Why Finding a Healthcare Career Path that Works for You is Easy

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Have you ever thought about a healthcare career? Chances are, you’re fascinated by medicine and technology, and you have a long-standing desire to help other people. With a healthcare career, you have greater flexibility in terms of hours as compared to similar jobs at the same pay scale, and people who begin these careers often stay in them for a longer amount of time, compared to other careers.1 There is stability as well, since no matter the economic climate, everyone needs health care.

With all of these benefits, it’s easy to consider a job in the field; however, you may not know where to start.

Well, look no further, because Helms College can help. With a variety of training programs for whatever your interest may be, you can work toward starting your fulfilling career. Here, you can prepare for a healthcare career that requires responsibilities ranging from filing important medical documents to implementing quality control for medical equipment. It all depends on what you want to do.

Which Healthcare Career Should You Choose?

Are you the most organized person in the room? Are you the person trusted with splitting the checks at dinner and booking the plane tickets? Then you might be interested in becoming a medical administrative assistant.

This career allows you to improve the quality of health care, while increasing its effectiveness. Not only can you assist with creating excellent individual health care, but keeping effective files can be the key to distinguishing patterns of chronic illness among patients. Other tasks include:

  • Establish and maintain patient charts
  • Answer phones
  • Schedule appointments
  • Prepare bills
  • Perform basic bookkeeping
  • Complete insurance forms
  • Access electronic health records
  • Perform medical coding and billing

Maybe, though, you want to work a little more with your hands while also making use of your organization skills. In that case, you may enjoy working as a multi-skilled medical assistant.

To succeed in this healthcare career, you should be attentive to detail both with administrative work and patient care. This way, you can help provide the highest standard of health care.

Other responsibilities are:

  • Prepare patients for examinations
  • Obtain vital signs
  • Assist with first aid
  • Collect and prepare specimens
  • Perform EKGs
  • Greet patients
  • Take medical histories
  • Answer phones
  • Schedule appointments
  • Prepare bills
  • Provide basic bookkeeping
  • Complete insurance forms
  • Understand electronic health recordkeeping

Of course, maybe for you, helping nurses work with patients is the most rewarding way to help the health care industry. In that case, you should look into becoming a patient care technician.
As a patient care technician, you would:

  • Perform nursing assistant duties
  • Obtain vital signs
  • Collect and prepare specimens
  • Perform EKGs, phlebotomy and other laboratory procedures

What Training Do You Need?

Perhaps you’re not in the market for a bachelor’s degree right now. You simply don’t have the time or inclination to spend four years in school. Lucky for you, there is another solution that can increase your marketability and raise your competitiveness in the job market.

Helms College offers a career program for the healthcare career you want. With training programs that are flexible to your schedule, you can complete a program that works for you and jump right into your new career.

Our health programs are specified to each career, so you can be prepared before you enter the job market in your chosen profession. And with onsite experience so you can get practical knowledge and feel confident your first day on the job.

No matter where you want to go with your dental career or your healthcare career, Helms College can help get you started on the path to success. Start building your future today and apply now to Helms College!

1http://www.healthschoolfinder.com/advantages-of-health-care-career/

Preparing for the Future of the Restaurant Industry

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Want to succeed in the restaurant industry? Then you’ll need the hands-on experience and competitive skills you can gain from formal culinary training. If you thrive on the excitement of experimenting with new recipes, you should ask yourself, “What is the future of the culinary arts, and where can I fit into it?”

If you receive your training from Helms College, you can be in a better position to confidently take on any industry trends and standards and find your place in the exciting and fast-paced world of food.

Industry Trends to Look Out For

The truth about the restaurant and culinary sectors is that the “restaurant recession” is a myth and research has shown a constant upward trend in growth.1

According to the National Restaurant Association, the restaurant industry projects $799 billion worth of sales in 2017, a 1.7 percent increase from the previous year, as consumers continue to dedicate spending to eating out.2

And there’s a bigger reason why people continue to spend money on eating out: to socialize.

According to some of the biggest chefs in the business, social responsibility is moving up the priority list for the restaurant world—whether that be sustainability, diversity or hospitality—it’s all on the table for 2017, both literally and figuratively.3

The restaurant industry is transforming, and it’s important to have chefs entering the business who not only have formal training but also have innovative and creative ideas about food and the dining experience.

Training for Your Place in the Restaurant Industry

At Helms College, you are in a position to explore different restaurant trends that include culinary techniques, culinary preparation and presentation and ingredient exploration, so when it comes time for you to take on the social responsibility of the restaurant industry, you’ll be ready.

