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Career Series: Health Science Pathways In this issue: Health Science

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Hot News: Testing Updates

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Troops To Teachers

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DANTES Programs Support Health Science Careers Michelle Alexander, Communications Division, DANTES

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ealth Science is the final career we will feature in our series of “Bright Outlook” Careers. Health Science involves providing people and animals with the medical care they need to get or stay healthy. The employment outlook for careers in Health Sciences are described as “Bright” meaning this field is expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, with a large number of job openings, including new and emerging occupations. Previous DIB issues focused on careers in Business Administration and Management, Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics, as Vol 482

well as Information Technology. Health Science encompasses biotechnology research and development, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and therapeutic services. The Department of Labor projects that biosciences careers will grow at an average annual rate of 1.5 percent from 2008 and 2018. This article describes the Health Science cluster, discusses career pathways, and provide an overview of how DANTES-sponsored education programs support education opportunities in the Health Science field.

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Health Science Health Science Career Cluster Pathways According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 12.2 million jobs assigned to this cluster. The median annual wages for these occupations ranges from $21,020 for home health aides to more than $187,200 for occupations such as surgeons. Occupations in the Health Sciences cluster typically require many different levels of education and training, with specific designations ranging from less than a high school diploma and short-term on-the-job training for home health aides to a doctoral or professional degree and an internship or residency for occupations such as pediatricians. It is projected that most of the job openings in occupations assigned to the Health Sciences cluster will be in the therapeutic services pathway. Registered nursing is the occupation projected to have many more job openings than any other in the cluster. Occupations Assigned to the Health Science Cluster that are Projected to Have the Most Job Openings, 2012-2022: Occupation

Medical assistants Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses Home health aides Nursing assistants Registered nurses Sources: National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (Career Cluster); Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected job openings).

Job openings, projected 2012–22 (thousands) 269.9 363.1 590.7 593.6 1052.6

Sources: National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (Career Cluster); Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (Projected Job Openings)

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When choosing where to start with career planning, using career clusters can help organize options. Career clusters are a way to group common features of occupations. The Department of Labor recognizes 16 career clusters. Career pathways that share common skills, knowledge, and interests. Within each cluster, there are “pathways� of courses and training opportunities to prepare for a given career. Biotechnology Research and Development The biotechnology research and development pathway includes occupations involved in bioscience research and development as it applies to human health. Workers may study diseases to discover new treatments or invent medical devices used to directly assist patients or to improve the accuracy of diagnostic tests. There are more than 12 careers found in this pathway. https://www.careerwise.mnscu.edu/ careers/pathwaysOcc?pid=037 Diagnostic Services The diagnostic services pathway includes occupations related to the tests and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries or other physical conditions. There are more than 17 careers found in this pathway. https://www.careerwise.mnscu.edu/careers/pathwaysOcc?pid=038 Health Informatics The health informatics pathway includes workers involved in all aspects of managing health care agencies, patient data and information, financial information, and computer applications related to health care processes and procedures. Workers usually have limited interaction with patients. There are over 10 careers found in this pathway. https://www.careerwise.mnscu.edu/careers/pathwaysOcc?pid=039 Support Services The support services pathway includes occupations that interact with patients or the public to provide a therapeutic environment for the delivery of health care. This includes technical and professional careers. There are more than 16 careers found in this pathway. https://www.careerwise.mnscu.edu/careers/ pathwaysOcc?pid=040 Therapeutic Services The therapeutic services pathway focuses primarily on changing the health status of patients over time through direct care, treatment, counseling, or health education information. There are more than 79 careers found in this pathway. https://www.careerwise.mnscu.edu/careers/pathwaysOcc?pid=041 DANTES Information Bulletin

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Health Science Obtaining Health Science Education SOC Career and Technical Health Science Certificates The SOC Career and Technical Education (SOC CTE) program is a resource that assists service members in identifying certificate programs in educational fields that will help them begin working in the health science field. Go to the SOC Career and Technical Education certificate search tool available at http://www.soc.aascu.org/career-and-technical-education/certificates for a list of approved CTE institutions offering more that 80 certificates in Health Science. The SOC CTE Health Science career cluster offers certificates that can apply towards associate and bachelor’s degree requirements in the following areas: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Health Science/Pre-Nursing Electronic Health Records Fundamentals Medical Records Advanced Pharmacy Dental Assisting Pharmacy Technician Health Informatics Specialist Medical Information Coder/Biller Medical Assisting Sonography Health Care Science Paramedic Medical Office Administration

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Medical Reimbursement and Coding Specialist Medical Office Technology Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Specialist

Certificates in Health Sciences prepare students for various career responsibilities such as Dental Assisting, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), and Pharmacy Technicians. Dental Assistant students receive training to set up equipment, prepare patients for treatment, and keep records. EMT students are trained to care for sick or injured in emergency medical settings. Pharmacy Technician students are trained to help Pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals. SOC Degree Network System Health Science Degrees The SOC Degree Network System (SOC DNS) is a Defense educational institution partnership that delivers associate and bachelor’s degree programs that have been vetted to help address some of the challenges military students face. Health-related degrees offered within the SOC DNS include five health studies degrees at the bachelor’s level in health services management. Use the SOC DNS search tool available at http://www. soc.aascu.org/degree-network-system/socdns-searchtool to find available degree programs through member institutions.

