Katarina Lewis – Student Highlight

Meet Katarina Lewis, our student highlight for the week!

Like many people who want to start a career in healthcare, Katarina felt she needed to earn a professional medical certification to get a job. She chose Boardman Training Center to get on the fast track to a great healthcare career by preparing for a certification in just weeks.

“I heard a lot of good things about BTC and I really liked how quick the program was, which allowed me to become certified and find a job in a very reasonable amount of time,” said Katarina.

Katarina has always been interested in the medical field and chose the Cardio Phlebotomy program because she felt it would give her the hands-on experience she was looking for in a career training program.

Before enrolling at BTC, Katarina attended a larger university and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She says it was a great experience and she learned a lot, but she still needed a medical certification before she could get a job in healthcare.

Katarina Lewis-Student Highlight

After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, Katarina started Cardio Phlebotomy classes at BTC one month later, because she wants to earn a certification and get finished with school as soon as possible.

Katarina is currently working as a Radiology Clerical Associate at Mercy Health-St. Elizabeth. In this role, she looks up test results and makes sure they are good, and then communicates the results of any that are not good to the next level up. She plays an important role in the healthcare team, working with patients, doctors, technicians, and nurses.

While attending Boardman Training Center, Katarina has had a great student experience. “The teachers are always here to help the students, which you can’t always find at other schools. They want you to succeed,” said Katarina.

Mike Giles from EKG has been Katarina’s favorite teacher because “he brought real-life stories to class every day, which made it entertaining and helped us learn the material.”

After graduating from BTC and earning her professional healthcare certification, Katarina hopes to work as a phlebotomist at an outpatient lab or a hospital lab. She says she is not too picky about her job, as long as she enjoys it.

In five years, Katarina wants to be working at a hospital or medical practice as a physician’s assistant. She considers the Cardio Phlebotomy program at BTC a stepping stone that is allowing her to achieve her ultimate goal of becoming a physician’s assistant, and she is thankful for the experience she has gained here.

When asked if she would refer Boardman Training Center to a friend, Katarina says “yes, the instructors are great but so are the admissions team. They make you feel welcome from the start.”

Katarina has some words of advice for incoming students at BTC. “Keep an open mind about the programs. Be patient with the process of learning everything and putting those skills to actual use. EKGs and punctures take time, but you will get it. Don’t feel like you’re the only one that doesn’t understand because there are others too.”

Do you need a professional healthcare certification to start your career? Want to get on the fast track to qualifying for your dream healthcare job? Let Boardman Training Center help you achieve your career goals with our healthcare training programs that are completed in just weeks!

We offer small class sizes, personalized attention, a WE CARE family atmosphere, hands-on training, and flexible financing options to help make your career dreams a reality.

Learn more about our Cardio Phlebotomy, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, and Medical Office Specialist programs and request information to get started today!

How to Start Your Journey to Becoming a Phlebotomy Technician

You’re ready to take the next step in your career and become a phlebotomy technician, but how do you do it? What training do you need to start a new career as a phlebotomy technician?

At Boardman Training Center, we love helping students achieve their career goals and dreams. Our purpose is to empower change by creating opportunity, and we take pride in doing this for each and every student.

Keep reading as we share the four steps you can take to become a phlebotomy technician!

How to Start Your Journey to Becoming a Phlebotomy Technician

Step 1: Choose the Right Phlebotomy Program for You

The first thing you must do to become a phlebotomy technician is choose a career training program that’s right for you. Enrolling in a program that fits your specific needs will increase your chances of success in the program and in your career. As you research various options for getting the training you need, be sure to choose one that provides exactly what you need to start your career. A quality phlebotomy technician program should include:

  • Training in phlebotomy best practices
  • Developing hands-on phlebotomy skills
  • Preparing for a phlebotomy certification exam

In addition to choosing a quality phlebotomy training program, you should also look for a school that provides a positive student experience and a supportive educational environment. Small class sizes, personalized attention, and caring teachers will help you succeed in your classes.

