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New Jobs Site Can Help You Find a Health Career

HELIX is a health careers jobs websiteAre you enrolled in one of our many health career programs? Are you a recent graduate of a program? If so, we’ve just launched a great new website that can help you find a job.

The website is named HELIX, and it’s growing every day. More and more health providers are listing jobs on the website. More graduates are using it to find jobs. Eventually, HELIX may be the best health career jobs site in Dallas County.

Haven’t heard of HELIX? If you want a career in a health field, you need to know about it.

How HELIX Works

HELIX connects employers to graduates (and soon-to-be grads) of our colleges’ health care programs. Employers post job openings on HELIX. Students of the colleges of DCCCD post resumes, reference letters and other documents. You can search for jobs by city or by job title, among other filters. High-demand jobs and overlooked jobs are highlighted in a “Featured Jobs” section. Both big institutions and small businesses post jobs.

HELIX goes further than general jobs websites. Shannon Ydoyaga is executive director of DCCCD’s Health Careers Resource Center, which runs HELIX. She notes that HELIX allows for more detail than general jobs sites.

“HELIX is unique in that it lets students load in the details of licensure and organizations they work with,” Ydoyaga said. “It gets very specific.”

Not Just Nursing Jobs

“Lots of times students have only heard about nursing,” notes Ydoyaga. “They don’t realize there are more than 200 career options.”

Besides nursing, popular jobs include radiology, medical assisting, pharmacy technician and medical laboratory technician.

“Even on the administrative side, there are lots of opportunities in jobs such as medical coding and billing,” Ydoyaga says. Such programs include Medical Front Office and Medical Staff Services.

What the HCRC Does

The Health Careers Resource Center is the hub at DCCCD for helping students with health-related careers.

“We talk with graduates about the next step,” Ydoyaga says. “For example, after completing an RN [registered nurse] program, what’s the next step?” It could be a job. Or it could be transfer to a university. The center provides intensive career and program information related to health care fields.

“What we know is if a student is a good fit for a program, they tend to be more successful,” says Ydoyaga.

Check out HELIX today! And be sure to contact the Health Careers Resource Center to see what it can do for you.

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We Have Degrees and Certificates for the Best Jobs of 2013

photo of college studentsThe 30 best jobs of 2013, according to U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top 100 jobs, cover a range of industries, with half in health care and almost a third in computer information technology. The colleges of DCCCD offer the degrees and certificates you would need for 22 of the 30 best jobs. (See our post about the 25 best jobs of 2012 to compare the 2013 list to the 2012 list.)

The 30 Best Jobs (and our college programs that go with them):

  1. Dentist (Dental Assisting)
  2. Registered nurse (Nursing)
  3. Pharmacist (Pharmacy Technician)
  4. Computer systems analyst (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Digital Forensics)
  5. Physician
  6. Database administrator (Computer Information Technology – Programming)
  7. Software developer (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Internet Development Technologies)
  8. Physical therapist
  9. Web developer (Computer Information Technology – Web/Internet Services, Internet Development Technologies)
  10. Dental hygienist (Dental Assisting)
  11. Occupational therapist
  12. Veterinarian (Veterinary Technology)
  13. Computer programmer (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Internet Development Technologies)
  14. School psychologist
  15. Physical therapist assistant (Physical Therapy Aide)
  16. Interpreter and translator
  17. Mechanical engineer (Engineering Emphasis Degrees)
  18. Veterinary technologist and technician (Veterinary Technology)
  19. Epidemiologist
  20. IT manager (Computer Information Technology – Networking/Security or PC Support)
  21. Market research analyst (Marketing Careers)
  22. Diagnostic medical sonographer (Diagnostic Medical Sonography)
  23. Computer systems administrator (Computer Information Technology – Networking/Security)
  24. Respiratory therapist (Respiratory Care)
  25. Medical secretary (Medical Front Office, Medical Staff Services)
  26. Civil engineer (Engineering Emphasis Degrees)
  27. Substance abuse counselor (Substance Abuse Counseling)
  28. Speech-language pathologist
  29. Landscaper and groundskeeper
  30. Radiologic technologist (Radiologic Sciences)

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We Have Degrees for the 25 Best Jobs of 2012

The 25 best jobs of 2012, according to U.S. News & World Report cover a range of industries, with half in health care or technology. DCCCD offers the degrees and certificates you would need for 19 of the 25 best jobs.

