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How to Become an Automotive Service Manager in Texas

If you have hands-on experience in the vehicle repair industry for a while, consider taking the next step — become an automotive service manager.   Automotive Service Manager Job Description If you want to become an automotive service manager in Texas, you should be familiar with the job description. Automotive service managers are professionals who […]

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How Much Does an Administrative Assistant Make in Texas [2021]

Becoming an Administrative Assistant in Texas Those who have the skillset to be an administrative assistant are at an advantage in their job hunt. These roles exist in virtually every industry, allowing the appointed employee to coordinate procedures and services for a corporate department. The day-to-day tasks of an administrative assistant may include essential business […]

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Benefits of Getting an Intuit® QuickBooks User Certification for Bookkeepers in 2021

Intuit QuickBooks is the leading accounting software for small businesses and entrepreneurs. It’s an essential tool bookkeepers use in their day-to-day activities and provides a platform for you to understand accounting concepts while perfecting your accounting skills. Validate your QuickBooks knowledge by taking the Intuit QuickBooks User Certification exam. Why Get an Intuit® QuickBooks User […]

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Harlingen Cotton Committee Awards First Bale Scholarships to Harlingen Welding Students

Harlingen Cotton Committee Awards First Bale Scholarships to Students at Southern Careers Institute’s Harlingen Campus $10,000 in scholarships will benefit students in SCI’s welding program     Harlingen, TX – This morning, 20 Southern Careers Institute (SCI) students were awarded the Harlingen Cotton Committee’s (HCC) first-bale scholarships. The scholarships, totaling $10,000, will benefit Rio Grande […]

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American Heart Month 2021: 15 Reasons to Love Your Heart [Infographic]

Are you showing your heart enough love? February is American Heart Month 2021. And it’s time to reflect on your heart-healthy habits. Heart health is the key to living a long and healthy life, so you can celebrate heart health month until you hit 100 (or even older!). If you’re looking for ways to celebrate […]

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6 Tips for Taking Classes Online: Secrets to Success

For all their benefits, online classes also offer some unique challenges compared to traditional, in-person classes. Whether you’re seeking your first college degree or building on your education, educators at Southern Careers Institute in Texas put together these tips for succeeding in online college courses.   6 Tips for Taking Classes Online Treat Online Courses […]

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Long-haul truck driver demonstrates how to get a commercial driver’s license in 2021.

How to Get a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in 2021

 The trucking industry continues to boom, accounting for nearly six percent of all the full-time jobs across the country. The overall projected employment for truck drivers in the U.S. shows a five percent increase before the end of the decade. In Texas, the projection is higher, showing a 17 percent increase. By 2026, it […]

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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

The technician is the face of the pharmacy. She, or he, provides customer service, handles prescription insurance claims, manages patient records, and, depending upon the state, may repackage prescription medication, and refill prescriptions.   The pharmacist studied pharmacology in college. She, or he, has advanced knowledge regarding drugs and their use. The pharmacist advises patients […]

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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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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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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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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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Valerie D.

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