Step 2: Learn Hands-On Skills

Phlebotomy technicians are essential to the healthcare team because they perform critical patient procedures and help create a positive experience. If you’ve ever had to have blood drawn, you know how important it is to have a well-trained phlebotomy technician performing the procedure.

Learning about the various techniques and gaining hands-on experience in drawing blood is what will set you up for success when you start your career. At Boardman Training Center, our Phlebotomy Technician program is designed to give you the exact knowledge, skills, and experience you need to become a phlebotomy technician.

Best practices for phlebotomy technicians, various procedures for specimen collection, and different types of skin puncture techniques are some of the valuable skills students learn in BTC’s Phlebotomy Technician career training program.

Step 3: Prepare for Certification

In addition to learning and practicing hands-on skills, a quality phlebotomy program will prepare you for a professional phlebotomy certification. Many employers prefer candidates who hold a certification because they know that you have met the high-quality standards to earn and maintain the certification.

Earning a phlebotomy certification can make you more marketable to potential employers, such as hospitals, labs, physicians’ offices, clinics, blood centers, surgical centers, and more. Healthcare employers want professionals with a high level of skills, and a certification lets them know you can get the job done!

Students who enroll in BTC’s Phlebotomy Technician program prepare for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)* exam from the National Healthcareer Association. Since students have the opportunity to prepare for this exciting certification while completing the phlebotomy program, they are ready for career success after graduation!

Step 4: Start Your Phlebotomy Technician Career with BTC

Since you now know the exact steps to start your journey to becoming a phlebotomy technician, it’s time to take the first step! There are many benefits to choosing BTC to start your path to a phlebotomy career. We offer a short-term Phlebotomy Technician program that can be completed in just weeks, so you can start your new career quickly. You will gain essential knowledge, hands-on skills, and valuable experience, while also training for a professional phlebotomy certification.

We offer a supportive school environment, personalized attention, small class sizes, and flexible financing options to help you start your exciting new career.

Make the move into a fulfilling healthcare career by requesting information for our Phlebotomy Technician program today!

*Certification is contingent upon passing this industry certification exam.

Sarah Steiner – Student Highlight

Meet Sarah Steiner, our student highlight feature for this week!

Sarah is enrolled in the Phlebotomy Technician program at Boardman Training Center, preparing for an exciting and rewarding healthcare career!

“I chose BTC because of the shorter program length and no student loans,” says Sarah. When she came to visit the campus for the first time, Sarah had a great impression of BTC. She loved how small it was, how quickly she could complete the classes, and that the instructors can help more and are very hands-on.

Sarah Steiner-Student Highlight

Before enrolling with BTC, Sarah had previously attended a larger university for two years. She had first majored in fashion merchandising and then went back after a few years for medical assisting. She decided it wasn’t right for her and took some time off, working a variety of retail jobs in the past few years. She knew that these were just jobs, and not a career, and didn’t want to be in them for long.

“I chose this program because the medical field has always interested me and I love helping people,” says Sarah. At first, she wanted to complete the Medical Office Specialist program, but after starting her phlebotomy class, she loved it and realized she wanted to start working and doing that right away. Sarah says she may come back for the MOS program one day!

When asked what her favorite part is of attending Boardman Training Center, Sarah said, “The educators are phenomenal, and I love that I didn’t have to take out student loans.” Not having to take out student loans was important to Sarah because she had already taken out a lot when she attended the university.

“My phlebotomy instructor Irene was my absolute favorite. She made me feel very prepared for each test and the NHA,” says Sarah, who’s ideal job after graduation is working as a Phlebotomist in a hospital.

Sarah has always wanted to work in healthcare, and she was referred to BTC by a friend who attended the Phlebotomy Technician career training program as well.

Sarah loves that she is graduating and does not owe loans to anyone for completing the program. She was recently hired at UPMC and starts her new career next week!

In five years, Sarah would like to be a Lab Manager in a hospital setting. She loves the hands-on environment and feels she would be a good leader. She would also like to work with people who have similar interests as her.

Sarah’s advice for anyone just starting the program is to be proactive in getting prepared for the NHA tests and getting help with your resume. “BTC is great for getting you ready for your career,” says Sarah.

