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Arizona College Christmas Angel Tree

Christmas Angel TreeIt’s official; the Holiday Season is here!  Can you believe that Christmas is only 3 weeks away?!  In keeping with Arizona College tradition, our lovely blue and silver Arizona College Christmas Angel Tree is currently displayed in the front lobby.

Our Christmas Angel Tree is similar to the Angel Trees you see at the malls, however, the items donated are actually for our students and their family!  These needs were based upon individual nominations within the student body. The tree has Arizona College ornaments displayed; on the back of each ornament, a simple item is listed.  These donations will help provide presents for their children and loved ones.  What an amazing gift!

If you would like to help a fellow student and family this holiday season, you can purchase the item listed, and return the UNWRAPPED item along with the ornament tag to Ms. Vanslyke by December 17th, 2013.  Thank you for your support to one another, and helping to make everyone’s Christmas, that much merrier!

To learn more about Arizona College, check out our Newsletter, or contact us at (602) 222-9300.

Resources for Student Veterans

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Many of Arizona College’s students have served their country proudly as members of the nation’s armed forces and have decided to continue in that spirit of service and pursue a challenging and rewarding career in healthcare.

Whether you’ve earned Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty or Selected Reserve, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Veterans Educational Assistance Program, or Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) benefits, you can put these programs into action to help you receive a well-rounded education and hands-on training at Arizona College.

Eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard may qualify for the Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program, as well as the Top-Up Program. With these programs, students could receive 100% federal tuition assistance for their military service.

Arizona College students can also apply their Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty or their Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve to their education costs. This program provides up to 36 months of educational benefits for military students.

Another program providing financial support for educational and housing costs is the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which applies to those with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2011, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

Even those who are a spouse or dependent of a qualifying veteran may have educational benefits available to them. There are many military spouse and family educational assistance programs that include the Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability, MyCAA, state-provided educational benefits, private scholarship and grant opportunities, Army Family Education Programs, and more.

For more information about using your military education benefits for training at Arizona College for any diploma or degree programs, call (877) 759-5504 or contact Arizona College today.

Importance of Networking

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We have all heard the common phrase that getting started in your career is “all about who you know.” This is very often the case in the allied healthcare industry. Making connections in the allied healthcare world can greatly benefit you in the future and networking with people in various specialties can help you when you least expect it.

As you begin a job hunt in the allied healthcare world, keep these five tips in mind to boost your networking efforts:Networking and job hunting should always go hand in hand. When employers are hiring, they typically start by asking existing staff if they know anyone that they can refer. When a referral comes from an existing employee, there is an added level of trust as the candidate has already been pre-screened. It can also save the employer the time and energy of a lengthy job hunt.

1. Attend College sponsored events. Next time a speaker or expert is coming to campus, be sure to attend. Make an effort to meet the speaker – they may have insights that could help you reach your career goals. They may even be able to point you in the direction of someone you may benefit from meeting or working for.

2. Set up informational interviews. While many people hesitate to do this, sitting down and buying a cup of coffee for an expert in your desired field is an excellent way to network and develop job leads.

3. Get involved in professional associations and clubs. Through these, attend any networking opportunities available. You never know when you will meet someone who can help you develop your career.

4. Utilize employment resource centers. Some of these centers even have job developers who are great at seeking out unadvertised job leads. Get to know these individuals, as they can become excellent job lead sources.

5. Volunteer. This can not only be a great way to boost your resume and gain valuable experience, but volunteering can be a great way to learn about opportunities in your field of work.

To learn more about getting your start in the rewarding field of allied healthcare, visit www.arizonacollege.edu.

Blood-Free Jobs in Allied Health

If you think that most allied health career paths have too much involvement with blood and bodily fluids for you to handle, you may be in for a surprise. The fact is there are many blood-free jobs in allied health that are equally rewarding, in demand, and may be a better fit for those who become queasy at the sight of blood.

Health Information Specialist – this in-demand career path is great for those with strong organization and data management skills. Health Information Technology jobs handle the patient’s electronic medical records and ensure the quality, accuracy and security of all patient data.

Pharmacy Technician – those with strong administrative, medical and customer service skills would be a great fit for this technical line of work. Pharmacy Technicians assist pharmacists in dispensing drugs and perform administrative duties critical to help the pharmacy run smoothly.

Massage Therapist – in the massage therapy career path, touch is used to manipulate soft tissue muscles of the body to provide treatments and relief from pain. Massage Therapists use this skill to treat painful injuries, decompress overworked muscles and promote overall wellness.

Health Information Technology (Medical Billing & Coding) – those who enjoy working with computers and technology may enjoy a career path in Health Information Technology. This rewarding career path focuses on health-related information and the systems used to collect, process, store, retrieve and communicate information to support systems, management and decision-making individuals.

