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How to Start a Career in Nursing?

Are you a person who likes helping others? Do you want to work in a profession that gives you a chance to do what you love? Don’t be apprehensive, there are  many individuals, like you, who do not know how to start their career as a fully qualified nurse. Don’t worry,  continue reading to find out how can become a certified nurse.

Why Choose to Become a Nurse?

Nursing is one of the fastest growing professions in the health industry. Many people are opting to pursue a career in this field, because it offers many opportunities and stability. This cannot be said about every career path! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that growth opportunities available for nurses are much higher than those found in any other field.

Grades and Experience

Every Nursing School has their own set standards of grades and the level of experience they require their students to gain before finally entering the professional world. The minimum academic requirements differ from school to school, and every institution’s criteria are also different. So choose wisely, when selecting a school. Anthem Education’s  Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to become entry level nurses. Our caring faculty and staff are dedicated to the professional development of each student.

 Field of Expertise

You can either become a general nurse, or you can choose to specialize in a particular field in which you would like to operate. You can choose to hold expertise in any of the following specializations, oncology, pediatrics, recovery, emergency care etc. Your course structure will also depend on the level of specialization you wish to acquire. By choosing a specific specialization category, you can choose to become either one of the following types of nurses.Florida Career College Nursing

  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Certified Nurse Midwife/ Specialist/ Anesthetic
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Licensed Practical Nurse/ Vocational Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Registered Nurse
  • Certified Nursing Assistant

Whichever specialization you choose, you can be sure to have a meaningful career. You will  constantly be striving to obtain the relevant knowledge and experience in your chosen field of expertise.

Nursing – Expediency at its Height

People, who pursue their careers in this field, earn rewards in terms of the smiles they receive from grateful patients.To become a recognized nurse, you must first obtain the qualification of nursing, and then work under the supervision of a registered nurse, in order to obtain the relevant experience.

The hospital, along with the nurse under whose supervision you are assigned, guides you through the process of clinical placements. Once your supervisor thinks that you have gained enough experience to become a fully qualified nurse, then you will be allowed to register yourself. After the registration process is complete you will receive a PIN, whereby, you will be awarded the status of a registered nurse.

The whole process is quite convenient for anyone who is thinking of starting their career in this field. However, to keep up to date with the latest happenings taking place in the field of nursing, you must continue to study and gather information regarding the latest developments in the health sector.

 

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Cats and Dogs Available for Adoption at Local Career College

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Cats and Dogs Available for Adoption at Local Career College

Veterinary Technology program at Anthem College in Kansas City, Mo.

has animals ready for adoption

 

Anthem College News Brief

Anthem College in Kansas City has cats and dogs available for adoption.  All pets are vaccinated, microchipped and have undergone extensive preventative treatment for disease. Pets available for adoption can be viewed online at Petfinder.com.  The pet adoption fee is $25, which is then donated back to local shelters.  Pets are available for adoption Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only.  To schedule an appointment, please call 816-926-4761 or email samartin@anthem.edu.   Anthem College in Kansas City is located at 9001 State Line Road.  For more information on the school, please call 1-855-464-2684 or visit http://www.anthem.edu.

Kansas City, Mo. (July 30, 2012) – Students in the Veterinary Technology program at Anthem College in Kansas City are learning the skills needed to be veterinary technicians, a growing field in which employment opportunities are predicted to continue increasing through 2020.  While learning to assist veterinarians with a variety of procedures, students help prepare animals for adoption.  Currently there are cats and dogs available for adoption.  All are current on vaccinations and have been microchipped.  In addition, they receive monthly flea protection and dental work, if necessary.  Other preventative measures taken include heartworm testing with monthly heartworm preventative for dogs, and FIV/Felv testing for cats. Animals are spayed/neutered prior to adoption.

