HIGHERTECH WINTER/SPRING 2019
THE MAGAZINE OF CAPE CORAL TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Diversity OF THE AGES
THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF LEARNING AT ANY AGE ALSO IN THIS ISSUE The End of an Era
Real World Learning
Helping Others Smile
Wired for Electronics
Skills USA: Success for Life
L AY O U T Todd Calfee
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EDITORIAL DESIGN Digital Design Students PHOTOGRAPHY Arlind Gรณmez Brandon Newell William Troutt EDITORIALS Jasmine Galeano Arlind Gรณmez Sylenia Jones Michael Lawson Ana Lemos Stephanie Lewandowski Jennifer Manzo Colin Masterson Brandon Newell Erika Rubio Melissa Schreiber Mariana Villarroel PROOFING Melody Allen Minerva Betancourt Kevin Hawk Judy Johnson Susie Peters
THIS PUBLICATION IS PRODUCED BY:
THE END OF AN ERA
DIVERSITY OF THE AGES
REAL WORLD LEARNING
WIRED TO LEARN
HELPING OTHERS SMILE
SLEEP & BE HAPPY
APRENDE INGLรS EN CCTC
CONQUERING THE TABE TEST
SKILLS USA: SUCCESS FOR LIFE
A FOCUS ON COSMETOLOGY
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360 Santa Barbara Blvd. North Cape Coral, FL 33993 239-574-4440 capecoraltech.edu @capecoraltech
ON THE COVER BARBERING STUDENT THOMAS MCGINLEY
provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to enter and advance in high paying jobs. Most programs can be completed within two semesters and include careers in health, business, human services, information technology, manufacturing, transportation, and public safety. Another very important consideration in choosing a school is the amount of student loan debt a student will be expected to incur. Students graduating from a four-year college average $40,000 in student loan debt. Cape Coral Technical College student loan debt averages $0! Not only are our programs low in cost but they also qualify for the following financial aid sources: Federal Pell Grants, Florida Prepaid College Fund, Veteran’s Educational Benefits, Florida Bright Futures Scholarships, CareerSource Southwest Florida, and Vocational Rehabilitation.
DIRECTOR'S NOTES For many students, earning a degree from a four-year college or university is not a realistic goal. For others, they found college to be lacking in hands-on learning or were left with a degree that does not lead to lucrative employment. Cape Coral Technical College students earn industry certifications and licensures that lead to high-paying jobs in rewarding careers right here in Lee County! Did you know that the average time it takes a student to complete a bachelor’s degree is 54 months and 39 months for an associate’s degree? Technical college programs range from 2.5 months to 20 months in length. There are 39 Technical Colleges and 10 Technical Centers that serve students through district public school boards. The completion, placement and licensure rates of Florida’s technical colleges last year were 85%, 88%, and 93% respectively! Education at a technical college yields a great return on investment! Cape Coral Technical College and Fort Myers Technical College operate as part of the School District of Lee County and are accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. We are post-secondary technical colleges that offer more than 40 career and technical education programs that lead to industry certification and licensures in a multitude of fields. With small class sizes, low tuition costs and hands-on training, technical colleges
The Council on Occupational Education’s Annual Report from 2017 shows that 85% of our graduates find jobs in their field of study and the licensure rate across all programs is over 90%, making Cape Coral Technical College a great investment in your future! Lee County Technical Colleges work with community leaders to ensure we provide postsecondary learning opportunities that meet the needs of the local workforce. Our colleges are able to respond quickly to business and industry needs, and our focus is on job placement and attainment of industry credentials. Because the focus is on students and employers, Florida’s Technical Colleges directly impact economic growth in Florida. Our mission at Cape Coral Technical College is to prepare students for employment by providing quality, technology-oriented education delivered by a professional, caring staff in a positive learning environment. Our faculty and staff are committed to employing our core values: Accountability, Commitment, Respect, Integrity, and Leadership; to accomplish this mission. If you are already a student at Cape Coral Technical College we thank you for placing your trust in us to help you achieve your career goals. Everyone at CCTC cares about you and your future!
PROGRAMS OF STUDY
AGRICULTURE veterinary assisting
..... BUSINESS medical administrative specialist
..... HEALTH dental assisting medical assisting medical coder/biller nursing assistant pharmacy technician practical nursing
..... HOSPITALITY barbering cosmetology professional culinary arts
..... TECHNOLOGY digital design electronic technology network support services network systems administration
Director, Cape Coral Technical College
10.12.18 VET FIELD TRIP Veterinary Assisting students toured the Great Ape Sanctuary in Wauchula, Florida and learned about the history of the facility, animal care, and behavior modification training.
NEWSWORTHY 5.11.18 DIGTIAL LEE WINNERS Students from Digital Design won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at the annual design competition, Digital Lee. 1st Place: Hunter Higginson 2nd Place: Elianna Tirado 3rd Place: Samuel Sagastume
10.24.18 COE BREAKFAST Cape Coral Technical College welcomed members of our advisory committees to campus with breakfast prepared by our Culinary Arts program. 10.26.18 & 10.27.18 DOG WASH Veterinary Assisting students held a dog wash to provide low cost bathing and nail trimming to the community. 10.30.18 VOLUNTEERING Veterinary Assisting students volunteered at Helping Paws Cat Sanctuary, performing ear cleaning and nail trims. 11.1.18 OPEN HOUSE Cape Coral Technical College held its Fall Open House for those looking to learn more about the programs we offer.
