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Washingtonians Still Concerned About Job Security, Despite Signs of Economic Recovery

SEATTLE — May 11, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As the economy continues to give mixed signals about recovery, one factor is certain – many Washingtonians are still worried about keeping their job.

Despite an uptick in national and statewide hiring trends during the first quarter of 2011, nearly one-third of Washingtonians are concerned about job security, according to data released today in the 3rd Annual Washington State Workplace Confidence Survey conducted by Harris/Decima on behalf of Everest College.

When asked about the high unemployment impacting the state and country, 30 percent of Washington workers said they were concerned about losing their job. Compared with last year, confidence in job security has not budged in 2011, with nearly the same number of Washington workers (29 percent) concerned about losing their job. One change from last year is that more workers are willing to put in extra hours to keep their job. Compared with 2010, significantly more people in 2011 have considered working longer hours to avoid being laid off (20 percent to 14 percent).

“While recent data indicate that hiring is headed in the right direction, the survey reveals that many people are still anxious about job security,” said Wendy Cullen, vice president of employer development for Everest College. “The last three years have been filled with economic hardships for many in Washington and throughout the country, so it’s natural for workers to be a bit cautious. At Everest, we have found that our career programs are popular because they focus on careers that are in-demand, offer flexibility and have the potential for long-term growth.”

Pay Is Top Stressor
The survey found that workplace anxiety levels in Washington continue to be high with nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of survey respondents claiming they suffer from some form of work-related stress. The top stress factor cited by respondents was pay (27 percent), followed by fear of losing their job (20 percent) and their boss (7 percent). Compared with 2010, significantly less people indicated their boss was causing the most stress at their job (14 percent to 7 percent).

Income is a differentiating factor when it comes to whether or not respondents are stressed at work. Those with household incomes of $80,000 or higher are more likely not to be stressed at work when compared with those whose household income is less than $50,000 (47 percent to 27 percent).

If they lost their job, one-third (35 percent) of respondents said they would consider leaving Washington to search for a new job, with men significantly more likely than women to look for a job outside of the state by a margin of 43 percent to 25 percent.

Meanwhile, half (54 percent) of the respondents said they have considered one of the following: returning to school to enhance their current career (27 percent); a new career in order to make more money (22 percent); or returning to school to train for a new career (22 percent).

“We all know what it feels like to be stressed at work, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for a career that doesn’t make you happy,” Cullen said. “This survey serves as an important reminder to regularly re-evaluate what you want out of your job, set goals and, if necessary, chart a new path.”

“For many workers, career training can open the door to that new path, offering a more rewarding work life. Everest College is really in tune with this concept and can be the solution for many people looking to turn their work life in a positive direction.”

Top Careers For Stability
The following occupations continue to see high demand based on U.S. Department of Labor industry trend information through 2018, according to the 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook:

“Obviously, health care is and will continue to be one of the strongest industries because of the aging population,” said Cullen. “A majority of Everest’s programs are in the health care field, giving our students the opportunity for an in-demand career that can serve as a springboard for more advanced health care careers later.”

By the Numbers: 3rd Annual Washington State Workplace Confidence Survey Fast Facts

  • Fourteen percent of Washingtonians said that someone in their household has lost their job in the past 12 months. Those with a household income of less than $50,000 are significantly more likely than those with a household income of $80,000 or more to have had someone in their household experience a job loss (22 percent to 10 percent).
  • When envisioning their dream jobs, 85 percent of employed Americans living in Washington State said doing something they love was most important, followed by better pay (60 percent).
  • Compared with 2010, more Washingtonians would like to have a good relationship with their boss (52 percent to 43 percent) in their dream job.

About the Survey
The 3rd Annual Washington State Workplace Confidence Survey was conducted by Harris/Decima from March 16 to March 20, 2011. A total of 300 employed residents of Washington State were surveyed by telephone. Results are considered accurate to +/- 5.7 percent 19 times out of 20.

About Everest College
Everest College is part of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in demand or for advancement in their chosen field. It offers diploma programs and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a variety of high-demand occupational areas, including health care, transportation technology and maintenance, criminal justice, business, information technology and construction trades. Programs vary by campus. For more information, please visit http://www.Everest.edu.

