4 Tips for Better Time Management

We are all provided with the same 24 hours each day. However, it seems that many are able to achieve more during the same time frame. How do they get so much done? What tricks do they know that allow them to get more finished?

The secret is out, and it’s better time management! Being proactive about managing your time allows you to become more efficient at getting things done. There are several key benefits for having great time management skills, such as being less stressed, having extra free time, and achieving your goals. Keep reading to learn more about our top four time management tips!

Organize Everything

The first step to effectively managing your time is being organized. You must understand what needs to be completed to ensure that it all gets done. If you have school assignments, a project that is due at work, or anything else, make a list of all that you need to get done. Creating a to-do list is a simple way to get a full idea of all the tasks you need to complete. You can also organize them into categories by adding labels.

Gathering and organizing everything you will need to get your to-do list done is also essential. Create your own system by making folders and saving everything in them. For example, if you are completing a project for school, save everything you need in one folder on your computer so that when it comes time to do the work, everything you need is there, and you can get the project done faster.

Prioritize Tasks

4 Tips For Better Time Management

You now have your to-do list organized, so it is time to place them in order of priority. When you decide the priority of things, you are taking an extra step to determine which tasks will get completed first. A great way to prioritize is to do the items that are most important and urgent first. For instance, if you are working on a class project that contributes to half of your final grade and is due this week, this should automatically be at the top of your list because it is both urgent and important.

If you have a task that is not as urgent but still important, you can determine when to complete it, such as a work assignment with a due date next month. Some tasks need to be completed in a specific order so that you can do the first steps and then complete the other steps later. This is more common with assignments that require being broken down into smaller tasks as you go. Ensure that you prioritize things that are required to be completed first in order to stay on the right track.

Plan Ahead

You’ve successfully organized all you need to do and prioritized your tasks, so now it’s time to create a plan and decide when you will get each thing completed. Making these plans sets you on the path to success because when you start working each day, you will know exactly what you need to get done. One awesome way to achieve this is by using a calendar to schedule your tasks. First, take your to-do list that was created earlier and set aside time on your calendar by picking dates and times to get the items done. Ensure that you add the most important and urgent things first.

While planning, make sure you have everything needed to complete the item during the time you set aside on your calendar. For instance, if you are doing a graphic design assignment, you must gather the different things you will need ahead of time, such as the correct images and logos, to prepare to complete the assignment. Ensure that you plan and add breaks during your day between tasks, especially for those that take longer to finish. Enjoying breaks will help you stay focused and refreshed.

Create Deadlines

Once you have your week planned out ahead of time, be sure to have a deadline set for each item to be completed. If you are doing a larger project, break the assignment down into smaller pieces and make deadlines for each of the smaller steps. Allow yourself enough time to get everything completed and leave some extra time if any changes or things take longer than anticipated.

Setting time limits to have work done can also be of great help. If you provide yourself with six hours to get something done, it will most likely take all six hours. However, if you give yourself four hours, you can probably get it done in that time. For those of us who are perfectionists, creating time limits can help prevent you from becoming stuck in a cycle of making corrections to try to make it more perfect constantly.

Join us in 2021

Learning valuable time management skills can contribute to your success now and in the future. At Boardman Training Center, we’re here to help you get started on your path to a new career. We work with you to help you manage your time and balance work, family, and school.

Explore our healthcare training programs and request information now to start your journey to an exciting new healthcare career!

Amar’ia Yates – Student Highlight

Meet Amar’ia Yates, our student highlight feature this week at Boardman Training Center!

Like many people who have just graduated high school, Amar’ia was unsure what she wanted to do next. It can be challenging to choose the one that’s right for you with so many different options.

“I’d just finished high school a few months before. I was working in fast food and retail, and I wasn’t happy,” Amar’ia said. “I had a sense of what I wanted out of life, but I just wasn’t sure where to start.”

After looking at the options available to continue her education, Amar’ia decided she wanted a fast-track healthcare training program that gives you the skills you need and is affordable.

Amar'ia Yates-Student Highlight

“The staff is wonderful. They’ve worked with me, and for once, I felt as someone other than me and my family cared about my education,” said Amar’ia on her decision to attend Boardman Training Center.

