CPT 1A Starts 01.07.13

Why spend $1,750 to take a month-long certification class at VVC? Put simply: JOBS. Career paths in health care are particularly hot right now and overall demand is up for Certified Phlebotomy Technicians (CPT). In fact, according to the State of California’s Employment Development’s Occupational Guides:

Employment opportunities for Phlebotomists are expected to be comparable to the demand for skilled laboratory personnel. Overall, the need for these workers is expected to increase over the next decade due to the rapidly growing older population and the resulting demand for testing that requires blood specimens.

Phlebotomy offers multiple tracks to a lucrative and stable career in health care.  In fact, may people start out as CPT 1A and move on to Lab Techs, Registered Nurses, and other professionals in the health care field. Your next questions is probably: “What does it pay?” The BLS has the national hourly median wage for Phlebotomists at more that $22 and entry-level positions in the Victor Valley start between $12-$15 per hour.

Let’s be conservative and say you get an entry-level job at $12 per hour. That means, your $1,750 educational investment is paid off in a little less than four weeks. Not bad and I challenge you to find a faster return on educational investment that our Certified Phlebotomy Technician training program!

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Health Informatics

Health Informatics is a hot career field right now. Basically, Health Informatics involves the collection, storage, and retrieval of patient data in an electronic form. Some career pathways in Health Informatics include:

  1. Medical Billing and Coding
  2. Electronic Health Records Technician
  3. Medical Transcription

Fast-Growing Career Training in Health Informatics

Doctors, Nurses, RTs, and many other health care practitioners need fast access to accurate patient data and that is where the Health Informatics comes in. Here is a quick snapshot of this in-demand career path:

Description: Medical records and health information technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.

Job Outlook: Expected to grow 18.0% through 2020 in San Bernardino County with a median hourly wage of $18.05

VVC Program: Victor Valley College in Victorville, California offers core classes in Health Informatics career paths including Medical Billing and Coding, Terminology, Transcription, and Electronic Health Records Technologist. VVC Community Education offers these highly sought after training courses online and they feature rolling start dates to fit your fast-paced schedule.

Health Informatics is one of the hottest health care career fields right now. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that these leading edge career paths will grow by 21% in the next ten years. That is much faster than the average occupation. Here in Southern California’s Victor Valley, this aspect of health care is really taking off!

Basically the field of Health Informatics encompasses several components including:Health Informatics

  1. Medical Billing & Coding
  2. Electronic Health Records
  3. Medical Transcription
  4. Medical Terminology

And many of these skills-based training programs in Health Informatics can be taken online. Just visit www.vvcforme.com for more information on how to train for a career in health care without getting messy…

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The Fall semester is upon us!

Welcome everyone to the Fall 2012 semester at VVC! It seems peculiar saying “Fall” because thoughts of amber autumn leaves and chilly winds fill the mind, even though we’re still in the midst of a hot, muggy summer here in the HD. I believe we can make this semester a great one, providing we all pull together.

For those inclined to improve their skills, Community Education affords those an opportunity to begin a new career path. We offer a variety of courses, ranging from EKG Technician to Notary Public.

Please feel free to contact Julie Christiansen at 760-245-4271 ext. 2628 for more information, or to inquire about upcoming classes offered.

Hot Jobs in the High Desert

A lot of people tell us that there are no really good jobs in the High Desert. As an organization that trains the Victor Valley workforce, I can tell you that there are a lot of great jobs to be had in the local economy. In fact, we are highlighting a career path that very few people may know about; Wastewater Operator. If you think you will be wading knee-deep in sewage every day, think again. This in-demand and technical career field offers high pay, job security, and mobility. Public water reclamation agencies all over the State of California are screaming for trained Operators and there are just not enough applicants to fill the job vacancies.

First things first: the water industry in California is a huge part of the statewide economy. Within this industry, there are different career paths to select and vary from distribution operator to treatment operator to collections specialist. These jobs are projected to grow nearly 10% over the next three years. Like many other technical fields, there will be a large number of people retiring but no one in the training pipeline. The best part is the pay: Certified Operators in Training can earn around $16 per hour right here in the Victorville locale. These skills are so sought after that even interns earn $10 an hour! These jobs can pay in the six figures and usually feature a great benefits package.

The takeaway is this: there are some really great jobs in the High Desert…you just have to know where to look!

Upgrade your skills with VVC Comm Ed!

Skills-based training has been putting people to work for decades. Some of you may remember auto shop from high school or welding class. Those classes were designed to provide skills that would immediately translate into jobs. The same goes for Community Education. At Victor Valley College, skills-based training has been our area of expertise since 1961.

In this uncertain economy, and especially here in the High Desert job skills are important! Traditional career paths have usually entailed people staying at one or two jobs over the course of their careers and collecting a retirement after 20 years. Times have dramatically changed since then. It is estimated that most people will have no fewer than seven different jobs by the time they retire at age 65. In fact, some employment data suggest that half of all workers have been at their jobs less than five years. That is a lot of movement between jobs! Considering the current economic landscape, skills based training offers students’ unique way to upgrade skills for a promotion or even change careers.

At Victor Valley College, this type of learning is specifically geared toward adults and features hands-on activities. Some of the most popular coursework includes Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Tech, and Computer training. Community education also offers technical training through Contract opportunities with local business partners. Of course, that’s whole different blog topic…

If you are interested in upgrading your skills through a Community Education class, visit www.vvcforme.com for more info. Let’s get started…

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Welcome to Community Ed!

What exactly is community education? We could go into some lengthy definition put forth in the California Education Code, but let’s just keep this simple. Community Education is a concept designed to bring training and personal development to members of the community. These programs are not offered for credit and can encompass a lot of different aspects. In the Victor Valley, a few examples of Community Education include workshops on fitness, business, computers, and health care.

Perhaps the most common question is: “How does a Community Education class differ from a regular college class?” The answer is pretty easy and fairly straightforward: students do not receive any college credit for Community Education.  These classes and workshops are set up to broaden your knowledge base and help you learn a new skill. Popular classes in the High Desert include Photoshop, How to Open a Business, and Zumba Dance fitness. Other successful classes include workshops on Extreme Couponing and How to Get Published.

Community Education at Victor Valley College is a great way to learn a great hobby and also meet a lot of new friends! You can take a look at class schedules and more by visiting www.vvcforme.com.

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