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5 Excellent Tips for Returning to School After a Hiatus

 Have a Clear Goal   One important tip for returning to school after a hiatus is to have a clear goal in your mind. Having this type of goal will help you to achieve it because you know exactly what you are aiming for. Choosing a S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measured, attainable, relevant, time-based) goal and […]

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We Need More Women in Skilled Trades – Here’s Why

However, that vision is about 80 years old, and women still make up only about 10% of the skilled trades industry. Of the women who are in the workforce, only 3% of them work within a skilled trade. With the continual need for a skilled workforce, now is a great time for women to consider […]

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Tips for Successful Engagement in Online Courses

Students that migrate from in-person learning to online may encounter some challenges and difficulties previously unbeknownst to them.  So we’ve come up with a list of tips for online learners to ensure they have the best chance at succeeding in this new world of education! Remove Distractions Picture your high school days when you would […]

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5 Tips for Online Students in 2022

Create a Conducive Working Space When you have a good working space, it helps you think and act purposefully. Make sure your workspace is free of clutter and is well-organized. Besides, being organized is an essential element of a successful online student. Also, your space should accommodate a chair and desk, and it shouldn’t be […]

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Labor Shortage Results in Long Waits at Local Pharmacies

 Many people do not realize they can become certified pharmacy technicians without a four-year degree. This is an essential healthcare position that welcomes young people in Texas who have a high school diploma or GED. Pharmacy Technician Responsibilities The pharmacy technician fills the prescriptions. The job includes: Locating the correct medication Counting out pills […]

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Starting Online Classes? Tips to Reduce Your Stress

 Create a Space for Learning Have you ever walked into a room, forgotten what you were doing, and gone back through the door to remember? This is one of the most common ways people notice that learning and memory connect to location. Without knowing it, students link memories of physical classrooms to what they […]

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Examining Both Sides of Professional Environments: Office Life and Work From Home

 On the bright side, stepping outside of your comfort zone typically manifests a positive change, allowing us to experience growth and promote outside-the-box thinking. For many workforce members, the shift from in-person duties to work from home brings new opportunities and a fresh outlook on life. Depending on specific roles and duties, members of […]

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Understanding Welding and the Different Types Involved

 Did you know there are different types of welding? While all these methods achieve the same thing, how they operate is what sets each apart. This difference in operation makes one type of welding suitable for certain kinds of applications in comparison to the others. Let’s take a look at four of the most […]

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Online Courses Can Help Prepare You for a Future of Remote Work

 Life isn’t always better when learning or working remotely; anyone who’s partaken in hours of education via a computer screen will tell you it can be a drag. It doesn’t have to be. If you’re willing to hone your skills in an online educational environment, SCI Online is here to help you learn.  Let’s […]

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Projections from the IHS Inc's Health Workforce model revealed there would be a shortage for: Certified nurse-midwives Certified registered nurse anesthetists Nurse practitioners Registered nurses Another report shows the Houston healthcare sector will experience a momentous workforce scarcity by 2036. The situation will lead to state losses of approximately $18.6 billion in GDP. There will be 111,000 open jobs if the government fails to develop an adequate workforce pipeline. In this case, the shortage revolves around doctors, medical office specialists, medical assistants, nurse aides, among other specialists. The report is by the Center for Houston's Future (CHF). Why the Increasing Shortage in Healthcare Workers? One factor responsible for the healthcare workers' shortage is the high Texas population growth rate. The rate is more than twice the national average. Texas has the second largest population in the United States, with almost 28 million residents. It also ranks highest as the state with the largest annual population. Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show this growth trend will continue. The expansion of existing hospitals and construction of new ones is also a favorable response to this trend. Baby boomers are also living longer and experiencing more chronic illnesses, hence the growing demand for healthcare services. The state documents the shortage of primary care physicians and several other specialists, including psychiatrists. Approximately 80% of the counties in Texas are mental health professional shortage areas, while 40% of the state's primary care health needs are currently unmet. Nurses and allied healthcare workers' shortages contribute to this problem. Investing in the Future of Healthcare As COVID-19 continues to spread, it's clear that healthcare professionals are the backbone of the healthcare system. They're the frontline heroes who play a role in the containment of the pandemic. Nurses, in particular, play a role in bridging the gap between patients and physicians. HCA Houston has approximately 7,000 registered nurses, making it one of the largest nurse employers in the greater Houston area. The Texas Legislature has invested a significant amount of money in increasing the size of the skilled workers in Texas. Additional investment is necessary to combat the severe shortage of nurses, physicians, and other professionals in the healthcare industry. Growing the healthcare workforce in Texas is a top priority for the Texas Hospital Association. Starting a Career in the Healthcare Industry As the population grows, healthcare jobs become available. The healthcare industry in Texas is a big business in need of skilled leaders and professionals to move the field in the right direction. As Texas continues to experience shortages, it's an excellent point that this is an ideal time to pursue a career in the healthcare profession. If you've been wondering if this is the right direction to take, the data clearly shows you have a bright future as a healthcare professional. At Southern Careers Institute, we have various programs to help you train in the skills you need to pursue these careers. Contact us today to seek more information about healthcare programs at SCI's eight campuses in Texas.

An Increasing Demand for Healthcare Workers as the Population Grows

 Projections from the IHS Inc’s Health Workforce model revealed there would be a shortage for: Certified nurse-midwives Certified registered nurse anesthetists Nurse practitioners Registered nurses Another report shows the Houston healthcare sector will experience a momentous workforce scarcity by 2036. The situation will lead to state losses of approximately $18.6 billion in GDP. There […]

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SCI Grad Spotlight: Jacquelyn G. Helps Save a Life

Guerrero was checking in with the patient over the phone when she realized his speech was impaired – a tell tale sign of a stroke. She kept the patient on the phone talking while medical assistance went to his home. The man is now recovering at a Houston hospital, and Guerrero played a huge part […]

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Top Ten Reasons to Pursue a Trade Career

 1. Less Debt It is common for people to find higher education expensive. According to The College Board, the average tuition cost for a student is about $10,000 annually. Many college graduates will leave school with little practical experience and a mountain of student loans that you can avoid with trade schools. 2. Faster […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Consider Online Learning

 With many schools offering both in-person and online learning opportunities, it’s now essential to consider the best choice between the two learning modes. Choosing online learning provides you with several benefits, and here we highlight five reasons to learn online. 1.  Enhanced Learning Flexibility One reason why you should consider online learning is the […]

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The Continual Need for a Skilled Workforce

In this article we will discuss: Why we need a skilled workforce now more than ever Examples of trades in need of workers How to enter the workforce and receive training Why do we need a skilled workforce now? While new skilled workers are always in demand, the labor shortage occurring now is affecting trades […]

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What SCI Students Are Saying

"Just finished school for welding. Had the best experience with Southern Careers Institute, and had a lot of fun with my buddies. Already working at SpaceX. SCI is the place to be guys! Don't wait any longer, sign up!”

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Enrique H.
Welding

"I recently achieved my dream of becoming a CDL driver, passing my CDL exams at our local DMV in Edinburg. Mr. Gonzalez was such a great instructor, even though it was raining I passed with flying colors!”

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Juan L.
Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator

“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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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