“The purpose of our program is to educate and train students in the field of veterinary technology.  The animals taken in by the program come from local area shelters and typically require veterinary care prior to adoption, thus benefiting the students and the animals,” said Sarah Martin, Veterinary Technology Instructor at Anthem College in Kansas City. “Our goal is to find good, loving, forever homes for our program animals.  When one animal is adopted, we acquire another one from the shelter in its place.  Therefore, the Veterinary Technology program here at Anthem College Kansas City, will continuously have animals available for adoption.”

The animals available for adoption can be viewed online at Petfinder.com.  The adoption fee is $25, which is then donated back to the shelters.  Animals are available for adoption Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 819-926-4761 or email samartin@anthem.edu.

Students in the Veterinary Technology program at Anthem College earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.  Clinical courses primarily focus on small animal medicine; however, large animals, lab, avian and exotic animals also are included.  Some of the courses include anatomy and physiology, nutrition, disease management, nursing, laboratory skills, anesthetic monitoring and parasitology.

Anthem College in Kansas City is located at 9001 State Line Road.  For more information, please call 1-855-464-2684 or visit http://www.anthem.edu.

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About Anthem Education Group

Founded in 1965 in Phoenix, Ariz., the Anthem Education Group (AEG) family of schools and colleges provides career-focused training and education programs for the healthcare, veterinary, technology, criminal justice, business and paralegal industries.  AEG is comprised of 22 institutions in 15 states accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), as well as an online college. The AEG family of schools includes Anthem College, Anthem College Online, Anthem Career College, Anthem Institute, Morrison University, and Anthem College – Bryman School.  Specific campuses offer diplomas, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science or Master of Business Administration degrees.  For more information, call 866-381-6397 or visit http://www.anthem.edu.

 

Anthem's School of I.T. and Design

The Digital World Continuous to Evolve and Expand

Computers, information networks, and new media are three components of our digital world that continue to evolve and expand. As the market for new technology grows, the number of jobs available grows too.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently published its redesigned Occupational Outlook Handbook for 2012-2013. One of the updates they made was adding more profiles for computer-related occupations, including: computer network architect, web developer, network and computer systems administrators, and database administrators. The BLS also reports that employment for computer and math- related occupations is projected to grow by 22 percent from 2010-2020.

If you are looking for a long-term career path, studying computers or new media may be perfect for you. Here are a few of the qualities that are necessary for a career as a Computer Network Engineer, New Media Programmer, Computer Animator, or Web Designer.

Interest in Technology

Do you like learning new skills and concepts? Are you a technological trendsetter? An individual interested in computer-related occupations, must be a creative problem solver. If you are hoping to pursue a career in Network Engineering, Programming, Design or Animation, you should have an interest in gathering data, learning new skills, and working in a team environment.

Knowledge of Hardware and Software

It is essential to know that behind every program, design, network, or animation there’s a set of software and hardware that must be mastered first. To succeed in computer-related fields, you must be able to understand the physical components of a network, knowledge of programming languages, as well as be able to program or use software to design and built products. For example, Computer network engineers are responsible for the network security and data storage of local-area and wide-area networks.

Ability to Solve Problems

Being able to work in a team environment with fellow designers, engineers, programmers, and project managers to solve problems or to implement a new product is one of the most important skills for a computer-related career. For example, a computer network engineer will have to determine the best methods for setting up clients’ networks that are efficient and effective. A web designer will have to determine the best user-centered design and technique for developing websites or mobile apps.

It’s important to remember that behind every network, application, website or mobile app there is an end-user relying on your product to communicate their business goal and objective. The ability to solve problems and analyze potential flaws before the product gets to the hands of the end-user is the key to a successful career in any computer-related field. 

Are you interested in pursuing a career working with computers, but don’t know where to start? Consider getting your career-focused training at Anthem Education!

Our computer-related programs include:

Computer Science and Information Systems degree programs at Morrison University in Reno, Nevada

Computer Networking and Security degree and diploma programs at different campuses across the United States.