She chose to enroll in the Cardio Phlebotomy program, which trains students in just 24 weeks for entry-level opportunities in the healthcare field.

“I choose my program because I wanted to get my foot in the door for a medical career and so I can feel useful to other people in the world,” said Amar’ia.

In the Cardio Phlebotomy training program, Amar’ia will learn and practice specialized skills to use on the job when she starts her new healthcare career. Performing EKGs, drawing blood, completing venipuncture procedures, and practicing patient care are some of the valuable skills Amar’ia will develop as she completes the program.

When asked about her favorite part of attending Boardman Training Center, Amar’ia had great things to say about the staff. “My favorite part of BTC would be the staff there. No one wants to see you fail. They’re like your second family. If you’re having a hard time, they’ll do everything they can to assist you and get you where you need to be,” said Amar’ia.

Amar’ia says that she can’t choose who her favorite teacher or class is just yet, since she has only finished one course. However, she will say that Ms. Sandy, the instructor of her Intro to Healthcare class, was wonderful. “She made class interesting while still teaching me and my fellow classmates. She always pushed into our heads that we can do this, that we’re going to finish strong, and how proud she was of us.”

After she completes the Cardio Phlebotomy program and graduates, Amar’ia would like to work in a hospital, blood bank, or nursing home.

In addition to working in a healthcare facility, Amar’ia would like to further her education in the medical field and enroll in a program or be looking into programs within five years.

When asked if she would recommend Boardman Training Center to a friend, Amar’ia said, “Of course I would refer a friend, because if you’re like me and didn’t really know where to start, BTC is a great place to start. If you’re like my fellow classmates, looking to further your education, or you want to get back into the medical field, choose BTC, and let BTC choose you and meet your goals.”

Maybe you are just like Amar’ia, a little unsure of what to do next and how to get started in a healthcare career. Or perhaps you are like her classmates, who want to take the next step and further their healthcare training and education. Whatever your unique situation may be, Boardman Training Center is here to help!

Explore our healthcare training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist. Contact us now to get started on your path to an exciting new healthcare career today!

How to Stick to Your Resolutions and Goals All Year Long

It’s a brand-new year, and we are now over a month into 2021. We’ve all made New Year’s resolutions for this year; however, making them is always the easiest part. Staying committed to the goals you set for the year is much more difficult.

Maybe you set a resolution to eat healthier and work out more. Or you could have a goal to start a new career by going back to school and attending a career training program. Whatever resolutions you’ve set for 2021, there are several things you can do to help stay focused and on-track to achieving your goals throughout the year. Check out these tips to help you stay committed!

Create a Plan Just for You

The strategies that work for someone else may not be the best solutions for our own needs. We all need a specific plan that is designed to help us reach our goals. To get started, create goals that are specific to you. For instance, if you made a New Year’s resolution to work out more, how many times will you work out per week? What types of exercises will you do to help reach your goals? When and where will you work out? With the answers to these questions, you can create a plan specific to your needs.

Approximately 21 days of repetitive activity helps to create a habit, and 90 days of doing these same activities help to build a lifestyle. As you’re creating a new habit, each time you do something new, it will make things a little easier the next time around. Exercising will not be easy at first, especially if it’s been a while since you have worked out. However, being sore after that initial workout is expected. As time goes on and you continue exercising, you will build endurance and muscle, making things easier. You will get better, and it will eventually come naturally to you.

When we are trying to improve various aspects of ourselves, it may be tempting to try and achieve all our goals at once. But if you create too many resolutions at once, it can be more difficult. Things may become overwhelming while trying to make so many changes at a time. This may demotivate you or cause you to give up easily. If you pick three goals to start with and make them your main priorities, you will be able to reach your goals more successfully.

These days, there’s an app for just about anything you want to do. If one of your goals is to exercise more, then utilizing an app will help you plan your workouts, track your progress, and keep focused. If one of your goals is to choose healthier food options, find an app to help you track meal choices and learn more about which foods are more beneficial. Another goal you may have is to save and budget your money better. Finding an app that helps you track spending can give you better control of your money.