How can you transform your natural cooking talent and creativity into a rewarding future with employable skills? Through the right kind of training. At Helms College, our culinary arts programs not only provide an opportunity for you to gain real-world modern restaurant experience at Edgar’s Grill and Edgar’s Bistro but also to become a successful restaurant manager.

Here are three restaurant industry basics you can expect to learn from Helms College:

1. A Culinary Arts Foundation

An important aspect of social responsibility in the restaurant industry is the ability to prepare a diverse range of dishes using the proper culinary techniques. While taking the class, you get to learn basic skills such as holding your kitchen knife and other simple tricks that can help you cut down the amount of time you spent preparing a meal or setting a table.

The program allows you to explore basic cooking techniques including how to grill, sauté, pan fry, bake and sear.

2. Culinary Management and Financials

If you want to be able to stay relevant on restaurant trends and industry standards, then Helms College has such an opportunity for you through hands-on management practice, as well as skills of managing finances. You’ll be able to gain experience through an externship to help prepare you for day one of your future restaurant career.

3. Dining Room Operations

Have you ever wondered what exactly goes into creating an eating environment that fulfills the social aspect people crave from their dining experiences? Here, you have a chance to learn how to set an inviting table, which is essential to the overall dining experience.

You can gain the skills and knowledge to smoothly oversee your own dining room in the future. You can easily be equipped with the knowledge and creativity if you receive your training from Helms College.

Take the First Step Toward Your Culinary Career Today

By pursuing culinary training from Helms College, you will not only be able to acquire culinary arts skills, but you can also remain informed on the trends in the restaurant industry. Ready to make your culinary career dreams a reality? Contact us today to get your training started.

1http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/News/5-reasons-restaurant-growth-will-continue
2http://www.nrn.com/sales-trends/nra-restaurant-sales-hit-799b-2017
3http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/25/travel/food-trends-2017/

Don’t Miss Helms College Main Event Open House This Saturday!

Helms College Health Open HouseDid you know it is possible to train for a rewarding medical career in less than 2 years?

That’s right, at Helms College you can train to become a multi-skilled medical assistant, medical administrative assistant or patient care technician all in less than two years!

Save the Date!

You can learn more about our Health Service Programs during our open house scheduled for Saturday, May 13th from 10:00 am – noon. During this event, you can tour our state-of-the-art campus located at 3145 Washington rd, in Augusta and speak with students and staff. We will also be conducting free health screenings and light refreshments will be served.

Jobs within the healthcare industry encompass some of the fastest-growing and highly demanded careers today. Helms College can give you the training to help chart your course towards success!

Classes begin May 24th, so don’t miss out!

Helms College offers a well-rounded education at an affordable price that is an investment in your future. Don’t waste any more time talking about your future; act NOW and enroll in one of our programs. Financial aid is also available for those who qualify, so there is no excuse not to contact us. Admissions and financial aid application procedures for veterans and other people qualified to receive VA education benefits.

Contact Helms College today to learn more about embarking on a rewarding career!

 

 

How 120 Minutes Can Change Your Life Forever

Helms College student learning knife skills

Helms College Student Learning Knife Skills.

7200 seconds. 120 minutes. 2 hours. However you slice it, the time you spend at our upcoming Helms College open house may be brief, but it can change your life forever.

If you are searching for a college or trade school that will be the perfect fit for the career goals you have in mind chances are likely you have already begun your due diligence. You have probably prepared a checklist of the schools you are interested in and read their online reviews, perused their website and maybe even read their blog. In light of all your research, you may still have questions. Attending an open house is a great way to find meaning behind those answers you’ve been looking for.

Open house is different from a traditional campus tour because it gives you access to faculty, staff, students and alumni who are available to answer questions and you’ll have the opportunity to tour the campus as well. Even if you  know you want to attend a particular school, such as Helms College here are a few reasons you should still make plans to attend open house:

Students Planting Herbs- Helms CollegeGet Comfortable

First impressions mean a great deal when visiting a campus. Being able to view a school from many different angles — from instructors to facilities to financial aid options—will give you a feel for whether or not it’s a good fit for you, in and out of the classroom.

Meet Future Classmates . . . and Make Friends

Open house is a great way to start getting to know the people with whom you’ll be learning. These could be your future classmates, friends and kindred spirits that help nurture you down your path to success — after all, we are all in this together! Use open house as a  time to talk to other attendees and get a sense for the diversity and personalities of students interested in attending.

