InterCoast Colleges https://www.intercoast.edu Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:55:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.intercoast.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/intercoast-colleges.png InterCoast Colleges https://www.intercoast.edu 32 32 How to Become Qualified For Today’s Top Skilled Trade Jobs https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/skilled-trade-jobs/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/skilled-trade-jobs/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 00:05:19 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3540 Are you looking for a job with no luck or stuck in a job you hate? If you’re not working your dream job, you may not have the skills relevant for many of the in-demand positions that need to be filled. If you’ve been applying for jobs and not hearing back, you know exactly what… Continue Reading How to Become Qualified For Today’s Top Skilled Trade Jobs

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Are you looking for a job with no luck or stuck in a job you hate? If you’re not working your dream job, you may not have the skills relevant for many of the in-demand positions that need to be filled.

If you’ve been applying for jobs and not hearing back, you know exactly what we mean. It’s not for a lack of effort. You’ve applied and submitted yourself repeatedly without luck. If you’re tired of scanning job listings that require training you don’t have, it may be time to change career paths.

Fortunately, changing careers doesn’t have to be a headache. Many of the most in-demand skilled trade jobs are within reach. If you’re ready to make a change, read on. You’ll learn how you can start a new career that you love and what to expect in the months ahead.

Why Make the Change Now?

Going back to college can be a costly and time-consuming process. For most Americans, they simply can’t afford to go back to school for years at a time. Add to that the crushing costs of student loans and returning to school can feel a bit hopeless.

If you’re tired of getting rejected from the potential employers you’ve applied to, you may recognize the need for additional job training and education. While you may feel like you’re at your wit’s end, it’s time for one more push.

It’s time to take a detour and get off the path you’ve been so tied to. Undertaking such a change can feel scary, but it’s important to recognize any feelings of upheaval for what they are: growing pains.

The world is changing and you’ve got to change with it too. Fortunately, a new exciting career is within reach. Choosing a respected career college is the first step toward your new life. It’s time to get excited about your life again.

What Are Skilled Trade Jobs Exactly?

Skilled trade jobs are jobs which may require more expertise than the traditional jobs offered to non-college educated workers. These jobs usually can include people looking to work outside their chosen field of study.

You may even be one of the many American college graduates who have found themselves in the same position. Just because you have a diploma, doesn’t mean you’re going to find work in the field you trained for.

If you are in a job that is not rewarding or seems like a dead-end situation, you may want to consider doing what many non-college graduates and graduates alike are doing:  Turning to skilled trade jobs and getting the specific training required for these in-demand fields.

Skilled workers have many options of who they want to work for and how they want to work. Some skilled workers, such as those who train as electricians, will have many options available to them once they become licensed, such as working for a company or for themselves.  

The gig economy may not be what you’re looking for long-term, but those trained in this field may choose to work for app-based contractors as they build their customer base and prepare to launch their own company.

What’s Your Dream Career?

Ready to take the leap? There are many fields of study to choose from. Here are a few of the in-demand careers you can start exploring

Electrician

Electricians are indispensable to our lives. From basic household lighting installation to office buildings are schools, electricians are needed by virtually everyone.

Electricians field mega-watt demands and provide electrical solutions for a variety of different businesses, hospitals, schools and data centers. Electricians are invariably in demand.

The rules and regulations governing electrician licensing vary in every state, so it is imperative you check with your state on the requirements.  Once trained, you can begin to work in the field and obtain documented work experience required for the license, in addition to testing. Many licensed electricians work for companies or decide to work for themselves in their own business.

Registered Dental Assistant

Thinking of becoming a registered dental assistant? You can expect more than just reading from your career training.

Prospective dental assistants can expect to complete lots of hands-on training before graduating. This includes CPR training and learning how to operate the various pieces of dental equipment you’ll encounter on the job. Dental assistants may become registered after attending an approved school for the education, and by taking a written and practical test.

Substance Abuse Counselor

If you or someone you love has struggled with alcoholism or drug abuse, you may feel compelled to use your personal knowledge to help others who are suffering.

Because of the American addiction epidemic, substance abuse counselors are in demand. Living with a parent or partner who has struggled with addiction isn’t easy but there’s a silver lining.

The experience and insight you’ve gained can help propel you toward a fulfilling career helping others. As a substance abuse counselor, your daily work will help reunite families and get lives back on track.

You can graduate with the skills needed to become a substance abuse counselor in as little as 50 weeks.

The best part? You’ll help others regain the lives they thought they’d lost as you build a career that you love.

There are so many careers to choose from selecting a training program, but no one can make the decision for you. It’s up to you to select what feels right and take the next step toward your new career.

Picking the Right Career College        

Selecting a well-respected career college can help give you the edge over other potential job applicants. Knowing what the job market currently requires will enable you to make the right choice for you and your family.

Picking a college where you’ll be adequately prepared for the road ahead is only the beginning! A great career college will give you the training you need, and will support you by providing job placement assistance after graduation.  

The possibilities are exciting in your new career.

Taking the Leap

Are you ready to start your new career? If you’re ready for the opportunities skilled trade jobs can offer, it’s time to enroll in a career college you can trust..

To learn more visit our website and start your journey toward a new career today.

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How to Become an Electrician In California: Courses For Electrical Trades In Rancho Cordova https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/electrician-courses-rancho-cordova/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/electrician-courses-rancho-cordova/#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2019 15:58:00 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3527 Even as the way that we find tradespeople has changed drastically, the demand for them has only increased in recent decades. That’s why so many people are skipping out on vanity degrees and learning good skills that help to jumpstart their careers in the competitive state of California. If you’re wondering how to become an… Continue Reading How to Become an Electrician In California: Courses For Electrical Trades In Rancho Cordova

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Even as the way that we find tradespeople has changed drastically, the demand for them has only increased in recent decades. That’s why so many people are skipping out on vanity degrees and learning good skills that help to jumpstart their careers in the competitive state of California.

If you’re wondering how to become an electrician in California, it can be as simple as following a career path just as you would do in any other career.

Here are the five steps to get licensed to work in the electrical trades in the Rancho Cordova area.

1. Get Your High School Diploma or Equivalency

If you haven’t completed your initial high school diploma or something equivalent to it, you’re going to be stuck in a lot of ways. One of the things you won’t be able to do is to advance with your career as an electrician. You have to get your initial high school diploma or a GED to get into most electrician programs.

If you’re still in high school as you read this, you should choose classes to meet the demands of being an electrician. Mathematics is very important, so pay attention in algebra and trigonometry. You need to determine the angles of circuits, wire needs, and be able to calculate current accurately.

If you take a shop class or any kind of mechanics, you’ll learn valuable lessons. While the communication skills you get in English class are essential for life, being able to work with your hands is absolutely necessary to succeed as an electrician.