Choose Progress Over Perfection

Change is undoubtedly a process that does not come overnight. The Empire State Building was not built in a day, and the Mona Lisa was not painted overnight. Making strides toward greatness takes time, and that includes achieving our goals. If you’ve created a goal to go back to school and begin a new career, then all the classes you attend, and every test you pass will help you progress to accomplish your goal of getting a new job. It takes time to complete your career training classes, but you will be ready to start your new career when you’re finished.

If we always wait for the perfect moment to do something, we may never accomplish anything. The perfect time does not exist, and things will never be exactly how we want them. If we would like to take a step toward our goals and dreams, then we must venture out and take a leap of faith.

In reality, perfection does not exist. It’s just something that we attempt to achieve that keeps us doing the same things in repetition. For example, if you want to become a vegetarian and one day you slip up and have a piece of meat, this does not mean that you are a failure. Instead, it would help if you thought about what circumstances led to you eating meat and what you can do the next day to improve. Gathering your thoughts and learning from the situation can help you do better next time, changing failures into successful moments and helping us make progress as we go.

Continuing to stay focused on your goals and resolutions can be difficult. It’s so exciting at the start, but as time passes, that excitement can wear off, and motivation can drop. There are some great ways to stay focused throughout the year! For instance, if you are going back to school to start a new career, you could try rewarding yourself with a sweet treat each time you do great on a test. Practicing daily affirmations can inspire you to get the lifestyle you want and keep you on track. Finding words or quotes that motivate you and placing them in a spot to view when you wake up in the morning can help immensely. You could make sticky notes or set up notifications on your phone.

The third option to help you maintain focus is to know why you made your resolutions. Think about what pushed you to achieve these specific goals. What drives you to make these changes? Maybe you started to get a better job that can help improve your lives and your family. Or perhaps you wanted to set an example for your kids, so they can see what’s possible with hard work and dedication. There will be days when you feel like a failure or feel like throwing in the towel, but if you stop thinking about why you started, it can help improve your mindset and keep you motivated.

Get Support of Family and Friends

Support from those around you can make or break your progress toward your goals. If you are surrounded by a strong network of friends and family who offer support, it will be much easier for you to keep your resolutions. Additionally, having someone who can mentor you, who has already successfully gone through the process and made it to where you want to be, can help you on your path to achieving your goals. They can share best practices with you and insight from their own experiences. Intentionally creating this type of network will surround you with positive influence. Build your team of cheerleaders who help motivate you along the way and remember that it’s okay to ask others for help.

Finding an accountability partner, like a friend with the same resolution as you, can also have a significant impact. Partner with them to keep each other motivated and on the right path. Spend time daily or weekly speaking with each other to check up on progress or any issues you both may encounter. Having someone you can talk to can help you stay committed.

Reach Your Career Goals with BTC

Now you know exactly how to stay motivated and focused on your goals and resolutions all year, so let Boardman Training Center get you on the fast-track to a new career! With healthcare training programs in exciting areas like Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist, we have just what you need. Request information now to start your path to a new healthcare career!

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 Enroll for Fall Training
Classes at BTC!

Now is the time to start your journey to an exciting new healthcare career. Our career-focused programs at Boardman Training Center prepare you for a new career in the medical field with the right combination of education, skills, and certification preparation.

Fall classes are starting soon and we’re enrolling now, so read on to discover exactly how to get on the fast track to a new healthcare career with BTC!

Explore Our Healthcare Training Programs

As the need for essential healthcare workers continues to increase, starting a new career in the medical field could be the perfect chance for you to create a fulfilling and meaningful career. At Boardman Training Center, our variety of healthcare career training programs are designed to train you for specific career paths, so you can get on the fast track to reaching your career goals.

In our Phlebotomy Technician program, students receive essential knowledge and hands-on training, preparing them to work as a phlebotomist. Accepted standards of the healthcare industry, procedures for specimen collection, different types of skin puncture techniques, and the development of basic phlebotomy skills are some of the valuable skills students will learn in their phlebotomy training classes. While enrolled in phlebotomy classes, students will prepare for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)* exam.

How to Enroll in Fall Classes at BTC

Students who attend the EKG Technician program learn the vital skills necessary to succeed in this valuable career path, as accurately measuring heart rhythms is essential to ensuring ideal heart health in patients. Students will practice valuable hands-on skills including identifying normal and abnormal EKG recordings, using a heart monitor, and distinguishing between basic dysrhythmias. In addition to learning hands-on skills, students will prepare for the Certified EKG Technician (CET)* exam while in their EKG classes.

