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Allison Brenner

Allison Brenner

Allison Brenner is a copywriter with James Madison High School and Ashworth College. Alli, holds a B.S. Journalism from the Georgia Southern University College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Jewelry Design courses + Pinterest + Etsy = Success!

Written by Allison Brenner on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Career

Jewelry Design Courses + Pinterest + Etsy = Success!

Jewelry has come to be an important part of people's lives. From engagement rings to family heirlooms, a good piece of jewelry does more than dress up an outfit. It can represent your birth month, celebrate a momentous occasion and transcend generations. There are movies, songs and works of art dedicated to this touchtone accessory. So why not combine your creativity and passion for fashion and begin taking jewelry design courses?

How the economy will shape your Interior Decorator career

Written by Allison Brenner on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Career

How The Economy Will Shape Your Interior Decorator Career

Turning a house into a home or a bland office into a personalized business space takes more than hanging a few pictures on a wall. Adding furniture and a fresh coat of paint can help, but it takes a professional interior decorator to transform rooms into comfortable, inviting and useful places. If you want to become an interior decorator, specialized training is key.

Consider Electronic Health Records Management training for a career with a future

Written by Allison Brenner on Tuesday, 04 March 2014. Posted in Career, Healthcare

Consider Electronic Health Records Management Training For a Career With a Future

With technology advancing every day, it's no surprise that business processes are changing along with it. Every industry is constantly adapting to the latest equipment that can best assist organizational efficiency in their particular industry. The healthcare field is especially quick to embrace any new improvement that will help save patients' money, time and, of course, lives.

How taking property management courses online mimics extreme makeover - home edition

Written by Allison Brenner on Monday, 21 October 2013. Posted in Career, Online College

How your dream career is like the tv show

How Taking Property Management Courses Online Mimics Extreme Makeover - Home Edition

For the past ten years, the popular TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has come into homes across America with inspiring stories that bring together appreciative families their local community and the nuts and bolts of home repair. The result is always a dwelling that makes the residents feel truly at home. While the programming is pitched as a home renovation show, it is really about much more than that. It’s not just a hard hat host Ty Pennington wears on the show – it’s a combination of a lot of hats. Besides acting as real estate agent, interior designer and personal counselor, he is also a fantastic property manager.

Medical Billing training prepares you for a recession-proof career

Written by Allison Brenner on Friday, 18 October 2013. Posted in Career, Healthcare

Begin working in the growing medical billing industry!

Medical Billing Training Prepares You For A Recession-Proof Career

The economy and its adverse effects on businesses and employment are on the minds of people all across America. While it may seem like everything from banks to real estate to the corner coffee shop are taking a hit, in truth there are some businesses that continue to thrive and even prosper no matter how the economy stories trending. The medical field, for example, is an integral part of our everyday lives and thrives regardless of what happens on Wall Street.

This Mother’s Day make mom proud - start your career training

Written by Allison Brenner on Tuesday, 07 May 2013. Posted in Why Ashworth

Give yourself a better future and honor Mom at the same time!

This Mother’s Day Make Mom Proud - Start Your Career Training

Mother's Day is here and rather than giving her yet another picture frame or a bottle of perfume, give Mom something she will really love. Mothers instill hopes and dreams into their children with the expectation their children will grow up to accomplish great things. For this reason, showing Mom your determination to reach your goals and have a better life is a gift she can really be proud of.

Online college - Is it right for you?

Written by Allison Brenner on Tuesday, 05 February 2013. Posted in Online College, Why Ashworth

See if going to college online is the right choice for you!

Online College - Is It Right For You?

Choosing which college is right for you depends on an assortment of factors. Does the school offer your major? Do you like the teaching approach and class size? And, most importantly, does it fit in with your lifestyle? For many people, trying to squeeze in education around work, family, friends and other obligations has been a struggle. If you find yourself having trouble fitting it all in, online education may be for you.

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What Kinds of Jobs Can You Get with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education?

Career What Kinds of Jobs Can You Get with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education?

An online Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education is designed for aspiring educators who want to develop a career focused on teaching children age 4 and younger. Though you may have stayed at home with a sitter or guardian, or attended a loosely-programmed preschool or play group at that age, it’s now the 2010s and expectations for life pre-K now include structured education by teachers who have earned degrees specifically for this field.

Become a preschool teacher

If you have a heart for little kids and patience to boot, consider earning your online Associate Degree and preparing for a job as a preschool teacher! The main goal of preschool is for toddlers to gain language, motor, and social skills while having lots and lots of fun.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for preschool teachers is projected to increase 10% between 2016 and 2026.* That’s a faster-than-average growth projection for all occupations during the same time period. Since the typical requirement for launching a career as a preschool teacher is the completion of an Associate Degree, that leaves plenty of time to get started, graduate, and secure a position in this growing field.

Positions for preschool teachers are available through Head Start programs, private early childhood education centers, churches and faith-based schools, as well as through tutoring, nannying, and at-home childcare services.

The need for preschool teachers is projected to increase 10% between 2016 and 2026—a faster than average growth for all jobs!