DIGITAL LEE 9.1.18 - 9.30.18 PET FOOD DRIVE Veterinary Assisting students sponsored a pet food drive to benefit Animal Refuge Center and their assistance in relocated animals to Florida due to Hurricane Florence. 9.12.18 100% PASS RATE Veterinary Assisting achieved a 100% certification pass rate. 9.12.18 JOB PLACEMENT Veterinary Assisting achieved 95% job placement with the first 2 cohorts of graduates. 10.8.18 CONGRATULATIONS KEVIN HAWK Kevin Hawk recently completed the requirements for two credentials through the National Career Development Association Credentialing Commission. He earned his Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) certifications on October 8, 2018. Hawk has been recognized as having demonstrated the required competencies to be awarded these credentials. NCDA, a leader in the field of career development, supports career specialists in their professional growth and ethical practices. 3
11.10.18 HOLIDAY BAZAAR Cape Coral Technical College hosted a Holiday Bazaar with vendors selling various goods.
11.9.18 MAS FIELD TRIP The Medical Administrative Program went on a field trip to visit Riverchase Dermatology in Cape Coral. This field trip related classroom lessons to real experience in the workforce. 11.10.18 DENTISTRY FROM THE HEART Dental Assisting classes volunteered at the â€œDentistry from the Heartâ€? event held at Lee Dental Care in Fort Myers. This is now a worldwide non-profit organization that provides free dental care to the community. The students were able to take vitals, work in sterilization and assist the dentists with fillings and extractions. It was a great opportunity for them to give back to the community and practice the skills they are learning.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR Proceeds from the event benefited HOSA and Skills USA. 11.15.18 ELECTRONICS & NETWORKING FIELD TRIP Classes from Electronics Technology, Network Support Services, and Network Systems Administration went on a field trip to the Lee County FDOT network operations center. Students learned about hardware and systems used to control traffic. 11.19.18 VET FIELD TRIP Veterinary Assisting students toured the Peace River Wildlife Center, learning about animal care, nutrition, and handling. 11.28.18 BARBERING On the last Wednesday of each month, the Barbering Program provided free haircuts to veterans at Hearts and Home in Ft. Myers.
BARBERING 12.5.18 JOB EXPO Our Fall Job Expo was a big success with over 33 employers targeting our highly-skilled students.
DENTISTRY FROM THE HEART
THE END OF AN ERA
THANK YOU, DONA HOYT BY JENNIFER MANZO
What does a Surgical Technologist do? Defined by the Association of Surgical Technologists, it is a member of the surgical team charged with the responsibility for preparing the operating room, including the sterile field, setting up surgical equipment, supplies and solutions. During surgery, it is the surgical technologist that passes instruments, fluids, and supplies to the surgeon, as well as preparing and managing the surgical equipment. For the past 25 years, Cape Coral Technical College (formally High Tech North) offered this program and trained some of the finest Surgical Technologists serving Southwest Florida. The class, taught by Ms. Dona Hoyt, has been one of the most well respected programs within the local medical community since she began teaching this program in 1993. But as they say, all good things must come to an end. After 25 years, Dona is retiring, which brings to an end the Surgical Technology program here at Cape Coral Technical College. Dona was born in Boston, MA and raised in Boxford, MA, a rural town north of Boston. She started her career working as a certified nursing assistant for a very fine nursing home, but was looking for something more challenging and satisfying. She then enrolled and graduated from Essex
Agricultural and Technical Institute, Hawthorne, MA in 1976. Since then, she has been a Surgical Technologist for over 42 years, receiving high praise and awards for her dedication to the field. Dona is a very humble person, but states the proudest part of her career was when she was hired as an instructor at High Tech North. As a surgical technologist, we are taught to see one, do one, and teach one. These have been the values she taught her students and maintained throughout her career. Having the ability to take young people and teach them these very highly sought after skills, and knowing that she turned out some of the most educated and skilled Technologists, have made her job as an educator the most important time in her career. In 1987, Dona and her husband left the frigid winters of Massachusetts for the warmth of Southwest Florida. Not long after their arrival, her husband passed away, leaving Dona with the choice to either return north or see what her future as a new instructor may hold in Florida. She made the choice to stay as an educator at High Tech North. Over the years, Dona has trained and graduated hundreds of students, many of which are still practicing today around town. One can walk down the halls of any
operating suite and see the many faces of the graduates of her program from years past. Making the decision to retire was not difficult. Dona has given her all to this program throughout the years. From the months of intense classroom time, to arranging clinical training for her students, she has developed a reputation of excellence. If you were a graduate of Donaâ€™s Surgical Technology class, that facility and medical practice knew they were getting the very best in the field. Dona has a lot of plans for her new free time. She loves to go RVing and spend time with her extended family and friends. She loves to shop and spend time with her dogs. She will find many activities to fill the time, while staying in contact with her former students and their families. As a current student in her final class, it has been an honor for me to write this. I have been blessed to become a part of this tight medical community and doing it under the guidance of Dona Hoyt has made me want to be the best Surgical Technologist I can be. So, from all of your current and former students, Ms. Dona Hoyt, we honor you and thank you for your years of dedication to excellence in this field. This program will be missed and so will you.