For those looking for a valuable combination of healthcare training, our Cardio Phlebotomy program trains students in only 24 weeks, preparing you for exciting opportunities at medical facilities like hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, labs, emergency rooms, cancer treatment centers, and more. Students practice a variety of skills in their cardio phlebotomy courses, including performing EKGs, drawing blood, controlling infections, fundamental patient care, and more. While enrolled in this fast-track program, students prepare for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)* and Certified EKG Technician (CET)* exams.

Our Medical Office Specialist program prepares students to become an important member of the healthcare team, ensuring that medical offices operate smoothly and efficiently. Students completing medical office training learn a variety of essential medical office tasks, such as recording vital signs, patient intake, charting, collecting laboratory specimens, oral medication, and more. While enrolled in the medical office program, students prepare for numerous healthcare industry certifications including Certified Medical Administrative Assistant*, Certified Billing and Coding Specialist*, and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist*.

Meet With Our Friendly Admissions Advisor

After exploring our exciting healthcare programs and deciding which career path you want to pursue, you’re ready to meet with our helpful and friendly admissions advisor, Nikki Granger. This meeting will give you a chance to learn more about Boardman Training Center, our fast-track healthcare programs, your potential classes, and more. Nikki will answer any questions you may have and work with you to create a plan to help you achieve your career goals.

You will also get to meet your future instructors, take a tour of the Boardman Training Center campus, and see the classrooms and labs where you will complete your hands-on training. We know that some students may not feel comfortable traveling to campus for the meeting and tour, so we have added virtual campus visits as an option.

In addition to learning all about BTC, you will discuss our flexible financing options and choose a payment plan that works for you, so you can get started working toward your new career quickly.

To schedule a time to meet with our admissions advisor, request information, or give Nikki a call at 330-729-9244.

Register for Classes and Get Started

You’ve chosen a fast-track healthcare training program and met with our admissions advisor, so now you’re ready to register for your fall training classes. To set yourself up for success as you complete your healthcare courses, ensure you have any supplies you will need, time to complete homework, and the support of your family and friends.

Now is the time to start your healthcare training program at BTC, getting you on the fast-track to a new healthcare career in just weeks. With our exciting career training programs, you can get the skills and knowledge you need quickly, without the need for student loans. Contact us today to enroll in fall classes!

 

*Certification is contingent on passing the corresponding certification exam.

5 Steps to Starting an Essential Healthcare Career

Healthcare workers are essential, and there’s no better time than now to start your career as an essential healthcare worker. With the continued growth of the healthcare field, it could be a great career option for you.

Figuring out the right path to starting an essential healthcare career can be confusing, so we’re sharing the steps with you!

Step 1: Choose a specific healthcare job

The first step to starting your career as an essential healthcare worker is to choose which specific job in the medical field you want to pursue. Today’s healthcare industry has a variety of career paths available for those who want to enter this exciting field. You could become a phlebotomist, medical assistant, medical office specialist, nurse, or even a doctor.

As you think about the specific job you want to do, there are a few questions to ask yourself that will help guide you to the right job choice.

  • What part of healthcare am I interested in?
  • What are my strengths and what am I good at?
  • What relevant experience do I already have?
  • How long do I want to attend school before I start working?

Choosing a career that you’re interested in and that aligns with your strengths will make your work more enjoyable. We all want to love going to work every day, so these questions are important to answer for yourself.

5 Steps to Starting an Essential Healthcare Career

Deciding how long you want to attend school before you start working will also help guide you toward your perfect healthcare job. For example, if you want to start as a phlebotomist, you can get the training needed within months, but if you want to be a doctor, you will need to spend many years in school.

Step 2: Pick a training program that meets your needs

Now that you’ve decided which specific healthcare job you want, it’s time to choose a training program that prepares you for the position. The type of training you will need varies for different jobs, so do your research to see what is required for the job you want.

Most healthcare roles require you to be trained in the specific area you will be working in and some require professional certifications to show you are qualified. As you research the different options for schools and training, look for ones that provide you with everything you need to get started.

