After May Macdowall experienced the quality and flexiblity of the Madison School of Healthcare online BSN completion program, she sang its praises to anyone who would listen. And one of those who heard her the loudest was her daughter, Maeghan. At 19, Maeghan was determined to attend college but wasn’t having a lot of success with the local institution. So she joined her mother at Ashworth College, and now the duo attend classes together – yet separately – in different online programs.
May had been a nurse for 30 years when she decided to pursue a BSN degree. “You never want to be left behind in your career, and the BSN is the new standard for nursing,” May explained. “Plus, I feel as a nurse I’m trying to help people be their best, so I should also be the best I can.”
As a board certified case manager, May helps injured employees return to function by providing rehabilitation nursing and facilitating all the services required to restore an employee to health. In this position May isn’t required to hold a BSN, but having the degree will allow her to keep her options open for the future. “Even though I’m not working in an acute care setting now, you never know what the future might hold,” May said, “and if I ever wanted to go back into that type of environment, especially at a magnet facility, I would need the BSN.”
Even though she doesn’t need the degree for her current career, May says she has already found value in the BSN curriculum. “The population-based nursing module gave me a broader perspective on socioeconomic factors that affect care and how patients view care,” she said, “and that is knowledge I’ve already been able to apply in my job as a case manager.”
As May has been pursing her BSN online, Maeghan was graduating high school and looking at her career options. “I’m planning to go into real estate, but I wanted to have a solid backup plan, in case the economy or some other factor affected home buying in the future,” she said.
Maeghan signed up for classes at a local community college but found the rigid schedule didn’t fit her needs. “I work and also am a Mary Kay consultant, so it was very hard to fit traditional classes into my schedule,” she explained.
Then one day her mother suggested she look into Ashworth College. “I loved hearing how convenient it was for my mom to take classes,” Maeghan said. “I ended up enrolling in the Bachelor of Business Administration online program, and it works great for me. I can see a client, then study, then see another client. This program really fits my lifestyle.”
And Maeghan points out another benefit of her online-only education: pacing. “One thing I really like about the online program is the pace is not dictated by the instructor,” she explained. “In a classroom, sometimes the instructor will dwell on information you already understand, but then skim over something that doesn’t make sense. In my program, I can focus on the areas I don’t understand and reach out for help. My instructors have been very supportive in sending me links to additional, relevant material to assist me.”
As the Macdowall family story illustrates, online education can work for anyone, no matter their age. With maximum flexibility to start classes whenever you want and to study at your own pace, online education makes so much sense. As May puts it, “Online education is just such a reasonable option.”
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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.
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.
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:
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.
Terrence Jones of Raleigh, North Carolina, should have been a concert pianist. In fact, he graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Music degree in performance piano from Virginia State University. But there was one small problem.
“I walked the stage and got my degree, but I never actually finished my recital,” Terrence laughs today. “I completed all the coursework, but hey, it’s difficult to memorize an hour-long recital and then play it for an audience from memory.”
And while Terrence still plays the piano daily, he harbors no dreams of making his living as the next “piano man.” Instead, he used his first college experience to drive his determination to finish a different education and get started on a new, lucrative career path.
After completing his music degree, Terrence returned to Raleigh and began working as a server in various chain restaurants. Eventually he took a position as a banquet server at a local Sheraton hotel, which proved to be a life-altering decision.
“As I progressed in my career as a banquet server, I became very curious about how it all worked behind the scenes,” Terrence said. “I started asking questions about how everything came together – how the event contracts were negotiated, and all of that stuff.”
Terrence’s supervisors took note of his curiosity and began to mentor him. “Eventually one of them said to me, ‘You’re going to have to get an education to advance in this career,’ and that’s when I found Ashworth College,” he said.
— Terrence Jones, Ashworth College graduate
Terrence enrolled in the Ashworth College career diploma program in hotel and restaurant management in 2016, determined to finish it. He said the sense of “unfinished business” left by his first college experience drove his desire to complete the entire program this time around. It probably helped his determination when he experienced the immediate value of his coursework.
“When I was enrolled in the hotel management program, I was working at a thirty year old property that was undergoing renovation, and the first educational concept I learned in the course was that hotels must keep up with trends in order to remain viable,” Terrence said. “There was an instant, direct correlation between my education and the real world. I’ll give you another example: when I attended my very first sales meeting, they used the term RPM – rate per room – and I understood it! I felt like, wow, the lightbulb has turned on for me.”
Not long after completing the hotel management career diploma at Ashworth College, Terrence enrolled in the event planning program, which he finished in 2018. These two shrewd educational moves have boosted his career tremendously.
“In less than seven years I went from making $16.25 an hour as a server to making over $50,000 a year as a catering and convention manager,” Terrence says with delight. “Ever since I stepped into Ashworth College online, my life began to change. I truly give it all to God. I’m so surprised at where the courses have taken me so far.”
Some people hit their career stride early, while others take a more meandering path, as Terrence did. He turned 43 this past year and now sees his career future as a boundless opportunity to succeed. “My next step probably will be to take some finance courses, to get a better handle on that end of things,” he says of his plans. “My ultimate goal is to be a general manager.”
No doubt this should-have-been-pianist who followed his curiosity to a satisfying career in hotel management will succeed.
Whether, like Terrence, you’re looking to launch a new career, or perhaps advance in your current industry, Ashworth College offers a range of career diploma, career certificates, and advanced degrees to meet your needs. Getting started is simple and we’ll help keep you on track. Talk to an admissions advisor today to learn more.
Animal lovers, rejoice! You can take your passion for furry (and scaly…and feathered) critters to the next level by becoming a veterinary technician. But before you take the plunge, how much do you know about vet tech salary? How much do vet techs make, anyway? Let’s dive into the key factors that affect vet tech pay.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for veterinary technicians and technologists looks rosy. The profession is expected to grow much faster than average, adding more than 20,000 jobs over the next decade.
That means demand for vet techs is high right now, and the wages are correspondingly generous. The median pay for vet techs runs $33,400 per year. “Median” means half of vet techs earn more than that, while half earn less. The top 10 percent of vet techs make more than $50,000 per year. That’s not chicken feed.
So how can you land the higher-paying vet tech jobs? It comes down to which industry you work in, as well as your geographic location.
Many people think of vet techs as the people who work at their veterinarian’s office, but veterinary technicians actually work in a wide range of industries, from advocacy organizations to zoos. And how much a vet tech makes can hinge on what industry they decide to work in.
The top-paying industry for vet techs is the federal government’s executive branch, with an annual mean wage of $51,320. The executive branch includes agencies like the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce, which may employ vet techs to work in animal inspection jobs, at fisheries, or in other interesting positions. Other top-paying industries for vet techs include:
In addition to the industry you choose to work in as a vet tech, your geographic location can affect your pay, too. If you want to earn the highest salary as a vet tech, pack up the van and move to one of these states.
And which states pay the least to vet techs?
As you can see, a vet tech salary can be very generous. And because the profession is growing, there’s never been a better time to get started on this path. Learn more about the AVMA CVTEA-accredited online veterinary technician program at Ashworth College or talk to an Admissions Advisor today by calling 1-800-957-5412.
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