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Survey: 79% of Working Texans Are Happy With Their Jobs

DALLAS-FORT WORTH (June 14, 2010) – According to Dr. Cliff Arnall, a Cardiff University researcher, June 18, marks the happiest day of the year. Arnall determined that the “happiest day” was the result of summer’s longer days and warmer weather, the anticipation of one’s vacation, and happy memories of childhood summers. Everest College recently set out to determine Texans’ actual levels of work happiness as summer approaches. The Everest College Texas Workplace Satisfaction Survey revealed that approximately 79 percent of working Texans are happy with their jobs, despite increased responsibility and hours due to downsizing.

“What these ‘happy’ people have in common is that the vast majority of them (82 percent) have some level of post-secondary education, which leads to increased job opportunities,” said Wendy Cullen, vice president of employer development for Everest College. “Education allows people to be more selective when choosing their employment options which ultimately makes them more happy at work!”

Everest’s survey also revealed that while many Texans (70 percent) are optimistic about keeping their jobs, economic conditions and employers’ limited resources are taking a toll on the workforce. More than half (53 percent) cited either pay or level of stress as the factors making them most unhappy with their job. Despite the challenging job environment, many Texans have sought solutions to cope with their dissatisfaction with pay and stress level. According to the survey, 31 percent have considered returning to school to enhance their careers and 20 percent have considered training for new careers. Additionally, more than half (64 percent) of employed Texans say they’d contemplate a career change if nothing stood in their way.

It is also not surprising that 51 percent of those surveyed indicated better pay would make them happier. “Doing something you love” ranked second.

Get a career, get happy

A key to career happiness is getting a career in a field that is in demand, offers flexibility and has the potential for long-term growth. The career experts at Everest have identified health care as one of the strongest industries with opportunity due to increasing population, the aging of the Baby Boomer generation and the strain being placed on existing health care services. In fact, the Texas Workforce Commission estimates that the Texas health care industry will add 418,700 new jobs from 2006 to 2016.

“Health care is booming right now,” says Cullen. “The need is there; the work is very gratifying; and often times you can make your own schedule. Everest focuses on training for occupational areas with skills shortages and we have accelerated programs so you can get into a new career quickly. Some examples include medical assisting, dental assisting, pharmacy technicians and billing support.”

About the Survey

The statewide survey was conducted by Promark Research Corporation, a public opinion research firm, from April 5 to 10, on behalf of Everest College. A total of 806 employed residents of Texas were surveyed online. Results are considered accurate to +/- 3.44% 19 times out of 20.

About Everest College

Everest Colleges and Institutes provide career-oriented diploma and degree programs in health care, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, paralegal, and information technology. Everest has nine Texas locations in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio and more than 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada. Everest Colleges and Institutes are owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. For more information, visit http://www.everest.edu.

Editor’s Note: Wendy Cullen, vice president of employer development for Everest Colleges’, is available for interviews to discuss the survey and provide tips on recession-proofing your career. To schedule an interview with Wendy or for more information on the Everest College Texas Workplace Satisfaction Survey, please contact Jef Tingley at The Powell Group at 469-235-6396 or jt@powellgroup.net.

*All references to Texans refer to employed Texans

As the new school year begins, many of our Everest campuses are currently accepting applications for their health care and business programs.

Right now, the Everest College campus in Dallas, Texas is opening up enrollment for the following programs:

  • Business 
  • Criminal Justice Class Training
  • Medical Assisting Class Training
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Class Training
  • Paralegal Class Training

Most of these classes are short-term, and can be taken in afternoon or evening.

The Dallas campus has 28 classrooms, a student lounge, library, and computers for students.   If you’re interested in attending the Dallas campus, now is a great time to contact us.

BTW, here’s the campus address:

Everest College Dallas Campus Address:
6080 North Central Expressway

Dallas, Texas 75048

To receive some information about Everest College, simply complete this quick online form.

Everest College is conveniently located on the east frontage road of North Central Expressway (75) in the city of Dallas, Texas. The campus is close to Southern Methodist University, between Lovers Lane and East Mockingbird Lane, right off the North Central Expressway.

The attractive facility includes computer and medical assisting laboratories, lecture rooms, library, student lounge, and administrative areas.

Everest Institute was opened in Dallas, Texas, in January, 2003. The name of the institution was changed to Everest College in April 2003. Dallas is a branch of Everest College (formerly Western Business College) in Portland, Oregon.

Everest College – Dallas Campus
6080 North Central Expressway
, Texas 75048

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The Everest College Dallas campus is now opening enrollment for Spring 2007. The Dallas campus is located on the East Frontage Road of North Central Expressway.

Our Dallas campus currently offers programs in:

The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Business will provide you with the tools you need to begin an exciting and challenging career in the business field. Students learn to apply classroom solutions to real-life business situations with our well-rounded curriculum.

Criminal Justice Class Training
The Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare you for a career in corrections, probation, criminology, forensic sciences, law enforcement, immigration, and security administration.

Medical Assisting Class Training
The objective of the Medical Assisting program is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to qualify for entry-level positions as Medical Assistants. You will be prepared to maintain the highest quality of patient care; take vital signs, run laboratory and diagnostic tests, all while utilizing your organization, communication and management skills.

Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Class Training
You will learn the basic concepts and procedures to perform the tasks involved in health insurance as well as insurance claim forms. You will also gain knowledge of basic coding definitions and how to apply those codes to medical documentation.

Paralegal Class Training
The Paralegal program will give you the training you need, providing a complete overview of practical litigation skills and tasks. You will gain the necessary tools to provide vital assistance to lawyers, clients and courts. Legal Assistants (paralegals) may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

The campus has over 43,000 square feet, and contains 28 classrooms. The campus has a student lounge and library with computers and plenty of appropriate reference books.

Everest College Dallas Campus Address:
6080 North Central Expressway

Dallas, Texas 75048

To receive some information about Everest College Dallas, simply complete this quick online form.

Everest College Information

Everest provides students with short-term career training in a variety of popular programs*. Our schools offer diplomas and/or degrees in:
Students can also earn online degrees through Everest University Online, a division of Everest University.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit www.everest.edu/disclosures or www.everestonline.edu/disclosures.

*Programs vary by campus.


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