Sarah says she would absolutely refer friends to Boardman Training Center! “The teachers are extremely educated in their field and the entire staff will make sure you’re prepared for your career.”

Ready to get on the fast track to your rewarding healthcare career? Learn more about our Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist career training programs! Request information now to get started today!

Ishmael Ragin – Student Highlight

Meet Ishmael Ragin, our student highlight feature for this week!

Ishmael is enrolled in the Phlebotomy Technician program at Boardman Training Center. He began classes in May 2019 to get on the fast track to a rewarding healthcare career.

Before attending BTC, Ishmael went to a larger university and found that it was very big, with a lot of walking around to classes. He had majored in psychology, which is what his mother did, and was following in her footsteps. Ishmael realized that this was not the path for him and became interested in what he could do in the medical field.

Ishmael Ragin-Student Highlight

Ishmael also works in the food industry but wants to have a career and not just a job. He says it’s an easy job, but there is only so far you can move up.

When asked why he chose Boardman Training Center to jump-start his healthcare career, Ishmael said it was because of “the location, class sizes, and the field of choice.”

After his experience at a larger university, Ishmael really wanted a smaller school where he could come and learn. He loves the phlebotomy classes because they are hands-on and not straight out of a book.

“It was something I see myself enjoying,” said Ishmael when asked why he chose the Phlebotomy Technician career training program. He wanted to go somewhere that enabled him to gain employment in the local area, because his family is here.

Ishmael says that his favorite parts of attending BTC are “the people, classmates, teachers, and instructors.” He has made a lot of friends in his classes and really gotten to know his instructors.

“Phlebotomy is my favorite class because it’s so hands-on and informative,” said Ishmael. So far in his student experience at BTC, Irene has been his favorite teacher.

After graduation, Ishmael would like to work as a Lab Technician or a Phlebotomy Technician in a hospital or lab setting. He has already begun looking at jobs to start his career in the medical field after he completes the Phlebotomy Technician career training program.

When asked where he would like his life to be in five years, Ishmael said he would like to be the highest paid professional in the field. He is interested in potentially going into medical coding eventually. He says he will go as far as he can in his career with the phlebotomy certification.

When asked if he would refer BTC to a friend, Ishmael responded, “Yes. It’s just as informative as a university but has the class size that makes it easier to learn.”

Are you looking for a career training program to get you on the fast track to a rewarding healthcare career? Learn more about our Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Cardio Phlebotomy, and Medical Office Specialist training programs today. Classes are starting soon, so request information now to get started!

Patti Foster – Student Highlight

Meet Patti Foster, our student highlight for this week!

Patti is enrolled in the Cardio Phlebotomy career training program at Boardman Training Center and is super excited to get on the fast track to a great healthcare career!

Patti Foster-Student Highlight

“I have enjoyed all my classes at BTC. I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite. I love them all,” said Patti.

Before enrolling with BTC, Patti attended a larger university but says that Boardman Training Center is her favorite school that she has attended.

After being laid off from a job, Patti wanted something new that would give her career a boost. “I’ve worked in the medical field for years and I wanted to advance my career,” said Patti.

This led her to coming to BTC for a visit and meeting with Nikki Granger, Admissions Advisor. “Nikki really helped me make my dream happen,” said Patti. “I chose BTC because of Nikki. I had inquired and she was the most helpful,” Patti continued.

At BTC, we work with each student individually to create a plan that leads to future career success. With our WE CARE school environment, we encourage and empower each student to achieve their full potential.

When asked what her favorite part of attending Boardman Training Center is, Patti said it’s the instructors because they make learning fun.

After graduation, Patti wants to pursue a career as a Medical Assistant or maybe even become an instructor at BTC!

Patti has had an amazing experience at Boardman Training Center and says she would absolutely recommend BTC to others because the staff is great, the class sizes are smaller, and the instructors are always available to help you.

Are you ready to take the next step toward a fulfilling and rewarding healthcare career? At Boardman Training Center, we offer fast track programs to get you in a new career in months, not years.

With personalized attention, small class sizes, flexible financing options, and the opportunity to sit for professional certifications, BTC has just what you need.