Helms College Culinary Students Working Together

Helms College Culinary Students Working Together.

Explore Your God-Given Talents and Passions

One of the most challenging aspects of college is choosing a curriculum — even if you think you already know what you want to do. During the open house, faculty and students representing various programs will be on hand to tell you why they love what they do, and how you can select the path that’s the best fit for you.

Start Plotting Your Career Path

How does the school you have in mind support and help prepare you for life after college? For example, at Helms College open house, you can learn how our Job Connection and Career Services staff is dedicated to helping our students build their careers from day one. Through our focus on combining strong experiential learning with classroom and laboratory instruction, Helms students acquire the knowledge, skills and experience to excel in the culinary and health services fields – right from the first day of class. We assist students in gaining employment while they are students through our Goodwill Staffing Services and then as graduates through our Job Connection. Our office of Career Services helps students develop the career tools they need to stand out in today’s competitive job market through a variety of workshops and career events throughout their studies.

Helms College Open House August 2017Are You Ready?

Helms College will be holding an open house at our amazing Macon and Augusta, GA, campuses on Saturday, Aug 26 from 10 AM until 12 PM. During the open house you may tour our state-of-the-art campuses and learn about the wealth of opportunities in career education offered at Helms College. Staff will be on hand to answer all of your questions about school programs, scholarships and financial aid options to help you get started on the path to your new career. Light refreshments will be served and free health screenings will be offered at our Augusta campus during the event.

 

Helms CollegeYou’ll be surprised by how much you can accomplish in just 120 minutes and how that short amount of town can mark a new chapter in your life!  You may pre register for our upcoming open house or for information visit our website at www.helms.edu. You may also contact our admissions staff at 844-GO HELMS.

 

 

Train for a career in Health Services in less than two years!

Patient-Care-Technician-CertificationHealthcare is a broad field with many opportunities. There are few industries in which a person can work such varied jobs all in the same line of work. With the wide range of options, it can be a challenge to find a starting point. The good news is, at Helms College we make it easy to find your starting point. Whether you’re a high school graduate heading to school for the first time or taking the leap towards a career change, chances are, you’re probably looking for an option that can get you into the field quickly.

Here at Helms, we offer a variety of possible career paths that will provide you with a high-quality healthcare education in less than two years. As part of our School of Health Services, we offer a Medical Administrative Assistant (MAA) program, which has a 9-month course curriculum; a Patient Care Technician (PCT) program that also has a 9-month curriculum; and a Multi-Skilled Medical Assistant program, which has a course curriculum of 12 months.

Caring Changes EverythingPCTs can work in hospitals, long-term care facilities and urgent care centers.  They have three specialties to choose from:  EKG, phlebotomy and CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant).  PCTs also sit for the Certified Patient Care Technician exam.

MAAs generally work in medical offices.  There are two specialties to choose from:  Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist or Certified Medical Administrative Assistant.

In addition to being timely, our programs have an externship component that allows students to receive hands-on training.  Here at the School of Health Services, we are ACCET accredited, which means we can offer federal financial aid to those who qualify.  Helms College also offers 4 scholarship possibilities. In addition, we offer job placement services and work with students through Career Services.

The School of Health Services will begin classes on August 23.  Our school offers a more affordable option than similar institutions for people interested in pursuing entry-level careers.

Helms CollegeIf you’re interested in an exciting career in the medical field, visit helms.edu today! You can also attend one of our Tuesday Tours. Tuesday Tours are a great opportunity to take a peek behind the scenes and see where Helms College students learn and prepare for professional careers in the field of hospitality and culinary arts and/or health services.
These tours are held every Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm – and no appointment is required!

 Remember, classes begin August 23.

Getting to know Chef Andy Andersen

Chef Andy AndersonChef Andy Andersen plays an integral role in the success of Helms College. From our humble beginnings, Chef Instructor Andersen has been here every step of the way.

Chef Andersen’s love for culinary began at an early age. He recalls loving to cook as far back as nine years old and he loved spending time outdoors hunting and fishing from an early age. One of his first jobs was cooking at a local Red Lobster restaurant in Bismarck, North Dakota. It is there that he realized his passion for cooking and chose to work towards a career in the culinary field.

After graduating high school, Andy moved to Minneapolis where he attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Minneapolis/St. Paul. After receiving his associates at Le Cordon Bleu, he traveled to Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort where he completed an internship at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Working at Disney was so much fun that Chef Andersen stayed on to work with them a few years. From Disney, Chef Anderson then moved to Georgia to be close to his sister who lives in Warner Robins.

