a stay-at-home parent. [photo credit: © dolgachov – 123RF.com]

Here are some tips on how to make the most of being a stay-at-home parent while going back to school.

Having a career should mean more than just making money – it can improve your health, family life, and happiness. There are things to prepare for when transitioning from being a stay-at-home parent to a working parent. Make sure you:

  1. Discuss with your significant other. Make sure you are on the same page in understanding what’s required of you to succeed in college and in your career. The price of such a commitment includes your time, and now you will have less. Make a new schedule to re-distribute your household and family responsibilities between you and your partner.
  2. Manage your time. You will be attending classes, but make sure you also set aside time for special projects and staying caught up on your homework. Since classes typically aren’t held on weekends at career colleges, Saturdays or Sundays can be good times to set aside for quality family time.
  3. Take it easy. Taking classes in something you’re genuinely interested in should be fun. Enjoy the process of learning your new skills and knowledge! Remember to also reward yourself for your hard work every now and then by doing something fun with the family.

Are you a stay-at-home parent who is being called to make a change? Learn how working parents can be a positive role model for their children.

The origin of the word “vocation” is vocare, which is Latin for “calling.” Being a stay-at-home parent is a calling in itself, surely. But that calling can change.

Parents with careers not only care for, protect, and teach their children, but they are amazing, interesting, and respected people outside of the home.

According to TheWorkingParent.com:

“Children need inspiration in order to succeed, and this generally comes from people they admire and look up to. Those who have strived for excellence in their chosen career can be extremely positive role models for children. They show them how hard they have to work to achieve those levels of success. Children see that if they are that successful, they’ll achieve what they want to and lead happier lives.”

Being a working parent is an admirable vocation, and it is something to make you – and your children – successful and proud.

Sources

  • https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=77
  • http://www.intelliteccollege.com/blog/6446/its-never-too-late-to-go-back-to-school-and-earn-your-degree/
  • http://www.intelliteccollege.com/community/ged-classes-testing.php
  • http://www.forbes.com/sites/emsi/2013/03/07/americas-skilled-trades-dilemma-shortages-loom-as-most-in-demand-group-of-workers-ages/
  • http://theworkingparent.com/family-articles/role-models-the-impact-they-have-on-our-children/

 



 

Top 5 Reasons to Further Your Education at a Career College [Infographic]

Posted: October 4th, 2016   |   Author: Jamie Wilke


Have you graduated from high school and wondering what you should do next?

If you know you need more education than a high school diploma, but you don’t want to go to a 4-year college, then a career college may be the right option for you!

Did you know you can train for a rewarding career in less than two years – while also getting your Associate’s (Occupational) degree or certificate? Yes you can!

Checkout this infographic to find out more…

Top 5 Reasons to Further Your Education at a Career College



 

Looking for a Great Job with Only Some College Required? Become an HVAC Technician.

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


HVAC and HVACR technicians are in high demand. In fact, in Colorado, more than 1,000 new HVAC job openings are expected to be added by 2017.

HVAC and HVACR technicians are in high demand. In fact, in Colorado, more than 1,000 new HVAC job openings are expected to be added by 2017.

Skilled HVAC Technicians Are In High Demand.

For many students, going to college isn’t the best option. This often has nothing to do with someone’s intelligence or ability. Many people are simply better with their hands or may not be interested in a job working in an office.

There are a number of high-paying jobs that don’t require a college education. For example, HVAC and HVACR technicians are in high demand. In fact, in Colorado, more than 1,000 new HVAC job openings are expected to be added by 2017.

Here is information about what these techs do, what types of jobs are available and what you can expect to make as a tech.

What Do HVAC Technicians Do?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Most people who are HVAC techs work on heating and air conditioning systems in either private homes or businesses. Their job is to control the temperature and air quality in buildings. Some technicians work in hospitals or commercial buildings on complex systems.

HVAC technicians are important because they make sure that homes and buildings are comfortable. They are also responsible for keeping air quality high. When HVAC systems fail, it can lead to high power bills, rooms that are too hot or too cold and even illness.

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

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

What Are the Most In-Demand HVAC Jobs?

Many technicians choose to focus on installing, maintaining or replacing HVAC systems. These are the most common types of HVAC jobs. However, most are familiar with all of these tasks. For HVAC installation technicians, the job usually involves connecting different systems. Installation techs may connect air ducts, heating and cooling units and water and fuel lines.