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Counselor Tools & Resources

The MyVolEdPath mobile app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and through Google Play. Access to download the app is also available through www.MyVolEdPath.com

Student Handout Although we live in a digital age, printed handouts are useful ways to inform and remind service members of this new app. Command education service officers, education and family service centers can request a MyVolEdPath Promotional Package at: DANTES_outreach@navy.mil

Printed flyers (8.5 in. x 11 in.)

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Program Updates

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of the DEPH, ACT Chapter 2. The current year version of test booklets and orders forms will no longer reflect a combined 3-digit number/letter code.

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efore placing an order for ACT test materials, look in your safe. The 2016-2017 ACT test booklets expire on 31 October 2017 and cannot be used after that date; obsolete test booklets must also be postmarked for return to the testing agency prior to 31 October 2017.

Questions about returning and ordering ACT test booklets may be directed to exams@navy.mil

Second Shot Ends 30 Sept

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ervice members and civilians, which include government employees, military family members and government contractors may retake their DSST Exam for FREE until 30 September 2017! Per the DANTES Examination Program Handbook Military service members and civilians who do not (DEPH) Part II, ACT Chapter 2, TCOs are reminded to pass their first exam attempt will be eligible for ensure obsolete and unused answer folders are de- one FREE retake. In addition, the wait period for stroyed properly per service destruction guidelines. retakes has been reduced from 90 to 30 days during The following also apply: this promotion period. DANTES will fund the first administration of a DSST exam of the same test title ACT exams are: for all eligible service members. • not automatically distributed each year • not distributed until all previous years materials During this promotion, if service members or civilare received and cleared at ACT ians do not pass their first attempt at a DSST exam, • Reusable only at stocking DANTES test sites. a Free Retest voucher code will be emailed to them, • Ordered using the ACT DANTES Order Form which could take up to 5 days. The retest must be scheduled and the voucher code provided as DANTES stocking test sites will need to amend their payment. Vouchers must be redeemed by 31 Deinventory to reflect the return of testing materials. cember 2017. This promotion does not apply to the Remember, new test materials will not be sent until Principles of Public Speaking exam. Service memACT reconciles your inventory. bers are responsible for ensuring that their college or university accepts DSST exams for college credit. To order 2016-2017 ACT materials, see page II-1-7 DANTES Information Bulletin

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ever, this additional opportunity could help cover the cost of retesting or testing for family members. For more information, visit the Modern States website: https://modernstates.org/

31 Free Online CLEP Courses Now Available through Modern States

Modern States Education Alliance, a philanthropy dedicated to making a college degree more affordable and attainable for everyone, announced its official launch of tuition-free online CLEP courses https://modernstates.org/course/, enabling learners to gain the knowledge needed to earn college credits at more than 2,900 major colleges and universities. The courses, taught by professors from leading institutions, have no prerequisites or restrictions for enrolling and cover all CLEP exam subjects, with the exception of German Language, which will be available in September. The courses are free to all users, including Service Members and their families.

TCO and REFERENCE PUBLICATIONS UPDATE If a military location has disestablished its’ testing services, but the military education center and/or education counselors remain, counselors are still able to receive educational resources and materials from DANTES. The Test Control Officer (TCO) / Ed Center Identification number will remain in effect. If the testing portion is closed, counselors may use the Identification number to order publications for education counseling during the 2018 ordering process.

DANTES 2018 publications ordering process dates have not been determined yet. The 2018 pubs Modern States also announced that it will pay CLEP ordering dates will be posted once they have been exam fees for the first 10,000 test takers, enabling released. Stay informed by visiting http://dantesstudents anywhere to earn up to a full year of credit pulse.dodlive.mil/publications/. for free and reducing the cost of a college degree. Eligible Service Members already have their first at- Contact DANTES Ref Pubs manager via email at tempt at each CLEP exam funded by DANTES. How- refpubs@navy.mil with any questions. DANTES Information Bulletin

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Troops to Teachers Highlight

Mark Kleinman, Former KC-10 pilot

By Tech. Sgt James Hodgman 60th Air Mobility Wing public Affairs Published August 29, 2017

