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A lucrative career can start right at community college. Consider the many smart career options that await after completing community college training programs. From horticulture to the music industry, culinary arts to aerospace, we cover the latest hiring practices, job requirements and trends in the job market.
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Are Community College Becoming the New Leader in STEM Education?
We review recent reports showing community colleges are placing a new emphasis on STEM education – with considerable success.
STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) has become the edge the U.S. needs to compete in the global workforce of the 21st century. How to get that education is now a source of discussion for business and education leaders. The shift from four-year schools to a two-year degree is a pronounced one, and while it may not be right for everyone, it is a key component in the economic health of this country. Are community colleges becoming the new leader in STEM education?
 
The Rise of STEM
 
Community College Week reported on 2012 data released by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology that suggested that if the U.S. is to remain a STEM leader, the country must produce one million more STEM graduates than current rates project. The Atlantic reports that according to a 2011 STEM report from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, 92 percent of STEM workers will need post-secondary education by 2018. Around 35 percent of that number will require training at the community college level, while another 65 percent will need baccalaureate degrees.
 
STEM fields are extensive today, including a wide range of engineering and science industries. Some of the fields currently being transformed by innovations in science and technology include construction, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, biotechnology, transportation and energy. STEM might include work with computers, electricity, biochemistry, statistics, engineering and geography. There will also be a demand for teachers who can instruct up . . . read more

High-Growth Jobs You can Land with a Two-Year Degree in 2013
We’ll list some of the jobs you can land with a two-year degree that offer some of the greatest growth potential today.
A two-year degree can launch a lucrative career in a variety of industries today. For those looking for the best job stability and security after college, high-growth careers are a good option. These fields are predicted to enjoy faster than average growth over the next few years, ensuring more jobs will be available for those trained to move into positions. Check out these high-growth jobs you can land with a two-year degree to determine which career is right for you.
 
Nurse
The field of nursing is one of the hottest in terms of growth right now, according to Yahoo Education. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts this field while grow by 26 percent through 2018. As the baby boomer population ages, the need for health care workers, particularly nurses, with continue to increase. Many enter this field with an associate degree in nursing and vocational certification. The average annual salary for a registered nurse is $60,010.
 
Dental Hygienist
Yahoo Finance states that the predicted job growth for dental hygienists through 2018 is a whopping 38 percent. This field also offers excellent income potential, with an average annual salary of around $68,000. Many earning that amount work part-time hours. More dental hygienists will be needed as the demand for high quality dental care increases across the United States. Most dental hygienists enter the field with a two-year associate degree.
 
Medical Coder
Medical coders and medical information technicians maintain patient records for doctors’ offices, clinics and hospitals . . . read more

Casino Training Coming to Massachusetts Community Colleges
In preparation for the newly approved industry on its way to Massachusetts, community colleges across the state are partnering with the gambling industry to provide casino training.
In a proactive approach to employee Massachusetts residents, community colleges are partnering with a number of entities to bring casino training to their campuses. The new addition will be in preparation for the construction of at least one casino in the western region of the state. Training will be offered in all aspects of casino operations, from entry-level jobs all the way to management positions.
 
Collaboration Involves Multiple Partners
 
The new training collaboration brings a number of entities in the state together, including the Massachusetts Casino Careers Training Institute (a consortium of 15 community colleges and some four-year schools in the state), Penn National Gaming, MGM Resorts International, Western Massachusetts Development Associates, and Mohegan Sun. MGM, Penn and Mohegan Sun are all vying to put a casino into the state. According to state law, as many as three new casinos could be built in the state, although specific plans and locations are still pending.
 
Despite the uncertain plans for the casino additions, plans to train up workers for the industry are already being put into place. Mass Live reports that the college consortium and casino developers have signed worker training agreements with four prospective casino developers, and also have a signed agreement with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. It is this latter organization that will be responsible for choosing the Western Massachusetts casino.
 
The two schools leading up the consortium are Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College, which are both located near the area where a western casino . . . read more

Top 10 Healthcare Careers to Land with a Community College Degree in 2013
The healthcare field is booming in 2013 – we’ll look at some of the top career choices in the industry that you can enter with just a two-year degree program.
The health care industry is one of the hottest, in terms of employment and job stability, this year. The really good news is that many of the in-demand positions in health care can be landed with a two-year degree from your local community college. Check out these top 10 healthcare careers you can move into with a community college degree.
 
Dental Hygienist
Dental hygienists assist dentists in their offices, educating patients and providing cleaning and preventative care. According to a report in U.S. News and World Report, the average annual salary for these professionals is around $68,000, and many only work part time. You can launch your career as a dental hygienist with a two-year degree at your local community college. Many schools feature dental laboratories, where students work with actual patients for practical, hands-on experience. In some states, hygienists must also pass an examination to practice, but community colleges often provide the preparation and opportunities for testing as part of the degree program.
 
Medical Laboratory Technician
This medical professional performs routine laboratory tests for diagnostic and monitoring purposes. Tests might include blood and urine tests, as well as examinations of tissue and other bodily fluids. Medical laboratory technicians typically work in the lab of a hospital, according to the website for the MHA Health Careers Center. They might also work in the laboratories of public health clinics, universities and biomedical companies. The average annual salary for a medical laboratory technician is around $32,000, and job . . . read more

Top Careers for 2013 You can Land with a Two-Year Degree
We list some of the hottest careers predicted for 2013 that you can enter with just a two-year degree from your local community college.
Make 2013 your most lucrative year yet, by launching a degree program in one of the hottest career fields of the year. Some of the most in-demand positions of this decade can be landed with a two-year degree from your local community college. Training is relatively short and cost-effective, and the potential in some of these fields provides plenty of prospects for the future. Check out the best careers for 2013 that you can start with an associate degree.

Dental Hygienist
Still holding the top spot as one of the most promising careers of the decade, the job of a dental hygienist involves working directly with patients to provide education and preventative care. Dental hygienists typically work in the offices of dentists or orthodontists, keeping regular office hours. Many work part time with flexible scheduling and job sharing options available. According to U.S. News and World Report, the average annual salary for a dental hygienist is $69,280, and the outlook for job growth is excellent as more dentists add hygienists to their staff in order to increase patient load.
 
Real Estate Appraiser
According to MyKelly.com, both commercial and residential real estate appraisers should enjoy significant job growth over the next few years. This position involves assessing all types of properties to determine current value for resale or financing purposes. Appraisers must have a solid understanding of real estate principles and practices, as well as basic processes involved in appraisals and property sales. MyKelly.com cites 22 percent growth for . . . read more
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Culinary Careers

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Business Careers

Jump start a career in business right at your community college. Explore the various business degree programs available, from marketing to human resources, these articles will provide you with valuable information on business career opportunities for community college graduates. Many famous entrepreneurs started their careers at community college, add your name to the list.

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There are lots of lucrative careers for community college graduates. Here we’ll cover the top career choices for two-year degree holders, six-figure jobs you can land with an associate’s degree, and how community college can take your career to the next level.

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