What Financial Literacy Month Means to You

Tax time. Nobody enjoys it very much, especially when you end up owing the IRS. Still, it makes April the perfect month to train our minds on becoming more financially savvy. Perhaps this is why April is specifically set aside as Financial Literacy Month. The aim is to teach us all to be more financially responsible and “achieve financial wellness.”

At Career College of Northern Nevada, we fully support the idea of learning more about getting the most out of your finances and avoiding unnecessary debt. It’s one of the reasons an education at CCNN is so affordable compared with a conventional university setting, which can often saddle students with the lifetime burden of never-ending debt. Whether you’re studying welding and fabrication, Information Technology, medical assisting, HVAC or any number of other degrees, CCNN aims to make your studies affordable so you can graduate with confidence that the money you earn in your new career stays in your pocket.

If you are considering a new career and if CCNN is on your radar, it pays to look at the big picture as you make your decision. Ask yourself:

  • What does my current income look like? How will this be positively impacted by a career change?
  • Am I willing to pay the short-term cost of attending school to exponentially increase my skillset and lifetime earning potential?
  • Does my current employer offer services such as tuition reimbursement or other tuition assistance? Ask. You might be surprised to find that they do.
  • What are the economic benefits of a CCNN education? This can range from assistance with job placement to advanced training that you simply can’t get on the job.
  • How will I fund my education? Most students find that a mix of external scholarships, financial aid and working a part- or full-time job is enough to cover costs and take them into the next stage of their career.

CCNN Financial Advisor Eric Cadenhead understands the importance of financial literacy, because he works with students on a daily basis, helping them with everything from Pell Grants and other financial aid options. He recommends setting up a one-on-one meeting with CCNN’s financial aid department so you get a real feel for all your options.

“Financial literacy is important because, as with anything else in life, the more you know, the better equipped you’ll be,” Cadenhead says. “With an investment as significant as your education … it’s really important to be as knowledgeable as possible.”

Get CCNN Financial Aid Officer Eric Cadenhead’s take on financial literacy here

In the end, financial literacy can be broken up into several stages, based on your current situation in life, as we described in a blog post last year. We highly recommend you give it a read to see if you’re in the survival stage, the want stage, the saving stage or the wealth-building stage. Once you understand that you’re not meant to merely survive – but thrive – you’ll be well on your way to financial literacy. And that’s something everyone should want to achieve.

Ready to see if you’re a good fit for one of the degree programs at Career College of Northern Nevada? Take the Career Readiness Quiz or contact us today.

26 Apr / 2017

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CCNN Welding Program Is Building the Future Today

April isn’t just the time when flowers bloom and the days grow warmer and longer. It’s also National Welding Month, which makes it the perfect opportunity to take a closer look at this trade, which is partly about skill, partly about art but all about patience and perseverance.

We recently sat down and spoke with two Career College of Northern Nevada Welding and Fabrication students about their experiences at CCNN and their hopes for the future.

Bryan Blank

Phase Four welding student Bryan Blank tells us welding is “in my blood,” and that he’s proud to become a third-generation welder thanks to the skills he learns in class every day at CCNN. Blank started welding when he was 10 and brings raw talent to CCNN, but the Welding and Fabrication program has taught him a lot of preparation.

“Before, I was like, I want to do it, just get it done,” he says. “Now, I’ve really got to think about” a project before starting it.

Earl McBride

Now in his third phase of welding studies at CCNN, Earl McBride is all about finding his groove, which he says welding allows him to do on a daily basis.

“I’ve given my teachers a lot of grey hairs,” McBride jokes, but is serious about his commitment to the program.

“Knock me down, I come back,” he says. “(The program is) tough but I just got to stick it out and go.”

Welding and Fabrication at CCNN

The job marketplace offers steady, highly-paid work for skilled welders, such as the ones who graduate from Career College of Northern Nevada’s Welding and Fabrication program.