2. Enroll in a State Approved Trainee Program

Before you can work in the field, you will need to prove that you are fully trained or attending a state approved electrical trainee program.  When you are enrolled in a fully approved, whole curriculum program, you are able to apply for a trainee card or “T-Card” as it is known.  With this card, you can work if supervised by a licensed electrician.  Your college or trade school will need to sign the application, certifying that you are enrolled in an approved program and making satisfactory progress.  This is a simple step, but vital to prove your safety and aptitude. Once the application is signed and proof of enrollment is submitted to the state, the T-Card will be mailed to the student usually within three to six weeks. This registration is imperative, as anyone could walk onto a site and potentially harm themselves or others.

Fill out a form and pay your fee in order to have it processed. You need to renew your application every two years in California and be sure it doesn’t lapse while you’re working.

4. Get On-the-job Training

Your apprenticeship or on-the-job training, supervised by a licensed electrician, is a requirement in order to become an electrician in California. It’s vital that you have the kind of hands-on training that only an apprenticeship can provide. You’ll be supervised for several hours a week in order to learn how to be a professional electrician.

You’ll take four to five years of training while you earn an hourly wage and build up your career.

You’ll get to learn lots of valuable and transferable concepts. While many of the ideas you learn will seem specific to the kind of work you’re doing with a particular company, you’ll find that they’re broadly applied.

To become a valuable tradesperson, you’ll learn how to read blueprints and technical diagrams. These hold the key to reading electrical plans and dealing with wiring.

You’re going to have to repair a lot of electrical wiring, maintain fixtures, and deal with lots of distribution equipment. As you get more experienced with a wide variety of control systems, you’ll become adept at any electrical situation.

When you’re able to easily test and inspect any system, you’ll always work safely and ensure that no one around you deals with any dangerous situations.

Another important element of being a Licensed Electrician is having a thorough understanding of the National Electrical Code (NEC®.) and the US Federal requirements set forth by OSHA.  When working with Voltage, safety and accuracy is essential.

5. Apply for Your License

If you’re looking to operate as an electrician in California, you will need to take and pass the Journeyman Electrician examination.  You can schedule this examination after you graduate from an approved school, or you can wait until you accumulate your work experience hours.

Once you’ve done all the required hours required to obtain your electrician license and have taken and passed the examination, you become a licensed electrician. You often need to show that you have 6000 to 8000 hours of verifiable work experience in order to qualify. After you’ve completed those hours, you’ll have the knowledge you need to serve the role with professionalism and safety.

It’s of utmost importance that as you become better acquainted with the tools and practices, that you never lose sight of safety. You’ll be in dangerous places working with dangerous levels of voltage coming in at high amperage. One wrong move and you could put the entire building and people, including yourself, at serious risk.

Learning How to Become an Electrician in California

Learning how to become an electrician in California is simple. Putting in the years of practice is what’s hard. Once you’ve learned how to become an electrician, you realize the value of trades in general.

If you want to learn more about the risks and rewards of becoming an electrician, check out our latest guide.

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The Complete Guide for Single Moms Going Back to School https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/the-complete-guide-for-single-moms-going-back-to-school/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/the-complete-guide-for-single-moms-going-back-to-school/#respond Thu, 24 Jan 2019 02:27:35 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3485 In today’s world, it can be tough to stay on top of bills, responsibilities, and your personal happiness. As a single mother, you have a lot on your plate. You keep struggling to make ends meet. It’s an unfortunate truth that research seems to be stacked against single moms in the United States. For instance,… Continue Reading The Complete Guide for Single Moms Going Back to School

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In today’s world, it can be tough to stay on top of bills, responsibilities, and your personal happiness. As a single mother, you have a lot on your plate. You keep struggling to make ends meet. It’s an unfortunate truth that research seems to be stacked against single moms in the United States. For instance, one statistic shows that 27.5% of single moms were unemployed for a single year.

It’s clear that for many reasons, working as a single mother in today’s world can be tough. Still, you’re a responsible single mom. That means you’re determined to make the most of your potential and your career.

To start, you want to further your education. The good news is that you’ve come to the right place by reading this article. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know to succeed as a single mom going back to school.

Start By Finding Reliable Childcare

Going back to school is a huge commitment. If you’re taking your education seriously, you need to be willing to invest. In other words, this is going to cost you a lot of time, money, and energy.

Your family deserves to be cared for, though. When you’re either working on homework or in class, you won’t be giving a lot of attention to your kids. The is even true if you find a degree program that is entirely online.

You have to accept that at some point, you’re going to need proper childcare. Make sure your close friends or family members are supportive of your educational goals. That way, you can rely on them when you need time to focus on your studies.

If you don’t have anyone personally available for childcare you might have to be willing to pay for professional childcare services. If that’s the case, the good news is that such costs will definitely worthwhile investments.

Set Realistic Career Expectations

If you’re intimidated by going back to school, that’s okay. Many people like you have felt inadequate to handle the educational system.

Consider the fact that over 40 million adults in the United States have low literacy. If you’re a single mom nervous about going to school again after so long away, you won’t be alone. The point, though, is that if you’re ready to go back to school you’ll need some serious commitment to succeed.

Still, it’s important to truly believe that you can accomplish your educational goals. You can do this by setting realistic expectations.

What do you want to do with your future career, for example? If you have a general idea, you now need to determine the quickest, most sensible educational path to that career. Don’t waste your resources on education without a purpose.

Consider Your Many Different Academic Options

Once you have a clear direction for your future career, it’s time to choose an academic program. The good news is that there are going to be plenty available to suit your   desires.

As a single mom, you’re going to have to consider things like your schedule availability. You’ll need to factor in financial responsibilities, too. Take the time to figure out exactly what you need from your potential academic program.

Then, you can start researching through your options. Perhaps you’d do well with a full career education program or maybe you need to focus your energy on specialized certificate programs.

No matter what interests or benefits you, don’t settle for less than ideal. If you take the time to look around, you’ll find something that meets the standards of your ideal academic career. If you have to, you can even get professional advice to guide you on the best academic option.

Don’t Get Frustrated if You Struggle Through Your Semester

As mentioned above, it’s important that you stay committed to truly finishing your educational goals. You and your children deserve to make the most of life. By investing in your academic career, you’re investing in a better future for all of you.

Still, it’s likely that there are going to be times throughout the semester when you really struggle. Single moms have a lot more responsibilities than the average student.

In fact, perhaps that’s why single moms aren’t graduating  as much as the average student. Even though the above information might be discouraging you can avoid being a part of that statistic. Stay positive and stay focused and you can realize your ultimate academic goals.

Remember That You’re Not Alone

Don’t feel discouraged if you find yourself struggling with your academics. As mentioned above, there are many single moms going back to school who find it difficult, too.