Graphic Design & Animation and Web & New Media Design programs at Anthem Institute campuses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Want to combine your interests in technology and healthcare? Consider training in Medical Billing and Coding or Health Information Management instead!

Visit the Anthem Education website today or call us at 1.866.381.6397 for more information about our programs and services!

 

 

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Student Success Guide

What is Student Success?

I’m sure you all have your own ideas and opinions on this subject. Many may believe it’s the student that never misses class, studies every day, and graduates with a high GPA. But it can be as simple as grasping difficult concepts, being involved in student organizations or applying what you have learned in the real world. A successful student is one that realizes their journey is not over, they are continually impacting those around them. Here are some tips to help you achieve student success.

1.      Master Your Schedule.

There are 168 hours in a week. Make sure you know how you are spending your time. Prepare a weekly schedule, and keep up with it daily. If you find planners or agendas useless, use you smartphone. There are many time management apps you can download.

Great Time Management Apps:

  • Astrid Task/Todo list for Android Phones. With the Astrid Task App you will never miss a deadline, plus you will be able to automatic sync your tasks across your phone or Astrid.com.  Download for free: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.timsu.astrid
  • My Class Schedule is another Android App Phone. Great App for keeping you up to date with your school work. The app is free with ads or you can purchase it for $1.31.
  • Inclass is an Iphone/Ipad App. With this app you are able to organize your schedule, share your notes, plus much more. To download click here http://www.inclassapp.com/

 2.      Go to Class

Showing up to class is the easiest task you can do. By attending class diligently you show your instructors you care. If you make the effort to show up and pay attention to the key topics being discussed, you definitely improve your chances for getting a good grade.  School is a pretty expensive commitment to not commit all the way.  If you are allowed to use your smartphone in class, use a note taking app or a note recording app.

Note Apps:

  • Evernote It’s a free app available to Android or Iphone smartphone users in conjunction with a desktop program. If you take a note using your phone (text, voice recording or snapshot) it will sync to both your online Evernote account and your PC.
  • Easy Voice Recorder is an Android App that lets you record your class lecture.

 3.      Improve your Study Strategy

Come up with a strategy that complements your schedule and learning style. There are many techniques you can employ to make studying less demanding and more effective. For example, you can use Mnemonics to help you memorize difficult material or flash cards to actively retain what you have memorized.

  • Mnemonics-” target=”_blank” We all remember from elementary school or junior high the order of planets by repeating these mnemonics, “My Very Eager Mother Just Served us Nine Pickles”, or “My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets.”
  • Example of an Anatomy Mnemonic- “A Peaceful Thoughtful Man” for Aortic, Pulmonary, Tricuspid, and Mitral.
  • Flash Cards-Are great for kinetic learners, the energy required to make them, plus the active engagement of reading them out load will help you retain the information at a faster pace. However, in order for flash cards to work they must be read out loud daily, at least seven days before your exam.
  • Flashcard Apps for Android-StudyDroid  is an easy to use flashcard application. You can make your own flashcards on your computer or you can browse the public flashcards at Studydroid. 

 4.      Join or Form a Study Group. 

Studying with other students will motivate you to keep up with your studying, plus,  it’s a great way to meet new people.  If you are going to form a study group make sure to limit the group to four to five students. Also select students that share your same dedication to studying and getting good grades.  Remember, “Two heads are better than one”.

5.      Join Campus Clubs/Organizations. 

The skills you learn from a club or organization can help you succeed in your classes too, plus it looks great on your resume. Being part of a club or organization is a great way to network, promote awareness and to force you to stay focus on your schoolwork.

Anthem Education is dedicated to helping our students achieve success. We are here to help you find yourself, by learning a new skill. Dr. Seuss said it best, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” If you are ready to read more, know more, and  learn more, visit http://www.anthem.edu.

We would love to help you find the program that’s right for you!

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Closing the Skills Gap in Wisconsin with Career Education and Training

Like many states, Wisconsin expects to see thousands of jobs created in the next five to ten years as the United States continues its slow recovery from the recession.