Our welders learn skills needed to succeed in the welding field such as:

  • Design and drafting skills through computer-assisted design (CAD) and drafting software
  • How to set up equipment for welding aluminum plate and pipe
  • Metal and arc welding for stainless steel and stick metal arc
  • Manipulating basic mathematic functions

CCNN’s welding students will learn many of the skills it takes to become a qualified welder, which can provide a rich, rewarding and hands-on career to last a lifetime. Are you ready to explore a possible career in welding? Look no further than Career College of Northern Nevada’s Welding and Fabrication school. Learn more and get started today.

12 Apr / 2017

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Health Information Management Students Pass CCA Exam

Sometimes in life and in school, it’s easy to lose track of what we’re working for. We can get so deep in the weeds that we forget there are actual, tangible goals we set out to accomplish. For three Career College of Northern Nevada Health Information Management students, their goals just became crystal clear as they recently passed their Certified Coding Associate exams, putting them one step closer to a career in medical coding.

CCNN students Jeanette Craig, Jessica Mendoza and Shayla Johnson recently passed the rigorous coding certification test offered to those considering a career in health information. It’s the culmination of CCNN’s 18-month Health Information Management program which teaches students about healthcare, medical billing codes and insurance reimbursement methodologies.

It’s all with an eye toward a career as a health information technician, a job that involves organizing and managing health data using both paper and electronic filing systems and coding systems to categorize patient information for reimbursement purposes.

If that sounds like a detail-oriented career, it is, says HIM program department chair Lori Hoffman.

“This program is heavy on anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology,” Hoffman says. “To succeed in this program, you really need to have a strong focus on paying attention to detail. It starts when a patient renders services to schedule an appointment and follows through to their appointment and beyond. It’s all based on providing quality care for all patients.”

Now that the students have passed the CCA exam, they will next prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam, which focuses on outpatient services, Hoffman says. From there, the students’ final class will be an externship at a local doctor’s office or hospital. The make students complete 120 hours prior to earning their Associate Degree, and it gives them a real-life preview of what it’s like to work in the health information management field. CCNN also supports the students by connecting them with medical networking organizations such as AAPC and AHIMA, giving them even more opportunities to further their careers.

Hoffman says the time students spend at CCNN creates a lasting bond between student and teacher. She can’t help but swell with pride when her students excel.

“I’m really proud of them because you see students that come from all different aspects of life, whether bad things have happened them or maybe they just want a change in career. It’s an overwhelming, rewarding feeling to watch them come out of their shells as they go through the program. A new chapter of their lives have just opened up for them,” Hoffman says.

Interested in a career in health information management? Here are some signs this ever-growing field might be right for you:

  • You see yourself in a career that offers diverse opportunities and unlimited career potential.
  • You like the idea of working with patients and their families.
  • You have an aptitude for science, but also like management, law and computers.
  • You enjoy and are not intimidated working alongside professionals such as: physicians, nurses, social workers, lawyers, administrators and executives.
  • You can work well alone or with a team.
  • You like diversity in your day to day work environment.
  • You like the idea of working in the healthcare without the “blood and guts” part of the job.

Learn more about the exciting field of health information management and apply to CCNN today.

03 Apr / 2017

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CCNN Welding and Fabrication Students to Compete in Skills USA Contest

There’s nothing more empowering than putting the skills you’ve spent countless hours studying to practical use. Add a little competition into the mix and it’s even more rewarding. That’s exactly what a pair of Career College of Northern Nevada welding students will experience this April when a state-wide version of the Skills USA welding competition comes to Reno.

Between April 3-7, CCNN welding and fabrication students Draden Mitchell and Wade Grunstead will have their welding knowledge and skills put to the test during the event, which will be held at Truckee Meadows Community College, Western Nevada College and the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in downtown Reno. The competition covers three main areas: an interview portion, a written welding test and a practical welding test over the course of four days.

The local contest is a precursor to a regional competition, which then feeds to the Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference set for June 19-23 in Louisville, Kentucky, said CCNN Welding Department Chair Shawn Pratte.

“This is a really big deal,” Pratte said. “These students can put this on their resume. If they do well, they can get scholarship and grants.”

If Mitchell and Grunstead eventually advance to nationals, they can expect a grueling four days of competition, including giving an extemporaneous presentation on a welding topic, taking a written test and – of course – undergoing a test of welding skills using everything from gas metal arcs to oxy fuel cutting.

