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3 Secrets to Landing an Entry Level Job in Today’s Competitive Market

Posted: May 21st, 2015   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


Knowing a company’s culture helps you understand what they are looking for in an employee) Image credit: http://latinlink.usmediaconsulting.com

Knowing a company’s culture helps you understand what they are looking for in an employee. Image credit

Learn the Little-Known Steps to Take Before an Interview that Leave Employers Impressed

Most students know about creating professional resumes and a cover letter. However, many students don’t know how to “prepare” for that entry-level position they want.

The good news is that there are additional ways to increase your chances of landing that job after graduation.

Follow These 3 Easy – but Highly Effective – Steps to Stand Out From Others When Competing for that Entry-Level Position

Step #1 – Research the Company

Research a company’s website and their social media (Twitter, Facebook and Linked In pages) offers a wealth of information about the company’s history, mission, and so much more.

Being fully prepared keeps you from drawing a blank on the trickier questions Image credit: http://www.iheartcabincrew.com

Being fully prepared keeps you from drawing a blank on the trickier questions.
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Step #2 – Do a Trial Run and Rehearse Talking Points 

Complete a full dress rehearsal with your interview outfit.

Then stand before a mirror to watch how you look when both answering and asking potential interview questions.

Step #3 – Map it Out

Don’t take any chances of arriving late. Double check the address and use Google maps or MapQuest to ensure you know how to get there and how much time it will take. Then build in an extra 15 minutes just to be safe.

Today’s Take-Away

It takes seven seconds to make a first impression. Arriving rushed or even worse, arriving late, tells a potential boss you don’t care enough about the job to arrive on time  Image credit: http://www.webmonkey.com

It takes seven seconds to make a first impression. Arriving rushed or even worse, arriving late, tells a potential boss you don’t care enough about the job to arrive on time.
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  • Before the interview, gather as much information about the employer and the company from the company’s website.
  • Follow the company’s Twitter account and check out their Facebook page to get an idea of their company culture.
  • Double-check the address for the interview, and Google map how to get there – whatever you do, don’t be late!
  • Practice your answers before you go.

 

Yvette de Ryk

I encourage you take hold of your life and define your own history. Take on challenges you’d otherwise been too afraid to face, and whether you succeed or fail, revel in the fact that you broke out of your box knowing something risky was waiting for you there.” Yvette writes blog posts to support, encourage, empower and challenge students at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. Her experience includes 20 years of career coaching and 10 years of teaching. She is a media specialist, originating and revising web-based content. She still hates boxes. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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10 Ways College Students Can Stay Motivated During Summer

Posted: May 18th, 2015   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


The Sunny Weather May Call You Outdoors, But Your Best Bet is to Stay Focused on the Books

As the days get a little longer, and the sun shines brighter, it becomes harder and harder to stay focused on school. The dog days of summer battle with temperature controlled classrooms, and the warm days tempt you to set aside your academic efforts and give you reasons to play in the sunshine.

Warm days make classrooms and studying challenging

Summer can wreak havoc on motivation levels. Here are 10 tips to help you get through those dog days of summer. (Image Credit)

Here are 10 simple ways you can commit to your academic goals – even during the summer months!

1. Stay on Top of It – Although you may want to slow things down and maybe even take a break, this is the time to power through it. Losing focus now does more than slow you down in the summer; it could put you behind when you make the transition into the fall.

2. Keep a List – Take a moment to jot things down that you need to get done from day-to-day. Work your way slowly through the list at a manageable pace. Don’t beat yourself up if you fall short, just add any incomplete tasks to the next day’s list. (more…)

Yvette de Ryk

I encourage you take hold of your life and define your own history. Take on challenges you’d otherwise been too afraid to face, and whether you succeed or fail, revel in the fact that you broke out of your box knowing something risky was waiting for you there.” Yvette writes blog posts to support, encourage, empower and challenge students at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. Her experience includes 20 years of career coaching and 10 years of teaching. She is a media specialist, originating and revising web-based content. She still hates boxes. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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IntelliTec Career Services Advisor Speaks at Medical Conference

Posted: May 14th, 2015   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


Yolanda Moore, IntelliTec Career Advisor, shares her tips on staying positive and keeping organized

IntelliTec College Career Advisor Yolanda Moore speaks at American Medical Technologist conference

Yolanda Moore Shares Motivational Tips at Rocky Mountain State Society of American Medical Technologists

IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs Career Services Advisor Yolanda Moore recently spoke to members and invited guests at the Rocky Mountain State Society of American Medical Technologist (AMT) conference held April 11th. 

