Kharley Calabrese – Student Highlight

Meet Kharley Calabrese, our Boardman Training Center student highlight feature for this week!

Kharley is currently enrolled in the Medical Office Specialist program and has already completed the Cardio Phlebotomy program to get on the fast track to a new career in the healthcare field. She chose these Boardman Training Center programs for many reasons that are important to her and her future.

Kharley says she chose to complete cardio phlebotomy and medical office classes “to get better job opportunities, such as better pay and benefits, and also because I have always loved the health field and helping people.”

Before enrolling at Boardman Training Center, Kharley attended a larger university for hospitality management but then realized that field did not have the opportunities she was looking for, especially in the local area. The cost of tuition was also too high.

In addition to attending college, Kharley also works at a restaurant while completing her healthcare career training at BTC. “I always thought maybe the restaurant I worked for would be a good career, but then I realized I was settling for less,” said Kharley.

Kharley Calabrese -Student Highlight

As Kharley realized that she wanted more for herself than her current job could offer, she made the decision to take her career to the next level by preparing for a job in the medical field.

She chose Boardman Training Center to fast-track her way to an exciting new career for a variety of reasons. “The prices were affordable, and the classes were great for my work schedule. Also, the classes were smaller, which is better for learning,” said Kharley.

Kharley is having a great experience as a student at BTC while completing her healthcare classes and training for a new career. “It is like my home away from home! The teachers are awesome and so are my peers,” said Kharley.

So far, Kharley says that Irene and Sandy have been her favorite teachers because they care about the students and make sure all your concerns and questions are answered.

After graduation, Kharley wants to work as a MA in a physician’s office or hospital. In five years, Kharley would love to have a well-established career in the medical field and possibly furthering her education.

When asked if she would refer BTC to a friend, Kharley said, “yes, because it’s affordable, the programs give you great job opportunities, and the instructors and staff are amazing!”

Do you want to take your career to the next level with more opportunities? Are you looking for a more fulfilling career that allows you to help people every day? Make the move and join us at Boardman Training Center! With a supportive educational environment, small class sizes, and flexible financing, we have just what you need to get started.

Explore our career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist. Request information now to advance your career with BTC!

The Benefits of Choosing a Small School

With a clear idea of the career path you want to take, it’s time to make that idea come to life. For most career opportunities, you will need formal training to be eligible for jobs in the career field of your choice.

There are many options to attend school and complete a career training program to help you on your new journey. You could select a larger university, try an online college option, or attend a small school. Each option will offer a different learning experience for students.

For a lot of people, attending a small school can make a big difference in their success story, during their career training program, and after graduation. Keep reading to find out more, as we share the benefits of selecting a small-school environment to get the training you need in preparation for your awesome career path.

Small Class Sizes

A direct benefit of being in a small-school environment is linked to the class sizes. On average, there are fewer students in each class in a small-school setting. This means there won’t be large lecture halls filled with 300+ people just listening to the lecturer talk.

When you attend a smaller school, it allows you to connect more with your instructors and classmates, and you will not be just seen as another number in the crowd. People will actually know your name and get to know you on a more personal level.

If you select a career training program that prepares you to work in a certain field, such as the Medical Office Specialist program here at Boardman Training Center, you will learn hands-on skills that will be beneficial to you as you begin working in your new career. The more practice you get with these hands-on skills, the better you will get at them.

Students who choose Boardman Training Center to train for a new career will also prepare to sit for professional medical certifications* while in their healthcare training program.

Personalized Attention

In addition to enjoying smaller classes, another great benefit of completing your career training at a small school, is that you will get personalized attention, which will help you do your best as you complete your program.

In a large university setting, you would be in classes with hundreds of people, and would get very limited time to interact with your instructors, because there isn’t enough time for professors to connect with every student. On the other hand, a small-school setting where teachers have more time for each student, allows you to receive the one-on-one interaction you need to excel in your classes.

At a small school, teachers are also more available outside the classroom, which means you will get direct assistance and help when you need it.

At Boardman Training Center, we offer a small-school environment designed to help you every step of the way. You’ll be part of our BTC family that engages you with personalized attention, while helping you reach your career goals. With our WE CARE approach to career training, your teachers will support and encourage you along your journey to a new career.