After working at country clubs and local restaurants in Middle Georgia, he learned Goodwill was planning to start a culinary school. This news, of course, piqued his interest. Chef Anderson came aboard and helped open Edgar’s Bistro and has worked here at Helms ever since!

Chef Anderson ways his favorite part is to watch a student's passion for cooking grow as they go through the programChef Andersen is currently the culinary arts program manager for the Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality at Helms College of Macon, GA. This involves overseeing all of the day-to-day operations and ensures all the classes are staying within budget, the curriculum is covered correctly and bringing on new employees. His time at Helms has given him the ability to appreciate teaching and watch students grow as individuals as part of the program. Chef Andersen says his favorite part is to watch a student’s passion for cooking grow as they go through the program; he says there is nothing quite like it.

One of Chef Andersen’s personal passions is wine. He is a bit of a self-taught wine connoisseur. His knowledge and expertise with wine have helped immensely with planning wine dinners. Four-course wine dinners are being held as a grand finale at Edgar’s Bistro at the end of each quarter for the culinary evening classes. Chef Andersen recently joined forces with Dirt Farmers for some cooking demonstrations at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. Along with wine, Chef Andersen also has a passion for pork.  Chef Andersen is passionate about cooking with pork, and demonstrating how to properly break down the pork. He is also well-versed in identifying the different breeds, including heritage pigs.

Chef Andersen has played a huge role in the success of Helms College, overseeing much of its growth and teaching many students in their own paths to success in the culinary industry, and we look forward to what the future holds.

Helms CollegeThe Helms College difference is grounded in the many unique skills and backgrounds each member of our faculty, administration and chefs add to our staff. Their experience and expertise have helped mold Helms to what it is today.

“Kids in the Kitchen” Culinary Day Camp Promises Fun, Food and Friends!

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Kids culinary day camp at Helms College

At Helms College, we are passionate about teaching culinary arts to aspiring chefs and gourmands. In an effort to share this passion with others, we are holding a Kids in the Kitchen culinary day camp for students who love cooking. The goal of this one-day Helms College culinary camp is to introduce young culinary artists to this fast-growing industry while exposing them to culinary skills. During this event, students will take a hands-on approach to the planning and preparation of barbecue delicacies such as pulled pork, pork ribs, barbecued chicken and accompanying dishes. This opportunity provides students with knowledge and experience that can only be gained by working alongside professional chef instructors.

In addition to learning culinary skills that they can carry throughout their life, campers will also serve their culinary creations at lunch following the class. Each student can host up to two guests afterward at Edgar’s Bistro to enjoy their creations.

This unique event is open to ages 12-16 and will be held on Thursday, July 13th from 9am-2pm at our Helms College Macon campus at the Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality. Lunch will follow immediately within Edgar’s Bistro located next door to the Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality at 5171 Eisenhower Parkway in Macon.

To register please call or email Chef Andy at (478) 471-4394, Ajandersen@helms.edu. Spaces are limited and are sure to fill fast!

Don’t Miss The Helms College Main Event on Saturday, July 8th!

Cooking-school-of-middle-Ga-and-the-CSRA-areaAre you looking for a way to enrich your future without the time or monetary investment of a four-year college?

Helms College offers programs that will prepare you for a successful career in half that time. Our courses of study include culinary arts diploma and associate degree programs and our health services program include multi-skilled medical assistant, medical administrative assistant and patient care technician.  Our programs will prepare you for a successful and rewarding career in less than two years.

Want to learn more?

Helms College will be hosting an open house at the Augusta and Macon campuses this Saturday from 10 am until 12 pm! The open house is called The Main Event as we are now enrolling for summer classes that begin on July 17th.  Our highly vocational programs give students the chance to start their careers sooner and with less debt. Our programs can also serve as a launching point to start earning your bachelor’s degree.

The Main Event

If you are ready to get on the fast track towards a brighter future, we encourage you to attend The Main Event. You can tour our state-of-the-art campuses and light refreshments will be provided.  We will also be providing free health care screening during the event at our Augusta campus.

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At Helms College, you can become part of a vibrant academic community where you will be guided in the classroom by faculty who possess a wealth of industry experience. They will challenge and push you to reach beyond both your previous accomplishments and obstacles and help you achieve the knowledge, skills and abilities you need for the career you want. In addition to your work in the classroom and labs, you will also have plenty of opportunities for hands-on experiential learning and training. Our academic programs, combined with our Job Connection career services, will train you to think strategically in the workplace, sharpen your skills and talents, and allow you to build a strong resume even before you earn your degree — just image the doors you could open!

