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Corinthian Colleges Presents Scholarship to Houston-Area Resident Maricela Barrientes for Persisting Through Hurricane Crisis and Family Medical Issue

HOUSTON (October 11, 2010) – Corinthian Colleges, parent company of Everest Institute, today awarded Maricela Barrientes the company’s 2010 Dream Award. The award recognizes graduates who have overcome personal obstacles to complete their studies and find success in their chosen fields. Barrientes was selected from over 100 campus winners and awarded a full Everest scholarship to continue her education.

Barrientes, wife and mother of five, literally lost it all when Hurricane Ike hit Houston in September 2008. Barrientes’ home and all of her family’s belongings were severely damaged and at the same time, she lost her job. Basic necessities – food, clothing and shelter – instantly became luxuries. No water, no power, and waiting in long FEMA lines (with four children and a newborn in tow) made daily life an unbearable struggle.

Less than a year after the hurricane hit and still working on the massive cleanup effort, Barrientes enrolled in Everest’s Medical Administrative Assistant program. Motivated by her children and hopes for a better future, she began training for her career – driving more than 80 miles roundtrip every day to attend classes in Houston.

“Although I knew it would be a struggle, I knew I had to make it work and I never gave up,” said Barrientes. “My decision to attend Everest shaped my future and the future of my children for the better. I don’t know where I’d be without Everest.”

Barrientes maintained perfect attendance while in school with the exception of one day – the day of her 7-year-old daughter’s emergency heart surgery. Barrientes resumed her studies the very next day, while caring for her daughter and still living in difficult conditions.

“Maricela Barrientes is truly an inspiration to the Everest community of students, faculty and staff,” said Ken Ratliff, campus president, Everest Institute – Houston Hobby. “Given what she has already accomplished despite the obstacles she has faced, we are confident that she will make a better future for her family and those around her.”

Barrientes earned her Medical Administrative Assistant diploma from Everest Institute in Houston Hobby in May 2010 and is now working as a Medical Administrative Assistant at Immediate Medical Care in Nassau Bay, Texas.

To view Barrientes’ story, please visit http://www.youtube.com/user/Everest.

About Everest – Texas
Everest Colleges and Institutes provide career-oriented diploma and degree programs in health care, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, paralegal, and information technology. Everest – Texas has 7,500 students at nine campuses located in Arlington, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. 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, visit www.Everest.edu.

PITTSBURGH, Penn. – (September 16, 2010) – Everest Institute – Pittsburgh announced that it has added massage therapy to its course offering. The school has begun enrolling students in the program, which takes approximately nine months to complete.

The program provides students with the tools, ethics and basic knowledge to be a massage therapist. Through instruction and hands-on training, students learn and develop a number of therapeutic techniques for relaxation and stress reduction as well as methods for treating neck, back and sciatic pain and muscle spasms. Students also gain an understanding of anatomy, physiology, the role and importance of exercise programs, and more.

“Career opportunities for massage therapists in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas are expected to steadily grow over the next few years,” said Scott Behmer, Everest Institute – Pittsburgh campus president. “As with our other programs, we maintain small class sizes and provide students with individualized attention from our faculty. We are pleased to offer this important, in-demand program to our students and the community we serve.”

Massage Therapy courses include:

  • Introduction to Massage Therapy
  • Business and Ethics
  • Swedish Massage, Pre-Natal, Post-Natal and Infant, and Elder/Geriatric Massage
  • Eastern Theory and Practice
  • Energy and Non-Traditional Therapies, Wellness and CPR
  • Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, and Pin and Stretch
  • Neuromuscular/Trigger Point and Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Clinical and Sports Massage
  • Health and Wellness

Massage therapy job and career opportunities for entry-level positions include:

  • Medical and Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Doctors’ Offices
  • Health Spas
  • Fitness Centers
  • Sports Organizations
  • Tourist Destinations
  • Cruise Ships

About Everest Institute – Pittsburgh

Everest Institute – Pittsburgh, located at 100 Forbes Ave., Suite 1200, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, serves the greater Pittsburgh region in Western Pennsylvania. In addition to the recently-added massage therapy program, the campus provides career-oriented diploma and degree programs in Accounting, Administrative Secretary, Business Administration, Career Access, Criminal Justice, Legal Administrative Secretary, Medical Administrative Secretary, Medical Assistant, Medical Insurance Billing and Coding, Paralegal, Patient Care Technician and Pharmacy Technician. Everest Institute is owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America with more than 100 schools throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, visit the Everest website at www.Everest.edu.

Health Care Career Training Programs Address Community Needs

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 16, 2010) – With the demand for medical administrative assistants expected to increase 16 percent and dental assistants expected to increase 36 percent over the next 10 years, both of these health care specialties are projected to have large numbers of job openings, according to the Bureau and Labor Statistics*. To meet that demand, Everest College’s new Fort Worth South campus has added two health care programs — Medical Administrative Assistant and Dental Assistant.

The medical administrative assistant program is eight months long and includes study on medical office administrative procedures, accounting functions essential to a medical environment, patient record set up and maintenance, filing and record keeping, basic coding with CPT and ICD-9 codes, preparation and processing insurance claims, dictation and transcription, correspondence and mail processing, and computerized practice management.

The Medical Administrative Assistant program includes coursework on the following:

  • Office Finance
  • Patient Processing and Assisting
  • Medical Insurance
  • Insurance Plans and Collections
  • Office Procedures
  • Patient Care and Computerized Practice Management
  • Dental Administrative Procedures

The dental assistant training is eight months long and includes laboratory experience, which entails hands-on simulations to help students learn actual working conditions. The program includes instruction on dental radiography, dental sciences, operatory dentistry, laboratory procedures, dental anatomy, orthodontics, and dental health, as well as a variety of patient care, office and laboratory duties. After students complete all coursework and lab work, they must complete 160 hours of unpaid in-service in a dental office.

