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Education, Job Skills, Employment and Musical Chairs

Have you ever played musical chairs?

You make a circle or square or some other shape out of chairs and everyone starts walking around them when the music starts playing. When the music stops, everyone rushes to sit in a chair. People who can’t find a chair to sit in are out of the game. It’s all good fun…until you can’t find a chair.

Seems simple enough, right?

Well in an interesting twist, I just read a special report from the Lumina Foundation that associated the job skills, education and employment puzzle with a game of musical chairs. Well, two games to be exact. Here’s what it said:

“Occupations that require higher-level skills — healthcare, for example — are growing. Low-skill jobs aren’t exactly disappearing, but their numbers are shrinking, leaving more workers competing for them…”

Now here it comes!

“…It’s like two games of musical chairs, where chairs are taken away from one game — the one for low-skill workers — and added to the game for workers with the skills and knowledge that today’s workplace demands.”

You know, a lot of times I read these 100+ page reports and I just get lost in a sea of data, graphs and conclusions that make little sense to me. But this…this I can picture in my head. I can see it. And it makes sense:

If you want a job, you have greater odds of finding one if you have a skill set that meets the needs of today’s job market.

Let’s roll with the healthcare example.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects to see some of the most job growth in the healthcare sector (5.6 million jobs) through the year 2020. Obviously, they need people who can fill those positions. However, if you only have a high school diploma, you can’t expect to be hired for one of those positions, right?  You need the skills that qualify you to work in the healthcare industry and in a specific field in that industry, such as a Medical or Dental Assistant, Surgical Technologist, Pharmacy Technician, etc.

So how do you get those skills? Education and/or training. Earning a post-secondary diploma, degree or some type of credential from an accredited post-secondary institution can help you learn the skills and knowledge you need for today’s job market.

Anthem Education offers a variety of career-focused degree and diploma programs that help train students to prepare for careers in the healthcare, business, technology, legal and veterinary technology fields. And with 22 campuses across the United States and Anthem College Online, we are not hard to find!

Visit the Anthem Education website to learn more about our programs and services or call us today at 1.866.381.6397. We look forward to hearing from you!


Career Colleges and Other For-Profits Still Tops in Enrollment Growth

And the trend continues!

Last year, the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics reported that for-profit colleges showed the most growth in enrollments for 2009. This year, the story is pretty much the same.

According to an article for Inside Higher Ed, enrollment in for-profit colleges grew by 8.3 percent for fall 2010, compared to 2.3 percent at public universities, and 2.4 percent at private nonprofit schools. 

So why might more students be enrolling in for-profit colleges, many of which are vocational schools that provide training for specific career fields?

Wait, did I just answer my own question there?

Seriously though, while there is no singular reason that shows why for-profits are seeing more growth in enrollment, there is no arguing that jobs are still hard to come by and many employers are looking for a specific set of skills.

The healthcare sector, for example, which is expected to see the most job growth from 2010-2020, tends to require some form of post-secondary education and/or training.  Schools and colleges that offer healthcare programs help provide the specific career training that students need to enter a field without having to jump on the traditional 4-year public university train.

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field, but don’t know where to start? How about starting by getting trained and developing skills for a specific career, such as Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding, Pharmacy Technician, Surgical Technologist,  or Limited Scope X-Ray Technician!

Many of the 23 Anthem Education schools and colleges offer career-focused training programs for the healthcare field. Visit our locations page to find a campus near you.

If you don’t see one nearby, don’t worry! Anthem College Online is the online division of Anthem College and also offers healthcare-related programs, such as Medical Office Administration, Health Information Management, Healthcare Management, and Medical Assistant.

Visit the Anthem Education website to learn more about our programs and services. You can also call us directly at 1.866.381.6397 or click the “Chat Live” button at the top of the page to chat  now with one of our online representatives.

Pharmacist Pouring Pills into Bottle

Anthem College Graduate Benefits from New Career Plan Later in Life

By Bob Cohen

Stephen Senter, 58, of Portland, Ore., knows a thing or two about hitting the career reset button—particularly in a difficult economy.  Now a pharmacy technician at a local Rite-Aid drug store, Senter has been a long-haul truck driver, a golf professional and a very successful salesman of utility buildings.  When the recent economic recession collapsed his booming career in building sales, he opted to reinvent himself once again, enrolling in a Pharmacy Tech diploma program at Anthem College in nearby Beaverton.

Senter acknowledges that going back to school at age 57 was a bit intimidating.  But the future pharmacy technician also knew he was good in math and science, having taken trigonometry and calculus in high school, so technical topics like applied math would be no problem.  As a young man, Senter had actually started out to become a teacher, only to find that he lacked the temperament to be cooped up in a classroom with young children all day.  Instead of completing his degree, Senter hit the road, driving long-haul trucks across the American west.

