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!

How to Create Your Personal Brand

Your personal brand can help you get noticed and put your career on the fast track, but how do you create an awesome personal brand?

With personal branding, you have the opportunity to create and maintain a specific image of yourself. Just like companies brand themselves to be known for things like providing a great customer experience or having great products, you can brand yourself to be known for anything you want.

Organizations all around the world have been utilizing the power of branding for many years, and a great example is Apple. Have you ever thought about why you know it’s an Apple commercial, even before you see the logo? Or that feeling you get when walking into an Apple store? Or why products made by Apple always have the same look and feel? You know your having an Apple brand experience, even before seeing the logo, because they have branded themselves so well.

How to Create Your Personal Brand

You can use this same power of branding to advance into your dream career, but how do you do it? Read on as we share our five steps to creating a strong personal brand!

Step 1: Align your personal brand with your professional goals

In order to create an awesome personal brand, the first thing you must do is decide exactly what you want your personal brand to be. This will be your brand identity and figuring it out is an important first step because everything else will be built on it.

Here are some questions to ask yourself to figure out exactly what your personal brand should be:

  • Why are you creating a personal brand?
  • What are your professional goals?
  • What do you want to be known for?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What are your strengths?

After answering these questions, you should have a good idea of what you want your personal brand to be. For example, if you’re a student trying to break into the medical field, some of your answers could be to start your career in healthcare and become known as an expert in your local medical community.

Step 2: Choose your platforms

Due to the growth of mobile devices and social media, personal branding is easier now more than ever. We can all create and promote our personal brands from anywhere, at any time. With so many options, it can be a challenge to decide which specific social platforms to use. Should you start with Facebook or Instagram? Or are LinkedIn and Twitter the better choices?

To decide which social platforms to use when creating your personal brand, you need to answer this one question: Who do you want to see your brand and which social channels do they use?

For this step, it’s really that easy. As an example, if you’re a medical student who wants potential employers to see your personal brand, then Facebook and LinkedIn are where you should be.

Step 3: Network with other professionals

After you know what your personal brand is going to be and which channels to focus on, the next step is networking and starting to build relationships with others. The best way to begin is by following people and accounts relevant to your field. Commenting when you have something relevant to add and liking their posts are great ways to continue building these relationships online.

Local healthcare leaders, potential employers, industry organizations, and medical experts are all great examples of people to follow. Feel free to share their posts, as long as they align with your personal brand. For example, if a potential employer shares a relevant blog post, you can share it to your page too.

Step 4: Share your knowledge and expertise

Showcasing your knowledge and expertise by sharing content on your chosen social media channels is the best way to build your personal brand. Some examples of great content to share are photos, videos, infographics, articles, status updates, and story posts.

When creating content, consider your audience and the things they would be interested in or want to see. For our medical student example, photos and videos of hands-on skills like performing EKGs or taking vital signs would be perfect content to share.

Step 5: Be yourself

When creating your personal brand and working to advance your career, always remember to be yourself! Even on social media, people connect with other people who are genuine and authentic, so let your great personality shine through.

Put Your Career On The Fast Track

Now that you’ve created your personal brand, take the next step toward your career with healthcare training from Boardman Training Center. Request information now to get started!

Sarah Borngesser – Student Highlight

We are excited to feature our student highlight for the week, Sarah Borngesser!

Sarah is enrolled in the EKG Technician and Phlebotomy Technician programs at Boardman Training Center. She started classes in September 2018, and she loves BTC and the positive atmosphere that you feel as soon as you walk in the door.

Sarah Borngesser

Before deciding to attend classes at BTC, Sarah says she was working at a call center and pretty upset with her life, because she wasn’t doing anything for her future. “BTC gave me meaning to my life,” says Sarah.

“I chose BTC because it was a small campus, close to home, with small class sizes and career-driven classes,” says Sarah. After meeting with Nikki Granger, Admission Advisor, she knew BTC was the right choice.

Sarah had previously attended a university in Florida for a short time, but says it was very stressful, with big classes and a lot of people.

At Boardman Training Center, Sarah is on the fast-track to a great healthcare career with small class sizes, personalized attention, and short-term programs.

