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Experts at Southern Star Salon share their favorite advice for creating your cold-weather hair routine.

Tips for Healthy Winter Hair: Your Ultimate Cold Weather Hair Routine

 The season’s harsh elements, heated indoors, and use of hot tools steal the moisture from your locks, leaving them more susceptible to breakage and damage, dry scalp, and dandruff. These tips and advice from our hair care experts will help you beat the winter hair woes.  1. Skip the Shampoo This is a great […]

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Woman working in the pharmacy used these tips for passing the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

Tips for Taking the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam

Becoming a Pharmacy Technician in Texas While requirements vary from state to state, to work as a pharmacy technician within the state of Texas, the technician must become certified. Once certified the technician can then be registered with the Board of Pharmacy. So what are the requirements for becoming a certified pharmacy technician? Studying with […]

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Woman who graduated from a business accounting specialist program at a trade school in Texas works in front of her computer.

Trade School in Texas: Everything You Should Know

Trade schools offer certificates and degrees in fields like medical and health sciences, information technology, automotive engineering, and cosmetology. Trade school certificates and degrees can lead to well-paying jobs like mechanic, pharmacy technician, electrician, welder, cosmetologist, and computer technician. The Benefits of Trade School in Texas vs. a Four-Year Degree When discussing trade schools, first […]

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Become a Phlebotomist in Texas and you’ll have a photo like this. Close up of a phlebotomist hands drawing blood from a patient’s arm.

Comprehensive Guide to Become a Phlebotomist in Texas

 What Does a Phlebotomist Do? Phlebotomists primarily work directly with patients, obtaining blood for donation, medical testing, or transfusions. They are trained to collect blood using procedures like venipuncture, heel pricks, or finger pricks, and prepare blood specimens for transport and laboratory testing.  What Education Does a Phlebotomist Need? The educational requirements to become […]

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Female electrical technician installs a electrical outlet in a new build house.

Why Women Should Consider a Career in a Skilled Trade

HVAC, welding, and electrical technicians are skilled tradespeople in high demand Texas-wide. And, for most, when they think of their electrician, they often picture a man. While skilled trades have historically been male-dominated, the trades offer many attractive benefits and opportunities for women. Job Opportunities Exist in Skilled Trade The first reason women should consider […]

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Highly-skilled and trained welders are needed all over Texas to fill structural welding jobs in Texas. | Conceptual photo of structural welder welding a beam on top of construction site.

Structural Welding Jobs in Texas – All You Need to Know

What Do Structural Welders Do? As a structural welder, you can use your skills to cut or repair columns, beams, girders, and supporting structure for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) projects. Additionally, you’ll cut to size, position, and secure construction bars to reinforce concrete. A welder must also be good at repairing old infrastructure […]

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Southern Careers Institute Annual Community Holiday Tree Giveaway 2020

Recently, students, faculty, and staff at each of our eight campuses decorated and donated a total of 26 trees and gifts to families in need. And, this holiday season, this annual tradition took on even more meaning this year, with so many families impacted by COVID-19.  “Giving is in SCI’s DNA and every year our […]

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A male Computer Support Specialist configures and supports PC device hardware using skills verified by the CompTIA A+ Certification Exam

Why a CompTIA A+ Certification is Important When Getting a Job in IT

In addition to being hired faster than uncertified counterparts, through preparation for the CompTIA A+ Certification exam — as well as other globally-recognized certification exams — you will also become a better technician. This will help you get faster promotions and therefore, better remuneration. Here is exactly why you should consider a program featuring a […]

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A Career Medical Billing and Coding: Everything You Should Know

Medical billing and coding is a great career choice for anyone interested in the healthcare industry. And, as the American health care system modernizes, now is a great time to look at a medical billing and coding career. An aging population and increased focus on using information technology to assist in the management of healthcare […]

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How to Use Your Military Spouse Education Benefits in Texas

Pursuing further education can help you improve and grow in your career while your spouse continues theirs. As a military spouse, you are entitled to military benefits ranging from scholarships, grants, and loans to help pay for a vocational training certificate or a college degree. Here’s what you need to know about military spouse education […]

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5 Tips for Balancing The Holidays and College During COVID

So here’s the good news: you’ve got this! 2020 has tested everyone, teaching them unique new coping skills and pushing them to accomplish things they never dreamed possible. We have also put together this list of tips for creating balance during the holidays. So if you’re struggling to stay on top of things this holiday […]

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10 Gift Ideas for Adult College Students

  Here are ten gift ideas for adult college students and learners of every age. Tech Cases Your favorite college student probably relies on technology more than ever this semester and gifting them a new laptop, tablet, or phone case can make studying a bit more fun. These accessories come in a variety of colors […]

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Couple holiday shopping online safely with these tips.

Trusted Tips for Online Holiday Shopping Safety in 2020

Traditionally, the start of the holiday season is synonymous with deals, including the infamous “Black Friday” rush the day after Thanksgiving.  This year, many stores like Walmart aren’t even opening their traditional brick and mortar stores on Thanksgiving. Thanks to the pandemic, many consumers — estimated to be about 60 percent by Salesforce Inc. — […]

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Celebrating Women's Entrepreneur Day 2020. Female entrepreneur mentors her mentee entrepreneur.

Women’s Entrepreneur Day 2020: Why Women Entrepreneurs Need Mentorship

Women’s Entrepreneur Day 2020 celebrates successful women and provides an opportunity for mentorship. Read on for a detailed insight into why we need women in the entrepreneurial world and the best way to find female entrepreneurs who will mentor you. Why Women Need Mentors  Mentorship is critical in entrepreneurship, especially as you move up the […]

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What SCI Students Are Saying

“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”


Denise S.
Medical Assistant

“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”


Raquel S.

“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”


Annette D.
Business Accounting

“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”


Bonnie M
Medical Assistant

“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”


Sidney B
Medical Assistant

“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”


Andrea Garcia

“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”


Olga C.

“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”


Valerie D.

“I am very happy with where I am and where I’m going. Through high school, I struggled with math. When I came to SCI, I enrolled in the Business Accounting Specialist program to see if I could do it. SCI provided me with the accounting skills I needed to help me find a career. Now, I have an amazing career and room to grow in the company.”


Crystal H.
Business Accounting

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