When times get tough, it’s important that you stay connected to your community. Your educational system should be able to provide you with resources like student affairs and activities. Some of these on-campus events are great ways to connect with people going through similar situations.

Establish a Stable Support System in Your Community

When you go back to school, you’re going to need a stable support system. As a single mom going back to school, you’re going to have more responsibilities on your shoulders than ever before. In order to maintain a work-life balance, for example, you’re going to need some help at some point.

If you don’t have your own support system already, you need to spend some time developing one. Perhaps you have a group of single moms who go to the same church as you. Maybe your kids go to the same school.

It’s absolutely essential that you don’t isolate yourself as you’re going through school. It can seem appealing to keep your nose to the ground and just work, work, work.

Instead, though, make sure your investment in your future is worthwhile. Take care of yourselves by keeping other people around who care for you, too.

Stay As Organized As Possible

As you go through these busy times, you also need to prioritize your organizational skills. You’re going to need some serious time management skills, too.

Buy yourselves some pocket calendars and folders, for example. Invest in some high-quality file cabinets to organize your course materials. You can even redesign a room in your home to appeal to your productive mind.

No matter what, though, don’t get behind in your coursework. In order for your investment in a furthered education to be worthwhile, you have to succeed as quickly as possible. Don’t put yourself behind by missing deadlines and assignment.

Consider Online Courses

If you need a flexible schedule,  consider taking online educational courses. The good thing about these programs are their ability for customization.

Online courses, though, definitely require your ability to self-manage. You won’t be meeting in a classroom on a regular basis, no one is going to keep you accountable to your education but yourself.

Don’t Forget About Your Mental and Physical Health

In order for you to continue investing in your family’s future, you have to be okay with a little bit of self-care. You need to maintain a healthy mental and physical lifestyle too.

Of course, your mental stimulation won’t need much help since you’ll be getting an education. Instead, you might have to find ways to intentionally relax. Single moms go through a lot of stress, and it’s important to balance that out.

Plus, you will likely do better in your education career if you prioritize healthy habits. For one thing, nutrition plays a big role in our cognitive abilities. Maintaining a well-balanced diet is a good idea to maintain a well balanced mind.

Finally, you should also consider keeping up with a regular exercise routine. Not only will this help your sleeping habits, but you’ll experience more focus in class, too.

Every Single Mom Going Back to School Should Start Here

At this point in the article, you should feel pretty comfortable as a single mom going back to school. There are a lot of ins and outs to navigate when it comes to preparing for today’s educational system. Don’t miss out on any opportunities because you didn’t do the proper research.

You need to get started on your academic career the right way. You need to take advantage of resources that will guide you on your ideal educational journey. That’s why you need to start on our website.

We know how important it is, as a single mom, for you to make the most of your time,    we know that your money and your energy are valuable personal resources, too. That’s why we’re here to help you get your academic and professional pursuits on the right track.

When it comes to finding the right academic program, we encourage you to start here on our website.  

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InterCoast Colleges Now Offering Students Two NATE Certification Tests https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/nate-certification-tests/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/nate-certification-tests/#respond Tue, 22 Jan 2019 18:04:31 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3514 The post InterCoast Colleges Now Offering Students Two NATE Certification Tests appeared first on InterCoast Colleges.

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The school is allowing students to sit for both the HVAC Support Technician and the Ready to Work exams, reports intercoast.edu.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Anaheim, CALIFORNIA)—InterCoast Colleges is pleased to announce the institution is now offering two NATE certification examinations for students taking the HVAC Program. The school is currently allowing students to sit for both the HVAC Support Technician test and the Ready to Work certification exam. InterCoast Colleges will be providing both examinations at the following campus locations: Riverside, Fairfield, Rancho Cordova, Anaheim, and West Covina.

“The nation is currently experiencing a severe shortage of high-quality, verifiably-trained HVAC technicians,” said Geeta Brown of InterCoast Colleges. “When it comes to choosing a technician, the majority of both homeowners and employers feel better and safer about hiring and working with certified professionals. With NATE being the largest and most widely recognized certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians, contractors, manufacturers, distributors and educators across the industry partner with NATE to develop knowledgeable, competent HVAC technicians. Being NATE certified demonstrates that you are proficient in your profession, which leads to increased customer service and business possibilities. This is exactly what we want for our students.”

Designed for early career technicians with 6 months to one year of experience, the NATE HVAC Support Technician certification exam tests a candidate’s general knowledge and HVAC specific knowledge in the areas of safety, tools, heat transfer, comfort, basic science, basic electrical, installation, planned maintenance, system components, and design considerations.

For alumni who successfully become employed in the HVAC field within 90 days of graduation, and maintains that employment for at least 90 days, and successfully files all required placement documents and forms with the school, InterCoast will reimburse the graduate for the cost of the NATE HVAC Support Technician Certification Exam, up to $75, provided graduate takes and passes the examination within one year of graduation.

NATE’s Ready to Work certification exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of the fundamental job knowledge and skills for an entry-level technician in the areas of component identification, tools, measurements, electrical safety, general safety, and basic heat transfer. It is designed for entry-level technicians in the HVAC industry and tests knowledge of components, tools, unit measurements, electrical safety, basic heat transfer, and general safety.

HVAC Technician students at InterCoast are allowed to sit for the NATE Ready to Work Exam. InterCoast will pay for the student’s first attempt on the exam, as long as the student takes the proctored examination prior to graduation. Students who do not pass the examination on the first try may take the examination for a test fee of $35, which is the student’s responsibility. While successful completion of the exam is not required for graduation, achieving a passing score is required to earn the Ready to Work certificate.

Brown continued, “Certification is not just about contractor professionalism; it is about customer assurance and satisfaction. Home and business owners choose HVAC contractors who employ NATE-certified technicians to get repairs done right – the first time. NATE Certified HVAC technicians that have passed a nationally-recognized stringent certification test and show readiness to provide competent service. Our team is proud to offer these certification exam opportunities and send well-trained, high-quality, trustworthy technicians out into the world.”

Visit intercoast.edu to learn more about InterCoast Colleges’ HVAC training programs how they are providing students with vital opportunities to obtain NATE Certifications.

About InterCoast Colleges:

The central mission of InterCoast Colleges is to provide associates degrees and certificate programs for careers in allied health, business, and skilled trade industries and prepare students to meet employer expectations for entry-level employment. InterCoast strives to support a culturally diverse learning environment for its students.