“This competition helps boosts morale while preparing you for the workforce,” Mitchell said. “Skills USA is a great organization and I know this is going to be a great experience.”

Mitchell said he expects the competition will involve working with a pressure vessel, which are often used to store or transfer liquids or gasses under high pressure. Pratte said he also expects skill tests around the thermal cutting process as well as ornamental welding.

According to Skills USA, contestants “will walk away with valuable experience, knowledge and pride,” calling it a “life-changing experience.” Learn more about the competition from this YouTube video.

CCNN’s welding and fabrication program is approved by the American Welding Society with a SENSE Level II approval. Students in the program learn practical skills that can be used in a welding career, including the use of manufacturing tools and operations, reading prints, manufacturing-based math, computer fundamentals and Computer Aided Design and Drafting. Welding program graduates are eligible to sit for a welding qualification exam upon successful completion of the program.

Ready to get started in a career in welding? Career College of Northern Nevada is your first step. Learn more here.

21 Mar / 2017

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Ten Key Learnings from CCNN’s Industrial Electronics Technology Program

You spend your nights and weekends researching the latest homebrewed computer project or hacking together electronics projects around the house. We see you out there, tinkerers and DIYers. And Career College of Northern Nevada’s Industrial Electronic Technology program has your name written all over it.

With in-depth, hands-on training that’s both theoretical and practical, CCNN’s Industrial Electronic Technology program gives you everything you need to succeed in this burgeoning field. CCNN offers an Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Industrial Electronics Technology (AOSIET) for students looking to become electronic technicians. In the role of an electronic technician, you’ll help test, design and service the technology that’s rapidly changing our lives. Specific roles can include assemblers, equipment calibration techs, security and surveillance equipment techs and fiber optic technicians.

CCNN’s IET Department Chair Jim Aldrich says there are 10 key learnings IET students learn in their time at CCNN. They are:

  1. Safety: When you study IET at Career College of Northern Nevada, you’ll learn how to safely work around potentially life-threatening electrical hazards, which comes in handy not only in an electronics technology career, but in life in general.
  2. AC & DC Electronic Theory: Knowing the intricate differences in alternating current and direct current electronics is one of the fundamentals of any career in electronics.
  3. Schematics: At CCNN, we teach students how to read schematic diagrams. Students are consistently exposed to schematics throughout their time at CCNN.
  4. Industrial Equipment: Students learn many skills associated with the industrial electronics field. This training includes robotics, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), motor control systems and hydraulics.
  5. Infrastructure Cabling: You’ll learn skills associated with infrastructure cabling, including techniques associated with networking, telephony and telecommunications. Students learn how to properly terminate CAT 5e / CAT 6 cables, coaxial cables and fiber optic cables in their time at CCNN’s IET program.
  6. Telecommunications: You’ll get hands-on lessons with wireless systems, learning how to properly configure them.
  7. Industrial Security and Surveillance: Learn how to configure and operate home automation, access control and video surveillance systems.
  8. Networking Basics: While the IET program doesn’t focus on networking, everything touches the Internet these days, so introducing students to basic networking concepts is a critical part of the CCNN curriculum.
  9. Programming: Today, quite a few jobs require employees be knowledgeable in at least some programming. Many things need programming, from remote-controlled automated entrance gates to highly-advanced conveyor systems. CCNN students learn how to program using C++. They also program FANUC robots and they create multiple PLC programs.
  10. Troubleshooting: Everything you learn at CCNN leads up to this, and it’s the most important thing students learn in the IET program. Students are exposed to proper tool usage and troubleshooting techniques and this cumulates in CCNN’s Skills Review class. During this class, students troubleshoot a non-operational conveyor system along with other electronic systems.

FANUC certified, CCNN’s Industrial Electronics Technology program prepares you for a broad array of careers while teaching you math, electricity, solid state and digital device circuitry, programming and more. Like graduate Juan Miramontes (pictured above), IET students who complete the program will have the chance to sit for a national certification exam in soldering.

“It may take more out of you than you think, but in the end, it was filling you with skills to join the world,” said Juan.

Ready to take the first step in an electronics technology career today. Learn more about CCNN’s IET program today.

14 Mar / 2017

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