..... BY MELISSA SCHREIBER
iversity is a hot topic these days around the world. Colleges are no exception to this trend. Cape Coral Technical College is fortunate to have a diverse population of students in its various programs. One of the diversities often overlooked is the age gap among students. This diversity of age demonstrates the important role learning plays for individuals of any age. Many of the students at Cape Coral Technical College are dual-enrolled, meaning they are earning high school and college credit simultaneously. One of the dual enrolled students at Cape Coral Technical College, Amber Fontaine, is proud to be a seventeen-year-old student in the Medical Assisting Program. Fontaine wears many hats including being a high school senior and an employee of Jimmy John’s Sub Shop. Fontaine says she chose Cape Coral Technical College not only for the financial aid benefit of free tuition, but also because she has a medical condition that prevents her from driving and the campus is close to her home. Fellow students humorously call Fontaine “Google Girl” due to her technology savvy skills and her willingness to share those with classmates. When asked how her age affects her education as a high school student in college, she laughed saying, “I feel like people underestimate me.” Fontaine desires to get a job as soon as she graduates high school and
YOUR AGE SHOULD NOT DETER YOU FROM ENROLLING AT CAPE CORAL TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Medical Assisting. Ultimately, she says her aspirations are to “work in a clinical site or a family health center.” Another talented dual enrolled student is Jenell Trelz. At eighteen, she is in high school and currently works as a hostess at Chili's. Trelz is a student at Cape Coral Technical College also studying Medical Assisting. As far as goals she expresses, “I want to go to medical school and become a Neurosurgeon or Pediatrician. I know they are so different but I love kids and also like Neurosurgery,” Trelz smiles. She selected Cape Coral Technical College “because it’s easy to get a head start in my senior year.” One of the benefits to this college is getting to explore each classes’ options before officially signing on. “I previously sat in this class which solidified my decision to enroll.” Helping people is in her blood, as Trelz stated she also has wanted to be a doctor since childhood when her grandma worked as nurse. Being young and in college has not dissuaded her, “I feel like age doesn't matter, but some people don't think I can do it,” but Trelz is ready to prove them wrong. On the other side of the age continuum is Cathy Nocera, who came to school at Cape Coral Technical College after her granddaughter attended classes. One reason Nocera chose to come to this college is because she likes the campus. Nocera is sixty-eight-years-old and enrolled in the Nursing Program. Remarkably, before coming to college, she used many of her talents elsewhere, where she worked at her own photography studio and specialized in graphic editing. “Photography is not what it used to be,
there isn’t enough money in it and I want to do something more meaningful,” she states. “I want to work a little at the VA hospital and also volunteer there.” Novera was ready to take on the challenge of college even at this season in her life, saying “age has not affected my schooling here at all and people are quite accepting even though everyone else in my class is younger.” Cathy graduated the program on November 2nd, 2018. Another inspirational student is sixty-fouryear-old, Thomas McGinley. He worked in software marketing, learning as he went without a degree. After being in the field for a while, he decided he was missing out on formal education and so he got his Masters Degree in Business by special exception with no undergraduate degree, something that rarely happens. After forty years in marketing, McGinley grew tired of the stress, the demanding work, and the frequent travel so he decided to make a major career change, something he says “happens frequently, but not usually this late in life.” To supplement his retirement, he enrolled in barbering at Cape Coral Technical College. McGinley says “I heard good things about the program and after attending an open house, I decided I want to stay active and I enjoy being around people.” McGinley hopes to own his own barbershop someday as he already has the business experience. He says age is not a factor, “I get treated like everyone else, the class is full of mostly younger people so I have to be somewhat adaptive, culturally. I have never felt left out or excluded, but everyone has to be flexible as learning is a lifetime thing.” Learning is important throughout your entire life. Age diversity is also important as each generation has something different to offer, as well as having different challenges. Therefore, your age should not deter you from enrolling at Cape Coral Technical College. As our students have made clear, age is not a factor.
DIVERSITY OF THE AGES The Important Role of Learning at Any Age
JENELL TRELZ MEDICAL ASSISTING
THOMAS MCGINLEY BARBERING
AMBER FONTAINE MEDICAL ASSISTING
LINDA BIGLEY MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST
REAL WORLD LEARNING
Medical Administrative Specialist 7
..... BY ANA LEMOS
he Medical Administrative Specialist Program offers hands on interactive training including a mock doctor’s office with waiting area, built-in check-in, and built-in check out stations. It also has a separate interview room to help with the interview process. These components help build confidence in the student’s abilities. This ten-month long program uses active learning tools with real-world scenarios to help teach students. With smaller classes, it helps create an open learning environment as well as a positive work space. Group activities range from classroom projects to open discussions which has been proven for a higher success rate among students. During any given class day, students can expect to be tasked with a variety of responsibilities such as answering the phones, listening to and prioritizing phone messages, and handling different patient scenarios. Students learn to use electronic medical records and paper charts, as well as learning customer service skills, certifying in Microsoft Office, and participating in a long-term volunteer program at a medical facility. These are just some of the multitasking skills that students can expect to gain from the Medical Administrative Program. Customer service is a very important aspect of Medical Administration. Students at Cape Coral Technical College practice their phone etiquette and customer interactions in real world scenarios. In doing so, the students will become confident in how to handle situations that occur all while maintaining professionalism. Each week students are required to attend a “Professional Day” as part of their overall grade in the class. This is where they dress in business attire and participate in mock interviews. This teaches them how to dress appropriately in business settings. The students also are given the opportunity to have their resumes examined by an experienced hiring professional. The instructor, Ms. Ana Lemos, then reviews the resumes and explains how to write, rewrite, and edit to specific job needs and make sure that it is tailored to perfection. During this course, students will become proficient in the latest versions of Microsoft Office to achieve Microsoft Specialist Certifications. Other trainings include Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Health Insurance
In addition to learning academic skills, this program teaches soft skills, such as empathy. The instructor, Ms. Lemos, is a former student from Cape Coral Technical College and her story is one of ultimate success. She graduated from this program and later went on to work for a national dermatology office, where she continued her career and became a Location Manager. Ms. Lemos continuously strives to maintain up to date medical office knowledge by bringing her experience from the work field into the classroom and building her classroom to resemble a real life working office environment. Ms. Lemos says, “My ultimate goal is to make sure all students leave prepared for a successful career.”
..... STUDENTS CAN EXPECT TO BE TASKED WITH A VARIETY OF RESPONSIBILITIES
WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST: “When I entered this program, it was very exciting to begin a new chapter of my life and new career with the confidence I needed. The real-life scenarios, handson teaching, guided practice sessions, and structured independent coursework enabled me to learn all aspects of working the front desk of a medical office.” ~ Linda B.
Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) as well as Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA). This establishes that individuals are well trained and knowledgeable in the medical field and can be held to a higher standard. This course requires a lengthy volunteer program at a medical facility of the students choosing. This will help gain realworld hands-on experience to become better prepared upon graduation from the program.
“This program gave me the experience and knowledge I needed in order to get hired in the medical field. I am certified in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, have knowledge of medical terminology, creating charts, answering the phone in a professional manner, and many more skills.” ~ Melany
This class is a great way to gain medical knowledge, interact with others, and to successfully complete one’s personal portfolio. With professional teachings, students can expect to be encouraged towards the path of success. An energetic and enthusiastic work space creates motivated classmates to continue to strive for greatness. This course is designed to be “self-paced” in order to fully comprehend the material and overall be successful.