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Anaheim, CA 92805

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Training to Become an Electrician? Here’s What to Expect in Your Training Program https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/become-electrician/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/become-electrician/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:40:51 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3474 You’ve always wanted to become an electrician. You love the problem-solving aspect of the job, the way it allows you to connect with people, and of course, the fact that it’s a lucrative career. Now, you feel like you’re at a place in your life where you’re ready to more actively pursue electrician training. Before… Continue Reading Training to Become an Electrician? Here’s What to Expect in Your Training Program

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You’ve always wanted to become an electrician. You love the problem-solving aspect of the job, the way it allows you to connect with people, and of course, the fact that it’s a lucrative career.

Now, you feel like you’re at a place in your life where you’re ready to more actively pursue electrician training.

Before you enroll in a course to get your certification, you want to be sure that you understand what to expect out of the process. This post is here to help.

In it, we’ll tell you the most important things you need to know about how to become an electrician that makes a serious difference in the lives of their clients — and one with a strong skill set, too.

Why Electrician Training Matters

Maybe you’re still on the fence about actually enrolling in an accredited electrician training and certification program.

After all, you might think, isn’t it just better to learn on the job as you go?

While that might seem like the right idea at first, the truth is that people simply aren’t going to want to work with an untrained electrician.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, you don’t just risk further damaging a client’s wiring or failing to get the job done correctly. You also put your safety and the safety of others at risk.

You’ll also be able to familiarize yourself with electrical code requirements in your service area. This way, you can avoid heavy fines and potential loss of your license or business.

Additionally, you’ll also learn more about OSHA standards, commercial, industrial, and residential wiring, and even trade mathematics.

These are skills that you need if you want to set yourself apart from other electricians. Remember that, even if the state you plan to operate within doesn’t require electricians to have a license, showing you have proper training makes you much more competitive than those that don’t.

In some cases, you may even be able to find a school that will help to connect you with an employment opportunity as soon as you finish your program. Now, let’s talk more about the skills you need to become an electrician.

What to Expect out of Electrician Training

When you want to become an electrician, we understand that the prospect of enrolling in school again might be a bit intimidating at first.

Remember that, in order to enroll in trade school, you’ll likely need to have completed your high school degree or a GED program.

The goal of your electrician training is to prepare you to pass the certification exam. In most cases, the exam will test how well you understand the National Electrical Code. Depending on the state in which you want to work, you’ll also need to show that you understand local building code laws.

Of course, you’ll also learn how to fix common electrical problems in both commercial and residential buildings. This can include things like faulty circuit breakers and overloads, sudden power losses, electrical testing, and the installation of light fixtures.

You may even learn about how to read blueprints to properly follow electrical plans during the construction process. You should expect a combination of classroom learning an on-the-job experience. You may also be required to complete a certain number of training hours in addition to passing your exam.

What to Do After You’ve Completed Your Program

You’ve worked hard to earn your credits and pass your exams, and now, you’re ready to get out into the “real world.”

What should your next steps after graduation be?

Remember that getting your certification also provides you with excellent networking opportunities in addition to a competitive skill set. Mine your contacts list and think about shadowing or working under a more experienced electrician.

Even if you had on-the-job training as a part of your certification program, it helps to have someone working with you who can help guide you through tricky situations as you build your career.

You’ll also learn more about how to build and grow your client list, as well as how to brand yourself as an electrician. Remember that learning the best ways to market yourself is essential, especially if you know you have lots of competition.

Even if you’re not yet ready to open up your own electrician service, you can still expect to make a great living. The average electrician salary is around $52,000 per year.

You can also start to decide on the areas of specialization you’d like to focus on as an electrician. You may find that, as you continue in your career, you want to take continuing education courses to strengthen your skill set. This certainly pads your resume, and also sets you apart from the competition in your area.

Are You Ready to Become an Electrician?

We hope that this post has offered you a better understanding of what it takes to become an electrician.

Enrolling in a trade school is the best way to make sure you truly possess the skill set to fix almost any problem that comes your way. Getting certified, licensed, and even doing an apprenticeship program with another electrician are excellent ways to get your career off to the right start.

So, are you ready to enroll in electrician school?

If so, we invite you to learn more about our programs. You could be on the job in as few as 50 weeks. Now is the time to go after the future you deserve.

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How to Become a HVAC Technician in 5 Simple Steps https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/become-hvac-technician/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/become-hvac-technician/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:31:02 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3469 Does the idea of sitting at a desk day after day make you squirm? Do you loathe the idea of a traditional office job? Do you want to work in a fast-growing industry with lots of growth potential? If you answered yes to any of these questions, a career as an HVAC (heating, ventilation and… Continue Reading How to Become a HVAC Technician in 5 Simple Steps

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Does the idea of sitting at a desk day after day make you squirm? Do you loathe the idea of a traditional office job? Do you want to work in a fast-growing industry with lots of growth potential?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, a career as an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) technician might be right for you.

Not sure what an HVAC technician does? Not sure what is required to start working in this field? Keep reading.

Explained below are five simple steps that will help you begin your journey toward becoming an HVAC technician.

What Does an HVAC Technician Do?

Before getting into the steps required to become an HVAC technician, let’s take a minute to clarify what HVAC technicians do on a day-to-day basis.

HVAC technicians perform a number of duties related to installing and repairing HVAC systems and equipment.

Some of the specific responsibilities of an HVAC technician may include:

  • Reading blueprints
  • Use various tools (metal cutters, current meters, flow sensors, etc.) to repair HVAC systems
  • Ensure that all components of the system (motors, pumps, fans, compressors, switches, thermostats, etc.) are working properly
  • Connecting wires
  • Testing electrical circuits
  • Welding pipes
  • Testing tubing and pipes for leak

There are a lot of responsibilities associated with this career. But, if you enjoy fixing things and working with your hands, you’ll find it very rewarding.

Job Outlook for HVAC Technicians

The job outlook for HVAC technicians is very positive. In fact, the number of jobs available in the field is supposed to grow by 15 percent between now and the year 2026.

This field is growing much faster than other career fields in the U.S. So, if job security is important to you, it’s a great career to get into.

How to Become an HVAC Technician

Does a career as an HVAC technician interest you? If so, follow these five steps to start pursuing your new career.

1. Start with a High School Diploma (or Equivalent)

In most states (like California), a high school diploma or GED is required before you can begin pursuing this career.

If you’re still in high school, you may want to focus on taking courses that focus on subject matter relevant to HVAC technicians. Such courses include:

  • Computer science
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Shop classes (wood shop, metal shop, etc.)

If your high school also offers vocational training, take advantage of it.

It would be especially beneficial to look into courses like blueprint reading, technical math, and mechanical drawing. All of these classes will teach you the skills that you will use every day when working on HVAC systems.

2. Pursue an HVAC Certificate

Once you’ve obtained your high school diploma or GED, you’ll need to take some additional classes to earn an HVAC certificate.

