Career Training

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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Careers: Glass Blowing

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Careers: Glass Blowing
If mixing your creativity with beautiful glass sounds inspiring, consider starting your hobby or career in glass blowing at community college.
Are you looking for a whole new field of study at community college? Why not give glass blowing a try? This popular hobby is now being offered in courses at community colleges across the country.  Whether you are looking for a profession as a glass blowing artisan or simply want to add another piping hot hobby to your repertoire, glass blowing might be the opportunity to let your inner artist shine. This article will explore the history and craft of glass blowing and provide a few samples of colleges that are offering formal training in this skill.
 
What is Glass Blowing?
 
According to Wise Geek, the history of glass blowing dates back to approximately 200 BCE. During those very early years, glass blowing was primarily used to create vessels to hold liquids. Through its long evolution, glass blowing has become an art form used for creating beautiful pieces that lovers of the craft can proudly display in their homes and office buildings.
 
The process of glass blowing requires very hot conditions, created by heating ash and limestone in a fiery furnace. The glass is heated to a molten state, where it can be molded and shaped into everything from large vessels to tiny detailed forms. The shaping takes place through a blowpipe that the artist blows into to form a bubble within the molten glass. Details can be added to the glass during the blowing process, using tweezers to pull and shape the glass into various forms.
 
This video explains glass blowing
 
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Careers: Brewing Beer

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Careers: Brewing Beer
The microbrewing industry is growing tremendously, and now aspiring beer brewers can get the training they need starting at community college.
Home brewing has become a popular pastime for brewmasters across the country. The art of mixing hops, malt, and yeast to produce a wide range of beer flavors mixes the best science, math and home economics have to offer. If this list sounds like a roster for higher education courses, that is apparently what some community colleges have thought as well! This craze has moved to campuses, with more and more colleges offering classes in how to brew the perfect glass of ale. We have a listing of some of the colleges featuring beer brewing training, along with the details of the courses they offer.
This video describes the craft brewing, packaging and service operations certificate class at Grand Rapids Community College's Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.
Cabrillo College Gets into the Brewing Act
California resident Mark Taylor has a love of beer brewing that dates back more than a decade. This amateur brewmaster mixes a variety of ales at home, and he keeps four beers on tap in a converted refrigerator. Taylor decided he wanted to share his love of his craft with others and sent proposals for a home brewing course to four different community colleges nearby. According to a report at the Santa Cruz Sentinel, those first four offers fell short, but another community college eventually took Taylor up on his offer.
Cabrillo College in Aptos decided to give Taylor's beer brewing class a go. 17 students
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Careers: Business Middle Skills

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Careers: Business Middle Skills
If you are looking for a highly demanded, stable career with excellent growth potential, consider starting with "middle skills" training at your local community college.
While our economy is slowly digging its way out of the current financial crisis, many are wondering whether jobs will come back to a nation that faces one of its highest unemployment rates in history. Financial and employment experts are predicting that there will be a resurgence of employment in the not so distant future – but it may be in career fields we don't expect. The "middle skills" positions are predicted to become the wave of the future, and community colleges are ready across the country to prepare individuals of all ages for lucrative, stable careers in these industries.
What is a "Middle Skill" Job?

"Middle skill" is the new term coined for jobs that require more education than a high school diploma, but less than a four-ear degree. These jobs are found in healthcare, IT and electronics, and they are touted as some of the up and coming careers over the next decade. Community colleges are perfectly poised to handle the training for such positions, with highly specialized programs that educate students while preparing them for a rewarding career after graduation.