“There were aspects I enjoyed – like getting out and seeing places,” he recalls.  “I was not attached at the time so there wasn’t any reason I needed to be home.  It was OK.  And for a kid, I was making pretty good money at the time.”

But not good enough to park his higher education aspirations.  Senter returned to the Oregon College of Education, hoping to parlay interdisciplinary studies in photography, science and languages into a career filming science documentaries.  Instead, he got married, left school once again without a degree, and started a series of jobs, including bartending.

Working nights, Senter became interested in golf during the day.  He set his sights on becoming a golf professional, and actually got his handicap below three strokes.  Senter became a club pro, and maintained his life on the links for the next eight years.

But the financial demands of a young family sent his golf career sailing into the rough.  He returned to driving trucks, short-haul rather than long-haul.  When an opportunity came along to sell “pole” buildings, post and frame structures used as horse barns, storage sheds and other utility purposes, he grabbed it.  Senter quickly found himself enjoying a measure of the good life – but not for long.  The recession changed everything, and suddenly Senter was out of work selling buildings and unable to find it doing anything else.

Then he hit the reset button.  An email alerting Senter to area pharmacy technician programs sent him looking at various options for schooling.  He had a good feeling about Anthem College, and was won over by the services and the price. “It was like walking into a family situation,” Senter says.  His mind was made up, and he never looked back.

Comparing his Anthem experience to earlier turns at the traditional state college, Senter says he found the one-class-at-a-time approach in his Anthem pharmacy program more intense and comprehensive—and more focused on the end result.  For Senter, this meant passing his national certification test on the first try, while still working at his externship.

“Anthem was a great experience,” he says.  “When you go out into the field, there is lots of stuff to learn… But I felt like I had a really good [knowledge] base to go out on… [I could] sit down and interview with somebody and say, “Hey, this is my knowledge base.  I expect to learn more.  Hire me.”  I felt really comfortable about what Anthem had done for me.”

Senter acknowledges that he is now starting again at a low rung on the career ladder, but hopes to do a good job and move up.  Although he has incurred debt in order to follow a new career path, Senter says he has no regrets. “Everyone I’ve talked to was amazed I made that decision and have been very supportive.  They all think it was a great idea.”

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Press Release: New Continuing Education Courses Offered at Anthem Institute-Parsippany

Parsippany, N.J., February 7, 2012Anthem Institute in Parsippany, N.J. recently introduced two new continuing education courses to complement professional development for network engineering and healthcare students and professionals.

  • Cisco Networking Academy has partnered with Anthem Institute to offer the Cisco® CCNA® Exploration program, which gives students a comprehensive overview of networking concepts. The CCNA Exploration curriculum is hands-on and features simulation activities that lets students develop skills and knowledge to work in networking-related programs. It also helps them prepare for CCNA certification and further degree training. The program is 280 hours long and taught over a six-month period.
  • BLS (Basic Life Support) for Healthcare Providers teaches cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to use on patients of all ages, as well as training to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and relieve a choking victim. The course follows American Heart Association guidelines on treating infants, children, and adults. It is taught over five hours on a single day. Students who successfully demonstrate proper CPR and clearing of airway obstructions will become CPR certified.

“We are excited to offer continuing education courses that complement two of our Diploma programs,” says Diane Gilles, Campus President for Anthem Institute-Parsippany. “These courses are excellent CEU opportunities for graduates of our CNS [Computer Networking & Security] and healthcare programs and other industry professionals.”

The first CCNA Exploration program begins March 26, 2012 and will last through September 26, 2012. The registration and payment deadline for each of the four, five-week courses is seven days before each start date. Future dates have not yet been announced. The BLS program will be held each day from February 22-25, 2012.

Call Anthem Institute at 973-630-4900 to register for either program or to request more information.

Anthem Institute offers additional healthcare training and education programs in Massage Therapy and Medical Assistant. Its other career-oriented programs train students for careers in Graphic Design & Animation and Medical Billing & Coding.


About Anthem Institute

Originally established in 1970, Anthem Institute-Parsippany is part of Anthem Education, a Phoenix, Arizona-based family of schools and colleges that provides career-focused training and education programs at 23 accredited institutions in 15 states as well as online. The Anthem Education family of schools includes Anthem College, Anthem College Online, Anthem Career College, Anthem Institute, Morrison University, and Anthem College – Bryman School. For more information, visit http://www.anthem.edu.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.anthem.edu/disclosures.