It’s true that federal law does not require an individual to have a certificate before they can work on HVAC systems. But, many states (including California) do have their own laws relating to education and training.

Because of this, most people find that it’s best to go ahead and pursue a certificate, regardless of the requirements in their own state.

It takes less than one year — approximately 9 months — to complete an HVAC certificate program. While participating in the program, you will learn a variety of technical skills, including:

  • Diagnostic training
  • How to use testing equipment and tools
  • Principles of mechanics, electronics, and electricity

These courses will teach you everything you need to know to become a successful technician.

3. Complete an Apprenticeship

After you’ve completed your HVAC certificate program, you may want to consider an apprenticeship.

While completing an apprenticeship, you will gain on-the-job training and experience so you can learn from other technicians. While apprenticeship may not be required, it may be helpful to you in terms of gaining additional experience.

Employers are also more likely to hire individuals who have completed apprenticeships. Apprenticeships typically last between three and five years. They often involve a combination of coursework and practical on-the-job training.

Some apprenticeships are unpaid, but many of them come with a stipend so you can earn a living while learning on the job.

4. Look into Certifications

NATE ApprovalThere are a number of certifications you can obtain, such as NATE Certification. NATE is the nation’s largest nonprofit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians. NATE tests represent real-world working knowledge of HVACR systems and validate the professional competency of service and installation technicians. Contractors, manufacturers, and HVAC distributors across the industry partner with NATE to develop knowledgeable, competent HVACR technicians.  Passing the NATE Ready to Work Certification means the HVAC Technician student has demonstrated the fundamental job knowledge and skills for an entry-level technician in the areas of component identification, tools, measurements, electrical safety, general safety, and basic heat transfer.

If you plan to handle refrigerants, you want to take an additional certification exam. The specific exam you take will depend on the type of appliances or equipment you are planning to service.

There are three refrigerant classifications:

  • Type 1: This is a certification for servicing small appliances
  • Type II: This is a certification for servicing high-pressure systems
  • Type III: This is a certification for servicing low-pressure systems
  • You can also earn certifications to work on specific systems, including the following:
  • Commercial furnaces
  • Residential boilers
  • Heat pump pool heaters
  • Metal fabrication

You might also want to consider pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. With these degrees, you’ll be able to offer a wider range of services. This, in turn, provides you with more opportunities to increase your income and potentially run your own HVAC business.

Start Becoming an HVAC Technician Today

As you can see, the process of becoming an HVAC technician is a pretty straightforward one. Are you interested in starting your training?

If you’ve already attained your high school diploma, it’s time to move on and pursue your HVAC certificate.

If you live in the Rancho Cordova or Fairfield areas, come study with us at InterCoast College!

We offer a great HVAC certificate program, along with several other programs to help you achieve your career goals. Contact us today to learn more about what we have to offer.

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9 Tips to Getting Trade School Scholarships https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/9-tips-to-getting-trade-school-scholarships/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/9-tips-to-getting-trade-school-scholarships/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2019 03:11:24 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3454 There are plenty of reasons for you to continue to invest in your education as an adult. You deserve to make the most of your life and your profession. If you’re ready and willing to take the next step in your education, you’re in luck. You’ve come to the right place by reading this article.… Continue Reading 9 Tips to Getting Trade School Scholarships

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There are plenty of reasons for you to continue to invest in your education as an adult. You deserve to make the most of your life and your profession. If you’re ready and willing to take the next step in your education, you’re in luck.

You’ve come to the right place by reading this article. Perhaps you’ve decided to go to a trade school, which is a great idea. Studies indicate that many people consider trade schools more beneficial than traditional 4-year degrees.

If you’re ready to go through a trade school program, congratulations. You’re investing in your future career and your future security. Still, you might not know how to finance your trade school education.

Well, continue reading to learn all about options to finance your education. Detailed below are nine essential tips to discovering trade school scholarships. Then, get ready to start preparing for your classes!

1. Make Sure You Do Plenty of Research for Resources

When it comes to your financial security, there’s no need to take unnecessary risks. You deserve to make the most of whatever resources you have available to you. That means you need to be willing to do some research to find the best trade school scholarships that suit you.

The good news is that there are plenty of resources out there that can help you find those scholarships. To start, do some quick searches on search engines like Google, Yahoo, or Bing.

Then, keeping digging around educational websites. You might find that they have financial services that are dedicated to helping future students finance their education any way possible. Don’t miss out on any financial resource due to neglecting your initial research.

2. Understand the Value of a High-Quality Trade School Program

After all, you need to understand the importance of trade schools themselves. In fact, you need to understand trade schools to apply for the proper scholarships in the first place.

Don’t consider entering into a trade school unless you’re absolutely certain. You need to have a future career in mind related to that specific trade. If you don’t, then trade school programs might not be best suited for you.

Still, there are many benefits to going to a trade school. In fact, some research suggests that trade school programs are going to help the income gap in the United States. If you want to be a part of that trend, don’t underestimate the value of a trade school program – or a scholarship for it.

If you’re ready for and excited about trade school then it’s time to start applying for scholarships. As long as you know what you’re getting yourself into, the sky’s the limit. Trade school scholarships are your best bet to invest in your future.

When you have a specific career path in mind, you’ll be able to narrow down your search for trade school scholarships. Focusing your energy on the ones that will best suit your interests is your best strategy for success. That way, those scholarship applications will portray all of your best sides.

3. Keep All Your Finances and Budgeting In Order

A lot of scholarships are going to factor in your current financial situation. If you aren’t organized in these matters, you’re going to have a hard time applying to scholarships.

Before you even start searching for trade school programs, get organized. The first thing you should do is develop an established monthly budget. Maintaining this budget can ensure you remain responsible for your financial obligations while you’re in school.

Next, make sure you have all of your tax documents from recent years. If a scholarship does consider your financial stability, you’re going to need these on hand.

Not only will staying organized help your finances, but those skills will also help you in school. Going back through any educational program as an adult can be challenging. Still, you deserve to make the most of this investment in your career by staying well-organized from the beginning.

4. Complete and Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Speaking of your financial situation, it’s a good idea to fill out a FAFSA. It’s true that the FAFSA is actually for student grants and loans from the federal government instead of scholarships. The information you’re given from a FAFSA, though, may be requested when you apply for scholarships down the road.

If the government does think you need financial assistance, and you submit the required paperwork and qualify, there will likely be an offer of financial aid, including student loans. These loans will be either subsidized or unsubsidized, depending on your eligibility and how much you need to borrow. Either way, you’re smart to prioritize scholarships over loans to avoid owing money in your future.

At the end of the day, it’s worth your time to fill out the FAFSA. You never know what other kinds of financial assistance might be available. It wouldn’t hurt to find out.