Sarah has worked in the front office in healthcare and always wanted to get more into the clinical aspects of the medical field. She chose the EKG Technician and Phlebotomy Technician programs to get the experience needed for her hands-on healthcare career.

“My favorite part of attending BTC is the staff. I love Stephen because he makes learning easy and fun, and Nikki has always helped me too,” says Sarah. Medical Assisting is her favorite class because she loves the hands-on, clinical part.

Sarah’s parents are very supportive of her! Her mom has worked in the healthcare field for 30 years as a medical assistant. As a child, Sarah would go on car rides with her mom while she traveled around to draw blood from patients, and always thought it was very exciting!

Sarah recommends BTC to everyone and is always sharing her positive experience with others. “I was not happy with my life before attending BTC, but they made me feel like what I want to do is possible,” says Sarah.

Ready to take the next step to a better future with fast-track healthcare programs? Request information now to get started!

How to Enroll for Fall Classes

Are you ready to put your healthcare career on the fast track? At Boardman Training Center, we’ve got you covered with the career training and professional certifications you need to succeed!

With the ever-increasing demand for medical professionals, employers need candidates that are knowledgeable, certified, and can get the job done. Our healthcare programs train you in just weeks, so you can start your career faster.

Classes are starting soon, so read on to find out exactly how you can get started today!

BTC How to Enroll

Steps to Enroll for Classes Now

To enroll for fall classes, first you need to request information. Call us at 330-729-9244, or come visit our location at 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Building K West Suite 1, Boardman, OH 44512.

Next, you will talk with Nikki Granger, Admissions Advisor, on the phone so that she can help you complete the enrollment process. Nikki will schedule a time for you to come visit the campus for a brief interview, a tour of the facility, and the chance to meet faculty. Feel free to bring a family member or a friend to your campus visit!

After your campus visit to Boardman Training Center, you will need to fill out the registration form, provide a copy of your driver’s license, diploma, and shot records, and pay your fees. You are now officially registered for classes!

Now that you’re registered, it’s time to start your classes! Nikki will work with you to make sure you have everything you need for your classes, including scrubs, books, and supplies.

Healthcare Training Programs and Professional Certifications

Boardman Training Center programs are designed to jump start your healthcare career in just weeks, and students are prepared to sit for professional certifications that are valued by employers.

With our Phlebotomy Technician program, you will prepare for an exciting career as a phlebotomist and can sit for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician certification. You will learn essential hands-on skills such as various procedures for specimen collection, different types of skin puncture techniques, and how to use specimen collection equipment correctly.

Our EKG Technician program trains you in critical areas like how to use a heart monitor, how to identify normal and abnormal EKG recordings, and how to distinguish between basic dysrhythmias. As an EKG Technician, you will use these skills to help people in medical settings every day. You will be prepared to sit for the Certified EKG Technician certification.

In the Cardio-Phlebotomy program, you will prepare to sit for two certifications from the National Healthcareer Association, Certified Phlebotomy Technician and Certified EKG Technician. You will gain skills such as performing EKGs, drawing blood for testing, carrying out venipuncture procedures, controlling infections, and more.

The Medical Office Specialist program trains students in many areas that are critical to running a medical office, including recording vital signs, patient intake, charting, HIPAA, compliance, and insurance processing. Students are prepared to sit for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, Certified Billing and Coding Specialist, and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist certifications.

Why Choose Boardman Training Center

Our programs are designed to prepare you for a great healthcare career in just weeks. With day and evening classes, personalized attention, flexible financing, and small class sizes, you will be ready to achieve your career goals!

After you complete your career training program at BTC, you will be prepared to work in medical facilities like hospitals, labs, medical clinics, physician’s offices, and more.

“We care and you’re not just a number. You’re someone with a family and goals. We understand that life happens. We want to see students succeed and be proud of where they went to school,” said Nikki Granger. “We support our students and don’t want to see them give up. Our hearts are with the students.”

Get Started Today

Nikki has some advice for anyone thinking about attending healthcare classes at Boardman Training Center. “Don’t wait. Make your goal happen. You won’t be alone because we will be here with you every step of the way.”

Ready to make the move into a healthcare career you love? Request information now or call Nikki at 330-729-9244 to get enrolled in Fall classes now!