That’s the good part.

Now for the part that could be better…

Currently, there is a skills gap. In other words, some say that people don’t have the skills that will be needed to fill these positions.

A recent article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel put it this way, “Wisconsin will need an estimated 925,000 skilled workers by 2018 to replace those on the verge of retiring and to keep up with the creation of new jobs. About 588,000 of those jobs will require two years of postsecondary training.”

But it’s not just any kind of training. The biggest need is for people to get training that can help them fill positions in the local area. The article quotes Tim Sullivan, the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment Chair, who says that “too many young people get a degree that doesn’t lead to a job and then have a “do-over” in the technical college system so that they are employable.”

Kind of sounds to me like it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to train for a career to begin with, don’t you think?

If you are the type of person who is thinking about getting started on your career path, consider giving Anthem College-Brookfield a call. Located near the Milwaukee area, Anthem College-Brookfield works to train students for careers in the healthcare field. Degree and diploma programs include: Massage Therapy, Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding, and Surgical Technologist.

And best of all, a 2010 report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce says healthcare support positions in Wisconsin should account for over 100,000 new positions through 2018. According to the report, many of these positions will require at least “some college.”

If you would like to learn more about the programs and services at Anthem College-Brookfield, visit our website or call us today at 855.268.4368. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Anthem College Student, Instructor Win Top Honors

The Missouri Association of Private Career Colleges and Schools (MAPCCS) has given both Student of the Year and Instructor of the Year honors to members of the Anthem College-Maryland Heights campus.

Mia Malcolm, a graduate from the College’s Pharmacy Technician program, was named Student of the Year, and Dawn Roethemeyer, Lead Instructor for the  same program, was named Instructor of the Year. Both were nominated by Campus President Heidi Wind.

Mia Malcolm: “Phenomenal” journey and character

“As a student, Mia inspired me with her actions, her mentorship to her fellow students, and her determination to succeed,” Wind wrote to MAPCCS. “Her journey and character are phenomenal, but she is so humble that she does not realize what makes her stand out in a crowd. She is the blood, sweat, and tears of a true student.”

Malcolm’s life was transformed the day her son was born at just one pound, eight ounces, and twelve inches. He was not expected to live beyond two weeks, and if he did, the outlook was grim: his brain bled in three places, his lungs were “almost nonexistent,” and he wasn’t expected to walk, talk, or have much brain function.

Malcolm stayed with her son for 14 straight days, meeting daily with a team of physicians and one pharmacist who promised her that he would save her boy. “As soon as they left the room,” Malcolm says, “I started researching pharmacy schools. I wanted the ability to offer that kind of peace to someone someday.”

Throughout her son’s considerable medical issues and endless medical appointments, Malcolm stayed “strong and positive,” Wind wrote. She  entered Anthem College in May 2010, ten years after her last school experience. But the gap didn’t affect her achievements: she received Academic Excellence Awards in every class, served as a student ambassador to for new students, and co-chaired the group. She graduated from Anthem College in September 2011 with a 98.1% GPA.

While studying at Anthem, Malcolm was also enrolled in Washington University in St. Louis, where she will receive a Bachelor of Science in Math and Physics in May 2012 before going on to the University of Southern Illinois’ School of Pharmacy.

And her son? He is now two, doing much better, and has grown stronger all around. “Mia is an amazing mother,” Wind writes, and her son “is a  happy and playful little boy.”

Dawn Roethemeyer: Dedication to students “makes them want to be great.”

“What sets Dawn Roethemeyer apart from other nominees,” Wind wrote in nominating Roethemeyer, “is the personal impact she has on her students. Yes, she teaches them the information they need to know. Yes, she encourages them…[but] most importantly, Dawn has the ability to genuinely affect each of her students’ lives on a deeper level.”