5. Ask Around for Scholarship Opportunities

It’s hard to express the invaluable benefit to a solid community surrounding you. If you have loyal family members and friends in your life, you should be grateful. These are the people who, through connections, will help you grow in your academic and professional life.

When you’re ready to apply for trade school scholarships, don’t forget about these people in your life who care about you. Chances are that someone you know is familiar with a trade school program in town. If you’re lucky, you’ll find someone with applicable knowledge about scholarships that might interest you.

You should also go to the trade school financial aid office.  Oftentimes, they are made aware of various scholarships available to students and will post those opportunities in their offices.

These days, it’s easy to only rely on the Internet when you’re searching for scholarship applications. As mentioned above, though, you deserve to make the most of the resources you have available.

It’s completely possible that someone you know has some connection to or advice about a trade school application. If you don’t ask around, though, you’ll miss out on the opportunity.

6. Stay Involved in Your Community and Boost Your Professional Reputation

That’s one reason it can be so important to invest your time and energy into your community. When you stay locally active, you start to build a positive, reliable reputation.

Fortunately, potential employers will be able to see evidence of your dedication to civic engagement. If you get involved in organizations or volunteer groups, your commitment will be documented. These records are crucial if you want your scholarship applications to stand out, too.

7. Be Passionate and Persistent: Apply To Every Scholarship You Qualify For

Once you have a clearly defined career trajectory, you should have a few trade school programs in mind. Once you have some to aim for, it’s time to apply to every single relevant scholarship. Once again, that’s another reason why it’s so essential for you to use every resource available.

Spend some serious time browsing all over the Internet for trade school scholarships. When you find a potential scholarship application, write it down. When you’ve compiled a list of all your ideal scholarships, then start applying like crazy.

Don’t stop there, though. Continue seeking advice and doing your research to find even more trade school scholarships. As a matter of fact, don’t give up until the scholarship you need finally comes along.

8. Choose the Best Trade School To Suit Your Educational Needs

Don’t forget how important it is to choose the right trade school program before you even start applying to scholarships. Your ideal program might affect your eligibility for certain scholarships, after all.

For one thing, consider all of the factors that come into play when it comes to choosing a trade school that suits you. Then, you still need to browse the best trade schools of the day to get an idea of what’s available.

When the ideal solution comes along, grab on and don’t let go. Maintain that trade school program as your ultimate goal. Finally, you’ll seek and find a scholarship that directly suits your ideal program.

9. Seek Professional Guidance

Perhaps you still feel overwhelmed when it comes to finding trade school scholarships. That’s okay. The important thing is that you’re willing to continue the process.

You might need to consider seeking professional guidance to help you find scholarships and academic programs. These experts should be able to help you connect with resources to answer any questions you may have.

Anyone Looking for Trade School Scholarships Should Start Here

At this point in the article, you should have a pretty good idea of how to find the best trade school scholarships. Your education deserves your willingness to find every possible resource to assist you. In fact, your future deserves your investment, too.

That’s why it can be so important to seek expertise when it comes to your furthered education. Well, that’s where we can help you. We’re here to provide people just like you with the academic guidance you need to succeed in today’s professional world.

Make sure you take advantage of our knowledge and expertise.

That’s why we encourage you to start here on our website to figure out the best educational path to suit your needs. If you’re ready to invest in your future at a trade school, don’t waste any more time.

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Ready for Something New? Define Your Next Career Move with These Tips https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/ready-for-something-new-define-your-next-career-move-with-these-tips/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/ready-for-something-new-define-your-next-career-move-with-these-tips/#respond Thu, 27 Dec 2018 22:23:14 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3346 The New Year is fast-approaching, and now is the perfect time to take inventory of your goals for the upcoming year. Do you hope to take a family vacation, drop a few pounds, or pay off a car? For many people, the New Year offers the chance to pursue another goal: a career move. The average… Continue Reading Ready for Something New? Define Your Next Career Move with These Tips

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The New Year is fast-approaching, and now is the perfect time to take inventory of your goals for the upcoming year.

Do you hope to take a family vacation, drop a few pounds, or pay off a car? For many people, the New Year offers the chance to pursue another goal: a career move.

The average person changes jobs 10 to 15 times in his or her lifetime so, if you’re thinking about switching careers, you’re not alone!

But if you’re still on the fence about the decision, or you’re not sure exactly what career is next for you, fear not.

We’re here to help you decide on your next steps. Read on for our tips about making the career move, so you can start 2019 with a bang.

First: Take a Deep Breath

Before making any drastic moves, ask yourself whether your desire to change jobs is simply frustration with a current employer or, worse, your current boss.

If you’re not getting along with a supervisor or others at your current job, that certainly isn’t a reason to invest time and money into swapping careers.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is changing jobs simply because you were dissatisfied with a minor element of your current situation. Remember, the grass is not always greener on the other side, and changing jobs is expensive and time-consuming.

If you enjoy the industry you’re working in-say, working with kids at a counseling center-but you can’t stand your manager or you’re unhappy with your pay, that’s no reason to start chasing a food science or finance degree.

Start by talking to HR at your current employer to see if the issue is easily-fixable. If not, check out job listings for similar roles at other companies.

The Heat is On

If others are pressuring you to change jobs-perhaps a spouse or a parent-take heed. Since many job changes require time spent on education or training, it’s crucial that you want to swap careers, too.

Others might mean well with their suggestions to open your own business or switch into corporate finance, but this doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for you.

Ask yourself a few hard questions.

When your spouse suggests that you go back to school to be a medical tech, or your mother not-so-subtly asks when you’ll move to a job with a bigger paycheck, how does it make you feel?

If you feel energized by the idea and ready to tackle the challenge, then, by all means, push forward.

But if these conversations make you feel drained or irritable, it’s time to speak up. Let your family and friends know that you’re thinking long and hard about a possible career move, but the last thing you need is their pressure and opinion on the matter.

Plus, if you moved into a new job because a spouse asked you to try it, and then you hate the new gig, everyone will be miserable.

Trust Your Instincts

There are ample resources as you begin to consider the right career move for you.

You may consider simple personality tests online, or even reading a few books on the topic.

There are even career counselors who can offer advice on your next step. But no matter what the books and quizzes tell you, do a little soul-searching and trust your own instincts.

You might evaluate your strengths-are you great working with animals, or do you enjoy compiling your own home budget?-and your interests, too, like building model airplanes.

Once you’ve identified your own interests and skills, think larger and try to apply them to a potential job field.

For example, working with animals might lead to a career as a vet tech or supervising a humane society.

If you love pulling together a home budget, you might make an awesome accountant.

And if you enjoy model cars or airplanes, perhaps a mechanic or engineer is the best next step for you.

Seek Trusted Mentors Before a Career Move

While some people might offer uninvited opinions, there are others who we need to seek out!

