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Valuable Skills for a Valuable Career Path in Healthcare

March 03, 2014 By: Chad Category: Advancing your career, College Major Info


Healthcare is an interesting and varied field, one that has no shortage of entry-level positions for qualified professionals. Most medical professionals learn a number of different valuable skills that they will need throughout their careers, and the training to become a medical assistant can provide you with the skills needed to go anywhere within the industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the healthcare industry will add more jobs than any other industry between now and 2018, and one of the factors that will contribute to that growth is medical assistant employment. Read the rest of this entry →

Vital Information for Anyone Who Wants to Become a Police Officer

February 28, 2014 By: Chad Category: Advancing your career, College Major Info


Becoming a law enforcement agent is an admirable objective. Taking a position as a protector of your community, not surprisingly, is going to require perseverance and preparation. So many applicants spend years trying to find placement in law enforcement, not realizing that the lack of one small piece of information has been holding them back the entire time. Don’t let these issues hold you back: Read the rest of this entry →

Why You Should Avoid Asbestos While in College

February 25, 2014 By: Chad Category: Campus Life, Campus safety


Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that are most commonly found in old building materials. While asbestos can also be found in some mechanical parts, asbestos’s primary purposes are increasing a material’s resistance to fire and heat, as well as insulation. As such, asbestos is found in sheetrock and other building materials, particularly in antique buildings like those found on college campuses. If a person is exposed to asbestos, it can have serious health repercussions. Read on to learn more about why you should avoid asbestos in general, and especially if you’re at a college with old buildings.

What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is considered a carcinogen which is made of up six naturally occurring minerals, including chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. Because of the durability of asbestos, as well as its super insulation properties, it was primarily used in construction prior to 1978, when the dangers of asbestos were revealed.

What Campus Materials Contain Asbestos?
If you attend a university where the buildings were erected prior to 1978, there’s a good chance that they contain asbestos. On college campuses, asbestos is primarily found in the tiles, shingles, paint, joint compounds, laboratory bench tops, and electrical systems of buildings.

How Can a Person Be Exposed to Asbestos?
If the condition of buildings is good, then your risk of exposure to asbestos is slim. This is because asbestos is only released into the air if the building materials are deteriorating and are disturbed. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that you keep your distance from dilapidated building materials, and try not to disturb or damage any materials you suspect might contain asbestos. Very rarely does asbestos contamination occur through touch or ingestion.

If you suspect that a building on your campus may have asbestos, or if you have questions about asbestos on your campus, talk to a campus representative immediately. Additionally, keep your distance from any questionable materials, and encourage others to do the same.

What are the Risks of Asbestos?
Exposure to asbestos can have serious health consequences. As stated before, asbestos is considered a carcinogen and can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Mesothelioma cases are becoming more and more common, and include symptoms of pain under the rib cage, trouble breathing, weight loss, and pain or lumps in the stomach. In some cases, mesothelioma can result in death.

Asbestos fibers are inhaled through the lungs of a person when asbestos fibers are disturbed and released into the air. In most cases, the health consequences of asbestos are not experienced until many years after the exposure.

Treatment Options
Treatment options for asbestos-related diseases differ depending upon the type and severity of the asbestos-related disease. In most cases, treatment will include one or more of the following: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapy.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and think that you may have an asbestos-related disease, don’t hesitate to explore mesothelioma treatment and medical care options immediately.

Happily, as the dangers of asbestos become more widely known, most universities are taking steps to remove or control asbestos on their campuses. In fact, your campus may already have an asbestos control policy in place.


This article was contributed on behalf of Shrader & Associates, National Trial Attorneys. Click here and see how they can help you if you’ve contracted any asbestos-related illness! 

The Life of a Web Developer

February 19, 2014 By: Chad Category: College Major Info


A job as a web developer involves building and maintaining all kinds of websites, from those that are basic to those considered extremely high end. Web developers deal with home pages, site layout, and function. They may produce sites that are simplistic in nature as well as those that are more complicated (such as those that involve things like interactive quizzes or shopping carts). Read the rest of this entry →

What Is the A+ Certification?

February 10, 2014 By: Chad Category: College Major Info

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer support specialists is expected to grow 17 percent between 2012 and 2020, a growth much faster than the projections for any other occupation. As organizations upgrade computers and software, there is a continual need for qualified service technicians. One way to become qualified for a career as an information technician is to take the exams to obtain A+ certification.

Administration of A+ Certification
The Computing Technology Industry Association, or CompTIA, is a nonprofit trade association. Founded in 1982, the association is made up of computer distributors, manufacturers and resellers. Its voluntary guidelines on professionalism and business ethics deal with such issues as price protection, warranty claims and product returns. For over 20 years it has offered vendor-neutral information technology certification exams in such subjects as PC support, servers, networking and security. One of the exams CompTIA offers is for A+ certification.

What A+ Certification Covers
The A+ certification proves your competency as a computer technician. To achieve certification you must pass two tests. They assume the equivalent knowledge of 500 hours of hands-on experience in the lab or field. You need to have the basic knowledge of computer technology, security and networking, and the ability to identify components of hardware, security, peripheral and networking. You need to be familiar with operating systems functions, troubleshooting methodologies and safety procedures. These skills can be acquired either through on the job training, attending trade school or community college, or studying appropriate materials.

Details of the Tests
Though the tests are designed to be taken by those with experience as service technicians, anyone can take them. The tests are designated CompTIA A+ 220-801 and CompTIA A+ 220-802. Each exam takes 90 minutes and has 90 questions. They are all multiple choice questions having only one correct answer. The exams are available in English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Thai, Chinese and Arabic. A number of testing centers around the world administer the A+ certification exam.

Duration of Certification
Since 2011, after you successfully complete the exams, your CompTIA A+ certification is valid for three years. After the three years you must prove that your knowledge is up-to-date by retaking the test or participating in a continuing education program. This involves documented hours spent attending training or college courses, participating in industry events, teaching or having relevant work experience.

Relevance of A+ Certification
Over 900,000 information technology professionals currently hold the A+ certification. The CompTIA A+ certification program is accredited by the American Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization (IOS). Federal Agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense recognize A+ certification. Law enforcement agencies such as the FBI also look for A+ certification credentials in job applications. Dell, Lenovo and Intel service technicians are required to have an A+ certification.

Anyone who is interested in a career as a support technician in computer technology can benefit from obtaining A+ certification. It proves you are competent in working with computer hardware, software and networks and have the ability to troubleshoot when you need to. Receiving an A+ certification involves studying relevant materials to be able to pass the exams. Training materials are available to ensure that you are fully prepared.


Looking to do better in your A+ Certification exam? Check out the A+ Certification study materials from Total Seminars and ace them!

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