Moore’s eight years of experience working with medical graduates and the medical community, as well as her reputation as an optimistic career advisor, made her a fitting choice as presenter of this part of the conference.

This year’s AMT conference included:

  • Medical professionals who addressed coding and billing changes
  • Advances in allergy medications
  • Diabetes I & II management
  • General health issues for Colorado families.

Moore conveys motivational tips and ways to encourage people to think and act positively.

“I try my best to motivate people to remain positive and respond accordingly, no matter the circumstance,” Moore says.

Change, for example can be frightening, particularly when choosing a totally new direction. But when “we understand that taking control and preparing for change is empowering, suddenly that change is not as frightening, particularly if we face it with a positive attitude,” explains Moore.

Moore recommends 4 simple ways to reduce stress.

These tips will help you remain productive, organized, and ultimately confident.

  1. Plain your day by making and keeping a schedule.
  2. Create a to do list with the most important task listed first.
  3. Take time to relax during your lunch hour. This will allow you to rest your mind and regroup for the remainder of the day.
  4. Keep your work/study area clean and organized. It will help declutter your mind to allow you to complete tasks in a timely manor. 

(more…)

Yvette de Ryk

I encourage you take hold of your life and define your own history. Take on challenges you’d otherwise been too afraid to face, and whether you succeed or fail, revel in the fact that you broke out of your box knowing something risky was waiting for you there.” Yvette writes blog posts to support, encourage, empower and challenge students at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. Her experience includes 20 years of career coaching and 10 years of teaching. She is a media specialist, originating and revising web-based content. She still hates boxes. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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Last Day to Sign Up! 4 Weeks of FREE Race Training for the “Big Dog Brag” Mud Run – June 6th, 2015 in Colorado Springs

Posted: May 12th, 2015   |   Author: admin


Big Dog Brag - the Funner Mud Run - Colorado Springs - Race is June 6. FREE Training 4Week Boot Camp starts Tuesday May 12 at IntelliTec

Call 719-632-7626 by Tuesday May 12th for your FREE 4-wk TRAINING BOOT CAMP for the Mud Run – Tuesdays and Thursdays with the Personal Trainers at IntelliTec College

Race Day – Saturday June 6th, 2015

What a GREAT opportunity to train and get ready together and then celebrate at the BIGDOGBRAG as a team!!

IntelliTec Race training starts TUESDAY, MAY 12th, 2015

  • 4 weeks of FREE TRAINING
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays with a personal trainer…when folks are signed up for the Big Dog Brag
  • SIGNUP TODAY!: Call IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs at 719-632-7626 to reserve your spot…limited spots available!

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Technical Trades Schools Turnout Highly Skilled Grads that Employers Need to Replace Large Population of Retiring Baby Boomers

Posted: May 11th, 2015   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


Trades schools can train high school grads for rewarding careers quickly with job-specific training.

Technical trades grads in high demand

Rewarding technical trades jobs that are in demand with the most opportunities don’t
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For many high school graduates, especially those anxious about attending college after graduation, vocational training at a technical trades school can be the perfect choice.

The decision to attend a technical trade school is all about choosing and then following a career path. Vocational education normally focuses graduates toward a career, thanks to job specific training resources for in-demand careers. With a career plan in mind, vocational schools can help with the transition from high school grad to professional quickly with job-specific training.

Skilled, technical trades jobs are in high demand more than ever now

With so many high school grads choosing college over trades, the shortage of skilled workers continues to grow. There are currently 3.9 million job openings, many in social assistance and health care, (more…)

Yvette de Ryk

I encourage you take hold of your life and define your own history. Take on challenges you’d otherwise been too afraid to face, and whether you succeed or fail, revel in the fact that you broke out of your box knowing something risky was waiting for you there.” Yvette writes blog posts to support, encourage, empower and challenge students at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. Her experience includes 20 years of career coaching and 10 years of teaching. She is a media specialist, originating and revising web-based content. She still hates boxes. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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See If You Have What It Takes to Become a High Performance Engine Building Technician

Posted: May 8th, 2015   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


High Performance Engine Building Requires More Than Simple Automotive Tuning

High performance engine repair requires knowledge and understanding of engine mechanics

Learn how to work on high performance engines in the Automotive Technician training program at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs
today. (Image credit)

What Do High Performance Engine Builders Do?

Automotive technicians who specialize in high performance engines diagnose, troubleshoot, repair, and maintain engines of vehicles used in national and local car races or private pleasure driving.

Find Out If You Have the Desire and Talent Needed to Become a Successful High Performance Engine Technician

Individuals with an appreciation for high-speed and high performance vehicles with a strong attention to detail should look closely into automotive training courses, specifically, high performance engine building and repair.