All of these allied health careers represent some of the most in-demand and fastest growing careers in the country. While providing a range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic and direct patient care and support services, these allied health career paths work closely with patients, nurses and doctors. To learn more about getting started with a career in allied healthcare, programs offered at Arizona College, call us today at 602-222-9300 to connect with an Admissions representative.

Tips for Parenting While in School

Raising a family while attending school can seem overwhelming. If you’re thinking about going back to school and are simultaneously raising a family, keep these helpful tips in mind to help balance parenting while in school.

    • Get organized. Some people try to juggle multiple calendars for their work and personal life; try consolidating and using one calendar/planner for everything. Color-code your schoolwork, family time, study time, etc. With all of your information stored in one place, you’re less likely to miss an activity or assignment.
    • Schedule both study time and family time. Set aside at least 30 minutes each day (or more depending on your workload) to work on your assignments, study notes, or read. Make sure to also schedule time to spend with your family. Besides time spent after school and taking the kids to athletic events, schedule family time and let your kids choose the activity.
    • When you’re home with the kids, there is no reason you can’t blend family time and study time. Sit down with the kids and study/do your homework together. This will give you extra time to study and is a great way to teach the kids about taking their homework and study time seriously.

In the beginning, parenting while attending school can take some getting used to, but just remember that you’re not alone. Many people make the decision to further their education after having children – you may have fellow classmates in your program who, like you, are learning how to juggle family and school responsibilities themselves. Be a resource to each other and share any handy tips or tricks you have picked up that have helped you find a happy school/life balance.

Contact Arizona College to find out how you can get started on the path toward beginning a rewarding career in healthcare, and learn about the various student resources we offer to help make your time here with us a success.

Tips for Maximizing Productivity

Life is full of distractions. We all have responsibilities and commitments outside school that vie for our time and attention. That’s why it’s so important to seek out the tips and tricks that help you focus and maximize the effectiveness of your study sessions. To help you get the most out of your allied health training, keep these helpful tips in mind to maximize your productivity:

  • Get organized. Piles of paper around your desk or study area can be a major distraction. Optimize your time by setting up an organizational system and sticking to it. It may help to keep different folders for each course on your computer and break each course into similar sub-folders, including class notes, assignments, projects, and study notes.
  • Get plenty of sleep. This can be easier said than done for a busy student, but it’s important to be rested to ensure that you are as alert as possible.
  • Tailor your study materials. Textbooks can be bulky and force you to sift through a lot of material to find the information you need. To save time, utilize Post-Its as bookmarks to allow you to quickly reference key information (bonus points for color coding your sticky notes).
  • Take breaks. Cram sessions can be necessary to prepare for a big exam, but be sure to take a few minutes every hour to walk around, get something to eat or drink, and get some fresh air. This will help to briefly take your mind off of what you’re studying so that when you come back to your materials, you can review them with a fresh eye.
  •  Take advantage of technology. In this day and age, you don’t always need to lug around heavy textbooks – using an iPad or Kindle is a great alternative if your study materials are available in the necessary format. With a tablet you can create calendar appointments to schedule your lectures, tutorials, and study sessions to make sure you don’t miss them. If you have an important lecture, most phones double as a tape recorder that you can use to record the session.

Forming solid study habits is crucial to maximizing your productivity as a student. At Arizona College, we offer a tutoring program for those who learn better with a partner or as part of a group. If you think you would benefit from studying with a tutor, speak with your instructor about scheduling a tutoring session.

Arizona College Agency Department

At Arizona College, our Agency Department serves the local community by providing outreach and customer service geared toward students and case managers from workforce agencies, vocational rehabilitation, Native American tribes, veterans administrations, and more.

So far in 2013, the Agency’s Business Department has had a very busy year. A new team member joined the department in January – Jan Lemau – as the Tribal Agency Liaison. Jan brings a wealth of experience to the team from her many years in the education field and she greatly enjoys working with students and individuals in the local community.

In her new position, Jan spends a great deal of time on the road, as she has a lot of ground to cover – Arizona is home to 23 federally recognized tribes. She will also spend a fair amount of time at Arizona College’s new Mesa campus and some time at the Glendale campus, as well.

Our Veteran Liaison, Kevin Kane, who joined Arizona College back in March 2012 is himself a veteran and two-time purple heart recipient. Kevin brings a passion for service to our returning veterans and has extensive involvement in the community collaborating with many veteran-serving organizations.

Dennis Hobgood is our Director of Agency Business Development. Dennis, who has been with the college for the past two years, has been working directly with workforce development, vocational rehabilitation, tribal education programs, and veteran programs for the past 12 years. In his role, Dennis oversees programs to ensure Arizona College serves the specific and specialized needs of government and tribal agencies, and especially their clients who are attending our college.