HVAC Repair and maintenance technicians normally test that parts of a system are working. If things aren’t working, broken items are replaced or repaired. Techs that do maintenance and repair may also adjust systems so that all rooms are heated and cooled evenly. They may also help keep systems from wasting energy.

Along with installation, maintenance and repair, some people choose specialized jobs. These jobs usually require at least a few years working as a tech. People may also need more education or certifications.

Fabrication mechanics make ductwork and need to be able to use metal fabrication machinery. Another specialty job is working as an HVAC system designer. This job requires techs to use computers to create HVAC systems. People can get both of these jobs without going to a traditional four-year school.

Daniel Kindred-HVAC Grad Success Story

HVAC graduate Daniel Kindred was 26 years old and still working at an hourly job in the food industry, he realized one day he had reached his earning potential. He was bored and depressed and “wanted to make more money by entering a growing career in HVAC”.

The Heating & Cooling Industry is Facing a Shortage of Qualified HVAC Technicians.

One of the many reasons to go into the HVAC field is that many businesses really need employees. A lot of jobs require a four-year degree. However, HVAC technicians can be trained in a much shorter time-frame. There is a shortage of HVAC technicians throughout the country, and Colorado is no exception.

Employers need about 29 days to fill jobs that are like HVAC jobs. For companies looking for HVAC techs, this can take more than 36 days.

What is Causing the Increased Demand for Techs?

The need for HVAC workers is expected to rise sharply in the coming years.

There are three major reasons for the shortage of technicians. They are that people are retiring in large numbers, fewer young people are becoming techs and new technology requires more workers.

  1. Workers are Retiring – One major issue is that baby boomers are retiring. This means that large numbers of experienced workers are leaving the workforce. It is estimated that about half of HVAC workers will retire in the next 10 years. Employers will have to replace old technicians and find new technicians as well.
  2. People Assume the Best Jobs Require College Many high school students aren’t choosing to become HVAC techs. There is a perception that the only way to get a good job is to go to college. In fact, many HVAC technicians make as much or more than people who go to a four-year school. This is especially true after someone has been working as a tech for a few years.
  3. New Technology Requires More Workers – Finally, there have been a number of new developments in HVAC systems. People are more interested in eco-friendly heating and cooling. Ductless systems and heat pumps have also been replacing old heating and cooling systems. New types of units require technicians to install and maintain them.
New HVAC-R program comes to IntelliTec in Grand Junction.

Employers are you looking for HVAC Tech’s? Did you know about the HVAC-R training programs at IntelliTec Colleges in Grand Junction and Colorado Springs?

HVAC Career Benefits

There are a lot of benefits of being an HVAC technician. They include good pay, benefits and the ability to start a business.

  • It Pays Well – Many HVAC techs can make anywhere from $42,000 to $67,000 a year. Starting pay may be lower, but people can increase their income with overtime. During the hottest and coldest times of the year, a greater need for techs opens up extra hours.
  • Good Insurance and Benefits – HVAC technicians tend to have good benefits packages, because they are in high demand. The benefits offered will depend on the employer, but health and dental are often included.
  • Job Security – HVAC techs don’t normally have to worry about being laid off. Many other workers are being replaced by machines or seeing their jobs outsourced, but HVAC techs have good job security.
  • Work Environment – You have the opportunity to work indoors and outdoors, you will be on the go working at different locations, and no two days will be the same.
  • Business Ownership – A person also may find it easier to start his/her own business if he/she is an HVAC technician. About 16 percent of HVAC technicians run their own business. If you are interested in being your own boss, this may be the career for you.

Basic Requirements for Entering the HVAC Technician Field

There are only a few basic qualifications people need to start working or training as an HVAC tech. They include:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Being 18 years of age
  • Having a valid driver’s license
  • Taking and passing a substance abuse test
  • Passing a basic math test
HVAC technician checking the amperage on a residential heat pump

HVAC technician checking the amperage on a residential heat pump.

Do You Love Using Tools? A Helpful Skill for HVAC Technicians.

To do their jobs, technicians have to be familiar with using a variety of tools. Tools used are:

  • screwdrivers
  • wrenches
  • pipe cutters

Some people will also need to be familiar with more specialized tools. These can include:

  • voltmeters
  • combustion analyzers
  • carbon monoxide testers
  • acetylene torches

HVAC Technician Training School vs Apprenticeship

While there are a few ways to become an apprentice HVAC technician, most people now attend Refrigeration & HVAC Technician Training programs. This can be easier than being an apprentice. Apprenticeships normally last three to five years. Apprentices also make less money.