This career path requires knowledge and understanding (more…)

Yvette de Ryk

I encourage you take hold of your life and define your own history. Take on challenges you’d otherwise been too afraid to face, and whether you succeed or fail, revel in the fact that you broke out of your box knowing something risky was waiting for you there.” Yvette writes blog posts to support, encourage, empower and challenge students at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. Her experience includes 20 years of career coaching and 10 years of teaching. She is a media specialist, originating and revising web-based content. She still hates boxes. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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Free Auto Care Workshop for Moms and Walmart Auto Care Discounts – All Invited

Posted: May 7th, 2015   |   Author: admin


Love Your Car..and your Mom too!

WHAT: Free Event. Learn Auto Care Basics. Get Discounts from Walmart

WHEN: Saturday, May 9th, 9am-1pm (drop in any time)

WHERE: Northside Walmart Auto Care Center, 4200 Dillon Drive, Pueblo, CO

WHO: Moms and everyone else are welcome

SPONSORED BY:

  • IntelliTec College of Pueblo – Automotive Technician Program and Staff and Student Ambassadors Club
  • Walmart – 4200 Dillon Drive, Pueblo, CO
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Pueblo County

Download printable flyer of the event

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Get Your Mothers Day Discount at Walmart Auto Center in Pueblo – Saturday 9am-1pm. Download printable flyer

 

 



 

Learn About Local, In-Demand Careers and Register to Win a New Tablet and Other Giveaways at IntelliTec College’s Open House on Thursday, May 14th

Posted: May 7th, 2015   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


Enjoy Free Food and Drinks, Talk to Students and Instructors, and Get Guided Campus Tours

Press Release – For Immediate Release

Pueblo, Colorado – The time has never been better to think about a career in the trade industry, and here’s your chance to ask questions of people in the know. IntelliTec College of Pueblo will host an Open House on Thursday, May 14th from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. with free food, drinks and even a chance to win a brand new tablet.

IntelliTec College of Pueblo host their Open House May 16th from 3-5 pm.

Plan to attend IntelliTec College of Pueblo’s Open House May 16th from 3:30-5:00 pm. Register for your chance to win a free tablet. Click here for a printable open house flyer.

The event will be held at the main campus, 3673 Parker Boulevard in Pueblo, plus the nearby student cosmetology salon and automotive technician training facilities. Program supervisors and student ambassadors will be available to answer questions and give guided tours.

Click here for a printable Open House Flyer

Open House Prizes Include a Free Tablet

Register to win a number of prizes, which will be awarded during the Open House. They include:

  • Android tablet
  • Cosmetology Salon and Massage gift certificates
  • Professional flat iron hair straighteners
  • Automotive tools
  • And much more

According to Kristina Arellano, Career Services Advisor at IntelliTec College of Pueblo, “This is an opportunity for individuals to receive first-hand information about our amazing programs and ask questions of the experts.”

Attendees will be able to visit classrooms, check out textbooks and watch demonstrations sponsored by each of IntelliTec’s programs. Financial aid representatives will be available to discuss individual tuition needs, and admissions representatives can answer questions about your college plans.

At IntelliTec College, we believe in the power of education to change and improve lives.

This tight knit community supports its students with a personal touch, fostering an environment of academic success with a compassionate approach.

Campus Director Dr. Dave Scott affirms, “We are part of the Pueblo community and want to show you all the opportunities that are here in your own back yard. Please come out and see the campus, and let us help you to discover the next phase in your life!”

IntelliTec College of Pueblo models its belief that an education doesn’t end at graduation. The Pueblo campus regularly reaches out to the community, with events like these, to name a few:

  • Rake-Up Pueblo
  • Route 50 Car Expo
  • Annual Halloween Parties
  • Daddy Daughter Hairdo Day
  • Cosmetology specials offered for prom and Mother’s Day

About IntelliTec College of Pueblo

IntelliTec College of Pueblo offers hands-on career training in Automotive Technician, Business Office Administration & Accounting, Cosmetologist, Medical Assistant, and Personal Trainer with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Request more information at www.IntelliTec.edu or call (719) 542-2784.

CONTACTS:

Kristina Arellano
Career Services Advisor
IntelliTec College of Pueblo
karellano@intellitec.edu
(719) 542-3181

Rachel Lawler
Admissions Representative
IntelliTec College of Pueblo
(719) 542-3181

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Yvette de Ryk

I encourage you take hold of your life and define your own history. Take on challenges you’d otherwise been too afraid to face, and whether you succeed or fail, revel in the fact that you broke out of your box knowing something risky was waiting for you there.” Yvette writes blog posts to support, encourage, empower and challenge students at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. Her experience includes 20 years of career coaching and 10 years of teaching. She is a media specialist, originating and revising web-based content. She still hates boxes. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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IntelliTec College of Pueblo’s 2015 Fundraising Car Expo – Early Vehicle Registration Ends July 11th

Posted: May 1st, 2015   |   Author: Shivaun Martynes


Don’t Forget to Register your Vehicle for the 2015 Fundraising Car Expo in Pueblo!