Learn more about our Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Cardio Phlebotomy, and Medical Office Specialist career training programs and request information to get started today!

Jenn McCauley – Student Highlight

Meet Jenn McCauley, our student highlight feature for this week!

Jenn is enrolled in the Cardio Phlebotomy program at Boardman Training Center and is having a great experience while on her way to a great career in healthcare.

“The instructors genuinely care about my success and go above and beyond to make sure I understand all the concepts and clinicals,” said Jenn.

Jenn McCauley

Prior to enrolling with BTC, Jenn attended a larger university for engineering. She had a pretty good experience there, however, she had to take many classes that did not pertain to her specific major. Jenn also worked at Home Depot and is the mom of an 11-year-old.

Looking to get into the medical field as a career change, Jenn chose Boardman Training Center for the fast-track classes that allow students to start their careers in months, not years.

“I chose BTC for the price, class size, and location. I also thought that the class length was appropriate,” said Jenn.

So far in her experience at BTC, Jenn’s favorite class has been EKG because she loves the analytical and mathematical side of it.

When asked about her favorite teachers at Boardman Training Center, Jenn said, “I love Sandy because of her PowerPoints and life experience stories. I love Dave for the tidbits of quick ways for memorizing the facts and how it all works together. I love Irene for her compassion and thoroughness with phlebotomy, and always going above and beyond to help.”

After she graduates from BTC, Jenn would like to work in a lab testing blood samples or work as a telemetry observer at a hospital. As part of her five-year plan, she would love to move to a state by the ocean and work in a hospital doing EKGs.

When asked if she would refer Boardman Training Center to friends, Jenn responded, “Yes, because it’s a great education with great teachers!”

Are you looking for a school with fast-track programs to get you into the healthcare field in months, not years? At Boardman Training Center, we can help you make it happen with small class sizes, personalized attention, flexible financing, and a WE CARE classroom experience.

Learn more about our Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Cardio Phlebotomy, and Medical Office Specialist programs and request information today to jump start your way to a great healthcare career!

4 Tips for Balancing School, Work, and Life During the Holidays

The holiday season is here and with it comes festive cookies, holiday parties, and family fun! We all enjoy spending time with loved ones and finding the perfect gifts, but balancing extra activities during the holidays can be a challenge when you attend school, work, and have a family life.

With so much going on during this special time of year, how can you ensure everything gets done without you becoming stressed and overwhelmed?

Read on as we share our top tips with you for balancing school, work, and life during the holidays!

Tip #1 – Stay Organized

The key to getting everything on your list done during the holiday season is to stay organized. The best way to do this is to use your calendar to organize everything you need to do. If using a digital calendar like Google Calendar, you can also set alerts to be notified when it’s time to do something you scheduled.

Start by adding all your school information to your calendar, including your class schedule, due dates, and exam dates. If you know you will need to study for an exam, block off time on your calendar to get it done. Now add your work schedule, family activities, and events you will be attending to your calendar.

Once you have everything added, you’ll have a better idea of when and how you can get everything done. If you are overbooked, you may need to remove something or change your commitments.

Tip #2 – Use Time Management

Practicing good time management is the secret for balancing school, work, and life during the holidays. When setting aside time to get specific things done, be realistic about how much time it will take to complete and ensure you have given yourself enough time.

Don’t over book yourself and commit to too many things, as this will cause unnecessary stress and leave you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.

Prioritize your school, work, and family activities that need to get done. Once you’ve done this, if you need to remove something from your schedule, you can take out a lower priority item and still get the important stuff completed.

Tip #3 – Get Ahead

Since the holidays are such a busy time, try to get ahead as much as possible, so you have more time for holiday fun. Get ahead of schoolwork like projects and assignments, and work ahead at your job as much as you can.

For example, if you have a project at work that’s due right before Christmas, try to get it done early so you’re not stressed about trying to finish it right before the due date. Definitely do not procrastinate and wait until the last minute to get something done because the quality of your work may not be as high, and you can become easily stressed and irritated.

Start your Christmas shopping early so you’re not running around looking for gifts on Christmas Eve. Remember to allow extra time when ordering gifts online, because shipping always takes longer during the holidays.