If a career in culinary, hospitality or health services sounds like the right fit for you, we encourage you to attend The Main Event! For more information, contact admissions staff from Helms College at 844-GO HELMS or go to www.helms.edu.

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Getting to know Chef Andy Andersen

Chef Andy AndersonChef Andy Andersen plays an integral role in the success of Helms College. From our humble beginnings, Chef Instructor Andersen has been here every step of the way.

Chef Andersen’s love for culinary began at an early age. He recalls loving to cook as far back as nine years old and he loved spending time outdoors hunting and fishing from an early age. One of his first jobs was cooking at a local Red Lobster restaurant in Bismarck, North Dakota. It is there that he realized his passion for cooking and chose to work towards a career in the culinary field.

After graduating high school, Andy moved to Minneapolis where he attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Minneapolis/St. Paul. After receiving his associates at Le Cordon Bleu, he traveled to Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort where he completed an internship at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Working at Disney was so much fun that Chef Andersen stayed on to work with them a few years. From Disney, Chef Andersen then moved to Georgia to be close to his sister who lives in Warner Robins.

After working at country clubs and local restaurants in Middle Georgia, he learned Goodwill was planning to start a culinary school. This news, of course, piqued his interest. Chef Andersen came aboard and helped open Edgar’s Bistro and has worked here at Helms ever since!

Chef Anderson ways his favorite part is to watch a student's passion for cooking grow as they go through the programChef Andersen is currently the culinary arts program manager for the Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality at Helms College of Macon, GA. This involves overseeing all of the day-to-day operations and ensures all the classes are staying within budget, the curriculum is covered correctly and bringing on new employees. His time at Helms has given him the ability to appreciate teaching and watch students grow as individuals as part of the program. Chef Andersen says his favorite part is to watch a student’s passion for cooking grow as they go through the program; he says there is nothing quite like it.

One of Chef Andersen’s personal passions is wine. He is a bit of a self-taught wine connoisseur. His knowledge and expertise with wine have helped immensely with planning wine dinners. Four-course wine dinners are being held as a grand finale at Edgar’s Bistro at the end of each quarter for the culinary evening classes. Chef Andersen recently joined forces with Dirt Farmers for some cooking demonstrations at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. Along with wine, Chef Andersen also has a passion for pork.  Chef Andersen is passionate about cooking with pork, and demonstrating how to properly break down the pork. He is also well-versed in identifying the different breeds, including heritage pigs.

Chef Andersen has played a huge role in the success of Helms College, overseeing much of its growth and teaching many students in their own paths to success in the culinary industry, and we look forward to what the future holds.

Helms CollegeThe Helms College difference is grounded in the many unique skills and backgrounds each member of our faculty, administration and chefs add to our staff. Their experience and expertise have helped mold Helms to what it is today.

Helms College chef-inspired grilled bread salad recipe

grilled_panzanella_salad_recipe2Memorial Day weekend marked the official beginning of summer. The season when outdoor celebrations, like barbecues and outdoor dinner parties, are underway. With this in mind, it can sometimes be difficult to find crowd-worthy dishes that promote a healthy lifestyle and taste delicious.

Our talented chef staff here at Helms College are involved in the day-to-day classroom operations as well as working along with our students to plan the seasonal menu for Edgar’s. Chef Andy Anderson recently shared one of his recipes for hearty and healthy grilled bread salad, perfect for summer dining.

Enjoy…

Grilled Bread Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 each loaf of focaccia (about 12in by 12in)
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh dill chopped.
  • 2 each  cucumber,  sliced thin
  • 2 each large tomatoes diced
  • 1 each red onion thinly sliced
  • 16 oz feta crumbles
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Split Focaccia in half and coat each side with olive oil. Place bread on the grill until golden brown on both sides. Remove bread and let cool.
  • Combine olive oil lemon juice and dill together to make the dressing.
  • Dice the bread into ½ inch cubes.
  • Toss all ingredients together and let sit for 30 min before you serve.

**The addition of chopped red and yellow bell peppers, and/or zucchini is optional

Recipe courtesy Chef Andy Andersen

Helms CollegeLook for more taste-tempting recipes from the staff and students at Helms College in future articles, too! Imagine the doors you could open with a culinary education from Helms College. We have two campuses serving the Middle Georgia and CSRA region: the Augusta School of Hospitality and the Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality. Visit the Helms College website today to learn more today!