Another new Arizona College Agency Department development is its newest partnership with the Friendly House. The Friendly House will now offer GED courses at Arizona College’s Glendale campus from 6-8:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings.

Founded in 1920, the Friendly House was established by the Phoenix Americanization Committee as party of a local initiative to assist new immigrants in transitioning their lives to Arizona. Friendly House services promote literacy, citizenship, patriotism, and English language skills. For more information about The Friendly House’s GED courses, contact Dennis for more information at (602) 759-2259.

Celebrate Dental Awareness Day on 6/28

Coming up on June 28, Dental Awareness Day is intended to raise awareness about oral hygiene and encourage people to take care of their teeth. If you are studying to become a Dental Assistant, be sure to recognize Dental Awareness Day by passing along these important oral hygiene tips:

  • Prevent bacteria from growing in the mouth by brushing at least twice a day for two minutes and flossing daily. The bacteria that cause bad breath can easily build up on the tongue, so it’s also a good idea to use a tongue scraper or to give it a good scrub with your toothbrush. Developing these good habits will help prevent bad breath as well as tooth decay.
  • Keep smiles bright by replacing a manual toothbrush every three or four months and follow the manufacturer’s advice on how often to replace electric brush heads.
  • After eating or drinking things that are known to stain teeth – like blueberries, coffee, and red wine – minimize discoloration by brushing and eating apples, carrots, or celery, which will trigger saliva flow. Brushing teeth with baking soda twice a month is also a good trick to keeping teeth bright.

Of course, it’s always a good idea to encourage your patients to eat less sugary foods, especially carbonated soft drinks and sports drinks. If they have a sweet tooth, encourage them to chew sugarless gum that will increase saliva production to cleanse the mouth and neutralize acidity. Remind your patients to see the dentist for a regular checkup every six months to remove plaque buildup and spot dental complications before they cause major problems.

If you’re curious about a career as a Dental Assistant, contact Arizona College to learn more about our Dental Assisting program.

Best Places Around Campus to Study

During your allied health training, it’s helpful to seek out good places to study where you can prepare for an exam, complete an assignment, or simply brush up on your notes. When you are searching for the best places to study in your area, it’s important to look for locations that are comfortable, quiet, and present you with minimal distractions.

The Library – There’s a reason it’s one of the first places students turn to. There is no better place than a library to access information – or to find some peace and quiet. Arizona College students should check out the City of Mesa Main Library or the Velma Teague Library in Glendale to take advantage of the serene atmosphere, along with the comfortable chairs and quiet corners to settle into and study for hours.

Coffee Shops – As long as ambient noise isn’t a distraction for you, a coffee shop is a great place to fuel up and study. Most coffee shops have Wi-Fi that you can easily access with your laptop, and the music in most coffee shops provides great background music for studying. There is a Starbucks just down the road from the Mesa campus at 1960 W Main Street, and another at 10404 N 43rd Avenue near the Glendale campus. Both are great spots to grab a coffee, plug into the free Wi-Fi, and review your notes from class.

The Park – You may not be able to access the Internet, but parks offer a great place to review hardcopy course materials and enjoy some sunshine. Check out nearby Sunset Park and Mission Park in Glendale, or Beverly Park and Fitch Park in Mesa.

Your Home – As long as you are able to limit distractions, studying at home can be a great option. Whether you need complete silence to study effectively or prefer some music to help you concentrate, you have complete control of your environment in your own home – and studying in your pajamas definitely has its perks!

If you think you might benefit from studying with a partner, contact Arizona College to learn more about our tutoring services. Both individual and group tutoring sessions are offered, and can be scheduled with your instructor.

World Blood Donor Day

Phlebotomists of the world will have plenty of work to do on June 14 – this is World Blood Donor Day, a day celebrated each year to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products. This day also exists to build a worldwide culture of voluntary blood donation and thank those unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. In addition, World Blood Donor Day serves as a springboard for longer-term donor education programs and campaigns to strengthen blood transfusion services.

This year celebrates the 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day and focuses on the huge value of donated blood to patients. Millions of lives are saved each year by the transfusion of blood and blood products. Blood transfusions help patients who are suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer with a higher quality of life.

The slogan of World Blood Donor Day is “Give the gift of life: donate blood.” The objective – in addition to thanking blood donors for their life-saving donations and promoting voluntary and unpaid blood donation – is to urge governments throughout the world to commit to achieving self-sufficiency in safe blood and blood products.

World Blood Donor Day is sponsored by four core agencies that work together to promote voluntary blood donation, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations, and the International Society of Blood Transfusion.

Considering getting started in the rewarding field of Phlebotomy? Contact Arizona College to connect with an Admissions representative and learn more about starting a career as a Phlebotomist.