Jodi Roberts – Student Highlight

Meet Jodi Roberts, our student highlight feature for this week!

Jodi recently decided to pursue her goal of working in healthcare by enrolling in the Cardio Phlebotomy program at Boardman Training Center. Working in healthcare is something Jodi has always wanted to try since she was younger, because it enables her to help people.

Jodi Roberts-Student Highlight

When deciding what school to attend to get the healthcare training she needed, Jody chose Boardman Training Center because it was recommended to her by a friend.

“I work with a former student. She recommended BTC. She had good things to say about the school and the instructors,” said Jodi. After hearing about BTC from her coworker, Jodi called the very next day and set up an appointment to come visit the school.

Jodi said she chose the Cardio Phlebotomy program because she “thought it sounded very interesting to draw blood and other specimens, and I wanted to help people.”

At first, Jodi just was going to enroll in the Phlebotomy Technician program, but after meeting with Nikki Granger, Admissions Advisor at BTC, Jodi decided to go with Cardio Phlebotomy. Jodi thought that learning additional skills, such as EKGs, would make her more marketable when applying for jobs in the medical field.

Previously, Jodi attended a larger university, and says while the teachers were good, the class sizes were a little too big. At this time, Jodi wasn’t sure what she wanted to do and didn’t have a set major. She decided to take a semester off to figure out what she wanted to do.

After getting married, staying home with her kids for a few years, and working part-time, Jodi decided she wanted to do something different, and was ready to make her move into the healthcare field.

When asked what her favorite part is of attending BTC, Jodi said it’s “the people. The instructors are very helpful. The other students also do whatever they can to help. The hours also work really well with my work schedule.”

Phlebotomy has been Jodi’s favorite class and Irene has been her favorite teacher while at BTC. “Some students learn at a different pace, and Irene gives a lot of individual attention, and addresses what you need to work on,” said Jodi.

After graduating from the Cardio Phlebotomy career training program, Jodi would like to work in a walk-in lab setting. She would prefer this instead of working in a hospital, as the hours would be better for her.

In five years, Jodi would like to be doing phlebotomy full time and have her own health insurance. She would love to do some traveling with her husband, including Alaska for him and the South to get some sunshine for her!

Jodi said she would refer Boardman Training Center to others who want to start a career in healthcare. “I like the small class sizes. The hours work great for people who work. They really want you to succeed. They help you with what you need to work on,” said Jodi.

When Jodi first began the Cardio Phlebotomy program, she was nervous, but she says she is not nervous anymore because her instructor was able to help her. “You get a lot of individual attention,” said Jodi.

For potential students who are considering enrolling in career training classes with Boardman Training Center, Jodi has some advice. “Just do it. They will work with you and you can do more than you think you can. Make sure to study!”

Are you ready to jump-start your successful healthcare career? With small class sizes, personalized attention, hands-on training, and flexible financing options, BTC has just what you need. Learn more about our Cardio Phlebotomy, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, and Medical Office Specialist programs and request information to get started

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!

Erika Norris – Student Highlight

We are excited to announce our student highlight feature for this week, Erika Norris!

Erika Norris-Student Highlight

Like many Boardman Training Center students, Erika wants a career that allows her to make a difference and help people in their daily lives, but she doesn’t want to spend 4-6 years in school taking unnecessary classes to get there.

This led Erika to BTC, because she needed a fast track career training program that prepares her for what she’ll be doing when she graduates.

“I choose BTC because I want to be in the medical field. I want to help people and BTC helps me do that without all the extra time and money for classes I don’t need,” said Erika.

Before enrolling with BTC, Erika was just working in a job, not in a career field that she loves. Erika said she choose the Cardio Phlebotomy program because “in 24 quick weeks, I could be doing something I love.”

Erika had previously attended college at a larger university, which left her feeling a little lost. “I have gone to college before and it wasn’t for me honestly. Most of my classes were too big, with too much going on, and a lot of classes I didn’t need,” said Erika.

Erika Norris-Student Highlight

Erika said her favorite part of attending Boardman Training Center is the hands-on experience. Her favorite class is Phlebotomy, where she is learning valuable skills she will use in her career. So far, Erika said her favorite teacher is Mike.