  • Find the registration form at http://www.intelliteccollege.com/promos/pbAutoShowIntelliTec2015-small.pdf 
  • Mail or deliver form to: IntelliTec College at Attn: Kristy Martinez, 3673 Parker Blvd. Pueblo, CO 81008.
  • Early Registration Fee for 1st vehicle $25, 2nd vehicle $15.
  • After July 11, 1st vehicle is $30.
  • Call Jason at 719-369-6433 with any questions.
  • Enjoy the free meal and have fun!

Shivaun Martynes

Shivaun is a freelance writer for IntelliTec College. She writes press releases and career-focused articles for the College. IntelliTec College provides career training in Colorado with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Campus locations include Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. IntelliTec College has been training people for new careers in Colorado since 1965. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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Inspiring Dental Assistant Overcomes Personal Obstacles to Get Technical Training and Lands Dream Job at a Prosthodontics Office in Grand Junction

Posted: April 29th, 2015   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


IntelliTec College in Grand Junction Graduate Jenifer Denney Believes She Can Go Anywhere in Her Career – Now that She Knows What it Takes to Really Push Herself

Jenifer Denney, dental assistant grad, sees a bright future ahead

Dental Assisting graduate finds success with a can-do attitude and the hard work it takes to reach goals

There was a time when Jenifer Denney thought she might not make it through high school. Yet here she is today employed full time as a Dental Assistant, and the only employee in a prosthodontics office. She works the front desk, chair side and even functions as the lab technician.

“I’m so thankful I learned the fundamentals and experienced an externship while at IntelliTec. I can please even the most particular dentist, because I learned how to do things right,” explains Denney.

Dental Assisting Leads to a Bright Future With Career Advancement Opportunities

Denney feels lucky to currently work at an office that she loves, with an employer who believes in her and encourages her to further her training. She projects, “My five year plan? To continue to learn everything I can both by experience and by furthering my education.”

“He’s [the dentist] already sent me to several classes. I continue to build my skills and truly believe I’m on a career path with unlimited potential.” Her constant learning curve builds her confidence and leaves her grateful for an employer who believes in her future in dentistry.

Life is About Overcoming Obstacles with a Determination to Succeed

Denney lost her dad in 10th grade, which forced her to tackle adult issues as she worked alongside her mom cleaning vacation rentals to make ends meet. “I never really acted my age,” she added. Her mature outlook and personal expectations led her to jump into her education and career plans with both feet – without hesitation.

When she graduated from IntelliTec College with a 4.0 GPA, she did so as the youngest student in the Dental Assistant program. According to Jennifer Prather, Dental Assistant Program Manager at IntelliTec College, “Being able to get along with the older students could have been a big obstacle. But she has such a bubbly personality; you can’t help but like her.”

Denney’s goals are clear, “I am going to be the best at what I want to be; not just that girl, but the best girl.” This approach garnered her respect and admiration from classmates, and teachers alike. Her instructor, Karl Kunstadter, DDS, shared, “Jenifer has a personality that draws other people to her. Her attitude is one of ‘I can do that and I can do it well.’ She is a willing team player and always ready to help another student with course work or in the dental lab.”

IntelliTec’s Caring Environment Offered Support and Necessary Technical Skills

As much as she prides herself on her accomplishments while enrolled in the Dental Assistant program, she also believes she couldn’t have made it without the supportive network that IntelliTec College in Grand Junction fosters.

Denney explains, “I tell people all the time what a great school IntelliTec is, and how much I learned there. I can’t imagine going to any other school.”

“I went from spending 50% – 100% of my time on campus. I loved knowing I could walk through the halls and everyone knew my name. Even Dr. Scott, the campus director, greeted me in the hallways!” she exclaims.

About IntelliTec’s Dental Assistant Program

IntelliTec’s Dental Assistant program is a Professional Certificate program that is designed to be completed in 13.5 months. Learn dental assisting skills in the classroom and work hands-on in a fully functioning dental clinic right on campus. Complete 300 hours of on-the-job training during your 12-week externship. Be prepared to sit for two industry-recognized Dental Assistant certification exams.

