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Teacher’s Aide Professional Program

By Kris Powers | November 12th 2019

Teaching in a classroom of young students

Teacher’s aides, also known as teaching assistants, work with and under the supervision of a licensed teacher. Teacher’s aides may work with small groups of students and report back any specific needs that they identify. Teacher’s aides may also work with special education students. This could be in a normal classroom where they provide extra support to a student, or this could be in a special education classroom. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists common duties of teacher’s aides including:

  • Reinforcing lessons by reviewing material with students one-on-one or in small groups

  • Following school and classroom rules to teach students proper behavior



A caterer is often responsible for cooking and organizing food service for a variety of events. Caterers often provide food for weddings, fundraisers, parties and conferences.  They are responsible for meeting with the client and establishing a plan and a menu. They may also be responsible for cooking, presenting and even serving food and drinks at the event. Caterers can work with restaurants, private companies, event centers or may be self employed.

There are three main types of catering to consider when contemplating a catering career. Career Explorer lists the three most common types of catering including mobile catering, hotel/restaurant catering and private catering.



Smiling dental office assistant

Dental office assistants are usually the first face patients see when walking into a dental office. Many people have anxiety about going to the dentist, so a nice smiling face when they walk into the office can ease anxiety and make their experience better. Dental office assistants often handle clerical duties within a dental office. This may include:



Photo of a male photographer

Photographers can be a vital component in capturing the memories of some very important events in a person’s life. They use their creativity, expertise and composition skills to put together the perfect image. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, photographers also do the following:



Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

Medical billers and coders are involved in processing insurance claims for diagnoses and treatments provided by physicians and other medical personnel. They code both the diagnosis and request payments from the patient’s insurance company. Accurate billing and coding is imperative as it affects the reimbursement provided to the office or hospital in which they work.

Some of the roles and responsibilities of a medical biller and coder include the following, according to the AAPC:


Cannabis Careers- Cooking and Edibles Track

By Kris Powers | October 17th 2019

Marijuana leaf with chocolate pieces

Often known as cannabis chefs, these are the individuals responsible for cooking and making edibles with marijuana. They infuse food and drinks with THC which is the chemical compound that is found in marijuana. Cannabis chefs must find creative ways to use butters and oils that have been infused with THC to create food, drinks and other edibles. They also use cannabis concentrates to make medical and recreational edibles.

Cannabis chefs not only have to follow state to state regulations on edibles, but they must also follow standard food safety requirements. They are required to label the edibles with the correct ingredient and potency information. Some states have restrictions on the types of edibles that can be produced and sold, so they must be up to date on their state’s requirements.


Automotive Technician (ASE): What is Under the Hood?

By Kris Powers | October 16th 2019

Automotive technician diagnosing engine trouble

Automotive technicians have the opportunity to work with all different types of vehicles in their careers. They work with the common cars, trucks and vans, but with more training they can learn to work on large semi trucks, buses and much more.



Paralegal reviewing materials

While the majority of paralegals work within law firms, they may also hold positions with corporate legal departments, financial institutions or government agencies. Learn more about getting started in this exciting career here!



As the patient population ages, the need for pharmacy technicians is expected to increase. You are much more likely to become employed and get a higher wage if you are a certified pharmacy technician. Learn more here!



Professional businesswoman looking pensive

Extended absences from work can happen for any number of reasons. Illness, pregnancy, moving, marriage, even just taking some time to figure out your next career move – all of these are equally possible and valid. But what happens when the break ends and the doubts creep in? You start to ask yourself – am I making the right choice? Have I lost my ambition or my skill? Am I even fit to hold a job at all anymore? Banish all your worries with these helpful mental preparation strategies.