Which Vocational Schools Offer Training for HVAC Techs?

It is often a good idea to go to a vocational school or college. Schools like IntelliTec College in Grand Junction and Colorado Springs offer programs just for Refrigeration & HVAC Techs. The programs can be completed in as few as 18 months and you earn an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree.

These programs can also help you prepare for professional certification tests and various licenses. Getting these can help you get a higher paying job right out of school.

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Once you successfully complete your Refrigeration and HVAC training program at IntelliTec college, you will be prepared to sit for professional HVAC industry certification exams.

Look Into Becoming an HVAC Technician: Make a Short-term Investment for a Great Career

You don’t have to spend years going to college to get a good job as an HVAC Technician, because:

  • There are a lot of job openings for HVAC techs in Colorado and the U.S.
  • These jobs pay as much or more than some jobs that require a four-year degree.
  • This career may also allow you to start your own business.

Sources

  • http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm
  • http://www.projectionscentral.com/
  • http://www.achrnews.com/articles/130625-over-100000-new-hvacr-techs-installers-needed-in-next-seven-years
  • https://www.hvac.com/blog/what-does-the-rising-demand-for-new-hvac-technicians-mean-for-employers


 

Medical Assistant Graduate from Vocational College in Pueblo Pays it Forward to the Elderly and Military Veterans

Posted: September 12th, 2016   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


Michael Ybarra - Medical Assistant at Sangre de Cristo Internal Medicine (SDCIM) in Pueblo, CO.

Michael Ybarra – IntelliTec College Medical Assisting program graduate – “pays it forward” at Sangre de Cristo Internal Medicine (SDCIM) in Pueblo, assisting the elderly and veterans with their medical needs.

Young father sets an academic example for his children by going back to school for medical assisting degree.

Michael Ybarra wouldn’t exactly describe himself as someone excited to return to the classroom. His previous challenges at school left him fearful of the idea of returning to the classroom, but his desire to leave his minimum wage job was even greater. After 10 years serving fast food, his wife and children inspired him to face his fears and enroll in the Medical Assistant program at IntelliTec College of Pueblo.

“My wife signed up for the same program at the same time. She was instrumental in convincing me that I could do this. Plus, I wanted my kids to know that I take my responsibilities as a father seriously, and that going back to school was the only way I could get ahead in life,” explains Ybarra.

Ybarra’s desire to become a medical assistant overshadowed his academic insecurities.

When Ybarra finished high school, he was certain it was the last he would ever see of a school environment. He is self-described as “anti-social” and always felt that other students judged him because he was not part of the popular crowd. However, Peggy Johnson, Medical Assistant Program Supervisor at IntelliTec College of Pueblo, describes Ybarra quite differently.

“Michael is a kind and respectful young man of character. He keeps to himself most times, remaining responsible to his school and his work, and it’s obvious he cares deeply for his family,” remarks Johnson.

His desire to become a medical assistant stems from a yearning to provide compassionate healthcare to the elderly and to give back to America’s military veterans. He believes both groups deserve a type of “pay it forward” approach as these individuals have contributed to our country in their own unique ways.

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Husband and wife celebrate simultaneous graduations, completing their Medical Assistant degrees (occupational) from IntelliTec College of Pueblo.

Medical Assisting program graduate lands full-time work with professionalism, a strong work ethic and initiative.

Ybarra served his externship with Sangre de Cristo Internal Medicine (SDCIM) in Pueblo while completing his Medical Assistant degree, and he was immediately offered a full-time position once completing classes and his externship. Johnson is not a bit surprised at the offer.

“Michael’s ability to maintain a level of professionalism and respect in the workplace makes him a desirable employee. I can absolutely see how he is both equally liked and admired for his manner and hard work,” says Johnson.

Dr. Douglas Duffee, MD, maintains SDCIM’s small staff and believes it is imperative for the medical assistant to fit seamlessly into the culture of the office. According to Duffee, Ybarra was the clear choice.

“Michael communicates well on the phone and in the office, and he is able to manage a myriad of tasks. He’s dependable, conscientious, learns quickly, and takes initiative – a very important trait in a smaller, multi-functional office,” explains Duffee.

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An extended family has always played an important role in Michael’s life. (Medical Assisting graduate from IntelliTec College of Pueblo is pictured in red, back right.)