About IntelliTec College in Grand Junction

IntelliTec College in Grand Junction offers hands-on career training in Automotive Technician, Business Office Administration & Accounting, Cosmetologist, Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and Refrigeration & HVAC Technician. Request more information at www.IntelliTec.edu or call (970) 639-0093.

Yvette de Ryk

I encourage you take hold of your life and define your own history. Take on challenges you’d otherwise been too afraid to face, and whether you succeed or fail, revel in the fact that you broke out of your box knowing something risky was waiting for you there.” Yvette writes blog posts to support, encourage, empower and challenge students at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. Her experience includes 20 years of career coaching and 10 years of teaching. She is a media specialist, originating and revising web-based content. She still hates boxes. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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Register Your Vehicle for Fundraising Car Expo in Pueblo – July 2015 – at IntelliTec College

Posted: April 17th, 2015   |   Author: Shivaun Martynes


IntelliTec College of Pueblo would like to invite anyone with a cool car, truck or motorcycle to register one or more vehicles for IntelliTec College’s Car Expo.

Show off your cool car for a great cause. Proceeds go to Posada, Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA.

Pbl Auto show flyer 2015

Register here: http://www.intelliteccollege.com/promos/pbAutoShowIntelliTec2015-small.pdf.

 

The Car Expo will take place on Saturday, July 18th from 9am to 2pm. Vehicles will be showcased at IntelliTec’s Automotive Facility, located at 713 E. Spaulding Ave. Pueblo West, CO. The event will include fun, food and activities for the whole family.

Early Registration Deadline: July 11th, 2015

Early Registration for the 1st vehicle is $25 and $15 for any additional vehicles. After July 11th the first car is $30.

The fee includes a meal with drink voucher. Vehicles will be judged by the public for each category, plaques for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded along with cash prizes for all 1st place victors.

To register a vehicle simply fill out a registration form and mail or deliver it to:

IntelliTec College at Attn: Kristy Martinez
3673 Parker Blvd.
Pueblo, CO 81008.  

Call Jason at 719-369-6433 with any questions. 

Shivaun Martynes

Shivaun is a freelance writer for IntelliTec College. She writes press releases and career-focused articles for the College. IntelliTec College provides career training in Colorado with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Campus locations include Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. IntelliTec College has been training people for new careers in Colorado since 1965. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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How to Create a College Student Budget in Just 4 Steps

Posted: April 6th, 2015   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


The most common financial troubles college students face is usually the lack of a realistic budget.

However, once the budget is created, it’s time to stick to it. Make it your financial master or you’ll find yourself running through your money very quickly.

Learning smart money management and how to reduce your expenditures now can help you establish a solid foundation for your future. 

Create a college budget you can live with

Learn to manage money intelligently and keep yourself free from worry.
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Determine Your College Budget in 4 Simple Steps

1. Establish how much money you’ll have each month by listing your all your income, such as:

  • Money you make from a job
  • Money from mom & dad or other family members
  • Loans, grants or other forms of financial aid
  • Other sources of cash, such as gifts

2. Next, subtract fixed costs from the monthly total above.

Fixed-cost items might include:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Housing (house payment or rent, utilities, etc.)
  • Books, lab fees, classroom supplies
  • Car loan
  • Credit card payments
  • Car and/or health insurance
  • Cable and phone bill

(more…)

Yvette de Ryk

I encourage you take hold of your life and define your own history. Take on challenges you’d otherwise been too afraid to face, and whether you succeed or fail, revel in the fact that you broke out of your box knowing something risky was waiting for you there.” Yvette writes blog posts to support, encourage, empower and challenge students at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. Her experience includes 20 years of career coaching and 10 years of teaching. She is a media specialist, originating and revising web-based content. She still hates boxes. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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IntelliTec College Launches “Responsive” Website for Mobile Users

Posted: April 3rd, 2015   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


Current and Future IntelliTec Students Can Now Experience IntelliTec College’s Full Website on Mobile Devices

Press Release – For Immediate Release

IntelliTec College’s new “responsive” website went live on February 12th, 2015. Mobile visitors to the site, which exists at www.IntelliTecCollege.com, can now more easily view the “full version” of the website on hand-held devices such as cell phones, smart phones and tablets. Navigation on the new site requires a minimum of resizing and horizontal scrolling for mobile users.

Consumers increasingly view websites on phone

Businesses that aren’t mobile-friendly could lose business. Image Credit: smartinsights.com

IntelliTec’s website has been “mobile-friendly” since 2008. However, the College previously maintained two separate websites. The mobile device user could only access basic information, while the desktop computer users viewed the full website.

According to Stacey Snyder, Associate Vice President of Admissions & Marketing, “Both current and prospective students will benefit from our responsive website in that no matter what the device (phone, tablet or desktop) they choose to view our site, they’ll have the same consistent user experience.”