Student Support

As a student in a small-school environment, an additional benefit you will enjoy is the opportunity to get further assistance and support as needed while completing your career training classes. At Boardman Training Center, we provide academic support like tutoring and study services that will help you in your healthcare classes.

Other services provided in addition to great academic support, are the career services offered that help you get a head start in the job application process to begin your new career. Helping students create resumes and cover letters are just one example of the valuable career services offered here at Boardman Training Center.

Students who choose a small-school learning environment will have lots of opportunities to create lasting relationships with their classmates and instructors, on a personal and professional level. This gives you a stronger support system as you train and prepare for your new career path. Smaller schools also give students the option to be closer to home and get support from family and friends, which can be extremely helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join the Boardman Family

If you’re searching for a small school to help you succeed on your path to a new healthcare career, then Boardman Training Center could be a great fit for you. We provide a supportive family environment that gives you the necessary knowledge, skills, and certifications to be successful on your new career path.

Discover our healthcare training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist to get started on your journey to a successful healthcare career. Request information today!

 

 

*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam.

How to Choose the Right Career Training Program for You

We all excel at something we enjoy doing or things we are naturally talented in, so selecting a career path that is similar to our talents or the things we enjoy, will help create a more fulfilling career. There are many different options to choose from and sometimes this can be a little mind-boggling as you try to make the best decision.

There are some important steps to take when planning your career path. Setting time aside to create your career goals and finding out the job requirements, as well as searching for the most relevant and helpful training programs, are the right steps to get you into the career of your dreams. This week, we will look at some options that will help you make great career decisions.

Set Your Career Goals

There may be a goal you have in mind, like starting a career as a nurse, or you may require further guidance to help you figure things out. If you are undecided, here are a few questions to help with your thought process, as you create your own personal goals.

  • Why do you want to start a new career? Think about what fuels your passion to work within that specific field. Does motivation come through your family members? Would you like to improve your future or way of life? Are you self-motivated? Or are there other reasons?
  • What are you looking for in a new career? To decide which goals are a best-fit, it is important to understand what you would like to achieve from your career path. Would you prefer a high paying salary that gives you better security? Do you need more flexible working hours to create a better work-life balance? Are you motivated to work in a field where you are able to help others? Is working from home a top priority?
  • What areas are you interested in? Do you have any natural talents that will help you on your career path? Are you into technology? Do you enjoy interacting with others? Whatever your decision, select something that you excel at naturally.
  • Do you plan to continue advancing your career? Creating a plan of action will help you get to your chosen career path and advance. You can begin with the basics, then work your way up in the working world.
  • Where do you want to be in five years? You need to visualize where you want to be in the long run. In order to meet your career goals, you must have an idea of the end result. Would you like a new car or a dream home? Maybe you want to start a college fund for your child? Visualizing these results will continue to motivate you as you go.

Once you’ve completed your list of answers, you will be on the right track to creating a future you will thrive in. Always remember the goals you set should be SMART goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely.

Take a look at this SMART career goal example: I want to start a career as a phlebotomy technician in Boardman within one year.

Determine Your Needs

You’ve successfully determined your goals, and now it’s time to think about what you need to achieve them. Each career path is different and will have different training requirements to help you get there.

In this stage, examine the job descriptions for the careers you are interested in pursuing. If you want to become a medical office specialist, take a look at the vacancies within your city for that role. What educational background do candidates need to have in order to apply? Is a license or certification mandatory? Do they require previous experience? When you are done reviewing the job descriptions and requirements, make a list of the things that are most relevant. This list is exactly what you need to qualify for the job.

It’s important to take note of the job qualifications, and it’s equally important to understand the option that works best for you. Here are some additional questions to help guide you.

  • What is your learning style? Everyone retains information in different ways and the way we remember this information is linked to our specific learning style. Some people learn better when they hear about a topic, while others are more attentive when they are reading. Some prefer to learn with the practical approach of completing a task and seeing the outcome themselves. Finding your learning style will help improve the career training choices you make.
  • What is your personality type? Our personality traits also affect how we retain information. Try taking a personality test like the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator. This could help you learn more about yourself and how you can best utilize your learning style.

You now have the checklist of requirements you need in order to choose the best career training classes for you.

Research Career Training Options

Now it’s time to research the variety of career training program options that are available and choose the one that fits you best. In order to understand the options, you need to explore the programs that will help you meet your career goals and work with your specific learning style.