“I have gained many skills to be successful in the workforce. I was giving the opportunity to become an intern at a medical office which led to a full time position in the career I wanted. Choosing to return to college was the best decision I have made! Thank you Ms. Lemos, for all you have done in helping me achieve my goals, showing me I can do it, and BELIEVING in me.” ~ Linda W. WINTER/SPRING 2019
..... BY JASMINE GALEANO
The Dental Assisting students at Cape Coral Technical College are instructed on how to perform the many tasks necessary to become Expanded Functions Dental Assistants. Expanded functions are advanced duties set forth by the Florida Board of Dentistry that the students are trained in. Upon employment, these are done under the supervision of a dentist. They also complete the training required for his or her radiology certification. This gives the student, upon successful completion, the necessary certifications that are needed to work in the State of Florida. Below is a testimonial from a current student.
n my senior year of high school, I was pretty unsure about what I wanted to do in the future. Everyone expected me to have my life figured out and planned until the moment I retired. I was constantly pressured to go to a university and a top of the line competitive school, but I was tired of taking classes in math, history, and science. The urge to just start my life and start working was so strong. So, my mom told me, “Jasmine, you know there are colleges for that?” I was confused and I asked her, “Wait, so, I can go to school and automatically start working after?” She then assured me that there was indeed a school where I could find a career and automatically start working. In April of 2018 I attended the Cape Coral Technical College open house, still uncertain of what I wanted to do. I just knew
after reading up on the school’s website that there were so many great classes that I could sign up for. I started at Medical Assisting, then Veterinary Technician, and kept going all the way up to Digital Design. Then the last stop of our tour was the Dental Assisting class. Immediately, I fell in love. The equipment that they had in the classroom was in pristine condition and looked as if I could have my annual checkup there. Leaving the open house, I gathered all the information needed to start the class. When the first day of school came around, I knew absolutely nothing about Dental Assisting, except the basic brushing in a circle and doing it three times a day. But now, if asked to assist a doctor I probably could. The amount of knowledge that I have gained within the four months that class has been in session, is mind boggling. If you would have told me four to five months ago that I would be where I am now, I most likely would not have believed it. The instructors here are amazing. The care that they have for their students is impeccable. It really shows how much this program and their students mean to them. Now, being a few months into the Dental Assisting course I’m realizing, this is what I am supposed to do. Learning something new every day, knowing it is going to benefit me and carry over to my profession is exhilarating. Coming into class every morning and seeing my classmates, passing every competency that is placed before me, and volunteering is making me more and more excited to start working the day after graduation.
VOLUNTEERING IS MAKING ME MORE AND MORE EXCITED TO START WORKING THE DAY AFTER GRADUATION 9
The lab and lectures are great, but going out into the field is even better. Volunteering at a dentist office and incorporating what I learned into what I am going to be doing is such an amazing experience. A few classmates and I recently volunteered at Project Dentist Care in Fort Myers, a non-profit dental organization that helps people in need. In this instance, we were volunteering and helping veterans in our community. One of my classmates and I assisted the doctor in an extraction, helped out with charting, breaking down and setting a room, and worked in sterilization. It was our first experience being in a dental office and it was definitely one memorable experience. I was able to do what I love, with the people that I love, and for a very loved and underappreciated community. The patients and employees accepted us with open arms and took every chance they got to teach us something new. There’s going to be many, many more opportunities to volunteer and incorporate what we’re learning into what we love. For example, there is an annual event that takes place at Lee Dental Care called, “Dentistry from the Heart,” an event where more than 200 patients show up and get free dental work by dental professionals that volunteer. There are plenty of great opportunities that are going to arise where Dental Assistants are needed. The demand for Dental Assistants is increasing. You are ready for employment and can start earning your paycheck as soon as that certificate gets placed into your hands. It is up to you whether or not you choose to pursue it, but I really do not see why you would not. I am happy I did.
HELPING OTHERS SMILE Dental Assisting
JASMINE GALEANO DENTAL ASSISTING
COLIN MASTERSON ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY
WIRED TO LEARN Electronic Technology
..... BY MARIANA VILLARROEL & COLIN MASTERSON
y education at Cape Coral Technical College began as soon as I arrived to the Electronic Technology classroom. I was surprised at the amount of equipment we have to work and learn with. In just one semester I have gone from the basics of electrical connections to soldering electrical circuits, understanding and designing schematics, setting up and controlling drones, operating robotic arms using single-board microcontrollers and microcontroller kits, understanding the operation of renewable energies (specifically sunlight and wind), connecting solar panels, and operating an array of electrical tools, among others. All these skills are important to have in the workforce. The Electronic Technology course helps me to expand my understanding not only of technology, but it also helps me with communication and abilities that I can apply to my future career.
very helpful because it contains images, diagrams, and presentations that facilitate your learning and you could study the same module until you feel ready to start a new one. One of the main focuses in this program is to understand the operation of electronic circuits in order to be capable of troubleshooting. We start with simple circuits and as we progress, the circuits start getting more challenging, until we eventually start working with transformers and the breaker box. Even the online lessons require hands-on work like troubleshooting and measuring voltage, current, resistance, waveform, period, continuity, and frequency.
From building circuits to flying drones, I have developed confidence and pride from learning this new trade. Electronic Technology has turned out to be a wonderful experience in which I have developed many useful skills that I will need, not just for work, but to be a better person.
Something that I love in this class is that there is always something new and different to learn every day. Class is divided between hands-on learning and online lessons, which make it perfect for remaining focused without getting tired of a single activity. You are free to learn at your own pace using our main classwork on the computer through Mindsight LabVolt series, which contains many practice boards that pair with modules to learn from, starting from the basics of DC and AC and moving to digital circuits. It is
My favorite thing to do in class is to fly the drones. The drone that I enjoy the most is the DJI Inspire One because you can do so many things with it. For example, drones can use lidar to measure the height of crops. Lidar is a remote sensing technology that measures distance by illuminating an object with a laser (laserinfrared or UV) and then measuring what is reflected back. Drones can also provide aerial surveillance, filming, and disaster relief, which can be used to gather and deliver medical supplies to remote or otherwise unreachable areas in a disaster zone.
