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From a Cult to the Courtroom

Aaron Penn spent his childhood in a cult.

The religious sect, of which his parents were prominent members, taught followers to believe the world was ending. When his young cousin was denied a blood transfusion because of his family’s beliefs, and died soon after, the traumatic experience left Aaron asking questions.

When he was excommunicated he walked away from that life, with answers.

“I couldn’t care less if the adults don’t want to take blood transfusions, but the children, they can’t do that to the children,” he said.

Now, he’s working toward becoming a lawyer, so he can give children like his cousin a voice. Read More…

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Digital Marketing and Physical Therapist Assistant Degrees Come to Bryant & Stratton College

Students at Bryant & Stratton College will have the opportunity to pursue two new academic programs this fall as the school has announced programs in Digital Marketing and Physical Therapist Assistant.

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program awards an associate in applied science (AAS) degree upon successful completion of the program, which is offered at Bryant & Stratton College campuses in New York (Orchard Park and Syracuse), Ohio (Parma) and Wisconsin (Wauwatosa).

Classes focus on the theory and practice utilized in a variety of healthcare settings through the assessment of skills, client/patient-centered and evidence-based interventions, as well as documentation and intervention planning. This structure ensures the program combines key in-class theory and hands-on, real-world scenarios. Read More…

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Tips for Writing an Effective Cover Letter

There have recently been a plethora of conversations surrounding the importance of including a cover letter with a resume.  Bryant & Stratton College spoke with many industry professionals and found that there are companies, such as Microsoft, who will completely discard an applicant’s cover letter. However, there are many companies and hiring professionals strongly base their hiring decisions on an applicant’s cover letter.

The moral of the story is that it is always a great idea to include a cover letter when you are submitting a resume. A proper cover letter can serve as a selling point to a hiring manager when they are combing through a pile of applications. Setting yourself apart from the competition can be your saving grace in the current job market that is suffering from the growing skills gap issue – allowing you to make a great impression on a potential employer before you even walk in the door. I wanted to share two key elements that you should employ when designing your cover letter. Read More…

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The Top 5 Mistakes Students Make in Online Classes

Taking an online course can be a welcome change of pace from a traditional, in-person class, no matter whether it is your first or fifth experience with online education. However, if you are about to take your first online course, you may be nervous about how to do your best. If you are, take note of the top five mistakes students make in online classes: Read More…

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Instructor Blog: Communicating with your Instructor

Instructors are an essential resource for students. As an instructor, I am always happy to provide clarification on a student regarding course content or feedback on a grade.  From an instructor perspective, I wanted to offer insight into different ways to reach instructors, and how to ensure a prompt response. Read More…

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How a Criminal Justice Degree Can Help You Help Others

There is no higher calling than helping others in need. A Criminal Justice Studies degree is one avenue towards becoming a victims’ advocate, and working as part of a societal solution. Students who enroll in the Criminal Justice Studies program at Bryant & Stratton College receive the education, preparation, and training required to work in a variety of career fields dedicated to protecting the rights of the innocent, as well as rehabilitating criminals who are often victims of their circumstances.

A Criminal Justice Studies degree, and related diplomas or certifications, will enhance your resume, and show prospective employers that you are dedicated to the field of victims’ advocacy. Here are examples of careers available to those with a degree in criminal justice. All median salary information, as well as projected job growth statistics through 2020, is provided by O*NET Online. Read More…

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List of Hot Jobs You Can Land with a Finance Degree

Before you put your time and energy into applying for an online degree program, it’s important to research your future job prospects since some jobs have better prospects than others. There are several finance degree jobs considered to have a bright outlook, according to government labor statistics provided on O*Net Online.

In each of the job categories listed below, more than half of those employed in the field have some type of continued education. Bryant & Stratton College offers an AAS in Financial Support Services which can open the doors to prospective employers. Read More…

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Government Jobs for Criminal Justice Studies Majors

There are many types of jobs you can earn with a Criminal Justice Studies degree, most of them depend on your interests and specialties. Regardless of the career path you choose you will likely start your career in the public sector. Many entry-level jobs for criminal justice majors are in local, state or federal governments so understanding the differences between these levels of governments could be helpful in thinking about where you wan to work after graduation.

One of the key differentiators between the different levels of government is geographic jurisdiction – or the physical range of the government’s authority. Local governments have the smallest jurisdiction, typically limited to a single city or county. If you are employed by a local government your roles and responsibilities would only pertain to a small area of activity. Police officers are typically city employees just like a legal assistant who works for a county courthouse or a security guard in the Mayor’s Office.

State governments typically oversee local governments and activities that impact the state as a whole. Examples of employment at the corrections officer at a state facility or a legal assistant in the State Courthouse. Federal employees deal with problems, issues and laws affecting the entire nation, like border security or transportation security administration.

Another big difference in working for these different levels of government is how close you will be to the people you potentially serve. Employees of local governments often get to see the impact of their work in their own communities. But, they also may hear criticisms from neighbors or family member about actions taken by their employer. State and federal workers often have greater distance between the people they serve and where they live, in part because the populations affected are much bigger than at the local level.

As you move through your online criminal justice studies degree at Bryant & Stratton College think about not only what type of job you want after graduation but also the setting. You’ll be spending a great deal of your week at your job so you want to make sure it is somewhere you will feel challenged, be able to put your skills to work and that will be conducive to your productivity.

Bryant & Stratton College offers an associate degree in Criminal Justice Studies along with diploma programs that focus on the criminal justice field. If you are interested in learning about any of the programs at Bryant & Stratton College, please call 1.888.447.3528 to speak with an admissions representative.

 

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Career Outlook: What is a Virtual Assistant?

Graduates of the Office Asssitant degree program at Bryant & Stratton College are prepared for a number of career options, including working as a Virtual Assistant in a number of business settings.

If you’re starting or in the middle of administrative assistant training, you may be thinking about what you’ll do after graduation (if you’re not, then you should!). Becoming a virtual assistant might be a good option for you.

A virtual assistant is a contract worker that businesses can hire to perform a variety of administrative duties. Virtual assistants operate as their own business, building a client base and working remotely from a home office or an independent workspace. Working as a virtual assistant allows for greater schedule flexibility, and gives individuals the opportunity to specialize in the areas of administrative work that they enjoy the most.

Interested in this unique career path? Here’s what you need to know about becoming a virtual assistant. Read More…

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Guide to Becoming a Successful Administrative Assistant

Did you know that successful Executive Administrative Assistants  work in nearly every industry, from agriculture and manufacturing, to education and Fortune 500 companies. Administrative assistants often make the first impression on prospective clients, and they provide critical administrative support so fellow employees and upper-level management can do their jobs effectively.

The administrative assistant goals you have set now can help you enjoy a successful lifetime career. Here are some administrative assistant goals you can work toward to land a job at your dream company. Read More…

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