American Institute Opens New Location in Somerset, NJ

January 4, 2017, Somerset, NJ — On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, American Institute celebrated the Grand Opening of a new campus located in Somerset, NJ. The Somerset campus is the third location in New Jersey for the American Institute family of schools, and begins career training with the first classes of students in January and February.

American Institute Somerset Campus Grand Opening The Somerset County Business Partnership and Franklin Township City Council attended and participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the event. Toms River, NJ campus’ Massage Therapy Program Director, Caroline Weinerman, brought students to provide chair massages at the event, and attendees enjoyed a relaxing break during the festivities. Campus President Jamil Gilmer noted, “I love seeing students engage and interact with our community and how proud they are when they are able to practice their new skills and then are praised for doing it well. It’s why I am so passionate about what we do at American Institute; seeing people grow and learn and change in positive ways each and every day is what keeps me going. I’m proud to be bringing this opportunity to those in the Somerset county area who are looking to make a positive change in 2017.”

Chief Operating Officer, Christopher Coutts, added, “At the heart of what we do at American Institute is a passion to help people change their lives, and it’s exciting to bring that opportunity to the Somerset county area. Our graduates will be assisting our families and communities when they see the doctor, dentist, or need massage therapy or office administrative help, and we’re passionate about making sure we provide the best possible training experience we can as we help them pursue their new career so they are well prepared as they head into the field. As future employers of our students and graduates, the support from our local business community in the Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce and Somerset County Business Partnership is an important aspect of our future here in Somerset, and I’m grateful for all those who were able to join us today for our Grand Opening celebration.”

Said Chief Financial Officer, Stephen Schwartz, “We’re excited to expand our family of schools into another community in New Jersey, and we’re thankful for the support of our local community in helping us celebrate the new campus. We look forward to expanding our partnerships in the Somerset area in the months and years ahead.”

Job Searching in Winter: 5 Tips to Stay on Track

November 14, 2016, all locations – While companies often slow down their hiring as the winter holidays approach, you can use this time to continue building momentum in your search for the right position as you head into the new year. And with the right focus, you may get a jump on companies who are staffing up to support next year’s demand.

  • 1. Revitalize your resume. Take a fresh look at this critical document, as your first impression with prospective employers. Can you strengthen your qualifications with certifications in your field or volunteer experience? Clarify your achievements? Correct any errors? Search online for examples of well-crafted resumes in your field, and see what you can do to polish your professional presentation.

  • 2. Record your success stories. Prepare for future interviews by drafting short stories (3-5 sentences) that answer common hiring questions, like “Tell us about a problem you solved successfully.” “What is your greatest personal achievement?” “Why did you decide to pursue this career?” “What strengths to you bring to this role?”

  • 3. Reach out to your network. “The best time to network is in advance of job opportunities being posted,” says Hannah Morgan of US News & World Report. The holidays are a great time to reconnect with old acquaintances and let them know you’re looking for new opportunities.

  • 4. Review your social media presence. Hiring managers often search candidates’ social media, so make sure they’ll find only positive content. Ask friends to untag inappropriate photos or posts and create/update your profile on professional networking sites such as LinkedIn.

  • 5. Remember to take care of yourself. Make time for exercise, healthy food and a good night’s sleep. You can enjoy the festivities, but stay in fighting form – you’ll want to be feeling good when opportunity strikes.

Above all, remain confident. You have an excellent education and the support of your instructors and your American Institute Family. The Career Services team is here and ready to help with practice interviews, resume reviews, and networking skills, so be sure to schedule time to meet with them if you haven’t already.

American Institute Celebrates MARWeek in honor of Medical Assistants

October 24, 2016, All Locations – American Institute joined the nation again this year in celebrating the contributions and dedication of Medical Assistants during Medical Assistants Recognition Week – “MARWeek” – an annual event sponsored by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Medical Assisting students and staff at American Institute were treated to appreciation meals and a special message from their Campus Presidents.MARWeek2016

“As providers of healthcare career education, we’re close to Medical Assistants while they are training and once they go into the field, so we know just how hard they work to ensure exceptional patient care,” said Christopher Coutts, Chief Operating Officer. “It’s a challenging role, yet we see Medical Assistants provide caring smiles and good humor each day, because they love what they do and the people they help.”