IntelliTec graduate credits parents in preventing him from following a potentially tragic path.

Michael gives a lot of credit for his work ethic to his mom and dad, who parented with equal parts of love and discipline. Ybarra is all too clear how his life could have taken a completely different path. Born and raised on the eastside of Pueblo came with inherent challenges of gang violence, and he witnessed first hand how children lacking proper parental modeling ended up on the streets or worse.

“My parents were my number one support through it all. I always knew I could count on them to step in whenever things became challenging,” says Ybarra.

And step in they did, assisting with daycare and offering an incredible amount of help and comfort during the birth of his son, and the death of his mother-in-law. As Ybarra explains, it sure “put the brakes on things”.

Pueblo dad hopes to have a positive influence on his children.

A lot has changed for Ybarra. He no longer has only five dollars left in his wallet after each pay period’s bills. He looks to the future, particularly his children’s futures, with confidence and determination.

“I want them to not be afraid of failure, because with failure comes opportunity. I really believe it’s better to have failed than to have never tried at all,” concludes Ybarra.

About IntelliTec College of Pueblo

IntelliTec College of Pueblo, CO offers hands-on career training in the technical trades, cosmetology, allied healthcare, massage therapy, 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 719-542-3181.



 

5 Top Reasons to Get Your GED Certificate – and How to Do It Quickly

Posted: August 22nd, 2016   |   Author: IntelliTec Colleges


The GED certificate proves that the holder has educational skills that are similar to those of a high school graduate.

The GED certificate proves that the holder has educational skills that are similar to those of a high school graduate. (Image Credit: © dolgachov – 123RF.com)

If you do not have a high school diploma, one option for you is to get your GED certificate. GED training holds the key to a better future, for instance:

  • Getting your GED certificate will open doors to jobs.
  • If you want to go to college, you must have a high school diploma or a GED certificate to get in.
  • If your GED scores are good, you also may be able to apply for scholarships and other sources of money to help pay for college classes or trade school training.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your GED Certificate Now

Getting your GED will help you for your entire life. It may help others, too.

Here are five powerful reasons to get your GED now:

  1. The job market has changed. In today’s world, most employers will not hire anyone who does not have either a high school diploma or a GED.
  2. A GED can make a big difference in future earnings. For example, a study by the National Center for Education Statistics revealed a difference of more than $6,800 per year in average earnings between non-graduates and persons who held either a high school diploma or a GED. This study included annual earnings from 2000 through 2013 and covered full-time workers ages 25-34. The total difference for those 13 years of earnings comes to $88,400.
  3. The more you learn, the more you can learn. The skills you gain in studying for your GED make it possible for you to be successful in other studies. Your self-confidence grows. You become aware that you have the ability to set career goals and figure out steps to reach those goals.
  4. Getting your GED helps you meet requirements to go to college or join a branch of the armed forces. Although military career opportunities are limited when you have only a GED, the GED makes it possible for you to take college or trade courses that expand your choices.
  5. You set an example for others to follow. Family members who are still in school see that education is important. Your determination to make your life better influences others who are struggling. The ripple effect of your efforts can have far-reaching results, doing much good.
How long will it take you to earn your GED? You might be able to earn your GED in less than three months. Read our suggestions on how to study for the GED.

How long will it take you to earn your GED? You might be able to earn your GED in less than three months. Read our suggestions on how to study for the GED. (Image Credit: 123RF.com)

What Is the GED?

“GED” stands for general educational development. “GED” also refers to the certificate that you earn by passing certain tests. Each state oversees testing in that state and determines the test sites. The GED certificate proves that the holder has educational skills that are similar to those of a high school graduate.

You will be tested in these four subjects:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA)

Who can take the GED Test?

  • Anyone who is not attending high school and is age 17 or older may register to take the GED tests.
  • Sometimes, the age restriction is lowered to 16.
  • Certain students who are enrolled in school also may be able to test.
Do you have what it takes to get your GED? GED study materials and the testing program itself are designed to help you succeed.

Do you have what it takes to get your GED? GED study materials and the testing program itself are designed to help you succeed. (Image Credit: © dolgachov – 123RF.com)

How Hard Is It To Get Your GED?

Among other questions, you probably wonder whether you have what it takes to earn your GED. Because you dropped out of high school, you may doubt your abilities. People become high school dropouts for many reasons.

