Archive for April, 2012

Wisconsin technical college looks to attract more women

Monday, April 30th, 2012

wisconsin-technical-schoolsAlthough it’s an outdated notion, some may think that only men can become electricians or work in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning field. These people are seriously misinformed. Women are more than capable of enrolling in technical training schools and picking up the skills they need for long careers practicing their preferred trade.


Plenty of women are proving that technical schools are no longer boys clubs. In fact, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College recently held an on-campus workshop to attract even more female students to its apprenticeship program, WBAY reported.

Students who enter this program need no prior experience, and the course follows an earn-while-you-learn format, according to the school’s website. Training is available in 14 building and industrial trades, including carpentry, plumbing and masonry.

Among the female students currently enrolled in the program is Mandy Dombrowski, an electrical apprentice. She loves the trade, including the fact that she’s tackling a new challenge every day.

“You think, you troubleshoot,” Dombrowski told the news source. “It’s a lot of different things, not one thing sitting at a desk. You go to different job sites all the time.”

Dombrowski added that people don’t realize how many career options await people following the completion of the apprenticeship program.

“There’s so many different areas you can go into,” she said.

Todd Kiel, the college’s apprenticeship manager, told the news outlet that the school would like to see the number of women taking part in the program grow from 10% to 25%.

It’s uncertain if the college will be able to achieve its goal. What is a known fact is that both men and women need to let go of the stereotypes of yesteryear and pursue their true passions.

Are you a woman who’s considering taking courses through technical training schools? If so, let us know what trade appeals to you the most in the comment space below.

Military wives can receive help paying for medical technical schools

Sunday, April 29th, 2012


If one or more of your loved ones has ever served in the military, you understand the rollercoaster of emotions that occurs on a daily basis. Of course, you respect these soldiers’ courage and appreciate all that they’re willing to do for the country. At the same time, your mind can’t help but wander as you imagine where they are or what they’re doing at any given moment.

Having a spouse engaged in combat on another continent can definitely be stressful, and at times, derail your daily routine. But it is important for you to stay just as focused on your goals as your loved one overseas. If you’re a solder’s wife and wish to enroll in medical technical schools, you may even be able to receive help covering your tuition.

Operation Homefront and the Women’s Self Worth Foundation (WSWF) understand what military wives are going through and recently announced that they are now accepting applications for the 2012 Saban Military Wife Educational Scholarship. This means spouses who are interested in receiving training to become medical assistants, medical billing and coding specialists or related healthcare workers can receive help paying for their time spent in technical schools.

A total of eight $8,500 scholarships and two $10,000 scholarships will be awarded to selected applicants.

“The wives of our service members face tremendous challenges, especially in these times of economic difficulty,” said Cheryl Saban, the WSWF’s founder. “We’re proud to support these scholarships, which will give these military wives an extraordinary opportunity to better themselves, improve their families’ circumstances and take a more active role in their communities.”

You may think that taking courses at technical training schools is nothing more than wishful thinking, especially when the chips appear to be stacked against you. But this scholarship opportunity proves that there’s always a way to make education more affordable under difficult circumstances.

Is your spouse currently serving in the military? If so, how has it affected your lifestyle? Let us know in the comment space below.

Take charge of your learning at electrician schools

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

electrician-trainingIf you’re thinking of signing up for a training program at electrician schools, you’ve probably already got a pretty good idea of where you want to be. Maybe you’re dreaming of working as an independent contractor and becoming your own boss? Wherever you want your career to go, you’ll need to make sure that the technical training schools you’re looking at are offering a curriculum that’s up-to-date.

Talking in code

Chances are, if you want to be an electrician, the technical schools you’re thinking about will cover the basics of electrical safety. Before you sign up for one of these courses, you should check that the material being taught complies with the National Electric Code (NEC). This framework is used by electrician schools all over the country, and sets guidelines on the best practices when working with electricity.

TPC Training Systems, a professional development organization in Illinois, recently updated their electrical training programs to reflect changes to the NEC. Students on the course will learn about how to approach issues like safety procedures, grounding, short circuits and ground faults, fuses and circuit breakers, and motor protection, as well as other topics.