Tip #4 – Practice Self-Care

Now that you’re organized, using good time management, and getting ahead, it’s time to practice some self-care. The holidays are meant to be a joyful time with family and friends, so keep this in mind when you feel overwhelmed.

Getting enough sleep and eating healthy are two great ways to practice self-care during the holidays. You may be tempted to sleep less to get things done, but there are many scientific studies that show not getting enough sleep is bad for your health and productivity. When surrounded by so much food and sweets during the holidays, it can be easy to eat whatever is available, instead of eating healthily. Try to eat healthily to keep your energy up during this busy time!

Make time for yourself to relax and recharge during the busy holiday season. Schedule your self-care time on your calendar if you need to. It can seem counterproductive to do nothing, but you will feel much better after recharging your energy. Remember, you can always say “no” if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Balance School, Work, and Life with BTC

We know you’re busy, so our career training programs are designed to work with your hectic life. At Boardman Training Center, we offer day and evening classes, personalized attention, small class sizes, and hands-on learning to prepare you for a rewarding healthcare career.

Learn more about our Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist programs and request information today to get started!

Thankful for Our Students

At Boardman Training Center, our purpose is to empower change by creating opportunity. We strive to help each and every student that walks through our doors by providing them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in their career.

We offer fast track training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist to give students the best possible start in their careers. We are honored to provide these healthcare training program to students, so they can start their careers in months, not years.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we want to share what we are most thankful for at Boardman Training Center: our students!

Check out some of our favorite student moments from this past year!

Hands-On Skills

As part of our healthcare training programs, students learn hands-on skills like phlebotomy, vital signs, patient care, and more. Check out our students practicing these valuable career skills!

 

Earn Professional Certifications

Congratulations to our students who passed their national healthcare certification exams, making them more valuable to employers!

 

Student Experience

At BTC, we like to have fun while preparing students for meaningful healthcare careers. Check out the awesome experience our students are having while training for successful careers!

Community Involvement

Getting involved in the community with events for BTC students, staff, family, and friends is important to us. Check out some of the exciting events from this year including our Halloween Trunk or Treat, Spirit Week, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

 

Join Us Today

Are you ready to fast track your way to a great healthcare career? Join us at Boardman Training Center for hands-on learning, small class sizes, and personalized attention. Request information now to get started today!

Budgeting 101

Whether you’re saving for the future or just need to know where all your money is going, budgeting effectively can help. As an essential aspect of personal finance, budgeting is important for everyone because it can help you reach your financial goals, regardless of how much money you have now.

Creating and maintaining a budget has many benefits including better financial security, a higher credit score, and less debt. But how do you create an effective budget to reach your financial goals? Keep reading and find out our top budgeting tips!

Budgeting 101

Create a Monthly Budget

In order to know exactly how much money you’re receiving and spending each month, the first thing you need to do is create a monthly budget. Begin by adding up all the money you receive each month from things like jobs, side work, child support, and any other source. For jobs, be sure to use your after-tax pay, as this is what you can actually spend.

The next step is to list out and add up all your monthly expenses. This part can seem challenging if you have never created a budget before. To start, gather all your monthly bills, bank statements, and credit card statements, and list everything you spend money on, along with the monthly amount spent on each item. The personal finance experts at Credit.org recommend tracking these expenses:

  • Housing – mortgage, rent, insurance
  • Utilities – electricity, gas, water, sewage
  • Car – car payment, insurance, gas
  • Loans – credit card bills, student loans
  • Amenities – phone, internet, subscriptions
  • Medical – medical bills, health insurance
  • Necessities – household products, clothing
  • Groceries – food, pet food
  • Entertainment – dining out, activities, gifts
  • Miscellaneous – unknown expenses

Now that you’ve added in your monthly expenses, you need to account for any quarterly, bi-annual, and annual expenses you have. Since you don’t pay these expenses monthly, you have to save for them throughout the year to ensure you have enough money to pay them. For example, if you pay your home insurance once per year, divide the total amount by 12 and add it to your monthly budget, and be sure to save the correct amount each month!