(click to download press release in PDF format)

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Yahoo Education’s List of Top Healthcare Careers

If healthcare training seems to be all the rage right now, there’s a reason for it. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the healthcare field has been a steady performer in the job market in recent years. By steady performer, I mean that the industry has continued to add jobs. This also means a lower unemployment rate for healthcare workers, including recent college students who majored in healthcare.

If working in the healthcare field and helping others is something that appeals to you, then you might want to consider one of the careers on Yahoo! Education’s list of Top 5 Health Careers. Want to know the best part? Anthem Education schools and colleges offer hands-on training programs for four of these top five careers. Check it out.

Career #1: Medical Records and Health Information Technician

Anthem College Online offers an Associate of Science degree in Health Information Management that prepares students to enter the health information field when they graduate. Students learn medical terminology, health information and data management, and reimbursement methods and procedures. Plus, all learning is done through the convenience of the Internet, giving students valuable flexibility over when and where they learn. Anthem College-Atlanta offers both a diploma and associate degree in Health Information Management as well.

Students interested in health information can also consider studying Medical Billing & Coding at Anthem Education schools and colleges. Nineteen of our 23 campuses offer a Medical Billing & Coding diploma program. More than half of those also offer a Medical Billing & Coding associate degree program. Coursework includes medical recordkeeping and documentation, medical office procedures, and healthcare reimbursement.

Career #3: Dental Assistant

If you’ve ever been to the dentist—and I really, really hope you have—then you’ve come in contact with a dental assistant. Dental Assistants are the people who provide patient care and assist the dentist during various procedures. Plus, if you’re anything like me, you know that a good dental assistant can make going to the dentist a little less dreadful. More than half of the Anthem Education campuses offer a Dental Assistant program that is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in dental offices and clinics.

Career #4: Pharmacy Technician

Do you know what a pharmacy technician does? Pharmacy technicians offer support and provide customer service in different pharmacy settings. Pharmacy technicians are also responsible for handling prescription medications. Therefore, it is important for those who are interested in this field to get plenty of hands-on training and familiarize themselves with pharmacy procedures.  Twelve of the Anthem Education campuses offer a Pharmacy Technician program. These programs are designed to provide students with the hands-on training they need to successfully enter this field.

Career #5: Medical Assistant

Medical assistants perform a bunch of different clinical and administrative tasks in medical offices. Anthem Education schools and colleges provides some great hands-on options for people who are interested in training for a career as a medical assistant. First, 22 of Anthem Education’s 23 local campuses offer at least a Medical Assistant diploma program. A handful of these campuses also offer an associate degree program. Plus, Anthem College Online offers a Medical Assistant Associate of Science Degree Completion program for students who already have their Medical Assistant diploma.

Does one of these career paths sound right for you?

If you would like to learn more about Anthem Education schools and colleges and our career-focused programs and services, please visit our website. You can also call 1.866.381.6397 to speak with one of our representatives who can answer any questions you may have and help you figure out how we can best serve your needs.

Not all programs are available in all locations. Program titles on this page are general and may be slightly different at some campuses. Degree types vary by state. Please see the campus catalog for specific information on program titles and types of degrees awarded.

Anthem Education offers career-focused healthcare programs

Recent Healthcare Grads Enjoy Higher Employment than Most, Study Finds

Jobs… They are a great thing to have, don’t you think? Trust me, they are. I’ve been unemployed before. It’s not pleasant.

The reason I bring it up is because Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce has just released a report on one of its latest studies. The report is called Hard Times and it uses data from the 2009-10 Census Bureau to reexamine the question, “Is College Worth It?”

Among the highlights of the report is the link between occupation-specific majors and employment. According to the study, “Unemployment rates are relatively low (5.4 percent) for recent college students who majored in Healthcare and Education because these majors are attached to stable or growing industry sectors.”

Many Anthem Education schools and colleges offer healthcare training in career-specific fields. Our healthcare degree and diploma programs include Dental Assistant, Limited Scope X-Ray Technician, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Surgical Technologist, and more. Students who complete these programs can compete for entry-level positions in their field after they graduate.

The report also mentions the value of career skills. It says that majors that focus on these types of skills “have better employment prospects than majors focused on general skills.” At Anthem Education schools and colleges, we make it a point to offer diploma and degrees in career-specific fields. Examples include the healthcare programs we mentioned before, as well as Paralegal, Veterinary Technology, Medical Billing and Coding, Computer Networking & Security, and Graphic Design & Animation to name a few.

Our programs are designed with input from local employers who tell us what kind of skills graduates need to compete in the job market. Anthem Education students also benefit from a combination of lecture and hands-on training. They get to practice their skills using tools and technologies that are standard in their field.

