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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 for the 25 Best Jobs of 2014

photo of a group of college studentsThe 25 best jobs of 2014, according to U.S. News & World Report, are focused primarily in three industries: computer technology, health care and engineering. Our colleges offer degrees or certificates for 19 of the 25 best jobs. (See our posts about the 2013 and 2012 lists to compare past years.)

The 25 Best Jobs (and our college programs that go with them):

  1. Software developer (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Internet Development Technologies)
  2. Computer systems analyst (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Digital Forensics)
  3. Dentist (Dental Assisting)
  4. Nurse practitioner (Nursing, Nursing Assistant and Patient Care Technician)
  5. Pharmacist (Pharmacy Technician)
  6. Registered nurse (Nursing)
  7. Physical therapist
  8. Physician (take the Core Curriculum at our colleges before you go to medical school)
  9. Web developer (Computer Information Technology – Web/Internet Services, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Engineering, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Science, Internet Development Technologies)
  10. Dental hygienist (Dental Assisting)
  11. Information security analyst (Computer Information Technology – Networking/Security, Digital Forensics)
  12. Database administrator (Computer Information Technology – Networking/Security, Computer Information Technology – Programming, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Engineering, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Science)
  13. Physician assistant
  14. Occupational therapist
  15. Market research analyst (Marketing Careers)
  16. Phlebotomist (Medical Laboratory Technician, Nursing, Phlebotomy)
  17. Physical therapy assistant (Physical Therapy Aide)
  18. Civil engineer (Engineering Technology – Computer-Aided Design, Computer Aided Design and Drafting)
  19. Mechanical engineer (Engineering Emphasis Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Technology, Nanotechnology, Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology)
  20. Veterinarian (Veterinary Technology)
  21. Occupational therapy assistant
  22. Clinical laboratory technician (Biotechnology, Medical Laboratory Technician)
  23. Operations research analyst (Engineering Emphasis Degree in Industrial Engineering, Logistics Technology)
  24. IT manager (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Engineering, Engineering Emphasis Degree in Computer Science)
  25. Dietician and nutritionist


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Investigate a Career in Medical Laboratory Technology

photo of lab beakerAre you looking for a secure career in a fast-growing health occupation?

Consider medical laboratory technology. It involves looking at cells through a microscope, cross-matching blood, performing chemical and molecular analysis and looking at pathological disease states. It’s an occupation for highly organized people who can perform the investigative-style research that helps unravel the mysteries of the human body.

The El Centro College Medical Laboratory Technology program can prepare you for this career field. Our program is recognized locally and nationally. It has an outstanding faculty. And the program offers experience that includes class and lab instruction, field trips, clinical rotations and special-topic speakers.

Getting Your Degree

El Centro College is the only college of DCCCD that offers the Medical Laboratory Technology program. Graduates earn the Medical Laboratory Technology Associate in Applied Sciences degree. The associate degree program blends science, liberal arts and technical courses in classroom and clinical settings.

Before you can apply for admission to the program, you must complete the Medical Laboratory Technology Core Curriculum. That curriculum includes general education and related health classes and can be completed in two semesters. You can then apply for admission to the Medical Laboratory Technology program. The program accepts students via a competitive selection process.

How to Get Started

To get started in the Medical Laboratory Technology program, meet with an academic advisor so that he or she can help you determine which courses you should take. Before you can apply to the program, you must also attend an online information session. This session tells you details about program admission, application and acceptance policies.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Medical Lab Technology program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.

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Student Success Story: Loni McElhinney

photo of Loni McElhinneyLoni McElhinney had always enjoyed the laboratory components of her science classes, and she wanted a career in the medical field. That led directly to the Medical Laboratory Technology program at El Centro College.

“Once I was accepted into the program, I found the instructors to be personable and knowledgeable, and they made me feel well prepared for my clinical rotations,” she said. “Lisa Lock and Denise Griffin always make sure that everyone understands the material and really want their students to succeed.”

McElhinney did succeed. She was able to get a job as a medical laboratory technician at a hospital immediately after graduation.

Could you be the next student success story?

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Medical Laboratory Technology Resources

photo of three medical laboratory technicians workingEl Centro College’s Medical Laboratory Technology program is our program of the month for July.

If you’re looking for more information about Medical Laboratory Technology, here are some great resources for you:

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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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Get the Scoop About Hot Occupations

Learn about hot career fieldsEven with the economy in a downturn, certain career fields not only have job openings but are experiencing very strong growth. In fact, according to ABC News, the difficult economic situation itself has in some cases directly created a need for skilled workers in certain occupations — such as bankruptcy specialists.

With more than 100 occupational programs and academic subjects, plus a wide range of continuing education classes, DCCCD is a great place to get training for a new job, enhance your current skills for a promotion and begin the educational journey toward a successful career.

By doing a little reading and research, you can identify occupations that are and will be in demand, find one that’s right for you and prepare for it with a DCCCD education. According to government statistics and industry experts, some of the strongest career fields right now include:

  • Accountants, financial advisors and other business experts – These days, everyone wants to know how to get the most out of their money, and businesses need employees who can manage limited financial resources skillfully.
  • Auto mechanics and repair technicians – When the economy’s down, more people choose to get their cars repaired than to buy new ones — which means they need skilled, knowledgeable mechanics and technicians.
  • Construction workers – While demand for new houses will probably slow down, President Obama’s economic relief efforts may result in new jobs in the construction arena.
  • Creative types – Multimedia artists, graphic designers and other creative occupations will be in high demand, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Education professionals – Demand remains high in the education field for a wide range of jobs, especially preschool teachers.
  • Health care workers – Nurses, X-ray technologists, paramedics, nurse’s aides and other health care professionals are always in need.
  • Information technology professionals – Love computers? Then you’re in luck. Software engineers, database administrators and other IT professionals will be in high demand over the next decade.
  • Law enforcement specialists – An unfortunate side effect of the economic climate is that crime rates are rising, which means there’s a need for trained law enforcement workers.
  • Office workers – Expect strong demand for skilled secretaries and administrative assistants in the next few years.

Do a Little Research

Want to know more about the labor market and which occupational fields are growing? Check out these links to get started:

  • Job Opportunities in 2009 (video) – ABC News’ Tory Johnson forecasts the job market for the new year.
  • Top Jobs in 10 Industries – CNN.com and Career Builder identify some fields worth investigating and the top jobs in each.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook – This publication of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information about hundreds of different jobs, including the training and education needed for each, what you can expect to earn and potential job prospects.
  • Tomorrow’s Jobs – This section of the Occupational Outlook Handbook provides an overview of the labor market that can help guide your career plans.
  • Resources for Jobseekers – View information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on occupations, benefits and other work-related topics, or find a job using the highlighted job banks.
  • Lifetime Earnings Soar With Education – About.com: US Government Info looks at the difference education can make in your earning potential.

And don’t forget that as a DCCCD student, you can take advantage of the many services offered by our Career Centers, including individual career counseling, computerized career guidance programs, resume assistance and much more.

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