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RAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - He has grey hair, wears grey glasses and an inviting smile covers his face. In the Air Force he was an instructor pilot teaching Airmen how to fly aircraft valued at millions of dollars. His job now is focused on much younger Airmen. After serving more than three decades in the Air Force, Mark Kleinman retired as a lieutenant colonel in September 2012 and decided to become a teacher. His workplace is filled with children, many with big dreams of becoming an architect, astronaut or doctor. “I became a teacher to work with children, to help them achieve and prepare for the future,” he said. “This means helping them persevere when things seem difficult, which is a necessary life skill. I want to use my experience and knowledge to bring real life examples into their learning. I feel it’s time to give back some of the good fortune I’ve had in my life and teaching is my way of doing that.” Kleinman, a native of Bohemia, New York, retired from the Air Force Reserves after 33 years of service with his final assignment as an assistant operations officer for the 70th Air Refueling Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, California. During his military career, he flew the C-141 Starlifter, T-38 Talon and the KC-10 Extender, serving as an instructor pilot for all three airframes. He earned his teaching credential in September 2015 through Troops to Teachers, a Department of Defense program designed to assist former service members in becoming certified teachers. Kleinman has taught math, computer programing and DANTES Information Bulletin

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robotics at Golden West Middle School in Fairfield, California and started teaching at Travis Elementary School, one of nine schools in the Travis Unified School District and one of two on Travis AFB, in August 2016. “I enjoy teaching people, especially if they have difficulty getting a concept,” he said. “It’s rewarding when they get that ‘aha’ moment and begin understanding something they may have struggled with.” When kids understand things they believe in themselves, which is critical, Kleinman added. “I asked the children on the first day, ‘How many of you think you can’t do math?’ So many hands went up. I asked them to put ‘yet’ on the end of that sentence. Because if you say ‘I can’t do something yet,’ then the possibility exists in your mind that one day, you’ll get there. It also helps establish a growth mindset. It’s a big thing for math and life. It applies to everything.” Across the hall from Kleinman’s classroom is Room B-5, where Nonato Icatar, a retired Air Force technical sergeant from the Philippines, who also earned his teaching credential through Troops to Teachers, teaches 5th grade students. His classroom is decorated with motivating messages and artwork. The next day’s classroom schedule is on the board. Icatar began teaching at TES in August 2016 after a decade teaching math, English language arts, science and more to elementary and middle school students in Vallejo, California. He said he knew he wanted to be a teacher when he retired in April 2005 after his final assignment with the then 60th Services Squadron at Travis AFB.

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Nonato Icatar, Air Force Technical Sergeant, Ret.

“I was an (Airman) Leadership School instructor and I enjoyed being in the classroom,” he said. “There are differences when teaching children and Airmen, but I enjoy it. It’s challenging, but I don’t think of it as work, it’s something I want to do.” Airman Leadership School is the first level of professional military education for enlisted Airmen and prepares senior airmen to serve as first line supervisors. Icatar served as a PME instructor at Misawa Air Base, Japan and Travis AFB. He said, as a teacher, he now looks forward to Mondays.

examples where children see how classroom concepts apply to life outside of school. “A big focus this year will be helping enhance the kids’ math skills and knowledge,” he said. “Many children struggle with understanding the order of operations and working with word problems, while some kids think they don’t need math.” “I’ll ask them, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’” said Kleinman. Some children say they want to be doctors.

“I look forward to Mondays now because I’ll be back in the classroom teaching the kids,” he said. “When I was in the Air Force I hated Mondays and looked forward to Fridays. The students are so energetic and excited to learn. That excitement energizes me.”

“I explain that if you’re going to be a doctor, you’re going to use math to figure out many things such as the proper dosage of medication for someone who weighs 150 pounds and someone else who weighs 200 pounds,” said Kleinman. “Doctors must also learn organic chemistry and there’s a lot of math in that.”

Helping children achieve their greatest potential and instilling confidence in them is one of the best things about being a teacher, said Icatar.

Kleinman recalled teaching a lesson on fractions when one of his students asked ‘When am I going to use fractions?’

“Some students may say, ‘I’m not good at something like writing,’ and the next thing you know they’re writing a five-paragraph essay and they can’t stop,” he said. “Others start panicking prior to giving a presentation and they’re shocked how well they do sometimes. They get this big smile on their faces and you can’t erase that smile for an entire week.”

“She said she wanted to be a baker so I used an example of baking a cake,” he said. “If you’re going to bake a cake you’re going to need a half of something, a quarter of something else and how big of a bowl do you need for all that? You can figure that out with fractions.”

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It’s critical for children to learn as much as they can because they’ll likely be more successful in life, added Icatar. “It’s so important to foster a love of learning early and to build upon that year to year,” he said. “Once a student has two positive consecutive school years, you have a student for life.” http://www.dantes.doded.mil

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Dantes information bulletin (9)sep 2017  

What's inside: - Main Feature: Health Science Pathways - Counselors Tools and Resources - DANTES MyVolEdPath Mobile App - Hot News: ACT Re...

Dantes information bulletin (9)sep 2017  

What's inside: - Main Feature: Health Science Pathways - Counselors Tools and Resources - DANTES MyVolEdPath Mobile App - Hot News: ACT Re...