Star Career Academy Alumni Has a Lot of “Flour Power”

Iris Rezoagli, an alumni member of the Professional Pastry and Baking Program at Star Career Academy’s Long Island Campus, has been nominated for a Martha Stewart “American Made” Award. Iris was nominated for her amazing and creative “shoe-themed” cake style. She is eligible to win a cash prize, a spot in the “American Made” market, and the opportunity to be featured in “Martha Stewart Living.”Iris Rezoagli

The Martha Stewart “American Made” Awards were set up to spotlight “the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.” Rezoagli has been nominated in the “Food: Sweets & Baked Good” category. The judges of the “American Made” Awards will be judging on the criteria of: creativity, workmanship, appearance, and embodiment of “American Made” Theme.

Iris Rezoagli’s specialty is baking “Shoe Cakes.” (Check out some of her work or even order a cake of your own, by visiting her Esty shop here.) “Cake decorating is my passion. I love everything about it. I also enjoy teaching others on what I love to do,” she adds. Before she attended Star Career Academy, Iris had released a DVD – “Beautiful Sugar Shoes,” and she has competed in many different baking competitions. Her work has been featured in magazines such as “American Cake Decorating,” “Ices” and “Cake Central.”

Iris has had this passion for cake decorating for a long time, but she knew that getting a formal education was very important in order to take her career and business to the next step. She recently graduated from the Professional Baking Program at Star Career Academy. She adds: “The professionalism, atmosphere in both the classroom and the kitchen really has me ready for the next step in my career.” Rezoagli is currently taking a break to finish arranging her daughter’s wedding, but she plans on opening her own cake decorating business in the near future.

Iris Rezoagli CakeThe winners of the “American Made” Awards will be announced October 17th and then featured on November 7-8 at the annual “American Made” Event in New York City. To find out more about the programs at Star Career Academy, including Baking and the Culinary Arts, visit us at http://starcareeracademy.com/.

Open Casting Call for “Hell’s Kitchen” at Star Career Academy!

If you’ve been living under a rock, “Hell’s Kitchen” is a reality television cooking competition show on the Fox network, hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. If you think you have what it takes to win this cooking competition, head to the Newark Campus at Star Career Academy, this Sunday, August 3rd, for an open casting call for “Hell’s Kitchen.”hk1

There have been many Star Career Academy Alumni who have appeared on cooking competition shows on television – from “Rewrapped” to “Chopped!” The most recent Star Career Academy alumnus to participate on “Hell’s Kitchen” was Chef Barret Beyer, who appeared in Season 11. If you are a student or a graduate from Star Career Academy you already have an advantage, because training from Star’s Culinary Arts program has already shown that these students have what it takes to compete on nationally televised shows! Participating in these types of shows can open a world of opportunities. The winning chef of “Hell’s Kitchen” receives numerous prizes, including an opportunity to work as the Executive Chef at one of Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants.

The open call is looking for any chef or cook who thinks they have what it takes to win “Hell’s Kitchen.” Make sure to bring a recent photo of yourself (it does not have to be professional), resume, expert skills, interesting tidbits, and why you plan on winning the next season of “Hell’s Kitchen.” You will not be cooking (so don’t bring utensils), but you will have the chance to meet the senior casting producers in person.

If you are interested in enrolling in Star Career Academy’s Culinary or Baking programs, schedule a personal tour or want to learn more call 1-800-659-STAR or contact us.hk2

“HELL’S KITCHEN”: CALLING ALL CHEFS /COOKS
OPEN CALL: THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014
12:00pm-3:30pm
Location: Star Career Academy’s Newark NJ campus
550 Broad Street; 18th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102

Create Your Own Menu At Star Career Academy

Students at the Long Island Campus plating their main dish, Paella.

Students at the Long Island Campus plating their main dish, Paella.