IntelliTec College Marketing Team Quickly Recognized the Surge in Mobile Device Users

IntelliTec College recognized the investment in a responsive website was necessary when Internet usage statistics indicated that the number of people using mobile devices to perform website searches and visit websites increased more and more every year.

Jamie Wilke of Mediatrunk.com, IntelliTec’s Webmaster and Internet Marketing Consultant, asserts, “If IntelliTec wanted to keep effectively educating prospective students about the benefits of accelerated, hands-on training at technical schools, they needed to adopt a develop a responsive website, and do it as soon as possible.”

Statistics Reflect Consumers View Websites on Their Phones at an Increasing Rate

As far back as 2008, experts boldly predicted, “mobile devices [would] overtake fixed Internet access by 2014,” according to Research Analyst Mary Meeker of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers. (more…)

Yvette de Ryk

I encourage you take hold of your life and define your own history. Take on challenges you’d otherwise been too afraid to face, and whether you succeed or fail, revel in the fact that you broke out of your box knowing something risky was waiting for you there.” Yvette writes blog posts to support, encourage, empower and challenge students at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. Her experience includes 20 years of career coaching and 10 years of teaching. She is a media specialist, originating and revising web-based content. She still hates boxes. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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The Key to Getting Organized for Tax Season is to Place all Materials at Your Fingertips

Posted: April 3rd, 2015   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


If you didn’t know it already, it’s tax time.

That means there is no better time to organize your tax documents to make filing your taxes a little easier. Unfortunately, arranging paperwork can’t alleviate the pain of filing taxes, but it can certainly help lessen the time it takes to file them.

Simple, easy ways to organize your home office

Don’t wait until the last minute to organize your tax files
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Here are 6 simple tips to get your space and your documents organized- just in time for filing taxes.

  1. Use a small filing cabinet.  This is a huge timesaver and an easy way to keep all your tax documents in one place. Plus, it allows you to separate paperwork by topic. Or,

  2. Get an inexpensive pocket folder.  Organize and label files such as W-2’s, 1099’s or any other tax documents. If each has a separate label, they’re easier to find come tax time.

  3. Try to organize tax docs year round.  As you receive tax documents throughout the year, immediately place them in their labeled file. While most paperwork arrives near the end of January, it’s nice to already have a “system” in place to follow.

  4. Use software for personal or business needs.  Try using Quicken or Mint.com to help organize your personal taxes. Or use QuickBooks for your small business needs to track all income and expenses.

  5. Create a checklist to make sure you have all the documents necessary. This will include but is not limited to):
    • Your Social Security Number, and the SSNs of anyone else listed on your tax forms
    • Bank account number and routing numbers (if you pay electronically)
    • Your electronic federal tax paying system information (EFTPS) if filing electronically
    • A list of paid taxes such as property taxes, self employment tax, estimated taxes, etc.
    • All tax documents such as W-2s, 1099’s, 1098’s
    • Any interest paid on mortgage or student loans
    • Any charitable donation receipts
    • Homebuyer tax credits
    • Medical costs and receipts (if they are deductible)
    • Donations to tax deferred retirement accounts (IRA, self-employed retirement accounts, 401k).
    • Child care and education costs
    • Other related documents 

  6. Don’t be afraid to turn to a professional. TurboTax and H & R Block @ Home offer simple and clear instructions to help you file your taxes. They provide answers to frequently asked questions, depending on the tax topic you’re working on. If necessary, reach out to a tax professional if your situation is still unclear.

Today’s Take-Away

Even if your tax situation isn’t complex, there’s still documentation the IRS requires. But filing taxes doesn’t have to be an ordeal. You can eliminate a lot of the frustration and time-consuming paper chasing if you have all the materials available in an easy, manageable fashion.

Sources

“Getting Organized for Tax Season.” Million Dollar Journey RSS. Money Works Media, 24 Apr. 08. Web. 31 Mar. 2015. http://www.milliondollarjourney.com/getting-organized-for-tax-season.htm

Guina, Ryan. “How to Organize Your Tax Documents.” Cash Money Life Personal Finance Investing Career. N.p., 19 Feb. 2011. Web. 31 Mar. 2015. http://cashmoneylife.com/how-to-organize-your-tax-documents/

About IntelliTec Colleges in Colorado

IntelliTec Colleges in Colorado offers hands-on career training in the allied healthcare, beauty/cosmetology, business, computer technology, personal training, and  technical trades industries with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. College campuses in Colorado include Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, and PuebloRequest more information at www.IntelliTec.edu or call 1-800-836-1345.