The dental assistant courses prepare students through:

  1. Dental office emergencies and compliance
  2. Dental radiography
  3. Dental specialties
  4. Operatory dentistry
  5. Laboratory procedures
  6. Dental anatomy and orthodontics
  7. Dental health

‘The medical and dental fields continue to experience steady growth and provide solid career opportunities,” said Marilyn Drew-Long, Everest Fort Worth South campus president. “Our graduates will fill needed roles, and more importantly, strengthen our community as a whole.”

About Everest

Everest, owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc. is one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America and provides career-oriented diploma and degree programs in health care, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, legal and information technology. In addition to Dental Assistant and Medical Administrative Assistant programs, Everest College, Fort Worth South campus, located at La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth, 4200 South Freeway, Suite 1940, Ft. Worth, TX 76115, also offers Medical Assistant and Medical Insurance Billing and Coding. 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. Programs vary by campus. For more information, visit www.Everest.edu. Media may contact Karen Kalil, AVP, Public Relations for Everest: (714) 825-7789 for interviews.

* Adapted from the Professional and Related Occupations – Dental Assistants and Medical and Health Services Managers sections of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.

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

HOUSTON (April 23, 2010) – Everest Institute‘s Houston Hobby campus now offers career training for dental assistants. Projections indicate that the need for dental assistants will grow 36 percent over the next 10 years making it among the fastest growing occupations.* The campus is now enrolling students for this new program.

“There is ample need for dental assistants in our local communities,” said Everest‘s Houston Hobby campus president, Adebola Hamed. “Our dental assisting graduates will fill a vital need for employers, including dental offices, dental supply houses/manufacturers, dental hospitals, dental laboratories, insurance companies and the dental department of military bases.”

Dental assistant training is eight months long and includes the study of general dentistry, dental office emergencies, dental radiography, dental specialties, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, laboratory procedures, dental anatomy, front office procedures and an off-site dental externship.

Graduates of the program are qualified to handle a diverse array of responsibilities in the delivery of dental care, which include chairside assisting methods, patient procedures and related office and laboratory duties.

About Everest Institute’s Houston Hobby Campus

Everest Institute – Houston Hobby campus serves the Houston, Texas area and is located at 7151 Office City Drive, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77087. In addition to dental assistant training, the campus offers health care programs in medical assisting, medical administrative assistant and medical insurance billing and coding.

About Everest

Everest Colleges and Institutes provide career-oriented diploma and degree programs in health care, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, legal, and information technology. Everest has eight campuses throughout Texas – Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. 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, visit http://www.Everest.edu.

* Adapted from the Professional and Related Occupations – Dental Assistants section of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market data and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.

** Programs may vary by campus.

The 2010 New Year’s Resolution YouTube Contest has concluded. We asked contest entrants to create 60-second-or-less videos in which they tell us about their 2010 New Year’s Resolutions and we’re very pleased to announce the winner: Beau Chevassus from Enumclaw, WA!

The following entrants have won $50 gift cards. Click their names to view their video entries:

Residents In and Near Columbus Can Now Train to Become Dental Assistants

GAHANNA, Ohio (January 19, 2009) – Everest Institute – Gahanna is now training students to compete for careers as dental assistants and are projected to be among the fastest growing occupations from 2008 to 2018, a growth of 36 percent.* To keep pace with steady demand in the industry, Everest Institute at Gahanna has added a new dental assisting program to its curriculum and is now enrolling students. The new program complements three health care programs presently offered at the Gahanna campus.

Population growth and a greater retention rate of natural teeth by middle-aged and older people will be among the factors fueling demand for dental services.

“With the increased demand for trained health care professionals, our new Dental Assisting Program is an important addition and can provide trained dental assistants to the health care community,” said Gahanna campus president Martin Ehrenberg.

Everest Institute – Gahanna’s new Dental Assisting Program can be completed in less than a year, and provides an interactive hands-on learning environment, which includes real-world work place simulations. Dental assistant training includes a study of dental office emergencies, dental radiography, dental specialties, operatory dentistry, laboratory procedures, dental anatomy and orthodontics, and an externship.

Students enrolled in Everest’s new Dental Assisting Program can develop the skills to handle a diverse array of responsibilities in the delivery of dental care, which can include chair side assisting methods, patient procedures and related office and laboratory duties. Everest training can also help students develop life skills that can be leveraged over a lifetime.

Program graduates of Everest’s Dental Assisting program are qualified to seek entry-level employment with dental offices, dental manufacturers, dental laboratories and insurance companies.

Additional programs offered at the Gahanna campus include medical assisting, medical insurance billing and coding and pharmacy technician.

About Everest

Everest Institute – Gahanna, serving the Columbus, Ohio area, is located at 825 Tech Center Drive, Gahanna, OH 43230 and is one of 100 schools owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc. throughout North America. Everest Institute provides popular in-demand career-oriented diploma and degree programs** in the fields of criminal justice, skilled trades, business, paralegal, information technology and health care. Learn more about vocational training programs at Everest.

* The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects that from 2008 to 2018, employment opportunities for dental assistants is expected to grow 36 percent. Your local market data likely differs from these statistics. Individual efforts, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors may impact employment opportunities and pay.
** Programs may vary by campus.


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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