After completing her career training program at BTC, Erika hopes to become a Phlebotomist, helping one patient at a time, and to continue growing in her career for years to come.

When asked if she would refer Boardman Training Center to a friend, Erika happily said yes! “I absolutely would. The people here have been nothing but nice to me and really want to see everyone succeed,” said Erika.

Are you ready to start down the path toward a meaningful career just like Erika? Then check out Boardman Training Center today! With small class sizes, personalized attention, and flexible payment plans, we set our students up for continued career success.

Learn more about our fast-track healthcare programs including Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Cardio Phlebotomy, and Medical Office Specialist. Request information or call us at (330) 729-9244 to get started today!

How to Dress for Success

We’ve all heard the saying, dress for the job you want, not the job you have, but how can you actually do this? How can you dress to ensure you make a great first impression to get your dream job?

Your appearance begins to speak for you from the moment you meet someone new, even before you have said anything. People notice things about your appearance, such as the clothes you’re wearing and your hairstyle, and make assumptions about you based on them.

So how can you ensure you’re dressing for success and making an awesome first impression? Keep reading as we share our top tips with you!

Dress for the Company Culture

Every company has its own unique culture and follows a different dress code. It’s best to align yourself with each specific company’s culture and dress code anytime you are meeting or interviewing with them. This helps to show that you’re a good fit. As an example, if you have a job interview with a bank, wear a suit because the banking industry follows a more formal dress code than others.

Spend some time researching a company’s dress code before a meeting or interview, so you can dress to impress! Here are some of the most common dress codes used today:

  • Business Formal – Formal suits, solid color ties, button-up shirts, dress shoes, and dark colors are all common as part of the most formal dress code.
  • Business Professional – Dress pants, professional skirts, sports jackets, patterned ties, and nice shirts are all great for this dress code, as it allows you to wear more color.
  • Business Casual – Shirts with colors and patterns, skirts in different colors, khakis, polos, vests, and sweaters are all great for adding more personality to your look in this dress code.
  • Casual – T-shirts, jeans, skirts, sweaters, sandals, and sneakers are all acceptable in this dress code because it’s the most informal, allowing for many outfit choices.

To show your professionalism and make a great first impression, always dress up for meetings and interviews, even if a company follows a more casual dress code.

Dress for the Specific Event

Depending on the type of career event you’re going to, it can require different outfit choices. When dressing for a job interview, always wear professional attire, as this can give you an advantage over other candidates. Wearing clothing from the business professional dress code, keeping jewelry and fragrance to a minimum, and rocking a clean, neat hairstyle are all great tips for interviews. With only one chance to make a great first impression, you have to make it count!

In today’s digital world, interviews are often held over video with Skype or a similar program. You must still dress up and look your professional best for a video interview because the person interviewing you will be able to see at least the top half of you via the video. Be sure to wear business clothes with a professional hairstyle.

When attending things like networking events and career fairs, it’s essential to look your best here as well. The people you meet could be hiring directly or could refer you to other opportunities, so do your best to make a great first impression.

Dress for Success Tips

For students and new graduates just starting their professional careers, dressing for success can be overwhelming and challenging. Not currently having a professional wardrobe and being unsure of what is workplace appropriate are common issues. Check out these tips to get you started:

  • Shop strategically and purchase clothes you can wear many ways.
  • Wear more solid colors in your clothing choices.
  • Dress in clothing that is appropriate for the workplace.
  • Accessorize with minimal jewelry.
  • Hide piercings and tattoos, because you want people focused on how great you are, not thinking about what your tattoo means.
  • Wear hair in a clean, neat, and professional style.
  • Keep perfume or cologne minimal, as others could be allergic.
  • Wear makeup that looks natural and professional.

If you’re ever unsure of how to dress to make a great first impression, think about this quote from Oscar Wilde: “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

Put Your Career on The Fast Track

Now you’ll make an awesome first impression on everyone you meet by dressing for success!

At Boardman Training Center, we offer fast-track training and certification programs to get you into your dream healthcare career. Learn more about our Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist programs and 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!