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Trade Schools: San Antonio Trends

Like any other industry, vocational education is evolving rapidly. Trade schools San Antonio must respond to every major change in technology, consumer interest, and the economy, providing students with valuable training under all conditions. The city’s most important trade school trends include:

Online Options
One of the most significant trends that is shaping trade schools San Antonio is the increasing move toward online education. As larger numbers of students gain access to the Internet, more are choosing online training as a way to incorporate their studies into their daily schedule. Trade schools are eager to take advantage of this new trend, and while adjusting their curricula to a digital format has not been easy, many have made strides toward effective online education. The Southern Careers Institute, for example, has already launched online versions of its Medical Billing & Coding and Business Accounting programs. As a result, the school has been able to cut costs while appealing to a wider range of students.

Medical Manifestation
From ICD-10 to the Affordable Care Act to a wide variety of other laws, Federal and state lawmakers are forcing hospitals to put an increasing amount of time and effort into their medical records. As medical regulations grow stricter and more complicated, hospitals need to hire an increasing number of billing and coding specialists to file their data, creating a wealth of new job opportunities. This trend has not escaped trade schools San Antonio, who are increasingly offering training in medical billing, coding, and related skills. Both of the Southern Careers Institute’s San Antonio campuses offer Medical Billing & Coding classes, as does Kaplan College, while ITT Tech offers training in Health Records Analysis. The importance of medical coding to trade schools San Antonio will only increase in the near future. Besides medical coding, trade schools San Antonio are also emphasizing allied health professions more broadly. Hospitals and clinics need support staff to reduce hospital stays by quickly treating patients, and are thus hiring increasing numbers of medical assistants. The city’s trade schools are thus stepping up their efforts to train medical assistants, as well as nursing assistants, vocational nurses, and other related specialists.

In-Depth Internships
In virtually all modern industries, whom you know is at least as important as what you know, which is why trade schools in San Antonio are increasingly focusing on internships as a way to train their students. Internships allow trade school students to meet potential employers, business partners, and co-workers, forming close connections by working side-by-side. As a result, students have a much easier time finding jobs or starting their own businesses once they graduate. Internships also offer hands-on experience working in the intended field, helping students to develop the day-to-day skills necessary for success. The more extensive the internship, the easier it will be for the student to transition from the classroom to the workplace. Internships are particularly important for students in online programs. For all its benefits, online education encourages students to study their material at home or in other places that have nothing to do with the job they’re training for. Internships force them to consider the practical sides of the fields they are studying. As a customer, you are the primary driver of changes in San Antonio trade schools. This means that whatever your interests and learning needs, you are likely to find schools that can accommodate you. For more information on selecting the right school, contact the Southern Careers Institute today.  

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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.”

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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.

“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.”

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Crystal H.
Business Accounting

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