Do you have a trusted mentor-perhaps an old coach or professor-who can give you guidance on your skills?

Even if you think you’re a terrible speaker or writer, it’s possible that others have seen strengths in this area that simply need honing.

Take a look at your network (past and present) and reach out to a few people who you trust for guidance.

Set up coffee or lunch, and let these mentors know that you’re looking to make a move in your career and would love their opinions on what skills they’ve seen in you.

The best part of this idea?

If and when you need references on a resume, these individuals will be more than happy to provide their information. Always remember to send a thank you note to these individuals, too.

Choose Your Field Wisely

Okay, so you’ve asked yourself some hard questions and you’ve sought guidance from a mentor or two: congratulations!

If you want to move forward with the career move, it’s crucial to research your job field of interest before moving forward.

While you have the ability to move into any field you desire, you want to be smart about things. Certain job industries are projected to remain solid in coming years, like nursing and accounting.

But others, like retail, don’t bode well.  So before you invest time and money into opening that cute new clothing shop, think carefully about whether this is a good option.

No matter what field you choose, one thing is true: IT (information technology) and the many sub-industries underneath it, like coding or app development, will be hot for years to come.

Even if you choose a field in healthcare or sales, consider that some knowledge around IT will put you at the forefront.

Next Up: Nail the Requirements

So you’ve chosen the field for your next career move. The next step, of course, is to ensure you’ve met the educational, certification, or training requirements of the job.

Review job listings online for “prerequisites” or “trade school requirements” to see what education or experience is needed in order to apply.

For some careers, like nursing, this might mean an RN degree.

For other careers, like HVAC technician, this might mean a technical program or certification. No matter what you’re interested in, do the research to understand the minimum requirements for the job.

Consider the cost of education and training, too. There’s no such thing as free schooling, so there will be some cost.

But if you’re looking at a $40k Master’s degree in Fine Arts, you might want to think long and hard about whether such an expensive degree is worth it.

Expand Your Network

As soon as you’ve begun your educational requirements, start expanding your network. Make friends with your professors and teachers, join community or industry groups, and start researching local companies that you might be interested in once the job search begins.

As the old saying goes, it’s all about “who you know.” Expanding your list of relevant job contacts is just as important as acing your exams, so don’t overlook this. Internships or volunteer opportunities are a great way to meet people, too.

Once you’re nearing your graduation or program completion date, start contacting companies in your new job field to ask about “informational interviews.” This is a way for you to ask more about the company and the requirements of the job, without the pressure of a formal job interview.

It’s a great way to meet potential future employers, too!

Start Applying!

This is the big moment: you’ve graduated or nailed the certification program, you’ve reached out to local contacts in the industry, and now it’s time to start applying for jobs in your new career.

Give yourself a big pat on the back!

At this point in the process, the most important thing is for you to shine. If you haven’t already, invest in the proper attire for your job interviews. Ensure your resume is spotless, and ask for a second (and third!) pair of eyes on both your resume and cover letter before you begin to send it out.

Be well-prepared for interviews, too. Always bring a notepad, two pens, and at least a dozen questions for the interviewers.

Arrive clean-shaven and well-rested, and always send personalized thank you notes to HR and the interviewer once the interview is over.

A New Year Means a New Career!

It’s not an easy step to take, but making a good career move can be one of the best decisions you make for yourself and your family. By following the tips we’ve outlined above, you’re sure to nail the steps needed to successfully change jobs.

The New Year is a great time to get started.

For more career insight and tips on chasing that dream job, check out the rest of our blog!

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InterCoast Colleges Joins NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/intercoast-colleges-nawic/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/intercoast-colleges-nawic/#respond Wed, 19 Dec 2018 15:30:32 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3437 InterCoast Colleges Joins NAWIC InterCoast is happy to announce its membership in the National Association of Women in Construction, or NAWIC. This partnership will allow InterCoast to join NAWIC in improving the position of women in the construction industry by educating a new generation of women workers in skilled construction trades. Some people think women… Continue Reading InterCoast Colleges Joins NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction)

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InterCoast Colleges Joins NAWIC

Women in Construction with NawicInterCoast is happy to announce its membership in the National Association of Women in Construction, or NAWIC. This partnership will allow InterCoast to join NAWIC in improving the position of women in the construction industry by educating a new generation of women workers in skilled construction trades.

Some people think women aren’t interested in construction, or that women are naturally less able to do construction jobs. Since 1978 the federal government has been working to integrate women into the construction industry, but despite their best efforts, women still only make up about three percent of construction workers.

NAWIC believes women are just as capable as men of working in construction jobs. That’s why they’re working with schools like InterCoast to sponsor scholarships for female students interested in construction trades.

What is NAWIC?

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NAWIC is an organization that forms a support network and source of organization for women in all branches of construction. Their core purpose is to enhance the role of women in the construction industry. Through professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service, and other activities, NAWIC works to improve women’s presence and conditions in the industry.

NAWIC started out with only 16 women in 1953. At that time, the organization was known as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. It wasn’t long before this support network of women workers became successful and began to spread to other cities. By 1955 the organization gained a national charter and became known as the National Association of Women in Construction. Since then, the network has worked tirelessly to improve the working conditions and opportunities for women in the construction industry.

We won’t sugar-coat it for you: women face challenges in construction. In a field made up of 97 percent male workers, women in construction can go full days without seeing another female worker. Sexual harassment and sexist attitudes are something women can encounter almost anywhere, especially on a construction site. Some men don’t want women working in “their” industry, and some will be wary of a woman until she’s proven herself.

women in tradeIt’s not that all the men in construction are bad, or that they have it out for women. It’s just that in an industry that’s mostly male, it’s easier for a bad man to give a female worker a hard time.

NAWIC works to help women who are working with these problems. Progress has been made in other male-dominated industries, such as the military and law enforcement. Women are proving that they can do anything men can do in all industries, and construction is no exception. Tell a woman she can’t do something, and she’ll prove to you she can.

Now, why are we talking about this? Because organizations like NAWIC are changing the status quo. They are working to make the construction more free and equal for men and women. By partnering with NAWIC, InterCoast College is working to make a better future for women in the construction industry.

Construction isn’t Just for Men!

Still, there is a lot of progress to be made to create a more equal construction industry. People might say things like, “Construction is men’s work.” Maybe they’ll say women simply aren’t interested in construction work. Maybe they’ll say women physically aren’t built to do the kind of labor construction calls for.

These are the same kinds of things people have always said to keep women out of industries that “aren’t meant for women.” InterCoast College knows that these things aren’t true and that there is a new generation of women ready to prove they can do construction work just as well as any man.

