Medical Assistant Program at Star Career Academy

Have you been interested or contemplated starting a career in the healthcare industry? Maybe you should consider medical assisting as a career choice. Star Career Academy’s Medical Assistant program is designed to have you ready for an entry-level position in as little as nine months. This program trains students in the clinical and administrative procedures that will qualify them for a position to work in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices and other healthcare settings.

The healthcare industry has one of the best job outlooks from now through 2022. Since the ‘baby boomer’ generation is getting older, more and more people will need medical help. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for those employed as medical assistants from 2012-2022 is expected to increase by 29%, which is much faster than the average job outlook.

Medical assisting is a career path with a lot of potential, but it is not for everyone. It requires a lot of flexibility, a love for learning, and the desire to help others. Typically, the tasks of a medical assistant are the following:

  • Take and record patient history and personal information
  • Measure vital signs
  • Help the physician with patient examinations
  • Give patients injections as directed by the physician
  • Prepare blood for laboratory tests
  • Schedule patient appointments

Star Career Academy offers day and evening classes for the Medical Assistant program, in order to fit your schedule at the Manhattan (NY), Brick (NJ), Egg Harbor (NJ), Newark (NJ), Clifton (NJ), Philadelphia (PA), or Audubon (PA) campus locations. If this career choice sounds appealing to you, visit the Star Career Academy website for more information.

Star Career Academy Hosts Spring 2014 Open House

Are you ready to take charge of your life and career? Join us as Star Career Academy hosts its Spring Open House at all eight campus locations across New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. You will receive information about the wide variety of exciting career programs we have to offer, including culinary, hospitality, medical technology and healthcare – which are all designed to prepare students for immediate employment in entry-level positions upon graduation.

 

During the Open House, we’ll take you on a tour of our campus and facilities, as well as present live demonstrations from our industry-expert faculty. The combination of their experience and Star’s teaching labs (modelled as a professional workplace setting), convey a real world approach to the classroom. Training at Star Career Academy is performance-based, where simulated work environments are utilized to prepare our graduates with the practical skills that are needed to meet the industry demands in the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania workforce.

 

We know that everyone has a busy life, which is why Star Career Academy offers convenient class schedules to fit your needs, offering day and evening classes to best fit your daily timetable. The Open House will also give you the opportunity to learn more about tuition planning and our financial assistance programs by introducing you to a Financial Aid Representative.

 

Discover career possibilities in the medical, cosmetology, culinary and hotel/restaurant management fields, and take advantage of this opportunity to become one of the growing communities of Star Career Academy graduates who have turned their passions into careers. So mark your calendars and start making your dreams come true. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Star Career Academy’s Open House is taking place at each of its campuses on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The Open Houses begin at 9:00 AM and continue until 1:00 PM.

Star Career Academy – “Princess Parties” Birthday Party

At least once in her life, a girl will dream of being a princess. Now, unless you are the daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton, or any other royal couple, the chances of that happening are slim to none. If you are a parent, seeing your little princess go through the pain and suffering of not being an actual princess may be very disheartening (but is probably not).

If you are the parent of one of these little girls, there is something you can do to make their dream come true, even if only for one day.

The Star Career Academy campus at Audubon, Pennsylvania would like to cordially invite you to a royal affair in the honor of your daughter (excuse us…your little princess) – on her birthday! On her special day, your little princess can have a party for up to 20 of her closest friends from her royal court.

Star Career Academy “Princess Parties” offer two different options.

  • Option one ($10 per child) includes hair styling and manicures for each guest.
  • Option two ($15 per child) includes the entire royal treatment: a hairstyle that is fit for a princess, with a new manicure and glamorous makeup!

Each party is limited to two hours (not including the one hour of set up time for the host before the party starts). You may show up early to set up any food, decorations or music (which is not included in the party options.)  If you are interested in booking a “Princess Party” for the little princess in your life, call the Star Career Academy at 610-676-0839. Please know that Saturdays and weekdays are available for booking.

The “Princess Parties” are run through the Cosmetology Program at Star Career Academy’s Audubon Campus. Their Cosmetology Program will teach you everything you’ll need to know about the cosmetology industry, allowing students to have a better chance of landing a successful job after graduating.

If you are interested in the cosmetology field, or any of the other career programs offered at Star Career Academy, make sure to check out our website or feel free to Contact Us for more information about establishing your career.

Preparations for Star’s Second Annual All Star Bake-Off Are Underway!

It’s that time again! The Second Annual Star Career Academy All Star Bake Off is right around the corner. This year’s competition will be held on Friday, April 11th, from 8am-noon at the Long Island Campus in Syosset, NY, home to last year’s winners.

 

We are looking for teams of two from the Professional Baking Programs in the Syosset, Philadelphia and Newark Campuses. (Check with your instructor for your campus’ team selection criteria.) Manhattan students from the student body of the Culinary Programs are also able to enter the competition.