A report at Connected California explains that the term "middle-skill" refers specifically to the level of training required for the job, and should not be confused with the competence or experience of the employees who work in these positions. Many of the employees working in these positions have had highly specialized training, and some even boast years of work experience that has
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Healthcare Careers: Caregiver

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Healthcare Careers: Caregiver
With the growing number of Baby Boomers reaching their golden years, the demand for caregivers is surging. Learn about a career in caregiving and how you can get your training at community college.
The trend in the United States has gradually been moving from placing elderly patients in hospitals and long-term care facilities to allowing them to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible. To achieve that goal, the role of the home caregiver has also expanded, with more need for these trained professionals than ever before. Home caregivers make regular trips to the homes of patients to help them live independently for as long as possible. While training for qualified caregivers has not kept up with demand, new training programs are cropping up at community colleges around the country to get more professionals into this rewarding career.
 
Jobs for Caregivers
 
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for home caregivers and health aides is expected to increase exponentially as the demand for these professionals rises. Many caregivers work part-time evenings and weekends, while others find full-time employment. Some of the duties of a home caregiver might include:
  • Working with elderly or physically or mentally disabled patients to help them live independently
  • Helping patients recently discharged from hospitals as they recover from illness, injury or surgery
  • Providing psychological support and instruction to patients they visit
  • Performing light housekeeping duties like changing linens and cooking meals
  • Checking a patient's vital signs and keeping a record of the results for doctors
  • Assisting patients with basic functions like bathing, grooming or dressing
Because many home caregivers must help patients get in and out of bed or get around their homes, the job can be physically
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Teacher Training: Early Education

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Teacher Training: Early Education
Once merely an afterthought in education, early education may finally be getting the critical attention it deserves. Learn more about how community colleges are playing a role in discovering the value of comprehensive training in early education.
Dr. Maria Montessori, founder of the Montessori model of education, believed that the first three years of a child's life are critical to emotional and mental development. Alas, until recently, those who were given the responsibility of caring for and educating these youngsters were primarily untrained and underpaid. Fortunately, the tide appears to be changing on training early childhood educators, and community colleges are at the forefront of the new trend. We will take a look at how early training impacts children and what community colleges are doing to raise a new generation of early childhood educators equipped to answer the call.
 
The Importance of Early Childhood Education

According to a report in Community College Week, more research continues to surface regarding the importance of the years from birth to age three. This developmental time is when a child's brain begins making connections to his outer world. This age group has been historically dubbed the future of our nation, yet the educational system rarely puts in the time, effort and money to educate this demographic as effectively as it could. In fact, those at the front of the public education movement often regard early childhood education as an afterthought – after the more important issues like school choice, student performance, and educational standards.

A report by the New American Foundation called attention to the educational plight of our young in a report in CCW that stated pre-kindergarten education has "long been the poor stepchild of the education system, with fewer resources,
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Are you concerned about the environment? Do you want to help stem global warming and rainforest decimation? If so, a green career may be for you. Community colleges around the country are offering programs in sustainable energy, from solar panels to wind turbines. From biodiesel to energy storage, explore your green career options here.
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TEACHING CAREERS
Great teaching careers are started at community colleges. Keep up to date on the latest hiring standards, education requirements, and continuing education for teacher initiatives. Learn what role community colleges play in furthering the skills of future and current teachers and what degrees are the most lucrative.
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CULINARY CAREERS
With renowned culinary programs, community colleges are a delicious place to begin your culinary arts career. From brewing beer to cake decorating, community colleges offer a wide variety of culinary degrees. Learn how to earn a college degree while drinking wine, identify 5-star culinary programs, and turn that baking hobby into a lucrative career.
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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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PUBLIC SERVICE CAREERS
Begin your career in public service at community college. Receive cutting-edge firefighting training, lean more about air force programs and learn how community colleges are training our armed forces. Regardless of the badge you carry, a honorable public service career can be jump started at community college.
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MANUFACTURING CAREERS
– From welding technology to automobile manufacturing community colleges are training students for lucrative manufacturing careers. Get the scoop on middle skills, labor shortages and the best degrees for manufacturing careers.
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LUCRATIVE JOBS
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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FARMING CAREERS
Small farms are an important part of creating a sustainable food supply. Your community college has the skilled teachers who can teach you 21st-century farming techniques.
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