FROM BUILDING CIRCUITS TO FLYING DRONES, I HAVE DEVELOPED CONFIDENCE AND PRIDE FROM LEARNING THIS NEW TRADE
SLEEP AND BE HAPPY
APRENDE INGLÉS EN CAPE CORAL TECHNICAL COLLEGE
BY ERIKA RUBIO & BRANDON NEWELL
DE ARLIND GÓMEZ
the rest it needs. Sleeping also improves your mood, reduces stress, and repairs your body. Not sleeping enough can alter your mood and your interactions with people. Feeling extremely tired can make it impossible to process information and recognize social cues. All of these side effects can really complicate your life. Here are some tips that can help improve your sleep and make it more productive. How can someone possibly get through their day without a good night’s sleep? You might not realize it, but sleep plays an important role in everyone’s life. When you sleep, your body resets and conserves energy and heart rate. Your blood pressure and body temperature also lowers. People are now sleeping less hours per day than ever before. The recommended hours of sleep for adults is 7-8 hours, so it’s no wonder why people are barely getting through the day and feeling terrible with such little sleep. It is very important for your health, productivity, and body to get enough sleep each night. When you get a good night’s sleep, you improve your ability to concentrate and be more productive. You are also less prone to making mistakes and procrastinating when you get enough sleep. With 7-8 hours of sleep you feel more focused, creative, and will have less problems making decisions. You need these skills to be able to perform at school, work, and within your family. You also lower your risk of burning out if you’re getting enough sleep. If you burn out, you shut down and will not be able to get anything else done. Many people are enrolled in school and working full-time, so you can’t afford to burn out. The more tired you feel, the less you get done. Sleep also improves your immune function. A lack of sleep can actually make you more vulnerable to getting sick with colds and viruses. If your body gets sleep deprived, you can also increase your chance of getting kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Your body reacts to sleep deprivation the same way it reacts to stress. You create stress on your body when you do not give it 13
You can help your body get tired, by being more active during the day. Going outside and exercising can help regulate your sleep. You should also make sure to not exercise too close to bedtime. Exercise stimulates the body and mind and can make it harder to fall asleep. You can make your bedroom a good sleep environment. Keep your bedroom clean, and make sure it is comfortable, quiet, and dark. Use a sound device or a loud fan to help block noise from outside of the room. You can also install darkening blinds to block out streetlights and morning light. Sleep masks can also help block excessive light coming into your bedroom. You should also turn off all of your electronic devices an hour before you try to fall asleep. Watching what you eat and drink close to bedtime is another tip. It is important to avoid large meals before bed. If you must eat before going to bed, eat a light snack instead of a heavy meal. Big or spicy meals can cause discomfort that could make it difficult for the body to fall asleep. Caffeine close to bedtime should always be avoided. You should also avoid alcohol and cigarettes before bed, because they disrupt the body’s ability to fall asleep. Keep your sleep as consistent as possible. Set a sleep schedule you can follow. Set a time to get up and a time to go to bed. The best part is you can set your sleep schedule to whatever feels best for you.
Getting sleep is very important. It affects your productivity, body, mood, and immune system. A lack of sleep can make going to school or work very difficult. Do yourself a favor and make sure sleep is a priority, so that you can enjoy your day to the fullest.
El distrito de Lee County School ofrece clases de inglés en Cape Coral Technical College para hablantes de otros idiomas. Estas clases ofrecen diferentes niveles de inglés y han demostrado ayudar a los estudiantes a superar las barreras del idioma. La registración está disponible durante otoño y primavera y es un proceso muy sencillo. Deberá ir a la pagina web LEESCHOOLS.NET/ACE y completar un formulario con su información personal y proporcionar la información de su ID. El único pago que hará por este curso será de $30, que se pagará en el momento de la inscripción. Una vez que se haya realizado la inscripción, se le dará una fecha para realizar un examen que le dará el nivel de inglés al que comenzará a asistir. El examen dura aproximadamente dos horas y consta de dos partes: •
La primera parte del examen incluye diferentes textos acompañados de preguntas que evaluarán el nivel de comprensión de lo que se ha leído.
La segunda parte incluye varios audios de diferentes diálogos acompañados de preguntas que evaluarán su nivel de comprensión al escuchar.
El día que tome el examen también le dará la fecha para comenzar las clases de inglés. La clase se divide en tres niveles: nivel básico, nivel medio y nivel superior. El curso tiene horarios accesibles para todas las personas. Las clases se imparten en horario por la mañana de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. y por la tarde los martes y jueves de 5 p.m. a 9 p.m. El distrito de Lee County School puede ayudarte a realizar tus sueños, así que no dejes pasar esta oportunidad. Para más información llame a 239.939.6310, o visítenos en: Adult and Career Education 2855 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers, Fl 33966.
CONQUERING THE TABE TEST BY MICHAEL LAWSON
The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is used to assess a student’s basic knowledge prior to completing a program at Cape Coral Technical College. Cape Coral Technical College strives to help you fully succeed with getting the TABE scores required by your future program. I know this, because I am a student here at Cape Coral Technical College enrolled in the Digital Design program. Prior to attending Cape Coral Technical College, I attended a private school for children with learning differences. The summer before my program started, I enrolled in an adult education class through the Lee County School District to help me prepare for taking the TABE test. TABE remediation classes have helped me to pass the math portion of the TABE test. I am still working towards passing my reading and language portion, but without TABE remediation I would not be in the program I am enrolled in today. I feel comfortable in the remediation classes and I feel free to ask questions. The time frames for the courses are convenient because they are scheduled right after school. The classroom allows me to take breaks when needed and is flexible. If you miss a day, you can make up your time. Simply inform your teacher in advance or
call the office about your absence. The office staff is very friendly. TABE remediation is a very important tool for me. It is a class for individuals, like myself, to sharpen the skills they need to work on to pass all portions of the TABE test. There are many benefits to TABE remediation such as:
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Working one on one with a teacher Working with other students as a group Taking practice tests and worksheets for each individual course Taking online courses if needed to help you work on TABE readiness The option to request a quiet environment The benefit of asking questions to the teacher and have specific items explained
Students need to bring supplies, such as a notebook and a pencil to class, along with their prior TABE test scores. TABE remediation is only held on Mondays and Wednesdays with typical hours from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm.