The 25 Best Jobs (and the DCCCD programs that go with them):

  1. Registered nurse (Nursing)
  2. Software developer (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Internet Development Technologies)
  3. Pharmacist (Pharmacy Technician)
  4. Medical assistant (Medical Assisting)
  5. Database administrator (Computer Information Technology – Programming)
  6. Web developer (Computer Information Technology – Web/Internet Services, Internet Development Technologies)
  7. Computer systems analyst (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Digital Forensics)
  8. Physical therapist
  9. Computer programmer (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Internet Development Technologies)
  10. Occupational therapist
  11. Maintenance and repair worker (Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology, Construction Management, Construction Technology, Electrical Technology, Welding)
  12. Elementary school teacher (Child Development, Education-Related Degrees)
  13. Clinical laboratory technician (Medical Laboratory Technician)
  14. Speech-language pathologist
  15. Paramedic (EMS/Paramedic)
  16. Meeting, convention and event planner (Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management)
  17. School counselor
  18. Social worker (Social Work, Substance Abuse Counseling)
  19. Sports coach
  20. Sales representative (Business Administration, Marketing Careers)
  21. Accountant (Accounting)
  22. Receptionist (Business Office Systems and Support, Medical Front Office)
  23. Financial advisor (Accounting)
  24. Customer service representative (Business Office Systems and Support, Medical Front Office)
  25. HR specialist

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Student Success Story: Sheila Isom-Grace

Sheila Isom-Grace says she considered herself a “loser.” But after enrolling in the Substance Abuse Counseling program at Eastfield College, she found a career and a purpose in life. Today she is director and 12-Step sponsor of Sigma Twelve Women’s Recovery Center in Brownwood, Texas.

“How did I get to Eastfield’s Substance Abuse program? To be honest, I was in recovery myself. With a year and a half sober at the age of 46, I considered myself a loser who had wasted her life and was looking for a way to make a living that took the least amount of time,” Isom-Grace says.

Her dream was to get her master’s degree, become a licensed professional counselor and open a faith-based treatment center. At her very first class, Substance Abuse Counseling professor Gloria Jackson helped change Isom-Grace’s outlook and set her on the path to success.

“She told me, ‘What you’ve been doing is learning from experience, and there is no greater teacher. What you have learned through life is something I can’t teach in the classroom — it can only be learned by living it. Consequently, the only way that you can really lose in this situation is by not allowing what you’ve been through to be used to touch someone else’s life.’

“She challenged me to go do what was in my heart and to never look back, and that is exactly what I have done.”

Isom-Grace, who earned dual associate degrees in Social Work and Substance Abuse Counseling at Eastfield College, says Eastfield’s program supplied her with the foundation for success.

“Surprisingly (for me), I got the vast majority of my education at Eastfield. Most of what I completed at the university level, even through my master’s degree, was basically broadening and solidifying what I learned at Eastfield.”

Could you be the next student success story?

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Counseling Programs Can Make a Difference

Do you want to make a positive difference in people’s lives? The related programs of Substance Abuse Counseling and Social Work, both offered by DCCCD’s Eastfield College, can lead to a solid, satisfying career helping people overcome their problems.

Our programs offer a variety of degree and certificate options that will prepare you for a career as a substance abuse counselor working with social services agencies or faith-based communities or as a social worker dealing with families, the elderly or others in need.

You’ll receive a solid academic grounding that can carry your college transfer plans through a bachelor’s degree and beyond. You’ll learn not only the theory and psychology of your future career but also the intangible relational skills that will set you apart from your peers in the workplace.

Eastfield’s Substance Abuse Counseling and Social Work programs have an excellent reputation locally and nationally. Graduates often say the education they received rivals that of bachelor’s and master’s programs to which they transferred.

You have many options for degrees or certificates:

  • Substance Abuse Counseling Associate in Applied Sciences Degree
  • Mental Health/Substance Abuse Prevention Certificate
  • Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate
  • Social Work Associate – Generalist Associate in Applied Sciences Degree
  • Gerontology Certificate
  • Human Services Certificate

Some general skills make substance abuse counselors and social workers most effective:

  • Active listening skills
  • Effective oral communication skills, with the ability to communicate well with a variety of people
  • Desire to help other people, especially in a crisis
  • Inductive reasoning and the ability to combine pieces of information into related conclusions
  • Sensitivity to recognizing problems or situations when something is likely to go wrong
  • Time management

Our faculty members not only have relevant degrees but also have real-world experience in their field, which makes them able to relate to the challenges you face at work.

To get started in the Substance Abuse Counseling or Social Work programs, complete the admissions process at Eastfield College. When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Substance Abuse Counseling or Social Work programs so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take.

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