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Everything you need to know about the earnings potential of a community college degree. From fast track training to careers suited for introverts, we’ll cover a variety of career related topics. Learn more about a recession proof careers, casino dealing certification and theology programs at community college.
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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
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Community College Degrees for Midlife Career Changers
Learn about some of the most popular midlife career changers that you can launch with a community college degree.
Looking for a lucrative way to manage your “midlife crisis”? Maybe a career change is the answer. The good news is you don’t have to spend years preparing for a midlife career change today. Thanks to the wealth of options available at your local community college, you can explore a whole new profession in two years or less.  Check out some of the top community college degrees for midlife career changers.
 

Accountant

Love crunching numbers? Perhaps now is the time to launch a brand new career in the accounting industry. Whether you lean toward tax preparation or financial planning, your community college degree in accounting or finance can get you started on a rewarding career path. Use your previous professional experience and your new training to land a position and fit in perfectly with the financial industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the average annual salary for accountants to be $61,690.

Interior Designer
Creative types can move away from the office grind by training for a new career in interior design. This field is a good choice for those who are high on taste and just need the education to back up their talents, according to the Grindstone. This highly flexible job even allows you to begin working on small projects, perhaps under the watchful eye of a professional designer, while you are completing your education in your newly chosen field. Currently, the average annual salary for an interior designer is around $46,280.
 
Assisted Living Assistant
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10 Great Community College Degree Programs for Introverts
We’ll explore various degree programs for shy individuals who prefer to work independently, rather than in a team environment.
For those who aren’t cut out for office politics and team-building activities, there are plenty of degree programs that offer a better fit. Introverts will find a wealth of options at their local community college that prepare them for jobs where they can fly solo much of the time. Whether your passion is art or analytics, check out these community college options to launch a career that fits you to a “T.”
 
Accountant
If crunching numbers is your forte, the job of an accountant may be a good option. This career, which can be launched with an associate degree, provides a wealth of opportunities, from balancing the books for small businesses to huge corporations. These professionals keep company ledgers up to date, pay bills and file taxes every year. It is a job that requires inordinate attention to detail – and plenty of solo office time. According to AOL Jobs, the average annual salary for an accountant is $61,690.
 
Paralegal
Fascinated by the legal profession? Introverts who love dabbling in law but cringe at the idea of representing a client in a courtroom might enjoy the role of a paralegal. These professionals often enter the industry with a two-year degree that prepares them for analyzing legal documents, conducting research for a specific client and writing up briefs. The job can also be a way to get a foot in the door to other interesting positions within the legal profession. AOL cites the average annual salary for a paralegal
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Fast Track Job Training Offered to Displaced Workers through Philadelphia Community Colleges
We look at how community colleges are using federal grant funding to get displaced Philadelphia workers back to work by training them for jobs that are open and waiting in some local industries.
Pennsylvania is a state with a high unemployment rate and a large number of frustrated displaced workers. It is also a place where numerous industries are unable to fill positions because of the lack of untrained workers. How does the state plan to remedy these two problems in a fast, effective solution? Thanks to recent federal funding into the state’s community college system, training for in-demand jobs is on the way for Pennsylvania residents that need those jobs the most.

What is JobTrakPA?

JobTrakPA is a new program in Pennsylvania that was created with federal dollars from the Department of Labor. The agency recently awarded the state a $20 million grant through the Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) program. The program allows displaced Pennsylvania workers to train for in-demand jobs within the state, by pairing community college course offerings directly with the needs of the community. The program has awarded grants to states across the country that demonstrated a need for job re-training and the necessary resources to provide the right kind of training to displaced workers in the community.
 
“Pennsylvania employers tell us that they have jobs waiting for workers with career-specific skills in several high-growth industries,” Dr. Alex Johnson, president of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, told the Herald Online. “Community colleges are part of a nationwide effort to provide a new skill-set to our workforce that will create career pathways for qualified workers in
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10 Top-Rated Careers You Can Do from Home with a Community College Degree
Would you like to work from home? We researched 10 of the best work-from-home jobs you can enjoy with a two-year degree under your belt.
Many people dream of working from home today, enjoying flexible hours without long, stressful commutes to and from the office. The good news is that the world of telecommuting has evolved considerably from its early years of stuffing envelopes and making sales calls. Today’s professional has a wealth of options in work-from-home positions, and many can be obtained with a two-year degree from the local community college. Check out these top 10 careers you can enjoy from the comfort of home with a community college degree under your belt.
 

Medical Transcriptionist

Transcriptionists take dictated notes from doctors and transcribe them into patient files. While there is a high demand for this type of work, employers are usually looking for applicants with some training – like a community college degree – that allows them to jump into the position. According to Bankrate.com, a medical transcriptionist can earn anywhere from $10 to $20 or more an hour.
 
 
Web Designer
 
An associate degree in web design can launch an exciting technology career that can be done from home in many cases. This field is a wide open one that typically offers more work-from-home job openings than any other industry, according to Yahoo Finance. Those interested in the field can find potential jobs at any number of websites that advertise telecommuting positions. Salaries for web designers can vary considerably, based on location and level of experience.
 
Registered Nurse
 
Health care is a popular field for community college graduates, with many
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