How many times have you watched cooking shows like “Top Chef” and “Hell’s Kitchen” and thought to yourself: “I want to do that!” Well, fortunately enough, you can participate in something that is close to what contestants experience on these popular shows at Star Career Academy. As a part of the Culinary Program’s curriculum, students participate in creating their own five-course menus, which they eventually serve in a restaurant-style setting where they are able to invite friends and family.

During the “Menu Portion” of the curriculum, you and the other culinary students are required to create your own five-course menus with a common theme, where you can show off your creativity and style of cooking. (You can put all the hours of having watched “Chopped” to good use.) This type of real-life restaurant, hands-on training allows culinary students to experience the fast pace and demand for a career in the food preparation industry.

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As with any career, there is no true way to prepare for the real world until you are working on the job. That is why Star Career Academy’s Professional Cooking Program participates in these menu-making exercises and cooking competitions before students go on externship. These experiences allow them to practice their skills, hands-on, in a real-life kitchen on campus.Menu 2

If a career in culinary arts is for you, take advantage of Star Career Academy’s Culinary Arts Programs. Improve your chances of starting a culinary career today! For more information on our Culinary Programs, classes, or to schedule a personal campus tour, visit our “Contact Us” page.

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Star Career Alumni Wins At The Largest Bakery Trade Show On The East Coast

Star Career Alumni Wins At The Largest Bakery Trade Show On The East Coast

Star Career Academy Professional Pastry and Baking program Alumni, Amanda Chimirri, won first place at the 2014 Atlantic Bakery Deli Dairy Expo (ABDDE)! Her cake that won the Professional Sculpted Division of the ABDDE’s Cake Decorating ExtravagaFew of My Favorite Thingsnza contest was named “These are a Few of my Favorite Things.” It featured some of her favorite tasty treats such as pancakes, pizza, ice cream, spaghetti, a cheeseburger, and much more in an amazingly creative and extravagantly detailed lifelike cake form.

This is not Chimirri’s first contest that she has taken over! Back in 2012 she won 1st place at the Connecticut Cake Competition for Best in Show and Best in Category for her creation of the cake “Fisherman’s Tale.” The great outdoor themed cake was a four tiered cake featuring fishermen catching a gigantic fish.
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After graduating from Star Career Academy in 2010, Chimirri opened up her own bakery on Long island, NY called Manda’s Cakery, specializing in customizing cakes, cupcakes, cake-pop and decorative cookies for any occasion. Chimirri commented “As a cake decorator, I run into other decorators that can make a beautiful cake but cannot bake,” she said. “My educational experience helped so that I can start a cake from beginning to end the correct way never feeling that I have to rely on anyone else.”

If this looks like something you’d be interested in, consider Star Career Academy’s Professional Pastry & Baking program at our Philadelphia, Long Island, and Newark Campuses. Learn the advanced techniques featuring artisan and specialty breads, specialty cakes and pastries, and advanced dessert production and presentation. Maybe you can win next year’s Cake Decorating Extravaganza contest!

Four Skills You Already Have to Become a Medical Assistant

Medical assistants work alongside physicians in hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, and other health care establishments. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, since 2012, the employment of medical assistants has been expected to grow by about 29 percent until 2022. But that doesn’t guarantee that there are many jobs out there waiting for you. One positive step that will help ensure employment is to keep developing your skills. By doing so, you will separate yourself from the crowd of people who are trying to find work in the medical assisting field. It is vitally important to develop good personal skills and provide excellent customer service as a medical assistant.