others. Your teacher may advise you to get a TABE study book to practice skills at home. If you do not have a TABE book, don’t worry because you can go online for TABE practice courses. You can also study by taking the TABE practice test on the TABE website, if you really want to test your skills. I also studied for my TABE test with a tutor that was able to answer questions and help me as I studied. Scheduling to take your TABE test is easy because it can be done right at Cape Coral Technical College. You can schedule it by calling the front office at the school and requesting a day and time to take the TABE test. Don’t forget to bring your prior TABE scores with you to show to the staff member administering your test. Students can also take the test multiple times in an effort to pass the test. Students can go through additional TABE remediation, if needed. For more information about taking the TABE test or TABE remediation classes, contact the office at 239-574-4440.
There are many resources to study for the TABE test, but some are easier than
C A R E E R DE Programs accepting high school dual enrollment.
BARBERING 11 MONTHS, 1200 HOURS $4,270 Students learn skills such as shaping hair, performing hairstyles, mustache and beard design, shaving the face and performing facial treatments. Additional training includes hairpieces, wigs, and hair attachments; permanent waves, chemical relaxing, coloring and highlighting, entrepreneurship, safety, barbering laws, related chemistry, and much more. License: Students prepare for the Barber License examination which is governed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
COSMETOLOGY 11 MONTHS, 1200 HOURS $4,208 Our Cosmetology course prepares you for an exciting career in the beauty industry. The program includes knowledge in styling, haircutting, color, skin and nails. You will be guided by 15
dedicated professional instructors committed to helping you attain your goals.
DIGITAL DESIGN DE 11 MONTHS, 1200 HOURS $3,900
License: Upon successful completion of the program you will become eligible to apply and take the Florida Cosmetology Exam.
Students develop a broad foundation of knowledge and skills that prepare them to be graphic designers. Students fully explore the principles and possibilities of design, while creating independent and creative solutions to a series of design problems. Knowledge of and exposure to contemporary design issues and graphic design history will be an important component of this program. Students will become proficient in all aspects of the design process, including planning, conceptualizing, designing, critical thinking, collaboration, and presentation.
DENTAL ASSISTING 11 MONTHS, 1230 HOURS $6,559 Pursue a career in the exciting field of dentistry! Students learn general chair-side techniques, dental lab, and business office administration. Earn a state certificate in dental radiography and dental assisting expanded functions. Certifications: Students are eligible for the Dental Assisting National Board NELDA (National Entry Level Dental Assistant) exam. Graduates of this program are eligible for employment as dental assistants with EFDA (Expanded Functions and Radiography Skills).
Certifications: Adobe Photoshop; Adobe Illustrator; Adobe InDesign
ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY 14 MONTHS, 1400 HOURS $4,441
Students train for todayâ€™s booming industrial sectors: medical equipment, control systems, drone technology, robotics, telecommunications, and solar/wind technologies. From circuits to microprocessors, soldering to troubleshooting, and repairing various
PROGRAMS electronic equipment students learn the foundations in order to keep up with rapid changes in industrial technology.
students interested in medical secretarial professions.
Certifications: ESA (Electronic Technicians Association); ISCET (International Society of Certified Electronic Technicians); ISCET 002 (Electronics Systems Associate)
MEDICAL ASSISTING DE 12 MONTHS, 1300 HOURS $6,034
MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST DE 10 MONTHS, 1050 HOURS $4,117 This program provides the basic medical knowledge to work in the medical field or in various business-related administrative assistant positions. Students will learn the concepts of running the front of a medical office and managing an electronic system. In addition, students will gain hands-on computer skills utilizing Windows and Microsoft Office applications. Certifications: Microsoft Word; Excel; PowerPoint; The CMAA (Certified Medical Administrative Assistant) exam is optional and is one of the more popular certifications available for
Certifications: CPC (Certified Professional Coder); optional CPB (Certified Professional Biller)
Start a career in the popular medical field! Students learn clerical and managerial skills, competencies in EKG, phlebotomy, laboratory skills, patient care, patient education, and medication administration. Students will find jobs available in clinics, physician offices and more. Become eligible for national certification exams in Certified EKG Technician and Certified Phlebotomy Technician. Certification: CCMA (Certified Clinical Medical Assistant) exam
MEDICAL CODER/BILLER 10 MONTHS, 1110 HOURS $4,689
you will be trained in the global standard in Medical Coding & Billing.
This course prepares you for the future of medical coding, insurance billing and insurance reimbursement, as well as CPC exam review and preparation. We are currently teaching ICD-10 diagnostic and CPT procedural coding systems. With the transition in the United States to ICD-10,
NETWORK SUPPORT SERVICES 10 MONTHS, 1050 HOURS $4,304
Students learn how to configure, support, and secure internetwork devices, specifically routers and switches. The course focuses on the Cisco Routing and Switching (CCNA-R&S) and Cisco Security (CCNA-Security) core curriculum. This course also covers Wireless, Voice over IP, as well as fundamental Linux server and desktop installation, configuration, and basic administration. Certifications: CCNA-R&S; CCNASecurity; CCNA- Wireless; Net+; Security+; CWNA (Certified Wireless Network Administrator)
NETWORK SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION DE 10 MONTHS, 1050 HOURS $4,574 OR $4,808 This program is designed to prepare students for employment as a computer network administrator, wireless administrator, server administrator, data communicational analyst, security administrator and is the prerequisite for the Cloud Computing & Virtualization course. Certifications: During this program, it is highly recommended that students test for the following certifications: CWNA (Certified Wireless Network Administrator), MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate), or Linux+ & Server+; or Net+, Security+
NURSING ASSISTANT (ARTICULATED) 6 WEEKS, 165 HOURS $1,308 Would you like to become a care-giving hero and a positive influence in people’s lives? As a student, you will learn to provide basic care to diverse patients, in different settings. Our small classes are designed to provide you with hands-on, personal instruction. You’ll become part of a health care team working side by side with nurses and other health care professionals providing care to those in need. Nursing Assistant Articulated includes instruction in Basic Healthcare Worker and Nurse Aide and Orderly. Forty hours of Clinical settings including long-term care and acute care. Certifications: Successful completion of this course prepares you to take the Florida Certified Nursing Assistant Exam.