About Harris/Decima
Harris/Decima is one of North America’s most established names in public opinion and market research, with a 25-year track record of innovation and client satisfaction. Today, they are among the largest full service marketing research organizations in North America. Harris/Decima offers a full slate of custom and syndicated research services, including telephone and on-site interviewing, self-administered mail-back and on-line surveys, as well as qualitative one-on-one executive interviewing and focus groups. Harris/Decima conducts research on public and social policy, program evaluation, employee satisfaction, issue management, marketing, advertising and communications testing and evaluation for a wide range of clients in the public, private, and third party sectors. For more information, please visit http://www.harrisdecima.ca

EDITOR’S NOTE: Wendy Cullen, vice president of employer development for Everest College, 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 3rd Annual Washington State Workplace Confidence Survey, please contact Ron Neal or Meg Wilson at PondelWilkinson Inc.: Tel: 310-279-5980; Email: rneal@pondel.com and/or mwilson@pondel.com

Medical assistant training at any school is meant to provide hands-on training that challenges each student to get involved.

Patricia Lucarelli - Medical Assistant Student Saves Life

Patricia Lucarelli - Medical Assistant Student Saves Life

While medical assistant program coursework is designed to give students the skills and knowledge that enables them to compete for entry-level work on day one of graduation, few students imagine experiencing an event that grants them the opportunity to save a life.

For Patricia Lucarelli, an Everest College medical assistant student at the Portland campus, this became a reality when she was able to use her training to save the life of another.

Instincts and Training Saved the Day

Lucarelli was walking along a city boulevard with her fiancé and another friend when they suddenly noticed a group of people huddled around a man lying unconscious on the ground.

“They (crowd) were in shock, so no one was doing anything,” says Lucarelli.

Her instincts and training immediately kicked in. Checking for signs of life, she realized the man on the ground was still warm even though there was no pulse. The pupils of his eyes were mere pinpoints. Checking his air passage, the Everest medical assistant student began compressions and coached her friend on how and when to breathe into his lungs in the hopes he might regain consciousness.

Soon, there were a few gasps. Checking his pulse again, Lucarelli felt the signs of a faint heartbeat. She continued administering life-saving compressions until the paramedics arrived.

“Later, the paramedics told [him] that he was legally dead and through our quick action, we saved his life,” according to Lucarelli. “I wish I could see [him] standing, talking and walking, but most of all, just to see his bright blue eyes with life in them. What a feeling!”

Her Fast Response Saved a Life

Not every student will experience such a life-changing event. However, Lucarelli received industry-specific training at Everest College in Portland that prepared her to put her skills into rapid action. Her courses included the study of basic medical office practice, anatomy and physiology, medical transcription, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, and more.

Interested in learning more about medical assistant training at Everest College?

Contact us today. Programs and schedules vary by campus.

DECATUR, Ga. (Dec. 20, 2010) — Everest Institute, one of Atlanta’s leading career colleges, has announced it will add a dental assistant program this January at its Decatur campus.

To accommodate the new program, the campus, located at 2460 Wesley Chapel Road, Suite 500 in Decatur, Georgia has undergone a recent renovation to add dental assistant technology labs and classroom facilities.

“The addition of dental assistant and over overall growth is based on the employment demands of our community,” said campus president Barbara Holliman.

The dental assistant program consists of coursework in:

  • Dental Office Emergencies
  • Dental Radiology
  • Dental Specialties
  • Operatory Dentistry
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Dental Anatomy and Orthodontics
  • Dental Assistant Externship

Graduates in the dental assistant program will be prepared for careers at dental offices.

In addition to dental assistant, Everest Institute-Decatur offers job training in: dialysis technician; electrician; heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); massage therapy; medical administrative assistant; medical assistant; medical insurance billing and coding; and respiratory care.

The three other Everest Institute campuses in Georgia are:

  • 6431 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro
  • 1600 Terrell Mill Road, Ste. G, Marietta
  • 1750 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross

Also, Everest College recently opened at:

  • 2841 Greenbriar Parkway SW, Atlanta

Everest Institutes in Georgia are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

About Everest Institute

Everest Institute is owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. The Company’s mission is to prepare students for careers in demand or for advancement in their chosen field. Corinthian offers diploma programs and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a variety of high-demand occupational areas, including health care, business, criminal justice, transportation technology and maintenance, construction trades and information technology. For more information, visit http://www.everest.edu. Media may contact Jamie Floer, APR, with Wragg & Casas Public Relations for Everest College, call: 407-244-3685 or email: jfloer@wraggcasas.com.

Campus Brings New Education Option to Prospective Students

MILWAUKEE – October 14, 2010 – Everest College in Milwaukee will open the doors of the new 44,000 square foot campus in Milwaukee’s Park East Corridor on Monday, October 18. Construction of the new campus, which can accommodate up to 1,000 students, began in April and was completed in September of this year.

Everest provides short-term diploma programs allowing students to receive concentrated training in a particular field, in a short time span. The average program lasts 8 to 10 months making higher education and job training accessible to more adult students.