  1. CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS: As a medical assistant, you will be responsible and cross-trained to perform both administrative and clinical duties, so it is very important to understand your patients and identify and satisfy customer needs, while still being professional – from making patients feel at ease to taking electrocardiograms.
  2. TEAM PLAYER: Medical assistants are an important part of an intricate team. It is important to be able to work cooperatively with others, and in most cases you will be working closely with your peers and provider. According to the Healthcare Intelligence Network, medical assistants rank as one of the top five professionals that are needed for a patient-centered medical home team.
  3. EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION: Patient education and explaining the physician’s instructions is an important part of being a medical assistant, so effective communication is crucial. In most cases, medical assistants will be selected to teach patients how to care for themselves at home, or how to perform certain tasks on their own, if necessary. Learning proper etiquette in the medical office (while at the same time putting patients at ease) can prove to be a challenge but it is a major requirement.
  4. ADAPTABILITY: The health care field is always advancing and improving, so keeping up with new technology and knowledge is very important for staying current in this competitive field. As a medical assistant, you will need to be able to learn things quickly, be flexible, and adapt to change.

Working in the health care industry is very challenging, yet very rewarding. If you feel you have these skills, you may want to consider becoming a medical assistant. At Star Career Academy, you can learn the basics of anatomy, physiology and pathology, along with the medical terminology that is most frequently used in the medical field. As a part of the curriculum, an externship is required. Working in a healthcare facility provides you with hands-on practice and experience that is needed in your preparation permanent employment as a medical assistant.

Reasons For A Career In Phlebotomy

Finding a job in the current job market can be tough, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for a career in Phlebotomy is estimated to increase by 27% from 2012 to 2022, (much faster than average). Warning a career as Phlebotomy is not ideal for those who are squeamish.

What Do Phlebotomist do?

Phlebotomists are specialized medical assistants that draw and collect quality blood samples for tests, transfusions, research, and blood donations and preparing those specimens for medical testing. Phlebotomist work directly with patients and work to create a confident and trustworthy atmosphere while explaining the procedures and drawing blood specimens accurately and safely.

Where Will I Work?

Phlebotomist generally work in hospitals, community health centers, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, blood donation centers, laboratories and many more health care facilities.

Have you impacted someone’s life today?

Phlebotomists are focused on changing the lives of patients by providing the highest level of care each and every day. It is a phlebotomists’ responsibility to be as safe and accurate as possible as you may be taking over a dozen blood samples during a single shift. It is also important to note that many patients have a fear of needles, so it is important to have the skills and experience to deal with difficult, even angry patients and keep the patients calm and comfortable. If your friends and family have ever commented on your ability to bring a sense of calmness to a room, phlebotomy is a perfect career for you!

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Being a phlebotomist requires decent hand-eye coordination and motor skills because you must use your skills and training to successfully insert a needle into patients’ veins accurately. If you are very organized and pay a lot of attention to details, phlebotomy may be for you.

Study Phlebotomy at Star Career Academy

Star Career Academy offers a Phlebotomy program which focuses on the role of the phlebotomist in the health care team and proper technique for blood and other fluid collection including venipuncture, capillary puncture, urine sampling, specimen labeling, and transportation and isolation procedures. Basic laboratory procedures and tests are explained and performed including blood chemistry, blood typing, urinalysis, pregnancy and others. The Phlebotomy course is intended for those with prior working experience in the medical field, start your new career today!

What Type of Chef Will You Become?

The culinary industry has a boundless selection of different career choices. Many pursue the dream of earning the title of Executive Chef, where they will be in charge of all things related to the kitchen. But it takes many working parts (and other chefs) to make up a kitchen that Executive Chefs must understand first. Each chef is just as vital as the next when it comes to running a successful kitchen. Explore the many positions you can hold when working as a chef in a commercial kitchen. Also explore where you might work – restaurants, hotels, and casinos, among other places!Star Career Academy Culinary

Executive Chef (Chef de Cuisine, Head Chef): The Executive Chef is in charge of everything that has to do with the kitchen. As the “boss of the kitchen,” they normally take care of menu creation, managing the kitchen staff and inventory, and plate design. More often than not, there is only one Executive Chef at a restaurant. Getting to this position takes a lot of experience and formal training from a culinary school, along with working in a real-world environment in the culinary field. The Executive Chef must be able to maintain complete control, as they are essentially responsible for everything that goes from the kitchen to the dining area.