“When interviewing graduates who are now working in the pharmacy technology field, they all discuss specific moments when they were going through a hardship, and Dawn was there to listen and offer advice when needed. Dawn’s students look at her as a role model, both personally and professionally. Her dedication to her students makes them want to be great.”

Here are a few comments from Anthem College graduates who studied under Roethemeyer:

  • “When I needed extra help studying for the PTCB (Pharmacy Certification Technician Board certification exam), Dawn came in on her day off to help me. When we were both stumped on a particular problem, she found other resources to find the solution. Dawn is the first one to celebrate her students’ success. She pours her heart and soul into teaching. She is caring and compassionate. I want to teach because of her amazing characteristics.”
  • “It is rare to find someone who goes above and beyond their duties as a teacher. Dawn’s determination and dedication, as well as love and compassion, contributes to making sure that each student she teaches leaves the school with the knowledge of the Pharmacy Technician field. She is not just a teacher to teach, she is a teacher who cares.”
  • “When I was ready to give up on me, Dawn wasn’t. When I started at Anthem College, I had just received my GED after waiting over 25 years. I never thought I could get through college, but I did, with a 3.7 GPA. I owe it to Dawn and her support and never giving up on me.”

Says Mia Malcolm: “Ms. Dawn was always very supportive of me inside the classroom and in my personal life. Right after my son had surgery I had to miss a week of school. I came to school that Friday and took a test and I was very anxious. She told me just to relax and remember that I was amazing…that I was excelling in school to provide him with an amazing life. She always gave us 200%, even when she felt less than 100%. She held us together through the loss of our classmate and friend. She made us all better versions of ourselves.”

Roethemeyer holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southern Illinois University and has worked as a PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician since 2001. She is a member of the National Pharmacy Technician Association, sits on the Pharmacy Technician Educator’s Council, and is working on Sterile Products Certification through NPTA. Her specialty is community pharmacy.

Roethemeyer began her Anthem College career as a Pharmacy Technician Instructor. After just a year, she was promoted to Lead Instructor, responsible for delivering classroom material, coordinating externships—a period in which students who have completed all coursework are placed in local pharmacies for supervised work experience—and assisting with job placements.

Last summer, Wind gave Roethemeyer the College’s Graduate Commitment Award in recognition of  her efforts to match Pharmacy Technician graduates with jobs in their fields and exceeding the 70% standard set by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. In September 2011, Roethemeyer’s peers voted to give her the Going the Extra Mile Award, based on her work with them and her students.

 

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Interested in Computers? There’s More Than IT Out There!

What do you picture when you think of a person who works with computers?

It’s no secret that the ideas of a “computer geek” or “computer nerd” have worked their way into our stereotypes. Think characters such as Steve Urkel and the guys on the Big Bang Theory.  Or maybe Matthew Broderick in WarGames. I’m told he was the essence of “computer geek” back in the 80s.

But times are slowly changing according to a recent article in The New York Times.

Working with computers no longer means you have to be male, love video games and speak ‘Programming’ as a second language. And in today’s society, working in the technology field can be a great opportunity for people who are looking for a career that is expected to be around for a while.

Keeping that in mind, there are a lot of different options for people who are interested in working with computers.

In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently published its redesigned Occupational Outlook Handbook for 2012-2013. One of the updates they made was adding more profiles for computer-related occupations, including: computer network architect, web developer, network and computer systems administrators, and database administrators.

The BLS also reports that employment for computer and math- related occupations is projected to grow by 22 percent from 2010-2020.

Are you interested in pursuing a career working with computers, but don’t know where to start? Consider getting your career-focused training at Anthem Education!

Our computer-related programs include:

Want to combine your interests in technology and healthcare? Consider training in Medical Billing and Coding or Health Information Management instead!

Visit the Anthem Education website today or call us at 1.866.381.6397 for more information about our programs and services!

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Young Parent Gets New Start with Medical Assistant Training

By Bob Cohen

Alexis Lewis, 20, from Jackson, California, dropped out of high school after her baby was born.