  • Perhaps you left school to help your family.
  • Perhaps you got in with the wrong crowd or quit because you didn’t like the classroom environment.

No matter why you dropped out of school, you know more now than you did then.

  • You learned a little about how education helps grown-ups make good lives for themselves and their families.
  • This knowledge will motivate you to do well in your efforts to earn your GED.
  • Also, the study materials and the testing program itself are designed to help you succeed.
Getting your GED will help you - and those who depend on you - for your entire life.

Getting your GED will help you – and those who depend on you – for your entire life. (Image Credit: Bigstock.com)

How Long Does It Take to Get Your GED?

You might be able to earn your GED in less than three months. How long it takes to get your GED depends on what skills you already have. It also depends on the number of hours you study each week.

Take practice tests to find out what you know and what you don’t. Then, study only what you need to learn.

Each of the four content areas is tested and scored separately. If you do not pass one test, you only need to retake that test, not all four. Some states allow you to retake a test as many as eight times in one year.

National statistics for July 2014 through June 2015 showed that:

  • 77 percent of all GED tests taken received passing scores.
  • The pass rate for the GED test in New Mexico was 74 percent.
  • The Colorado GED test pass rate was 88 percent.
Getting your GED does not need to be expensive. Here are a few pointers. The GED testing fees vary from state to state. Read here for our tips.

Getting your GED does not need to be expensive. Here are a few pointers. The GED testing fees vary from state to state. Read here for our tips. (Image Credit: © pogonici – 123RF.com)

How Much Does It Cost to Get Your GED?

Getting your GED does not need to be expensive. Here are a few pointers:

  • Testing fees vary from state to state. The average fee for taking the complete battery of all four tests is $120. Contact the GED Testing Administrator in your state to find out the exact cost for you to take the GED Test.
  • You do not need to schedule and pay for all four tests at the same time.
  • Free study materials are available at your local library.
  • Tutorials and practice tests are available at no cost through the GED Testing Service web site.
  • If you need to take classes or work with a tutor in order to succeed, costs may be a bit higher. Earning your GED, however, will make the results well worth the costs.
You must appear in person in order to take the GED test. You will use a computer to take your tests, but you cannot test online instead of at an approved testing site.

You must appear in person in order to take the GED test. You will use a computer to take your tests, but you cannot test online instead of at an approved testing site. (Image Credit: © georgejmclittle – 123RF.com)

Can You Take The GED Online?

However, if you see an ad stating that you can take the actual GED tests online, run!

  • Legitimate testing takes place only at state-approved locations.
  • You must appear in person in order to test.
  • You will use a computer to take your tests, but you cannot test online instead of at an approved testing site.
How long does it take to get your GED? If you follow certain steps, you will have your GED faster than you thought possible.

How long does it take to get your GED? If you follow certain steps, you will have your GED faster than you thought possible. (Image Credit: © PaylessImages – 123RF.com)

Learn the 5 Quickest Steps to Getting Your GED

If you follow certain steps, you will have your GED faster than you thought possible.

  1. Choose a state-approved location that provides GED testing. Ask your local librarian, or Check out GED Testing Service’s information page.
  2. Decide how to study for the GED. The best method will depend on your learning style. Sign up for help if needed.
  3. Obtain study materials and schedule time to study without interruptions.
  4. Take practice tests, then brush up on weak areas.
  5. Register for and take the tests. If needed, retake tests until you have passed each and are satisfied with the scores.

Various IntelliTec College campuses in Colorado provide GED training classes or GED testing.

At the time this blog was written:

Click here for more information: IntelliTec College GED Classes & Testing: Get Your GED

Additional Resources

  • U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: Education Matters
    http://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2016/data-on-display/education-matters.htm
  • Pew Research Center: The Rising Cost of Not Going to College
    http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2014/02/11/the-rising-cost-of-not-going-to-college/
  • Colorado Department of Education: GED Participation and Outcomes FY 2014-15 Report http://www.cde.state.co.us/postsecondary/geddatafy1415
  • New Mexico Public Education Department: GED Home
    http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/GED_index.html

Sources Used

  • National Center for Education Statistics: Fast Facts – Income of Young Adults
    https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=77
  • GED Testing Service: Protect Yourself From Fraud
    http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/test-fraud
  • GED Testing Service: There’s Never Been a Better Time to Test
    http://www.GED.com
  • IntelliTec Colleges: Get Your GED
    http://www.intelliteccollege.com/community/ged-classes-testing.php
  • IntelliTec Colleges Blog: IntelliTec College Offers Improved Online GED Testing to Grand Junction
    http://www.intelliteccollege.com/blog/3429/intellitec-college-offers-improved-online-ged-testing-to-grand-junction/



 

Medical Assistant Graduate Fast Tracks a New Future After Years of Fast Food Employment

Posted: August 18th, 2016   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


Valerie Valdez has a whole new outlook on her future as a Medical Assistant

Valerie Valdez – recent graduate of IntelliTec College of Pueblo – has a whole new outlook on her future with a new career as a Medical Assistant.