“Everest College offers quality diploma programs that provide small class sizes and personalized attention to each and every student,” explained Mark Sullivan, president of the Milwaukee campus. “We are dedicated to making higher education and job training accessible to students, regardless of circumstance, in a supportive and empowering environment.”

This fall, Everest is offering a variety of diploma programs including dental and medical assistant, pharmacy technician, massage therapist, medical billing and coding and medical administrative assistant. Everest’s only campus in Wisconsin plans to expand its programs in coming semesters and focuses on helping students overcome barriers to education by providing flexible scheduling options, access to child care and transportation, and ongoing career placement assistance.

“Our mission is to provide an opportunity for career advancement for those who are most in need,” said Sullivan. “Everest is looking forward to the opportunity to help strengthen the educational profile of the City of Milwaukee, and help those pursuing higher education with better career options.”

The new campus has employed 40 new faculty and staff positions. As enrollment increases, Everest plans to add 20 additional positions within in the first year. The new campus will feature interactive classroom technology such as Wi-Fi, laptops and SMART boards, as well as, dental and medical labs, a massage therapy studio, a pharmacy, computer labs, a library and more.

About Everest College

The Everest College – Milwaukee campus is located at 1311 N. 6th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212. Everest Colleges provide career-oriented diploma and degree programs in health care, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, paralegal, and information technology. Programs vary by campus. Everest has over 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada, and is owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. For more information, please contact Ale Owens at (414) 390-5500 or visit www.Everest.edu.

Our Everest campuses across the country are now accepting applications for the Winter 2007/2008 classes.  Most diploma programs in health care and business can be completed in 9-months.

Prospective students interested in attending a Winter session should contact the Everest campus closest to them.  It is highly recommended that candidates participate in a campus tour to learn more about the campus and the various programs.  It’s also an opportunity to talk with staff and students about the curriculum.

Contact us to find a campus near you.

Over the last few months, colleges all over the country have been becoming either Everest College or Everest Institute.  This is exciting news for Everest students because it builds the strength and recognition for Everest alumni and students all over the country.  All colleges will be focused on preparing students for careers with short-term, hands-on education.  Some of the most popular career programs include: Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Medical Insurance Billing and Coding, Business, and Criminal Justice.

Contact us to receive some information about our campuses and short-term educational programs. 

pharmacy technician studentIn a previous article, we discussed how you could receive pharmacy technician training in 8 months.

This article will give you some information about possible duties and jobs that pharmacy technicians may perform.

Pharmacy Technician Jobs
Pharmacy Technician jobs can include working in hospitals, nursing homes, and retirement homes. Pharmacy technicians work under the guidance of a Pharmacist, and verify prescriptions with the physician and pharmacist prior to preparing medicines. Obviously, pharmacy technician jobs vary by facility and state regulations, but that’s a typical process before filling a prescription.

The U.S. Department of Labor gives some encouraging statistics about pharmacy technician jobs:

Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2014 because as the population grows and ages, demand for pharmaceuticals will increase dramatically. The increased number of middle-aged and elderly people—who use more prescription drugs than younger people—will spur demand for technicians in all practice settings. With advances in science, more medications are becoming available to treat a greater number of conditions.

Pharmacy Technician Job Statistics
The U.S. Department of Labor also gives some interesting stats about the number people in the pharmacy technician career field:

Pharmacy technicians held about 258,000 jobs in 2004. About 7 out of 10 jobs were in retail pharmacies, either independently owned or part of a drugstore chain, grocery store, department store, or mass retailer. About 2 out of 10 jobs were in hospitals and a small proportion was in mail-order and Internet pharmacies, clinics, pharmaceutical wholesalers, and the Federal Government.

Pharmacy Technician Salary
A Pharmacy Technician salary will vary depending on your location, and your type of training and experience. The U.S. Department of Labor gives the following Pharmacy Technician salary averages in 2004:

Median hourly earnings of wage and salary pharmacy technicians in May 2004 were $11.37. The middle 50 percent earned between $9.40 and $13.85. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $7.96, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $16.61.

Pharmacy Technician Career Opportunities
Pharmacy Technicians can gain positions in both healthcare facilities and retail establishments including: hospitals, medical centers, outpatient clinics, urgent care centers, and pharmacies.

Pharmacy Technician Classes
Everest College’s Pharmacy Technician program provides students with a strong academic and clinical background to work as a pharmacy technician. Pharmacy technician training includes classes in:

  • Pharmacy administration
  • Pharmaceutical calculations
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems
  • Nutrition
  • Medical terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Health care systems

To learn how you can receive pharmacy technician training, simply complete this quick and easy 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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