At Boardman Training Center, our healthcare training programs prepare students for exciting medical careers in just weeks, so you can get on the fast track to your dream healthcare career. If you want to start your quickly, without spending years in school, our career training options may be a great choice for you!

Step 3: Gain the skills and knowledge to succeed

You have chosen your dream healthcare job and decided on a training program to get you there, so now it’s time to get the skills and training you need. While some schools are different, you will most likely need to complete a campus tour and meet with an admissions advisor. This is where you will learn more about the school, the program, and anything else you will need to be successful.

While attending your chosen training program, you will gain the knowledge, skills, and experience that you need to prepare for a career as an essential worker in healthcare. If you decided on a program that offers preparation for medical certifications, you will also prepare to sit for your certification exams.

We offer a variety of healthcare training program at Boardman Training Center to get you on the fast track to an essential healthcare career quickly. With career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, and Medical Office Specialist, you can gain the skills needed and start your healthcare career in just weeks.

Step 4: Apply for jobs and start your essential healthcare career

After completing your career training program to become an essential healthcare worker and passing any necessary certification or licensing exams, you’re ready to apply for jobs and start your career! You could work at a hospital, doctor’s office, clinic, laboratory, blood center, or other healthcare facility.

To prepare yourself for the job application process, make sure your resume is up to date with all the new skills, knowledge, and certifications you have gained. Be sure to include other relevant experience and education as well.

Having a friend help you practice your interview skills and building relationships with people in your local healthcare community are also great ways to set yourself up for success while applying for jobs.

Step 5: Start now with BTC

Now that you know the steps to take to start your career as an essential healthcare worker, you’re ready to begin! With small class sizes, personalized attention, hands-on training, and certification preparation, we have just what you need to get started today.

Learn more about our healthcare training programs and request information now!

We’re Here for You Through COVID-19

As we all adapt to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and the new normal, life has changed for each and every one of us in the last few weeks. From having our daily movements restricted, to homeschooling our kids, to the heroes on the front lines who are courageously battling the virus, we have all been affected.

At Boardman Training Center, we want our students, our community, and our future students to know that we are here for you and will support you in every way we can. We’re all in this fight together and we will get through it together.

Supporting BTC Students

At BTC, we think of ourselves as a family, and not just a school. Throughout this difficult and uncertain time, we continue to stay committed to our purpose, to empower change by creating opportunity.

We’re committed to supporting and serving our BTC family of students during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering live online classes that allow students to continue receiving the education and training necessary to begin a rewarding healthcare career. With this online remote classroom instruction, students can continue to work toward achieving their career goals.

In Ohio, educational institutions are considered essential businesses, so students can travel to campus to get distance learning materials or other related essential services. At the BTC campus, we’re taking every precaution necessary to ensure our facilities are sanitized and are operating under social distancing requirements. We understand that many students cannot travel to campus, so instructors are available to assist students remotely with anything they need.

Supporting Our Community

While we continue to support our students throughout this time, we are also highly invested in the local healthcare community and remain dedicated to serving it as best we can by providing the local workforce with qualified medical professionals.

With healthcare career training programs including Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist, BTC graduates are on the front lines battling the COVID-19 virus by providing critical support to physician’s offices, hospitals, and clinics.

We pledge to continue to support community members and local healthcare teams by training and preparing critical healthcare workers who are essential during the pandemic.

Supporting Future Students

There have been many people and families negatively impacted because of COVID-19 and the mandatory restrictions on non-essential businesses. Many people have been laid off or lost their jobs and millions around the country have already applied for unemployment benefits.

We are a school with the purpose of empowering change by creating opportunity, so we believe that it’s our responsibility to help people get retrained, enabling them to go back to work. To allow people to begin working toward a meaningful healthcare career, we are now offering virtual campus visits for all potential students. We hope this will provide the opportunity for those who have been negatively affected to start their path to a more secure career.

This time of uncertainty can be especially hard for high school seniors who are making decisions about what to do after graduation. We encourage all high school seniors to explore our career training programs that allow you to get on the fast track to a successful and rewarding healthcare career.

Learn more about our Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist programs and contact us today to schedule a remote admissions meeting.

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!

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!