Bilingual or want to be? Teach ELLs or become an au pair

As more school systems throughout the U.S. enroll first-generation citizens from non-English-speaking homes, there’s a growing need for trained teachers who can help the youngest of students learn English. Becoming a preschool teacher who works with English Language Learners (ELLs) is a unique way to apply your passion for ECE to a demographic of children who can greatly benefit from your language skills.

If private childcare and teaching is more your style—and you have a sense of adventure—use your ECE degree to become an au pair for a family outside the U.S., or nanny for a foreign family that’s recently moved to the U.S. In both situations, your training will bolster the children’s English-speaking skills and you’ll gain a world of knowledge about another culture.

Ready to learn how to play with purpose? Check out the curriculum of our Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Or practice your ABCs and enroll today!

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Preschool Teachers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/preschool-teachers.htm (visited October 31, 2018).

Personal trainer and fitness client with dumbbell sitting on weight bench.

Career Why Ashworth Online personal training courses for NCSF-CPT prep

Look at you! You got swole and you loved it so much you’ve decided to help others get swole. What’s your next step? Professional certification! You already look the part of a legit personal trainer and that’s excellent for marketing your skills. But it’s a professional certification that really shows your potential clients that you’re qualified to train them. In other words, it gives them permission to trust you right from the start.

Get your brain in shape in as few as four months

Don’t worry, training your brain for certification won’t take as long as training your body into the best physical shape of your life. You also don’t have to go anywhere to get it done; you can learn everything you need to know with online personal training courses at Ashworth College. Our Personal Trainer Career Diploma program can be completed in as few as four months and you can study at your own pace.

The program curriculum aligns with the standards set by the National Council on Strength and Fitness and helps prep you specifically for their Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification exam. Because of the NCSF mission to promote high levels of professional competency, ethics, and safety, their CPTs are considered highly-reputable industry wide.

Why the NCSF-CPT certification exam?

There are nearly a dozen well-known certification programs available for aspiring personal trainers. They feature a range of costs, time commitments, and reputation levels. Here are some reasons why Ashworth College chose to base our program on the NCSF-CPT exam:

  • It’s accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
  • The pass rate is about 57%. It’s not an open book test like the ISSA exam which has an 89.9% pass rate, but it is passable.
  • The NCSF requires fewer Continuing Education Units than other CPT certifications which means ongoing recertification requirements will take less time and money.*

By the way, when you enroll in the Personal Trainer Career Diploma program at Ashworth College, you’ll also have the cost of the NCSF-CPT exam, practice test, study guides, and a 1-year membership covered by tuition! Once you graduate, you’ll be ready to sit for your exam without jumping through hoops. We’ll help you get prepped and get done so you can start pursuing your passion for personal training with confidence.


*https://www.fitnessmentors.com/best-personal-trainer-certification/

How can I change careers as an established adult?

Career Why Ashworth Changing Careers to Find Success

If your job no longer excites you as much as it once did, you may need to consider changing careers. It seems like an intimidating idea at first, but no matter where you are in your work life, making a career change could be the solution that leads to a happier, more successful you.

How do you know what to change?

Before you can find success tackling something new, you have to understand what you’re leaving behind. Acknowledging that you are not happy with your current job–and figuring out why–is the first step to making a career change. Many people who are unhappy at work fall into one of these categories:

  1. Contentment with role and responsibilities, but lack of enthusiasm about industry.
  2. Enthusiasm about industry, but a desire for different responsibilities and opportunities.
  3. Lack of fulfillment with position, industry, and everything else that relates to work.

Feelings of discontent are extremely common when it comes to the working life and nearly everyone feels them to some degree at one time or another. But if you’re feeling unhappy at work more often than not, for your own health and well-being, you need to be proactive about making a change on your own terms.

Step one of finding a new path is homing in on what exactly you want to change and why. Write down your "wants" and your "don’t wants” about work. You’re not signing any dotted lines here, you’re just making notes for your own personal reference. Put everything on the table no matter how selfish or outrageous it seems because drawing hard lines between what you want and don’t want makes every step towards a new career much more likely to result in success.

If you need some guidance thinking through your feelings about your work, take this quick quiz to find out what kind of a career change might best suit your needs. You may benefit from a little tweak or you may be inspired to tackle something totally new.

How do you achieve change?

One you figure out what kind of career change will inspire you, you can start taking steps toward it. In some cases, you may just need to ask the boss for a new opportunity or project that will challenge you without taking you too far from your current role. That could require a refresh of your skills, or a few steps into a new subject area. Earning a career-specific certification can be a smart investment here. You can expand your opportunities at work by digging deeper into a creative skill, business skill, trade, or something totally new.

If you’ve determined you need to make a drastic career change, you may need to start a new degree, or finish one you didn’t complete. Don’t worry! Returning to college is not as scary as it seems. The right school can be affordable and flexible to fit into your already busy schedule.

Check out the opportunities here at Ashworth College. We provide online diploma, degree, certificate and career training programs that give you freedom and flexibility to pursue additional education on your time, from your own home, and without the need for Federal student loans. You may find yourself in that dream career a lot faster than you thought possible.

 
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