“The Heart of Healthcare” is the theme of MARWeek, a reference to the critical role Medical Assistants play helping to ease anxiety and enable patients to effectively engage with their health care providers.

“Students choose Medical Assisting because they truly care and want to help people,” said Brooke Baran, Vice President of Education. “Our hands-on training program, which includes mock patient visits and role plays, prepares our students to confidently take their place on the medical team.”

Healthcare providers recognize that having skilled, caring professionals on the front lines improves the patient experience, which can contribute to better health outcomes. As a result, Medical Assisting is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations.*

“I’m personally grateful for the Medical Assistants who have assisted me and my family through some difficult moments,” said Mr. Coutts. “It’s important to recognize their contributions during MARWeek and throughout the year.”

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm.

West Hartford Business Advisory Board Meeting

October 13, 2016, West Hartford, CT – Employers and program experts joined American Institute West Hartford campus staff and faculty for an evening of discussion and review last night. These local advisors and experts provide valuable insights and feedback to our programs, students, and graduates in their respective career areas, which enables continuous improvement and evolution of the programs we offer.

Kevin Zorda, Director of Education, commented: “I’m grateful for the support we receive from our community partners and the information and suggestions we gathered from this meeting. It’s a critical part of our educational process to gather this feedback and adjust where needed to ensure our students are prepared to pursue their career of choice upon graduation.”

WH_business_advisory_dinner_Oct_2016 Kim Colbert, Campus President, added, “It’s a pleasure to see our Program Directors and Career Services teams have such focused and engaging dialogue about their respective fields, and to receive this valuable feedback on our programs.”

American Institute Student Goes for the Gold at the Hartford Marathon

October 8, 2016, West Hartford, CT – It took American Institute student Ricardo Jackson a little longer than he expected to finish the 5K race at this year’s Hartford Marathon.

“I started off late and was in the back of the group. I ran faster to try and catch up, and I wore myself out,” Ricardo said. “Another runner came up along side me, and she encouraged me to keep going. She guided me on breathing and helped me to set a good pace.”

American Institute student Ricardo Jackson rings the bell to celebrate finishing his first half-marathon

American Institute student Ricardo Jackson rings the bell to celebrate finishing his first half-marathon, while Medical Assisting students provide blood pressure screenings

Boosted by his fellow runner’s support, Ricardo kept going. And going. Instead of a 5K (3.1 miles), Ricardo finished the half-marathon, running 13.1 miles in 2 hours, 39 minutes and 35 seconds.

“I just thought ‘This is my moment, I have to do it.’ And I went for the gold,” Ricardo said. “The woman I ran with said most people don’t complete the half-marathon on their first try. She was amazed. I was a little amazed myself.”

American Institute is a proud sponsor of the Eversource Hartford Marathon, which attracted more than 12,000 runners this year. AI medical assisting students provided blood pressure screenings during the pre-event expo and at the race, demonstrating their skills and gaining valuable experience providing hands-on care.

Ricardo is enrolled in the Computers, Networking, and Security program at the West Hartford location. He hopes to use his new skills to get a better job and eventually continue his education in audio engineering and music production.

“Once I got into class, I was transformed,” Ricardo said. “I feel great every morning, and I like the progress I’m achieving. If I can make this change, anybody can make it.”

Clifton Student Dawud Ali Receives 2016 Sharon Dutra Memorial STAR Award

September 14-15, 2016, Clifton, NJ – American Institute’s Clifton team attended the Garden State Employment and Training Association (GSETA) Conference again this year, with the special privilege of seeing massage therapy student Dawud Ali receive the 2016 Sharon Dutra Memorial STAR (Student Training Achievement Recognition) Award. GSETA 2016 STAR Award Winner As the GSETA site explains, “For the past 30 years, GSETA has acknowledged youth and adults who have achieved personal and employment goals. With the assistance of programs provided through the workforce system, honored individuals found ways to complete their education to gain sustainable employment despite the extraordinary barriers they faced. This award was renamed in 2007 to honor [a] GSETA colleague, the late Sharon Dutra, who was a Planner for the Monmouth County WIB and an advocate for those struggling to succeed.”

