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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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Could You Use a Career Boost? Apply to Become a STEM Scholar!

STEM Institute logoAre you planning a career in science, technology, engineering or math? Give yourself a career edge by applying to become a STEM Scholar!

The standards of the DCCCD STEM Institute are high, and the process is competitive, but the opportunities are exceptional.

As a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Scholar, you will:

  • Earn an award ranging from $600 to $1,320 per semester
  • Participate in exclusive events designed to support your education and career
  • Engage with state and local universities
  • Interact and network with top STEM professionals
  • Receive mentoring from dedicated STEM Faculty Fellows

The deadline to submit your application is May 31, 2013.

Download an information packet today. To learn details about eligibility requirements or to find out who to contact for more information, visit the DCCCD Foundation website.

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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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Deadline Extended to April 1 for $1,000 Science, Math Stipends

Do you plan to study science, technology, engineering or math? Then be sure to apply for a $1,000 student support award offered by the DCCCD Development Office.

The application deadline, originally March 1, has been extended to April 1.

One hundred STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Initiative Student Support Awards will be made. And if you’re chosen, you’ll get other benefits, too.

As an award recipient, you’ll receive:

  • a $1,000 student support stipend awarded in two installments of $500 (for Fall 2011 and Spring 2012)
  • mentoring
  • information about transfer opportunities
  • opportunities to explore careers and network with other STEM students, faculty and industry professionals, and participate in a summit where you’ll learn about issues and opportunities in STEM areas

Eligibility requirements include:

  • career interests in the STEM professions and/or teaching in STEM disciplines
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • enroll in a minimum of six credit hours each semester

Get complete details, including a list of eligible and ineligible programs, an application and more on the DCCCD Foundation website.

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Student Success Story: Dave Williams

Austin firefighter/paramedic Dave Williams has never doubted his switch from restaurants to saving lives: “Becoming a paramedic forever changed the way I looked at the world and my fellow man and has added great meaning to my life,” he says.

Dave had spent more than a decade in the restaurant business, but he wanted a career that could benefit people and one he and his family could be proud of. He heard about the Paramedic certificate program offered by El Centro College in cooperation with UT Southwestern Medical Center.

“I took every opportunity to chat with folks already in the field, and it quickly became apparent that the El Centro/UT Southwestern program was among the best in the country. I was blown away by the clinical contact I would receive during my education, not to mention the diverse strengths and backgrounds of the faculty. Unlike some of the smaller schools I had looked at, I would have access to Parkland Hospital, Children’s Medical Center and a fast-paced, high-volume rotation with Dallas Fire-Rescue.”

As an Austin firefighter, he works as part of a tiered EMS system to provide emergency care to the ill and injured, working on a team to stabilize and prepare patients for transport by Austin-Travis County EMS. He also has volunteered as a paramedic in clinics in Mexico, Central America and South America.

“Attaining my certificate through the program at El Centro/UT Southwestern advanced my early career through instilling competence and an appreciation for the profession in a way few of the other institutions could.”

Could you be the next success story?

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Help Others: Try Careers in EMS and Paramedic Fields

If you enjoy helping people, consider a career as an emergency medical technician or paramedic. Not only do you make a difference when it counts most, but you also are involved in a rewarding and challenging medical field that will always have job openings.

DCCCD’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Paramedic programs include an associate degree in paramedicine and certificates for emergency medical technician (EMT) or paramedic training.

Both EMTs and paramedics are on the front lines when people’s lives are on the line. The biggest difference? Basic EMTs usually receive from 150 to more than 200 hours of training, while paramedics receive at least 1,000 hours, which allows them to give the most comprehensive pre-hospital care.

Another consideration: EMT certification can give prospective firefighters a leg up in the job search.

Learn more about this exciting career possibility and get started in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Paramedic programs today.

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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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