Pursuing a Medical Assistant Degree from IntelliTec College Runs in the Family

After eight years of struggling to make ends meet on a minimum wage salary, Valerie Valdez had enough. It was time to pursue a career: one that offered a better income now and and professional advancement and financial stability in the future.

“I wanted to provide a better future for my children,” says Valdez, “and I knew everyday I remained in fast food was one day less that I was doing the right thing for me and my family.”

Tragic Endings and a Blessed New Beginning Challenges Valdez During Her Medical Assisting Classes

Valdez’ mother pushed and encouraged her to enroll in IntelliTec College’s Medical Assistant Program in Pueblo, but she sadly passed away before she could attend her daughter’s graduation. Valdez knew the best way to honor her mother’s wishes was to finish what she started.

Coincidentally, Valdez’s mother attended the medical assistant program [tragically she did not complete it due to her illness and subsequent death], as did several other relatives, so a belief in the college ran several generations deep.

“She was my rock,” explains Valdez regarding her mother. “She always pushed me to do my very best, and even after I dropped out of high school, she believed I’d find my way back to school.”

About halfway through her Medical Assistant classes, Valdez found out she was pregnant, and while overjoyed, it meant missing some school. She soon discovered teachers and staff did more than teach and support at IntelliTec. One teacher made graduation not just possible but likely even in the midst of having a baby:

“They emailed me missed homework assignments and even threw me a baby shower,” Valerie remembers.

Valerie Valdez Medical Assisting College Pueblo and her family

Valdez celebrates Christmas with her husband, Michael, and their children, McKenzy (4) and Michael (almost 2).

Valdez Learns to Juggle Full-Time School in Medical Assisting and Full-Time Work

Valdez may have taken a short break to deliver her son, Michael, but for the most part, she worked a full workweek while attending Medical Assisting school. Her perseverance then helped her as she pursued a number of employment opportunities.

After several interviews she finally landed not just a job, but the right job. Family members recommended Valdez apply at the Pueblo Community Health Center, and after interviewing, Valdez knew immediately this was the place for her.

She was originally assigned to fill in with different medical providers, but Virginia Gillispie, FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) was so impressed with Valdez’s organizational skills and interactions with patients, she requested that Valdez be assigned to Gillispie’s own panel.

“Patients of all ages really appreciate her smile and warm demeanor.  She is calmly able to multi-task on hectic days, and is a very quick learner,” remarked Gillispie.

Valdez Turns Tragedy Into Opportunity

Though her mother may no longer be with her, her unwavering belief in Valdez’s dedication endures long after her passing. When life became challenging, Valdez knew that her mother was looking down upon her with an unshakeable confidence. And it is with this belief that she had the conviction to change her life.

“Now everyday I look forward to going to the health center, and working with professionals who encourage me to pursue my dreams. I’m thinking about going back to school to become a registered nurse and maybe even a nurse in the near future,” exclaimed Valdez.

Celebrating is a pair of IntelliTec College of Pueblo Medical Assistant program graduates - Valerie Valdex and her husband Michael Ybarra.

Valerie Valdez and her husband, Michael Ybarra, celebrate graduating from IntelliTec College of Pueblo to become Medical Assistants.

Family Support Means the World to Valdez

Valdez recognizes her journey was possible with the help of family members, who stepped in to help care for her children while enrolled in school and even now while pursuing her career. She no longer lives paycheck-to-paycheck, and credits her husband’s family for helping make it all happen.

“They had my back when I returned to school and now while I work several 12 hour days. Quite simply, they’re a gift from God,” admitted Valdez.

About IntelliTec College of Pueblo

IntelliTec College of Pueblo, CO offers hands-on career training in the technical trades, cosmetology, allied healthcare, massage therapy, 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 719-542-3181.



 

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.

Hands of young student girl with a book on people group background.

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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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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