 

So…here’s how this year’s competition will work. Teams will have two and a half hours to produce four-dozen of their very best cupcakes. Each cupcake should have three components: cake, filling and icing, and all cupcakes must be identical. Cupcakes will be judged based on the following criteria: 70 points for taste; 30 points for cake; 20 points for filling, icing, and decoration; and 10 points for difficulty, consistency and originality. There will be five-point deductions for each minute late. One-point deductions for each cupcake a team is short (from the 48 cupcake requirement) will also apply!

 

Each team wishing to participate should submit their original recipe to Chef Victor (in confidence) so that recipes and ingredients can be approved and ordered. Have fun with your recipes, and remember: over-the-top ingredients such as gold leaf will not be permitted!

 

On the day of the competition, baking will start promptly at 8:30am after the welcoming and instructions. All cupcakes should be ready for judging at exactly 11am. All participants will receive goodie bags and the winners will win a trophy for their campus – and of course, bragging rights!

 

The judging panel hasn’t been decided yet, so make sure to butter up all of your instructors as much as possible just in case (pardon the pun)!  This is a great way to meet culinary students from other campuses as well as network with other chef instructors. It is also a great resume builder!

 

For more information on the competition, speak to your instructors or visit the Star Career Academy Event and Activity Calendar.

Star Career Academy – Surgical Technology

Wednesday marked the start of an uphill battle for legislation passed in California to establish a minimum in education and certification standards for surgical technologists. While many hospitals and surgery centers only hire applicants who have been certified by an accredited surgical technologist program, there are (technically) no enforced minimum requirements in the state of California.

 

At a time when everything from the quality and availability of healthcare to job security are at an all-time high, it is of utmost importance to make sure that those who enter the medical field have an educational background that will prepare them to be the best possible applicants.

 

That being said, if you are considering a career as a surgical technologist (or a career in the medical field in general), look into the Surgical Technology program at Star Career Academy. This program is designed to prepare you with the necessary knowledge and skills to gain employment as a surgical technician in settings that include hospitals, surgery units, medical facilities and doctor’s offices. The Surgical Technology program covers all aspects of surgery, including law and ethics, the surgical environment, pharmacology, wound closure, anesthesia, instrument exchange and count, surgical instruments, surgical emergencies, patient care, medical terminology and surgical procedures for the medical specialties.

 

Upon completing the program, each student will be prepared to land an entry level position as a surgical technologist. Many students also use this position as a starting point in the medical field while they continue their education to further their career opportunities.

 

Due to the growing US population, as well as the increasing number of people reaching advanced age, surgical technologists are always in demand. Unlike some job fields, working in the healthcare industry allows you to live and practice nearly anywhere in the country. If you are looking for a rewarding career in a growing industry that offers a stable job environment and exciting work opportunities, consider the Surgical Technology program at Star Career Academy. Make sure you receive the best training for the job you want, so you don’t lose out on any potential job opportunities.

Star Student Julius Chibueze Ogbu

Everyone’s definition of success is different. Whether you wish to succeed on an exam, in a sport or in any other facet of life, succeeding would mean that you accomplished a goal. Because everyone’s idea of success is different, the dedication that is required to accomplish one’s goals is also different.

When Julius Chibueze Ogbu came to the U.S. from Nigeria in 2011, he was essentially starting with nothing. With no job, and limited experience in the work field, Ogbu found himself in the Medical Assistant Program at Star Career Academy in Audubon, Pennsylvania. Just 17 months after arriving in America, Ogbu had graduated from the program, certified in CPR/AED and Phlebotomy, and was on his way, working towards his certification as a Certified Medical Assistant from the National Center for Competency Testing.

Now, Ogbu is working at the Grand View Hospital in Sellersville, Pennsylvania as a unit assistant. He worked with the career services professionals at Star Career Academy to help build his resume and interviewing skills to help improve his chances at finding the job he wanted.

Ogbu’s story is truly a successful one, but he has a lot to thank for his successes. He talks about how his first instructor, who taught him how to check blood pressure, temperature respiration and pulse, also helped “set his course.”  It didn’t stop there. Ogbu continues to affirm that every instructor he has had the pleasure of learning from has positively affected his educational experience in a different way; each one having helped him to get where he is today.

Working tirelessly while at Star Career Academy to never miss a class or even show up late, Ogbu made sure to learn as much as possible, whether he was in a regular class or a clinical lesson. “This is what I love to do, and I am 100 percent dedicated to it,” he says. “My definition of success is hard work and I believe without hard work there will be no success.”

In a word of advice, Ogbu says he would tell students, “to never give up…it might seem tough or rough in the beginning, but with total commitment, the sky will be their starting point.”

Ogbu’s success at Star Career Academy, and in his endeavors after graduating, is truly an inspiring story that shows just what you can achieve with a little determination, hard work and persistence. Ogbu’s success story isn’t the first to come out of Star Career Academy. Check out our Student Testimonials page for more successful and inspiring stories, just like Ogbu’s.

#StarGoesRed for the American Heart Association

On Tuesday, February 4, 2014, Star Career Academy went red in support of the “Go Red for Women” campaign, which aims to help spread awareness about heart disease among women. Campuses in all three states kicked off their fundraising programs, which will continue on through the end of February.