Now that you’ve listed and calculated your total income and expenses, you need a way to track them. Using a spreadsheet, notebook, or whatever you’re most comfortable with, make a chart that lists all income on one side and all expenses on the other side. Add up the total amount for each and then subtract your monthly expenses from your monthly income. If you have extra money each month after paying your expenses, that would be great to put in savings. If you don’t have enough money to cover your monthly expenses, you will need to lower your expenses or increase your income.

Needs vs Wants

As you list out all the things you spend money on, thinking about each item and determining if it’s a need or a want is essential to maintaining an effective budget. You can easily tell the difference between the two categories because needs are things you actually need to live, such as housing, clothing, and food. Wants are things that you don’t actually need, but are nice to have, such as entertainment, dining out, and vacations.

One important reason to categorize your expenses into needs and wants, is that if you have to lower your expenses, you will have to reduce your wants.

Track Your Actual Spending

After creating your monthly budget, you will need to track your actual spending moving forward. This allows you to identify whether or not you’re spending within your budget, and lets you know if any changes need to be made.

The quickest and easiest way to do this is with free software like Mint, which is a budget planner and spending tracker. If you prefer, you can also manually review your bank and credit card statements on a monthly basis to calculate your actual spending.

Now that you have your monthly budget and are tracking your actual spending, you will need to compare the two on a monthly basis to determine if you need to make adjustments to either. As an example, if you find you are spending more on eating out than you budgeted for, you may need to decrease the number of times per month that you go to restaurants.

Save for Your Future

Starting a savings account that you add to regularly is important for your future needs and wants. Investing in your education, going on your dream vacation, and buying your first home are all great goals for your savings.

To make saving easier for you, look at it like it’s a bill that you’re paying to your future self. Decide on the exact amount that you want to save each month and add it to your monthly budget.

Put Your Career On the Fast Track

With your budget created, you’re now ready to invest in your future! At Boardman Training Center, we offer fast track career training programs to get you in your dream healthcare career quickly. Learn more about our Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Cardio Phlebotomy, and Medical Office Specialist programs and get started today!

Eileen Syfert – Student Highlight

Meet Eileen Syfert, our student highlight for the week at Boardman Training Center!

Have you ever felt like you wanted a more fulfilling career, one that allows you to really make a difference and help people? This is exactly how Eileen felt before deciding to begin fast track career training at BTC.

Eileen Syfert

After helping her grandfather for a year, it sparked Eileen’s interest to work in the medical field and do something worthwhile with her career.

Additionally, Eileen traveled to Europe for three months and visited Norway and Sweden. This was a great experience and gave her some time to reflect, which really put things into perspective for her. Eileen knew she felt lost in her career but didn’t know exactly what she wanted to do.

Before enrolling with Boardman Training Center, Eileen attended a community college for criminal justice and worked for a criminal defense attorney as a legal assistant, but she didn’t like sitting at a desk all day and wanted something that would allow her to get up and move around more.

“I choose BTC because I wanted a new, more fulfilling career, and everyone here was extremely helpful, positive, and encouraging,” said Eileen. After coming to the Boardman Training Center campus and meeting with Nikki, BTC Admissions Advisor, Eileen realized there was nothing stopping her from enrolling in school, and she signed up the very next day.

Eileen chose the Cardio Phlebotomy program at BTC as a way to break into the healthcare field.

“I thought the programs here would be the perfect introduction into the healthcare field. I felt like I could make a difference and have more purpose at work,” said Eileen.

So far, phlebotomy has been Eileen’s favorite class. She says that drawing blood is exciting and a nice balance of challenging and fun.

When asked what her favorite part of attending fast track training classes at BTC is, Eileen said, “I love that I feel valued and heard as a student. Anytime I have an issue, the instructors go above and beyond to help me overcome the issue.”

Eileen says she feels a sense of belonging at Boardman Training Center and has already recommended the school to others. One person has already signed up and will be starting classes soon!

Are you ready to start a fulfilling career in the healthcare field where you get to help people and make a difference every day? Boardman Training Center offers fast track career programs to get you into your dream job in just weeks. Call (330) 729-9244 or request information now to get started!