Sous ChefThe Sous Chef is the Culinary Chef, right under the Executive Chef in the chain of command in the kitchen. The Sous Chef has a lot of responsibility and is more hands-on when it comes with dealing with the actual dishes in the kitchen. These micromanagers oversee all the details of how the dishes are being prepared and ensure that everything is being done properly.

Pastry Chef (Pâtissier): The position of Pastry Chef requires one to be an early bird. These chefs get up very early and end their day close to lunchtime. Pastry Chefs (or Pâtissiers) are generally trained in a baking school or culinary program that is designed around baking. Their work is concentrated around breads, desserts and pastries. Pastry Chefs also benefit from having the security of the many job opportunities that are available.

Station Chef (Chef de Partie): Station Chefs are in charge of running a particular section of the kitchen. This type of chef usually manages a small group of workers, or operates independently if the kitchen is small enough. These chefs work under the Sous Chef to make sure all of their stations’ foods are prepared and ready for serving. Station Chefs require extensive experience of working in a kitchen, and are normally third in command under the Executive and Sous Chefs.

Fish Cook (Poissonnier), Vegetable Cook (Entremetier), and Meat Cook (Rotisseur): These chefs work specifically in preparing and cooking the ingredients in their stations.

Saucier: Accountable for the backbone ingredient of most dishes, Sauciers make the sauces. These sauce cooks prepare sauces, stews, hors d’oeuvres, and sautéed dishes to order.

Pantry Chef (Gard Manger): The Pantry Chef (also known as a Gard Manger) is the chef who is responsible for of all of the cold items, from salads and dressings to appetizers and cold sauces. A large portion of their job centers on presentation, making the kitchen’s dishes look presentable.

Line Cook (Commis): The Line Cook is traditionally the entry-level position in the kitchen. The job duties range from setting up stations, prepping food and cooking, to cleaning up. Line Cooks are generally working up on their techniques so that they can advance their positions and responsibilities in the kitchen.

These are only a few positions that you can obtain as a commercial cook. Star Career Academy’s Culinary Programs are designed to prepare graduates for entry-level employment in culinary establishments that include restaurants, corporate dining rooms, hospitals, hotels, and catering businesses. You will learn the fundamentals of food preparation, quality food production and catering through lessons, demonstrations and performance-based training in a simulated employment environment. Our Philadelphia, Long Island, Manhattan, and Newark Campuses all currently offer this program. Turn your passion for cooking into your career and apply now!

“Healthy Schools Project” Kick-Off Celebration

Star Career Academy is partnering with Rutgers New Jersey Medical School as a part of the “Healthy Living Initiative” by presenting the “Healthy Schools Project” to promote healthy cooking and improving the overall health of children in the Newark, New Jersey area.

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School is kicking off the “Healthy Schools Project” in collaboration with Star Career Academy, the Newark Preschool Council and the YMCA of Newark. The “Healthy Schools Project” is a healthy living initiative that will help teach the Newark Preschool Council Head Start and the YMCA of Newark instructors more about healthy cooking options. It is a “teach the teachers” program that is free of charge.

The goal of this program is a part of a health initiative to get the children of Newark to acquire healthier eating habits, learn about proper nutrition, and motivate people to make overall healthier lifestyle choices. Over the past few years, school lunches have changed in America as a part of the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids of Act of 2010.” The purpose of this is to fight the rising obesity epidemic and to ensure that American children are getting at least one nutritious meal every day.

Star Career Academy’s Newark Campus will offer up their fully-equipped kitchens once a month to host the cooking lessons for the “Healthy Schools Project.” Star Career Academy’s own Chef Pat will be teaching the lessons based upon the curriculum created by Rutgers Medical School. There will be a “Healthy Schools Project” kick-off celebration later this month on May 31st with Dr. Hanaa Hamdi, Ph.D., at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. The program is set to begin in June.