PHARMACY TECHNICIAN 10 MONTHS, 1050 HOURS $4,834
Students develop oral and written pharmaceutical communication skills as well as knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. Core mathematical functions and dosage calculations are performed to ensure success during practical labs, which consist of repackaging, compounding and IV admixtures. Externship opportunities are instrumental in students’ experience and job placement. With program completion, students are eligible to apply for state licensure. Certification: National Pharmacy Technician Certification
PRACTICAL NURSING 12 MONTHS, 1350 HOURS $6,882 Can you see yourself in a medical career that allows you be part of a profession that continually grows and is always in demand? Our top notch, board approved Practical Nursing program is for you! As a student, you’ll work directly with patients, nurses, and physicians in the hospital and other health care facilities. Our small classes are designed to provide you with excellent hands-on training and personal instruction. Our instructors, Licensed Registered Nurses, will personally guide you in becoming a competent and compassionate nurse. After completing the program you are eligible to take the Practical Nurse National Licensing Exam. Certifications: AHA- HCP BLS; IV Therapy (post graduation)
PROFESSIONAL CULINARY ARTS & HOSPITALITY DE 11 MONTHS, 1200 HOURS $4,474 Learn the skills needed to work in a highly professional and individually creative career in culinary arts. Enhance your communication skills as you prepare for employment in a fast paced environment. This program features daily hands-on experience as students prepare cuisine for the entire school. Chef will teach you marketable culinary skills such as multitasking, self-motivation, and cleanliness. Certifications: Students earn a ServSafe Food Manager certificate, the industry gold standard, and an optional ACF (American Culinary Federation) Certified Culinarian certificate with a minimum of 1 year experience.
VETERINARY ASSISTING 7 MONTHS, 750 HOURS $2,908
Veterinary assistants work alongside veterinarians performing most aspects of animal care. Learn to work as part of a team, respect the patients, basic first aid, medical terminology, handling and restraint, animal anatomy, diseases and treatments, as well as professional and ethical standards of veterinary medicine. Instruction will include lecture, class discussion, hands-on training, and 250 hours of veterinary assisting experience. Certification: CVA (Certified Veterinary Assistant)
DE Programs accepting high school dual enrollment.
The identified program costs include all program related tuition, books, fees, uniforms, etc. Course content, length and costs are subject to change without prior notice.
The testing center is a professional computer lab for proctored tests. Students are able to take the exams necessary to their education such as the TABE which is the Test of Adult Basic Education and the TEAS, a test for prospective nursing students. Certification testing is done here through Pearson Vue, Prometric, and Certiport so students can get certified in their field. For those interested in becoming a paraprofessional with the district, the ParaPro exam is also given in the testing center.
Students have the opportunity to attend a comprehensive series of workshops on topics such as resume writing and follow-up, job searches, interviewing techniques, mock interviews with professionals, networking, entrepreneurship, and more.
CCTC’s ultimate goal is employment for program graduates. Our career specialist and instructors assist students with online employment opportunities along with traditional networking, CCTC based Job Expo’s, exposure to area job fairs, and much more.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO QUALIFY.
Cape Coral Technical College is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350 • P: 770-396-3898 • F: 770-396-3790 • www.council.org Cape Coral Technical College is also accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission. 9115 Westside Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA 30009 • 888.41EDNOW (888.413.3669) • www.advanc-ed.org Cape Coral Technical College is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 • P:727-210-2350 • F:727-210-2354 • E: email@example.com Approved for Veterans Training by the State Approving Agency under the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. Gainful Employment For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit: http://www.capecoraltech.edu/information/gainful-employment-disclosures/ Mission Statement To prepare students for employment by providing quality, technology-oriented education delivered by a professional, caring staff in a positive learning environment.
SKILLS USA: SUCCESS FOR LIFE BY STEPHANIE LEWANDOWSKI
Skills USA is a national membership association serving high school, college, and middle school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations. This includes Web Design, Photography, Barbering, Cosmetology, Culinary, Health occupations, and many more. Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Skills USA helps to ensure students excel.
learning with the needs of employers. Regardless of whether students are headed for college or the workforce, this type of education will help prepare them for the future. In fact, college-bound students can get job experiences to help them define their career plans, identify an appropriate course of study, and help pay for tuition. Just think of the benefits you will receive by gaining not only a solid foundation in academics, but also handson, technical experience.
Cape Coral Technical College believes in Skills USA. We are addressing both the skills gap and skilled worker shortages through programs such as the Skills USA Championships and the Industry-Driven Assessments.
Skills USA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. Skills USA improves the quality of our nationâ€™s future skilled workforce through the development of framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.
Learning a skilled trade can direct you into a better tomorrow. Your future depends on it. This helps you to be more than just an average student. Career and technology education can give you whatâ€™s needed to succeed in life: technical skills, academic skills, and employability skills. In addition, career and technical education helps students to connect what they are
Competitions play a role in motivating students to perform and excel, which is about more than just winning a prize. Competitions offer a chance for participants to gain substantial experience, showcase their skills, analyze, and evaluate outcomes and uncover personal aptitude.
It also gives students a chance to adopt innovative techniques and develop their ideas and skills. This year our Regional Competition will be at Manatee Technical College on February 7, 2019. Then, Silver and Gold winners go off to the State Competition in April in Pensacola, Florida.
NAME: Mariana Villarroel
NAME: Veronica Bustamante
NAME: Melissa Carpel
PROGRAM ENROLLED: Electronic Technology
PROGRAM ENROLLED: Dental Assisting
PROGRAM ENROLLED: Digital Design
GOAL: To continue my education and become part of the National Technical Honor Society.