Chief Operating Officer, Christopher Coutts, shared, “It’s gratifying to see Dawud recognized for the outstanding student and individual he is by the GSETA team, and we’re delighted to be a partner in his education as he prepares for a career in massage therapy. As a long-standing member of the GSETA, American Institute is committed to supporting their mission to promote quality and excellence in New Jersey’s workforce, and the career training we provide helps individuals in our community like Dawud do just that.”

West Hartford Back to School Carnival & BBQ

September 1, 2016, West Hartford, CT – West Hartford students and staff defied the downpours of rain yesterday to gather donations for the homeless to support the campus’ “Backpack Give Back” drive at a Back to School Carnival and barbecue. The very bravest among them even volunteered to get ‘dunked’ for cash donations that went to purchase supplies.

West-Hartford-Back-to-School-Carnival-Sep-2016 Special thanks to Campus President Kim Colbert, Admissions Representatives Michael Cairo and Manny Rivera, and student Octavia Camby for your example and passion to support those in need! Through the help of our #AIfamily and friends, American Institute was able to provide 100 backpacks to those in need with essential items inside them like socks, toiletries, and basic first aid.

Stephen Schwartz, Chief Financial Officer, noted, “American Institute is passionate about providing tangible and engaging opportunities for students and staff to serve our local community, and I’m proud of the team in West Hartford for making a positive impact despite the rainy weather.”

Thanks also to Hot93.7 for supporting the event and encouraging donations!

Mayor Janice Kovach visits American Institute Toms River

April 14, 2016, Toms River, NJMajor Janice Kovach of Clinton, NJ, joined students and staff at the Toms River campus to share her insights on goal-setting and pursuing a dream in honor of National Reach as High as You Can Day. After her comments, students and their instructors wrote their goals on large posters that they hung up in the classroom to remind them to stay focused and reach higher each day.

Mayor Janice Kovach visits American Institute Toms River Jamil Gilmer, Campus President, shared “It’s so important for our students to see someone like Mayor Kovach who is successful and driven but still maintains her own personality, so they can see a path for themselves to their future dreams. I’m grateful to Mayor Kovach for the example she sets for our community and the time she took to speak with us today.”

Aging Care Academy Offered at American Institute in West Hartford

March 15, 2016, West Hartford, CTHebrew HealthCare has partnered with American Institute in West Hartford to offer students and graduates valuable education in caregiving. Aging Care Academy is designed to assist individuals in caring for older adults with memory impairments.

Aging Care Academy offers geriatric health experts, specialists and partners in elder law, finance and related fields that provide not only knowledge and skills but also support to caregivers of aging patients/family. Those who have completed courses become more comfortable in their knowledge base, allowing them to caregive with confidence. Classes are offered in college seminar-style, and are informative and informal; flexible class times encourage a comfortable, convenient and stress-free environment.

We are excited about this new partnership, which will benefit both organizations by providing an opportunity for more individuals to attend classes. The program classes will be offered to exclusively to American Institute students/graduates at a discounted rate, and also to the public at the normal $20 rate. Classes begin in April at American Institute, located at 99 South Street in West Hartford and are continuing through June 1, 2016. To register or for more information, please go to www.agingcareacademy.org.

American Institute Goes Red for Women 2016

February 5, 2016, All Locations – American Institute joined the Go Red for Women event again in 2016, with students, staff, and faculty all sharing their support and wearing red in support of the American Heart Association‘s efforts to increase awareness of the impact of heart disease in women. GoRedForWomen

According to the AHA, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year, but it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. By wearing red and discussing the signs and symptoms of heart disease in women, the Go Red For Women campaign helps educate women and their healthcare professionals on ways they can fight this disease.

As a provider of healthcare career education, American Institute is proud to support this effort each year in each of our campuses and help educate future medical professionals and potentially save lives.

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American Institute Opens New Location in Somerset, NJ

January 4, 2017, Somerset, NJ — On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, American Institute celebrated the Grand Opening of a new campus located in Somerset, NJ. The Somerset campus is the third location in New Jersey for the American Institute family of schools, and begins career training with the first classes of students in January and […]

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Job Searching in Winter: 5 Tips to Stay on Track

November 14, 2016, all locations – While companies often slow down their hiring as the winter holidays approach, you can use this time to continue building momentum in your search for the right position as you head into the new year. And with the right focus, you may get a jump on companies who are […]

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