Are you interested in pursuing a healthcare career? If you’re looking for education and training to help you get started, check out Anthem Education by visiting our website or calling us at 1.866.381.6397. We’d love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have about our programs and services.

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5 Facts about Student Stress and How You Can Fight It

Stress… If there was ever a five-letter word that you should avoid, this is it.

I know that a lot of times stress feels unavoidable, especially during the holidays. And I know that students these days are busier than ever before. I’m sure many of you are juggling family responsibilities, part-time or full-time jobs, and other things that take up your time and efforts. Nonetheless, the negative effects that stress has on your body make it something you should fight as strongly as you do the common cold or any other illness or disease.

In an article for the Washington Post, writer Jeff Goelitz says that today’s students are under “massive amounts of stress.” As a co-author of a new book, The College De-Stress Handbook: Keeping Cool Under Pressure from the Inside Out, Goelitz has done a lot of research on the effects that stress has on college students. In an effort to shed light on the damage it can have, Goelitz shares five important facts about stress that all college students should know.

1. Stress can make smart people do stupid things. Did you know that stress affects your brain? Goelitz writes that stress hinders an important part of the brain that influences your decision-making. It can also have a negative impact on other mental abilities as well, which is why it is so important to acknowledge your stress when you feel it and do everything you can to eliminate it (more on that later).

2. The human body doesn’t discriminate between a big stressful event and a little one. You know how people categorize a lie, right? A little lie is usually called a white lie or maybe a fib. A big lie doesn’t really need adjectives because the results of telling a big lie, and the affects it has on you and others pretty much shows that it was a big lie.  It’s not like that with stress. To your body, there is no such thing as little white stress. “Any stressful experience will create a cascade of 1,400 biochemical events in your body,” writes Goelitz. And if you don’t get rid of it, he says, you can start to experience the results of these events, such as premature aging and lack of energy. Yikes.

3. Stress can become your new norm. When you wake up in the morning, it’s the start of a new day. No one has cut you off in traffic yet, or hurt your feelings. The work hasn’t piled up yet and yesterday’s deadlines are behind you. You should wake up feeling fresh and rejuvenated, not stressed. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Do you wake up feeling that way? If you don’t, and you find yourself feeling stressed more often than not, it’s possible that you’ve been stressed so much that your body sees that as your emotional norm. Goelitz writes that high stress can turn dangerous if it goes unchecked, and it can increase your risk for health problems, such as depression, sleep problems, memory impairment, obesity, digestive problems and more.

Need some relief from stress?

Feel like controlling your stress now? Well, I’ve got good news. Read on!

4. Stress can be controlled. Yay! Obviously with all the negative effects that stress can have, it makes sense that there would be studies done on how to control it. According to Goelitz, the key is “emotional-refocusing techniques.” This means realizing when you are feeling stress then refocusing your emotions on something more positive. Goelitz references a technique from the HeartMath website where you slow your thoughts and breathing, and focus on your heartbeat and positive feelings. Think it sounds kind of funny? Well, I bet it’s not as funny as wrinkles, sleep deprivation and depression. Consider giving it a shot! It seems to me that this is one of those times when the potential benefits would make it worth a try.

If you are a student at an Anthem Education school or college, and are feeling pressure from those outside stressors in your life, you are not alone and we want to help. The Student Services department at your campus can help you try to find ways to deal with these things and might have some ideas for you and your specific situation. So give them a call or head on over to talk to someone. If you are an Anthem College Online student, you can call SOAR Student Assistance, which provides professional, phone-based counseling to our students and family members and  is 100 percent confidential.

5. Stress less by loving what you study. Do you enjoy what you are studying? At Anthem Education schools and colleges, we provide education and training to prepare students for real careers. With that in mind, the way you feel about your program of study now, is probably only going to intensify when it becomes your career. If you don’t enjoy learning about it and training for it, you probably aren’t going to enjoy it that much when you actually have to do it. If you already love what you do or what you are studying, congratulations! You are already on your way to becoming less stressed than probably half of the people in the world.

If you do not love what you do or what you are studying, and you are ready to pursue a new career that you truly love and enjoy, check out Anthem Education’s family of schools and colleges. We offer career-focused training in a variety of programs for the healthcare, technology, legal, and business fields. Plus, with 23 campus locations across the U.S. and Anthem College Online, we are not hard to find.

Call us today at 1.866.381.6397, or visit our website to learn more!

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Labor Dept: Healthcare Jobs Continue to Increase

The Department of Labor released its monthly national employment summary earlier this month. Overall, employment was unchanged from August.