Wherever you go to school, make sure that what’s being taught complies with the NEC and that you’re up to speed on how to work with electrical equipment safely.

An eye to the future

Of course, safety isn’t the only consideration for adults thinking of signing up for training programs at electrician schools. It’s just as important to know that technical training schools are teaching students the skills they’ll need to succeed in the workforce.

To make sure that tomorrow’s electricians are being trained to exacting standards, the 3M Corporation recently partnered with the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) to develop training materials for electricians.

The partnership aims to use technology to train the next generation of electricians using a blended learning model. This means that students signing up for training with the NJATC will learn most of their skills on the job, but also benefit from some online classes. Known as the 3M  Online Jobsite Application Examples, these training modules will soon be mandatory for anyone who wants to become a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) or the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

“The IBEW, NECA and the NJATC are proud to work with a company like 3M, a leader in quality manufacturing who works closely with our organizations to develop and maintain a skilled workforce,” said Michael Callanan, executive director of the NJATC. “Collaboratively, we will develop online interactive training material which will help to create a domestic workforce of the most highly skilled electrical workers in the industry. This material will be critical in training the next generation of the organized electrical industry.”

What do you think about these initiatives? Can you learn how to be a good electrician online? Let us know in the comment space below.

Wind turbine technology expands with new career college training program

Friday, April 27th, 2012

wind-turbinesThe future’s looking a little greener, and that’s why many technical training schools are introducing diploma programs that will prepare people for expanding fields like renewable energy.

As more wind turbines go up, there’s a greater need for those who can make sure these complex machines are running smoothly. These individuals are known as wind turbine service technicians, and now, Vatterott College plans to help people enter this growing field by offering a wind energy training program at two of its Kansas campuses.

Vatterott is currently enrolling students for the diploma program, which will be offered through day and evening classes. Those who pursue this option can expect a mix of classroom lectures and hands-on training directly from experienced professionals. Courses will go over everything from electrical systems and hydraulic power to technical mathematics and mechanical controls.

As wind turbine service technicians work pretty high in the air, students will also have to pass a climbing test of up to 300 feet and fulfill other state requirements before they get to work on these massive machines.

Wind energy production is making a difference in our country by providing clean and affordable energy while also diversifying agricultural economies,” said Michael Harris, campus director at Vatterott’s Wichita location. “Public demand and the consistent growth in the industry suggest that certified wind technicians will continue to be in high demand.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most wind farms are located in remote areas, so technicians need to be willing to live near these sites, or at the very least, travel to them. However, many of these machines are beginning to pop up in urban areas as well.

Could you see yourself scaling towering wind turbines after completing your training at technical schools? If so, tell us what appeals to you about this profession in the comment space below.

Technical school provides student nurses with disaster training

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

medical-professionalIf you’re considering taking courses through technical training schools, you probably know how helpful these institutions can be in terms of getting you ready for a career in your desired field. What you may not know is that many programs also prepare you for the unexpected.

Just look at Southeast Community and Technical College in Kentucky, a school that offers programs focused on preparing students for such healthcare fields as medical assisting and practical nursing, according to the institution’s website. The college recently held a mock disaster for its nursing students in response to the tornadoes that struck Kentucky and other states in early March, WKYT reported.

“It’s a live disaster,” Scott Blanton, the college’s associate professor of nursing, said to the news source. “It’s authentic assessment. The students are running the show. They are getting to work with our emergency management throughout the county.”

During the disaster scenario, nursing students had to imagine that a tornado had hit the school and people were now injured across campus and in need of medical assistance. As the nurses-in-training progressed through the mock disaster, they learned how to check in at a command post and triage.

For nursing students like Savanna Daniels, this activity showed her that she has career options she may never have considered had she not been involved in the mock disaster. Now, she says she’s considering a future as an ER or flight nurse.

Daniels provides just one example of what you or anyone else could experience in medical technical schools. Oftentimes, people have career options they didn’t even know existed until they are exposed to hands-on training activities like the mock disaster.

How open are you to changing your career path? Would you ever switch gears mid-way through technical school? Let us know in the comment space below.

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