Star Career Academy New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have teamed up to show their support by selling pins for $1 as a fundraiser for American Heart Association.

Throughout February, our campuses will be participating in their own individual events:

  • Star Career Academy Brick, New Jersey, is hosting a bake sale on February 13. Along with a $1 donation, students will also be able to donate a dollar to “dedicate a heart” to a friend or family member which will be displayed throughout the campus
  • Star Career Academy Egg Harbor, New Jersey, participated in The Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Red Dress Reception on February 12th.
  • Cosmetology students at Star Career Academy Audubon, Pennsylvania, are participating in “Free Haircut Tuesdays” throughout February, giving free haircuts to those who make a donation to “Go Red for Women.”
  • Star Career Academy Syosset, New York, is taking part in the fight against Heart Disease by selling red velvet cupcakes and pins, and donating the proceeds to the charity.

Whether you are a member of the Star Career Academy community or have somehow been affected by heart disease, make sure to show your support for the American Heart Association by helping #StarGoesRed! Together, we can help raise awareness about this disease that claims more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined!

Star Career Academy Predicts Hospitality Trends of 2014

2014 is a big year for the Hospitality Industry in both projected trends and professional demand! In fact, the year-over-year rate of job growth was up 40% when comparing November 2013 to November 2012. According to CNN, the demand for good general managers has gone up because there are not enough people being trained in positions that lead to the job. This is great news for those who are enrolled in the Five-Star Hotel and Restaurant Management course at Star Career Academy.

  • Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are a part of a generation that will become a core customer of the hospitality industry over the next five to ten years. The Millennials will enter into their peak earing, spending and travel years. “Gen Y”, will be willing to pay more for a greater experience.
  • Speed and Precision: The hospitality industry will be expected to keep up with: fast booking, fast check-in, fast Wi-Fi and response to customer needs within hotels.
  • WOW Customer Service: People will expect more than basic service that can be found at the Post office. WOW service is the only way to ensure repeat business.
  • Social Media and Mobile: Will play a key role in new strategies for hotel marketing.
  • Content Marketing: Blogs, social media, newsletters, webinars, Ebooks, photos, or shared media will take place of traditional advertising.
  • Review Site Tactics: Monitor websites like Trip Advisor and business other business listings that travelers will have access too.

It seems that the “Digital Age” has invaded the Hospitality Industry and Star Career Academy has the training to prepare you for a successful career in a wide variety of positions including: guest services agent, housekeeping coordinator, sales/marketing assistant, human resources assistant, accounting assistant, food and beverage assistant manager, event planner, assistant restaurant manager, kitchen manager and food pantry agent.

#StarGoesRed

Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death among women in the United States? Each year, heart disease claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined! That is a serious statistic. Heart disease occurs when there is a buildup of plaque on the walls of the arteries, making it harder for the heart to pump blood through. If the blockage is bad enough, it can lead to a stop in blood flow, causing either a heart attack or a stroke.

But don’t fret – there are many things you can do to help avoid getting heart disease. Knowing your blood pressure and keeping it under control is a great start. Exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables are also good preventative measures.

Along with living a healthy lifestyle, raising awareness about the causes of heart disease is just as important. In celebration of the fight against heart disease, Star Career Academy is going RED! On Tuesday, February 4th, students, instructors and staff at all Star Career Academy campuses will be wearing red to show their support for those who are or have suffered from the complications of heart disease. Make sure to tag your photos on Twitter and Instagram with #StarGoesRed!

Star Career Academy Hosts “Franken-Foodie Fest” for Spike TV

This past weekend, Star Career Academy hosted auditions for “Frankenfood,” a new television show on Spike TV. Superstar executive chef, Josh Capon, plans on eating his way across the country in search of the next incredible food creation, and he will begin his journey in the culinary mecca of the country, New York City.

So what exactly is “Frankenfood”? According to the producers, it is a revolutionary creation that mixes outrageous and unexpected ingredients in delicious and unique flavors. Some examples include: upside-down Mac & Cheese Pizza, Chocolate chip pancake wrapped sausage on a stick, or any creation you can imagine! You can also find some examples on Pinterest.

The “Franken-Foodie Fest” took place at Star Career Academy’s New York Campus on Saturday, January 17, 2014 and lasted from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. But this event wasn’t all fun and games, since participating chefs were asked to bring their creation to the venue 90% complete. They all put the finishing touches together in the Star Career Academy kitchen. Upon completing their creations, contestants had the chance to “wow” the producers with their never-before-seen “Frankenfood”!

There was a lot at stake – if producers were impressed and asked a particular chef to be a contestant on Spike TV’s new cooking competition show “Frankenfood”, they would compete for a $10,000 cash prize AND their dish would be added to a local restaurant menu.

2013 was the year of the Cronut, but America is hungry for another original concoction. The contestants surely brought their “A” game this past weekend with unique food combinations that impressed the judges and superstar Chef Josh Capon. The chef instructors and culinary students at Star Career Academy are excited to tune in to the show, which will make its debut later this year. Stay tuned!