Healthcare jobs, however, continued an increase that has lasted over the past 12 months.

30,000 healthcare jobs were added to the economy, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which measures job growth and other statistics related to employment. Overall, there have been 306,000 new healthcare jobs have been created since last August.

BLS looks at employment in ambulatory health care services (physician offices and clinics), hospitals, and nursing and residential facilities to reach these numbers. Here is a breakdown of where new healthcare jobs created in August are located:

  • 18,100 in ambulatory facilities, including physician offices, outpatient care facilities, and home health care.
  • 7,700 are in hospitals
  • 3,900 are in residential or nursing care facilities

The rest are in social assistance centers, including child care facilities.

Nearly every school that is part of Anthem Education Group offers healthcare programs. Depending on the campus, students can study toward a diploma, or associate or bachelor’s degree in these programs:

  • Dental Assistant
  • Healthcare Management
  • Health Information Management
  • Limited Scope X-ray Technician
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Surgical Technologist

Anthem College Online even offers degree completion programs for students who have prior education and training. For example, a student who already holds a medical assisting diploma can earn an associate of science degree through Anthem College Online.

Anthem College Online also offers a Bachelor of Science Degree Completion program for Healthcare Management, which accepts students who hold a similar associate degree. (Students can also enroll in associate and bachelor’s degree programs in this area.)

Learn more about how you can prepare to enter the healthcare field or advance your career there. Call Anthem Education Group at 866.502.2627, or text “more” to 480-3828-EDU. You can also visit us online, and browse our programs or chat with a representative.

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Coalition for Educational Success Links Jobs with Career Training

Have you heard of the Coalition for Educational Success?

The group is made up of a number of career colleges in the United States. According to its website, the group “[promotes] policies that support access to higher education, particularly for non-traditional students including full-time workers, workforce returners, working parents, minorities and veterans.”

So why do I ask?

Well, in a September 2011 article for the Sun Herald online newspaper, the Coalition’s Managing Director, Penny Lee, shared her thoughts on unemployment in the U.S.

“Today, the jobs exist, but the properly trained workforce does not,” she explained. “America needs to bridge the gap between employers’ needs and workforce training.”

Now if you’re wondering about the unemployment rate, I have some not so good news. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) released its latest Employment Situation report on September 2, 2011. The report shows a national unemployment rate of 9.1 percent as of August 2011.

Of course this is higher than any of us would like it to be. But Lee believes this is where career colleges can help.

The same report by the BLS also shows that the health care field “continued to add jobs” in August. In other words, the need for people with healthcare education and skills to fill those positions increased.

Career colleges offer programs that train students for specific careers (which is probably why they are called career colleges). This kind of training can help match the skills that are needed in the workforce.

As Lee puts it, “Career colleges stand ready to build on our success of preparing students for in-demand careers and assist federal, state and local governments to address the skills gap that exists in America.”

Anthem Education Group schools and colleges offer career-focused training for the healthcare, technology and business fields.* Programs are designed with input from local employers so students get the education and training that employers want to see. To learn more about our career training programs, such as Dental Assistant, Surgical Technologist, Graphic Design & Animation, Paralegal, Management, Medical Billing and Coding and more, please visit our website.**

*Not all programs are available at all locations, and program names may vary by location.

**For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.anthem.edu/disclosures.

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Anthem Education Programs Train for the Steady Healthcare Field

In a recent report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Catherine A. Wood, an economist in the Office of Employment and Unemployment of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, examines the strength of healthcare employment, especially during economic downturns.

The article cites data from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, which shows that during the 2007-2009 recession, the healthcare industry added over 400,000 jobs and has continued its steady growth since then.

“Historically, health care employ­ment has been immune from fluctuations in the business cycle, as shown by the indus­try’s continued growth throughout previous recessions,” Wood writes. “Indeed, the industry has been among the leading contributors to overall job growth during recessions.”

The potential and need for employees in the healthcare field adds to the demand for healthcare training programs. Excluding Morrison University, which focuses on business-related training, all of the Anthem Education Group campuses, including Online, offer a healthcare-related program. In fact, some of our campuses actually specialize in healthcare training, offering only healthcare programs.

We offer both clinical and administrative healthcare programs:*

Clinical Administrative
Dental Assistant Health Information Management
Limited Scope X-Ray Technician Healthcare Management
Massage Therapy Medical Billing and Coding
Medical Assistant
Pharmacy Technician
Surgical Technologist

*Not all programs are available at all locations, and exact program names may vary by location.

If you would like to learn more about our healthcare-related programs, please give us a call at 1.866.502.2627 or visit us on the Web at Anthem Education Group.