“It wasn’t easy for me to keep up with everything,” she recalls.

Alexis had just turned 17 at the time.

She worked at Mickey D’s before finding a better paying job as a receptionist. One budget cut later, however, Alexis was out of work.

A friend was attending Anthem College – Sacramento so she decided to check it out. Alexis had always enjoyed helping people, so the school’s Medical Assistant program appealed to her.

“I started the program, didn’t like it very much, and decided I would try something in the law field,” she says.

Alexis enrolled at a different program at another school, but began to regret her decision. “I ended up not liking that program and missed going to school to become a medical assistant. I just went back to Anthem after that,” she says.

“I am glad I went [to Anthem]. I loved my teacher. I am still in telephone contact with some of the staff. I am glad I was able to get a lot of encouragement to stick it out and to finish it.”

More encouragement than she received in high school?

“Oh yeah,” Alexis says with a laugh. “Even when I went to the other college with the law program, it wasn’t the same. At Anthem…I think that a lot of the teachers and the head coordinators of the programs and other staff members all get involved and they make sure that they get to know you as a person. I really liked that. I like the fact that they actually took the time, and we weren’t just passing each other in the hallways. “

Had she received the same level of attention in high school, Alexis thinks the result would have been very different. “When you receive your grades in the mail and you see that you are failing all your classes…and you don’t know how to ask for help, and when you do ask for help they are not really taking the time to help you, it makes you feel like you are not ever going to get it. Being in high school was a lot different than going to the college.”

Alexis completed the medical assisting diploma program and her externship turned into a permanent hire. Today she works for a family practice physician in Folsom, California. “I like being there.  It is very fast paced. The day goes by fast,” she says.

Alexis was able to enter Anthem’s Medical Assisting program without a high school diploma by passing an Ability to Benefit (ATB) test. By doing so, she became eligible to enroll and to receive federal student aid.

Like many young people, Alexis needed a second chance at education to find her footing. Unfortunately, others may not be so fortunate. Congress cut funding for ATB students to receive federal student aid, beginning July 2012.

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Health Information Management & New Media are 2 Hot College Majors

In September, the U.S. News and World Report published a list of 9 Hot College Majors. According to writer Christopher Gearon, the majors on the list were developed in the last 5 to 10 years because of  new technology or business practices, or because the field has seen a recent increase in the demand for workers.

Anthem Education  schools and colleges offer career-focused training programs in a variety of fields. Two of the majors on the list correspond with programs offered at some of our schools: Health Information Management and Web & New Media Design.

Number 4: Health Information Management

“The need is huge for professionals who can help acquire, manage, and use information to improve health and manage payments.” 

Students can earn an associate degree in Health Information Management at Anthem College Online and Anthem College-Atlanta. The Atlanta campus also offers a Health Information Management Diploma. These programs prepare students to compete for entry-level positions in doctor’s offices, clinics, hospitals, surgical centers, and related businesses.

At the Atlanta campus, students take clinical and administrative courses. Classes cover topics such as human body support and systems, medical terminology, billing and coding, and information technologies. Students must also participate in two externships before graduating.

The Health Information Management program at Anthem College Online provides flexible learning for busy students. One of the highlights of the program is a capstone course that uses a simulated medical office where students can practice their skills.

Number 8: New Media

“Colleges are offering a slew of variations under the New Media umbrella, combining traditional journalism or communications studies with digital media and design.”

Anthem Institute-Cherry Hill and Anthem Institute-Springfield recently rolled out a new Web & New Media Design program. The program is designed to give students the skills and knowledge they need to create attractive and effective websites.

In this program, students will get hands-on using industry-standard technologies to design and create websites and webpages. They will learn web scripting and database design for the web. They will also learn key skills for project planning, producing, and managing websites.

If you are interested in learning more about these programs, please visit the Anthem Education website or call us directly at 1.866.381.6397

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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.”