Flyer for the Healthy Schools Kick Off Celebration Event

Flyer for the Healthy Schools Kick Off Celebration Event

Exiciting Jobs and Careers in Hospitality Management

Learn more about the exciting career of Hospitality Management at Star Career Academy.

Have you hit a wall in your current career? Are you ready for a change? If you love helping people and want to excel in a variety of roles, where your workday is never the same, you may want to consider a career in hospitality. The hospitality industry offers a wide variety of management positions in job settings that range from independent establishments to chain hotels and resorts. Some would even state that hotel managers have the best jobs in America.

Hospitality managers have among the greatest variety of job opportunities; from motels to luxury international resorts. They may serve as reservation managers and convention managers, among other job titles. Hospitality managers must be able to balance solid communication and interpersonal skills. If you feel this type of work still sounds attractive, consider Star Career Academy’s Hospitality and Restaurant Management Program.

Hospitality managers have plenty of opportunities for advancement, increases in salary and special perks that many other jobs don’t have. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, lodging managers earned a median salary of $46,810 in 2012, and the prediction is that there will be an 8% rate of growth in employment of lodging managers from now until to 2020. To see a sample career ladder/lattice and specific jobs in the Hospitality field click here.

At Star Career Academy, we offer a series of five-star hotel and restaurant management courses. Students learn hotel management operations in a simulated, hands-on environment using industry standard Opera-Fidelio software. Some of the classes you would be taking include:

  • Hotel, Motel and Resort Desk Clerks
  • Lodging Managers
  • First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office and Administrative Support Workers
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks
  • Concierges
  • Food Service Managers

The Hotel and Restaurant Management Program is currently offered at Star Career Academy’s Philadelphia, Manhattan and Newark locations. Successful graduates may find work in hotels, resorts, restaurants, caterers and cruise lines in a wide variety of positions, which include: guest services agent, housekeeping coordinator, sales/marketing assistant, kitchen manager, food pantry agent, human resources assistant, accounting assistant, food and beverage assistant manager, event planner and assistant restaurant manager. Take the first step toward a fun and rewarding career.

Star Career Academy Dialysis Technician Program

Are you interested in starting your new career in one of the fastest growing industries? Star Career Academy’s Dialysis Technician Program might be for you!

What does a Dialysis Technician do on a day-to-day basis?

Dialysis technicians operate dialysis machines, which help sustain patients who have damage to or problems with their kidneys. Dialysis machines work by removing waste and excess fluids from the blood stream in cases where a person’s kidney fails to work properly. On average, dialysis patients use these machines for about four hours, three times a week. Dialysis technicians also prepare patients for dialysis, as well as monitor them when they are connected to the machine during the process. In addition, these technicians carefully monitor and record the vital signs of patients before, during, and after the blood cleansing procedures.

Where do dialysis technicians work?

Dialysis technicians work in in hospitals, out-patient facilities, assisted living and nursing homes – under the supervision of registered nurses and physicians.

What do dialysis technicians earn?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010, dialysis technicians made an annual salary of anywhere between $25,000 and $65,000.

What is the job outlook for dialysis technicians?

According to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 in 3 American adults are currently at risk for developing kidney disease, while 1 in 9 American adults already have kidney disease but don’t know it. Dialysis technicians play an important role in the medical technician field, and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for these professionals is expected to grow at least through 2020.

Star Career Academy’s Dialysis Technician Program:

The Dialysis Technician Program at Star Career Academy is offered at all eight of our campus locations. This program is designed to provide students with the necessary training in theoretical and clinical areas that are required for gaining entry level employment in the healthcare specialty of nephrology. A full-time student can earn their training as a hemodialysis technician in as little as nine months!

Graduates of the Dialysis Technician Program are eligible to take certification examinations for Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT), administered by the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT). These examinations will measure a graduate’s technical proficiency in certain skills and general areas of knowledge, and will test the five major domains of practice and tasks performed in the scope of hemodialysis technology.

If you are interested in our Dialysis Technician Program, 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.