GOAL: To graduate as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant in June 2019 and begin working right away. I also am thinking of returning to college to pursue a career as a dental hygienist later on.
GOAL: I would like to be a freelance graphic designer, specializing in web design.
PRIOR TO STARTING AT CAPE CORAL TECH, I was a full time worker and GED student.
NAME: Linda Bigley AGE: 60 PROGRAM ENROLLED: Medical Administrative Specialist GOAL: To begin a new career as a Medical Administrative Specialist. PRIOR TO STARTING AT CAPE CORAL TECH, I was a teacher for 15 years, but wanted a new career challenge.
PRIOR TO STARTING AT CAPE CORAL TECH, I was enlisted in the United States Army.
PRIOR TO STARTING AT CAPE CORAL TECH, I was attending high school here in Lee County.
NAME: Monique (Mo) Benjamin AGE: 33 PROGRAM ENROLLED: Cosmetology GOAL: I would like to own a salon and make it successful. PRIOR TO STARTING AT CAPE CORAL TECH, I was a bus driver with the Lee County School District for 6 years.
NAME: Anthony Barrett AGE: 18 PROGRAM ENROLLED: Digital Design GOAL: To use my graphic design skills to work in film. PRIOR TO STARTING AT CAPE CORAL TECH, I was attending Cypress Lake High School.
ATTEND AN INFORMATIONAL SESSION
steps to enroll at
Select a career program. For more information review our catalog or visit our website at www.CapeCoralTech.edu.
Informational sessions are held on Tuesdays at 9am and Thursdays at 1:30pm. Admissions staff reviews specific enrollment requirements, testing, registration fees, etc., and then you may enroll into the program of choice.
Meet with the financial aid department to discuss financial aid options. You are encouraged to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid: FAFSA. Be sure to enter the Cape Coral Technical College school ID code: 031583 on the application.
Additional requirements may be needed for enrollment, depending upon program requirements and other factors, including previous education, residency status, possible testing requirements, screening, etc.
A FOCUS ON COSMETOLOGY BY SYLENIA JONES
My name is Sylenia Jones. I am a 20 year old student at Cape Coral Technical College, enrolled in the Cosmetology program. I have always loved doing hair and make-up, but my real passion was always art. Growing up I enjoyed painting, drawing, and sculpting. During my time in elementary school, I really began to notice problems with my vision. My first pair of glasses were bifocals and had frequent prescription changes. I would also experience frequent migraines and floaters. Eventually, in 2013 I was diagnosed with Stargardt Disease, also known as Macular Degeneration. Stargardt is a hereditary eye disease that causes progressive damage of the macula, which is a small area in the center of the retina that is responsible for sharp, straight ahead vision. I was diagnosed after my optometrist saw gold flecks in my eye and then referred me to a retina specialist. A dye was injected into my eyes and he was able to see more about my eye health and diagnose me. At this time, there is no cure for this disease, but there are some different ways to help it from progressing such as taking daily vitamins.
Prior to being diagnosed, I had a dream of using my artistic talents to become a tattoo artist, but many things have changed since. I had a hard time trying to find other ways to channel my creativity, so I decided to go in to the cosmetology field. Cosmetology would allow me to keep being creative, but also allow me to help my clients feel better about themselves, which is something I also struggled with. In order for me to attend cosmetology school, I had to convince the Division of Blind Services to allow me to attend. At first, they did not feel it was the best decision for me because of my eye health. After proving that my dreams were obtainable, they finally allowed me to attend Cape Coral Technical College and have been supportive to me through my journey.
to school, since I am unable to obtain a driverâ€™s license. Additional challenges have been focusing on detail work and nail work, all while not straining my eyes to focus. Eye strain tends to bring on a migraine and makes it more of a challenge to complete my class work. Although it has been a journey making it to Cape Coral Technical College, I am focusing on my goals and am striving to learn as much as I can about the cosmetology industry. I plan specializing in special effects make-up. My goal is to eventually travel around the world and be able to practice as a special effects makeup artist and visit famous haunted places for inspiration. I have learned over this time that my struggles are from within and I will not let them stand in my way.
Once I began attending Cape Coral Technical College, I have had to overcome many struggles. I have dealt with social anxiety, not knowing how my vision was going to progress or how it would affect my learning. Another struggle has been depending on friends and family for rides
Want to go to college, but not sure you can afford it?
Follow these steps to apply for financial aid:
Visit the financial aid department at Cape Coral Technical College.
Complete and submit a free application for Federal Student Aid online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
Be sure to enter the Cape Coral Technical College School ID code: 031583 on the application. Accreditation Cape Coral Technical College is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350 • P: 770-396-3898 • F: 770-396-3790 • www.council.org Cape Coral Technical College is also accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission. 9115 Westside Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA 30009 • 888.41EDNOW (888.413.3669) • www.advanc-ed.org Cape Coral Technical College is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 • P:727-210-2350 • F:727-210-2354 • E: firstname.lastname@example.org Approved for Veterans Training by the State Approving Agency under the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. Mission Statement To prepare students for employment by providing quality, technology-oriented education delivered by a professional, caring staff in a positive learning environment.
For more information visit our website: www.CapeCoralTech.edu/admissions/financial-aid The School District of Lee County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, pregnancy, disability, marital status or genetic information in its educational programs, services or activities, or in its hiring or employment practices. The district also provides equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other patriotic youth groups, as required by the Boys Scout of America Equal Access Act. Lack of English lan-guage skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation. The district may assess each student’s ability to benefit from specific programs through placement tests and counseling, and, if necessary, will provide services or referrals to better prepare students for successful participation. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding discrimination or harassment may be sent to: Cape Coral Technical College Equity Coordinator: Terri Reisinger Address: 360 Santa Barbara Blvd. North, Cape Coral, FL 33993 Phone: 239-574-4440 Email: email@example.com Course content, length and costs are subject to change without prior notice.
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