Nikki Granger – Employee Highlight

Meet Nikki Granger, our Boardman Training Center highlight for this week!

Nikki Granger

Nikki started at Boardman Training Center in March 2014 as an Admissions Advisor and her role has grown from there.

Today, she does a little of everything including greeting and helping students, enrolling students, proctoring exams, planning events, assisting with managing BTC social media, and serving as a lab instructor for phlebotomy.

“If I’m doing my best job, students should love their education and be prepared for their career,” says Nikki. She strives to set a great example for students and has an open-door policy to help them achieve their goals and get their careers on a fast track.

Before starting as an employee at Boardman Training Center, Nikki was actually a student herself, so she has first-hand experience on what students need to be successful. In 2013, Nikki was an STNA and decided she wanted to do more to help people. This led her to enroll in the Cardio-Phlebotomy program and go on to complete the Patient Care Technician program here at BTC.

Nikki decided to make the move from student to employee at BTC because many of the students reminded her of herself, and she wanted to be part of helping them achieve something.

Nikki says there are many things she loves about working at BTC, but her favorite is seeing students succeed and achieve their goals. She works every day to make a positive impact on the lives of her students. “Put love into your work and love everyone that you have,” she says.

“I just love my job. I can’t even express that enough,” says Nikki. “I look at my job like I could be helping my own child.”

As for what she has accomplished while working at BTC, Nikki considers helping students enroll for classes to be her most important accomplishment, because she is helping them to better their lives and take such a big step for their future.

Outside of work, Nikki loves spending time with her daughter, who is active in both bowling, softball, and band. Nikki also serves as the Assistant Treasurer of Struthers Band Boosters, helping to raise money for band students.

To put your healthcare career on the fast track with Boardman Training Center, request information today!

The Value of Medical Certifications

The need for certified professionals in the medical and healthcare industry is increasing as more employers are using certifications to determine whether someone has the skills and knowledge necessary to complete a specific job.

The Value of Medical Certifications

As you decide on the best career path for you, professional medical certifications can be a great investment in your future.

There are many benefits to earning medical certifications. Read on as we share them with you!

Certifications Help You Get Hired

The most important benefit of earning a medical certification is that they can help you get hired. Employers like hospitals, labs, and other medical facilities value certifications because they show that you have the skills necessary to get the job done. Certifications make you stand out over applicants that are not certified, making you more marketable to employers.

Professional medical certifications open the door to more jobs and increase your opportunity for career advancement because earning a certification gives you the stamp of excellence that employers are looking for in candidates.

The Phlebotomy Technician program at Boardman Training Center prepares you for employment at medical facilities such as physician offices, surgical centers, labs, and hospitals.

Certifications Show That You’re Qualified

Imagine going to the hospital and having your blood drawn by someone who has never done it before. No one wants to do that! For this reason, in the medical field, many employees need to be certified to perform their jobs.

Earning a professional medical certification shows potential employers that you have met the standards established by the third-party organization that created the certification. Employers will know that you are qualified and have the skills needed to perform the job.

Certifications Stay Current in Your Profession

Technology and best practices change over time, so earning a certification will help you stay current in the medical field. Medical employers want to hire only the best, and certifications show who is ready to perform the job to the most up-to-date standards.

For example, our EKG Technician program at Boardman Training Center is based on current industry standards and includes preparation for the Certified EKG Technician certification.

Certifications are Recognized by Many Employers

Certifications are administered by third-party organizations. This creates high standards. As such, there are many medical and healthcare employers that require certified professionals. This means that once you have earned a certification, it is valid and recognized by many different medical facilities, giving you more options when applying for jobs and advancing in your career.

Gain the Confidence to Succeed

When you practice something over and over, you are sure to get better at it. That’s why many medical certifications require you to have hands-on skills to earn that credential.

Gaining the necessary skills, experience, and knowledge needed to earn a medical certification can give you the extra confidence boost to excel in your healthcare career. Having more confidence when applying for jobs, in the interview, and on the job will help you succeed!

At Boardman Training Center, we offer in-demand programs like Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist that prepare you for professional medical certifications.

With small class sizes, short-term programs, and flexible financing options, we’re here to help you start your great career now. Request information today to learn more!