  • Does the program train you for the specific job you want? Do you recall that list you made based on job descriptions? We created it for this question. Take that list and do a comparison of the career training programs you are considering. Does it provide you with the knowledge and skills required? Do you prepare for professional certifications? Does the program timeframe align with your career goals? Will it help you advance in your career?
  • Is the school aligned with your needs? The next step to take, is to determine which school will be the best institution to meet your needs. Here are a few questions you can ask for guidance. Is there a dedicated admissions advisor that will help you understand the requirements for the application process? Are flexible financing options offered? Is the teaching style aligned to your learning style? Do students get personalized instruction?
  • What support is offered to students? You need to be aware of how the school will support you as a student and also after you’ve completed your career training. Here are a few questions to ask. Is the environment supportive for students? Is additional help and tutoring offered if needed? Are there any services available that will continue to be offered even after graduation?

When you have reviewed the options, assess the pros and cons by making a list to help you decide. After you’ve evaluated the career training options, you can confidently make a selection that will allow you to have a successful career.

Get Started Today

After going through these steps, you’ve created your career goals, figured out your needs, and decided on which career training program you will attend. So now you’re ready to get started on your journey to a new career!

If you want to begin a career in the exciting field of healthcare, Boardman Training Center may be perfect for you. We offer fast-track career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist.

Request information and our friendly admissions advisor will work with you to design a career training plan just for you!

Nicole Habeger – Student Highlight

Meet Nicole Habeger, our student highlight feature for the week!

Nichole has worked in healthcare for many years and is attending the Cardio Phlebotomy program at Boardman Training Center. She chose this program because caring for others is important to her.

Before deciding to attend BTC and get on the fast track to an exciting new career, Nicole attended larger universities, but decided that they were not worth it for her. In high school, she also attended a local career and technical center, earning her STNA.

Nicole has many years of experience in the medical field, as she worked eight years at a retirement home and one year at a local hospital. Eventually, Nicole decided to try working in a different field, but she soon discovered that a career in healthcare is what’s right for her.

Nicole Habeger-Student Highlight

“I tried to get out of the medical field and very soon discovered it is what I need to do. I am a caretaker through and through,” said Nicole. She has little cousins and loves them like they are her own kids. She is always there for them and helps with anything they need.

“It seems like a great place. I fell in love with phlebotomy at the hospital and they offer it here,” said Nicole when asked why she choose Boardman Training Center to prepare for an exciting career in the healthcare field.

Nicole said her favorite part of attending Boardman Training Center is “the smaller classes and the personalities of all the instructors and directors. They truly care about everyone who walks through that door!”

When asked what her favorite class is so far at BTC, Nicole said that phlebotomy is her favorite because she loves drawing blood.

After graduation, Nicole wants to work as a phlebotomist or in a medical office so that she has the opportunity to help other people. With so many years of experience in healthcare, Nicole knows she has a lot of directions she can go in her future career, and she would like to pursue more positions in a lab setting.

Nicole would like her life to be comfortable and happy in five years. She would like to get married and start a family, and does not want to struggle living paycheck to paycheck.

Nicole said she would absolutely recommend Boardman Training Center to a friend! “I truly believe this is the best money I’ve ever spent. They set you up for success. They will do everything in their power to make sure everything is suitable for your needs. If there is anything they can do to make your life a little easier, stand back because they will all do their best to help,” said Nicole.

Now that she’s on her way to an exciting new career in healthcare, Nicole said she is very thankful that she was able to start the Cardio Phlebotomy program at BTC. She enjoys previous graduates coming into visit the teachers and giving pep talks to the classes.

When asked if she has any advice for others thinking of attending healthcare career training classes at BTC, Nicole said, “Nikki is persistent. If she sees something in you, she is not going to let you walk away easily. Just ask questions, because if you have questions, chances are that someone else does. Never be afraid to talk to your instructors. Don’t give up! They won’t let you anyway!”

After she completes her cardio phlebotomy classes, Nicole would like to enroll in the Medical Office Specialist career training program at Boardman Training Center to continue to advance her skills in the healthcare field.

Are you looking to start an exciting new career in the healthcare field? Or maybe you already work in healthcare but want to advance your career by gaining specific knowledge and skills? Whatever your career goals, Boardman Training Center offers healthcare training classes to help you get there.

Explore our career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist and request information to get started!

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.

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!