Be Aware Of Student Loans-They Could Spell Trouble!

Many budding young scholars are often keen on getting themselves student loans to put themselves through school.  While there are many people who simply have no other choice but to get student loans, there are many who could go through school without getting stuck in debt.  Because that is precisely what a student loan means, you will be stuck in debt.  What makes student loans even worse is that they are akin to a bad tattoo; there is simply no way to get rid of them other than paying them in full.

Most people will instantly think well “I’m going to pay it off in full, when I get my nice plush high paying job”.  However the stark reality of today’s economy is that it’s no guarantee to get a job upon graduating, even if you have an advanced degree.  Millions of American college grads wind up with no job and huge bills with no way to pay them off.  And there is no debt relief program that can help to alleviate the student loan debt and neither can it be discharged through bankruptcy. So heed the warning and if there is any way to put yourself through school without getting a loan please do so, it’s for your own good.

Community College Pathway to Ultrasound Tech Work

One of the best and most efficient ways to pursue a job in one of the hottest niches in healthcare, the ultrasound technician or medical diagnostic sonographer career, is to get a qualification through community college. This job’s popularity is down to the fact that it is one of the best paying and most secure jobs around that places relatively low educational demands on aspiring workers. The program required for qualification as an ultrasound tech is only two years, but the ultrasound technician salary is around $70,000 and working conditions are reportedly excellent.

Community college is an excellent choice when going after your ultrasound tech qualification. Generally the cost is manageable on a part-time wage, and there should be a location convenient to your home. Additionally, the payoff for this training is relatively great; many students spend four years working on a bachelor’s degree at university and never come close to the salary and work environment you can achieve with just two years’ training as an ultrasound technician.

This is not a hugely demanding course, particularly when compared to medicine or pharmacy, but it is important that the educator you choose to invest your future with has proper accreditation and will adequately prepare you for the national licensing exam by the Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. You can verify the schools in your area at the CAAHEP website. In addition to this exam, you should also register with the American Radiological and Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Association, otherwise known as ARDMS. Without this licensing and  registration process,  your education is worthless because you will not be able to work legally as an ultrasound technician in the United States.

Once graduated, licensed and registered you are free to begin applying for work as an ultrasound technician. Most workers in this field find employment in general and surgical hospitals, where your employment prospects are excellent. With time and experience, you may start working your way towards more lucrative positions. As a growing field, there has never been a better time to visit your local community college to train as an ultrasound tech.

Wine on a College Campus

Wine doesn’t naturally seem like a perfect fit on a college campus, especially a community college where the average student might not even be 21 yet, but the wine industry is certainly thriving.

While most Universities have some kind of  wine club associated with their business school, quite a few community college’s within California are taking their wine curriculum a step further. Perhaps embolden by the success at UC Davis, community college’s are adding wine tasting courses by the hundreds while others are taking the extraordinary step of instituting winemaking classes themselves. These winemaking courses can vary from the incredibly complex to the most basic depending on the community college, all of them do give their students a general idea about what it might be like for them to spend a few years learning to make wine in Napa Valley.  Of course, it isn’t nearly as fun and glamorous as many tend to think as wine is at its core, a farming activity!

If you’re looking to learn more about making wine, or how to taste wine like a pro we hope you’ll have a look around your local community college to see if they have a program to fit your needs, I’ll bet that they do!