Why should women be interested in construction work? First off, because there is a massive demand for new workers in construction. Second, because women in construction industries will help close the wage gap between men and women. Let’s take a closer look at both of these reasons.

women in constructionThe construction industry is facing a crisis in the next decade, with 12 percent of construction workers being expected to leave the industry in the next five years. An older generation of construction workers is retiring, and there is a shortage of new workers to replace them. This means there is high demand for construction workers, leading to high wages and competitive benefits for anyone interested in these jobs. Specialized construction work, such as plumbing, can bring even higher average salaries.

Job openings are important to everyone, but the wage gap is something every woman should care about. On average, women earn 25 percent less than men. However, one reason for this is that traditionally “feminine” jobs aren’t paid as well as “masculine” ones. Child care workers, hair stylists, home health aides, housekeepers, and cashiers are paid less on average than “male” workers like house painters, construction laborers, carpenters, and plumbers.

When a woman works in a traditionally male-dominated field, she earns on average 25.9 percent more than other women. (That works both ways, by the way: a man working in a female-dominated field earns 12.5 percent less than other men, on average.) So when women move into construction or other traditionally male-dominated industries, they are not only earning more for themselves, but they’re also working to make a more equal construction industry for all women.

Partnership with NAWIC Means Scholarships Opportunities for InterCoast Students

So what does all of this mean for women who are considering coming to school at InterCoast College? NAWIC is working to make a more integrated construction industry, and one of the ways they’re doing that is by sponsoring scholarships for female students who are interested in pursuing careers in construction.

If you are a woman who is considering a career in construction, talk to an admissions representative for InterCoast College. We’ll help you find out which scholarships you might be qualified for, guide you through the admissions process, and put you on the way to a successful career in construction. Give our admissions office a call or send us an email today to get started. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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The Role of Addiction Counselors in Recovery https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/addiction-counselors/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/addiction-counselors/#respond Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:27:33 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3433 Addiction is a deep-rooted disease. Drug and alcohol addicts suffer from more than just the effects of substance abuse. Their issues are psychological, usually resulting from a mental disorder or even from an event in their past. This is why addicts need professional psychological help during the recovery process. Addiction counselors aid an addict in… Continue Reading The Role of Addiction Counselors in Recovery

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Addiction is a deep-rooted disease. Drug and alcohol addicts suffer from more than just the effects of substance abuse. Their issues are psychological, usually resulting from a mental disorder or even from an event in their past.

This is why addicts need professional psychological help during the recovery process. Addiction counselors aid an addict in various areas of recovery, understanding their addiction and assuring them of their decision to recover.

Are you thinking of becoming an addiction counselor? Understand the role before taking courses. Read on to learn more.

They Communicate

The most important part of your job is to communicate with addicts. They’re enduring a lot during rehab; they have many questions and uncertainties with sobriety.

They’re also coming to terms with their addiction and even a mental disorder or a past event.

As a counselor, you’ll communicate all of this information with them. You’ll use a combination of endearment and understanding but will also use your knowledge of addiction to give them a rational explanation of what they’re going through.

They Listen

While it’s easy to want to give advice and educate an addict, it’s equally important to listen.

An addiction counselor needs to be a great listener. Addicts have many emotions when they go through treatment. Oftentimes, all they need is to just express their feelings.

Listening is also integral because it will help you understand your patient better. You can easily treat their case as unique and can improve as a counselor overall.

They Encourage Recovery

It’s easy to give up; the withdrawal symptoms are difficult, they’re fighting cravings, and are struggling to find a purpose in life.

This is where an addiction counselor comes in. They encourage their patients to stick with rehab and treatment. They let them know how wonderful they’re doing and the benefits a sober lifestyle will bring.

They Create an Alliance With Patients

Addiction counselors are unlike traditional counselors. Addiction counselors create a true bond and connection with their patients. An addict needs a backbone during recovery.

The counselor will create a bond with patients, so they know they always have a support system.

They Focus on a Patient’s Unique Experience

No two recovering addicts are the same. Every addict endures different emotions, symptoms, and thoughts when going through recovery.

An important part of an addiction counselor’s job is to not treat every addict the same. You have to assist their patient through their unique recovery journey.

It’s easy to take every patient like a textbook study.

You’ll likely meet with several patients every day. As you gain experience as an addiction counselor, you’ll learn ways to communicate with each patient to ensure you’re giving them personalized service.

Building Trust

An addict is going through a lot when they’re recovering. They’re enduring one of the most difficult times of their lives. It’s easy for an addict to feel rebellious, to have emotional outbursts and not want to comply with their treatment.

One of the reasons why they behave this way is they’re lacking trust. The substances were their only trusted companion for years. They feel like they have nothing and don’t know what life is without their substance.

Part of your job as a counselor is to help an addict build trust again. Without trust, your patient won’t receive the help they need. This is a skill you’ll learn from experience in the profession.

Refer Patients to Support Groups

Counseling isn’t a former addict’s only option for psychological help. Connecting with like-minded peers helps an addict understand their addiction and reinforces that they’re not alone during the recovery process.

But how does one go about finding support groups? The addiction counselor will start recommending support groups during their first sessions.

As an addiction counselor, build up a list of support groups for different substances. There are even support groups that help former addicts engage in other hobbies, such as yoga or art.

Provide Guidance for Loved Ones

Substance abuse recovery isn’t only about the addict. This process is difficult for loved ones of the addict.

They’re witnessing withdrawals, intense mood swings, and watching their loved one suffer. It’s also common for loved ones to have questions about recovery and are unsure of their roles.

This is where an addiction counselor comes in.

An addiction counselor not only supports the addict but also their loved ones. They provide education on substance abuse, the recovery process, and what loved ones can do to support their loved one.

They will be there from the intervention to the moment when the addict is cleaned up from their addiction. An addiction counselor can also be there after they recover, to provide more guidance on sober living.

They Support Their Client’s Relapse And Recovery Plan

This is the unfortunate part about recovery – the fear of relapsing.

Not only does relapsing ruin their sober lifestyle but relapsing also puts the former addict at life-threatening dangers.

Relapsing is more likely to lead to accidental overdose; the addict will use as much as they did before, and they don’t have that tolerance anymore.

Unfortunately, the former addict’s cravings can become so severe they will give back into their addiction. That’s when a counselor comes in to help.

They will educate the addict about relapsing and will come up with a relapse prevention plan. They will work with the patient to see how they can prevent relapsing after recovery.

Addiction Counselors Are in Big Demand Right Now

Do you love helping people? With so many people suffering from substance abuse, the demand is growing for addiction counselors who are willing to help.

If you want a fulfilling career where you give back, consider helping substance abuse addicts by being an addiction counselor.

If you want to become a counselor, you need the proper schooling. Look at our addiction counselor program.

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