 

Yvette de Ryk

I encourage you take hold of your life and define your own history. Take on challenges you’d otherwise been too afraid to face, and whether you succeed or fail, revel in the fact that you broke out of your box knowing something risky was waiting for you there.” Yvette writes blog posts to support, encourage, empower and challenge students at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. Her experience includes 20 years of career coaching and 10 years of teaching. She is a media specialist, originating and revising web-based content. She still hates boxes. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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Medical Assistant Students from Grand Junction Technical School Volunteer in the 2015 Grand Valley Health Fair

Posted: March 27th, 2015   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


Annual Community Health Fair Focuses on Health and Wellness by Providing Free Healthcare Services to the Public and Introduces Interactive Elements to Further Health Education

Press Release – For Immediate Release

Grand Junction, Colorado – IntelliTec College in Grand Junction will participate in the 2015 Grand Valley Health Fair with a variety of services free to the public. Medical Assisting students will utilize their skills in taking vitals and providing patient education during this two-day event to be held March 27 and March 28 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Two Rivers Convention Center.

IntelliTec participates in Grand Valley Health Fair

Plan to attend the Grand Valley Health Fair in Grand Junction for a variety of free services and activity demonstrations

“Our students continue to offer support for all healthcare organizations with their ongoing volunteer work,” states Leslie Barlow, Director of Education at IntelliTec College in Grand Junction. This benefits both students and the public. “It’s an opportunity for the medical assisting students to practice newly acquired skills and to work directly in their community,” added Barlow.

IntelliTec Students Provide Valuable Hands-On Assistance Before and During Health Fair

Medical assisting students assisted with a pre-blood draw from February 23 through March 8. Approximately 1,500 participants of all ages paid only $30 (the average cost is $250 for lab fees alone) for a complete blood work-up.

According to Fran Parker, Mesa County Health Department Specialist and 2015 Health Fair Coordinator, “IntelliTec students and graduates were critical volunteers during this process.” Screening participants could take the report to their personal doctors or bring it with them to the upcoming health fair for a blood screen review by participating physicians.

Other IntelliTec programs also plan to offer their support during the health fair. Dental assistant students will help with patient education and business students will assist attendees with the registration process.

Local Volunteers Manage Community Focused Health and Wellness Event

The Grand Valley Health Fair is an entirely local event, managed by volunteers who work diligently with their local healthcare specialists to encourage Mesa County residents to take charge of their health. (more…)

Yvette de Ryk

I encourage you take hold of your life and define your own history. Take on challenges you’d otherwise been too afraid to face, and whether you succeed or fail, revel in the fact that you broke out of your box knowing something risky was waiting for you there.” Yvette writes blog posts to support, encourage, empower and challenge students at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. Her experience includes 20 years of career coaching and 10 years of teaching. She is a media specialist, originating and revising web-based content. She still hates boxes. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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Technical School in Pueblo Offers Free Tax Preparation for Students and Community

Posted: March 26th, 2015   |   Author: Yvette de Ryk


Free Tax Preparation Means an Immediate Savings Before Even Filing Taxes

Press Release – For Immediate Release

Pueblo, Colorado – IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers are currently providing free basic tax preparation from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. every Friday at IntelliTec College of Pueblo through April 15, 2015. Appointments are available on a first come/first served basis, and appointments generally run 15 – 30 minutes.

IntelliTec College Pueblo Campus hosts free VITA Site tax preparation

Take advantage of free and easy tax preparation at IntelliTec College of Pueblo’s VITA Site

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sponsors this free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

This is Free and Easy Service

“I highly recommend students take advantage of this free service. It’s an easy process, and they need only a few items plus a little time to file their tax returns,” said Michael Catalano, certified volunteer tax preparer.

Catalano states individuals must bring a photo ID, social security card, and birthdates, along with any applicable paperwork such as W-2’s, pension/retirement plans, 1099’s, Affordable Care Act Provisions, or any income assistance documentation. “We can even set up a direct deposit for refunds, so be sure to bring bank account and routing numbers,” encouraged Catalano.

IntelliTec College of Pueblo has hosted a VITA site for the last seven years. “It’s an opportunity to meet face-to-face with a certified tax preparer and ask the questions you need to feel confident your taxes will be filed properly,” said Catalano.

One-On-One or Web Based Tax Prep

At select tax sites, taxpayers also have the option to prepare their own basic federal and state tax return for free using Web-based tax preparation software with an IRS-certified volunteer to help guide you through the process.

VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other convenient locations across the country. To locate the nearest site near you, go to www.irs.gov and click on the VITA Locator Tool or call 800-906-9887. (more…)

Yvette de Ryk

I encourage you take hold of your life and define your own history. Take on challenges you’d otherwise been too afraid to face, and whether you succeed or fail, revel in the fact that you broke out of your box knowing something risky was waiting for you there.” Yvette writes blog posts to support, encourage, empower and challenge students at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. Her experience includes 20 years of career coaching and 10 years of teaching. She is a media specialist, originating and revising web-based content. She still hates boxes. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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How to Get Hired as a Computer Technician – Learn the Top 3 Traits Employers Are Looking For

Posted: March 23rd, 2015   |   Author: Shivaun Martynes


Learn the most valuable traits employers look for in a computer technician.

Learn the most valuable traits employers look for when hiring a Computer Technician. If these are traits you have, then think about getting your hands-on training in the Computer Network Systems Technician program at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, CO.

Employers in the Information Technology industry highly value educated, trained and skilled workers, but that alone will not get you hired in the Computer Technician field.

Rick Butler, the Computer Network Systems Technician Program Supervisor at IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs, shares the top 3 personal and professional traits that a computer technician needs to be successful in the computer technology industry.

Top 3 Personal and Professional Traits for Success as a Computer Technician

  1. An uncommon passion for technology
  2. A commitment to personal excellence
  3. Natural researchers, analysts and problem-solvers

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Shivaun Martynes

Shivaun is a freelance writer for IntelliTec College. She writes press releases and career-focused articles for the College. IntelliTec College provides career training in Colorado with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Campus locations include Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. IntelliTec College has been training people for new careers in Colorado since 1965. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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IntelliTec College in Grand Junction Wears Red for Women’s Heart Health

Posted: March 20th, 2015   |   Author: Shivaun Martynes


IntelliTec of Grand Junction wears Red for Women's Heart Health.

IntelliTec of Grand Junction students and staff wear Red for Women’s Heart Health.

IntelliTec College in Grand Junction students, staff and faculty wore red on February 5th and 6th to show support and recognition for women’s heart health. 

IntelliTec College is always on the search for worthy causes to recognize. This is the second year that the Grand Junction campus has participated in this particular cause and it will continue to be an annual day of recognition.

Shivaun Martynes

Shivaun is a freelance writer for IntelliTec College. She writes press releases and career-focused articles for the College. IntelliTec College provides career training in Colorado with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Campus locations include Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. IntelliTec College has been training people for new careers in Colorado since 1965. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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College Students in Grand Junction Volunteer at Red Cross Safety Fair

Posted: March 20th, 2015   |   Author: Shivaun Martynes


Grand Junction students participate in Mesa Hall Safety Fair.

Local Grand Junction technical college students participate in Mesa Mall Safety Fair.

Approximately 8 students from IntelliTec College in Grand Junction participated in the Mesa County Red Cross Safety Fair on February 5th and 6th.

The Mesa County Safety Council and Mesa Mall co-hosted this event featuring over 25 booths showcasing fun and educational ways for kids, mainly 2nd through 4th graders, to stay safe at home and school.

IntelliTec students volunteered on both days from 9am-3pm and specifically helped kids with interactive computer safety, games and activities.

This is the 2nd year the Grand Junction campus has been involvement with this event, which stemmed from involvement with the Grand Valley Health Fair.

Shivaun Martynes

Shivaun is a freelance writer for IntelliTec College. She writes press releases and career-focused articles for the College. IntelliTec College provides career training in Colorado with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Campus locations include Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. IntelliTec College has been training people for new careers in Colorado since 1965. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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IntelliTec in Grand Junction Will Wear Green for St. Patrick’s Day and Cerebral Palsy Awareness

Posted: March 17th, 2015   |   Author: Shivaun Martynes


cerebral palsy

Take part in Cerebral Palsy recognition and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green on March 17th!

 

On March 17th, IntelliTec College in Grand Junction will recognize Cerebral Palsy Awareness while wearing green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. National Cerebral Palsy Recognition Day is actually March 25th, but due to Spring Break, the Grand Junction campus will be recognizing it along with St. Patrick’s Day. All students and staff are encouraged to wear green in recognition of both days.

Help the Cause

The Tec Café will be selling cupcakes decked out with the green Cerebral Palsy recognition ribbon. All proceeds from these cupcakes will be donated to Cerebral Palsy research.

Shivaun Martynes

Shivaun is a freelance writer for IntelliTec College. She writes press releases and career-focused articles for the College. IntelliTec College provides career training in Colorado with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Campus locations include Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. IntelliTec College has been training people for new careers in Colorado since 1965. Contact IntelliTec College at: 800-724-9636. Apply Now or Request More Info to get started on your new career today!

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