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Springfield Organizes “Pennies for Patients” to Support Blood Cancer Research

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This fund drive partners with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to make a difference The Springfield campus of Branford Hall is teaming up with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to participate in “Pennies for Patients,” a fundraising campaign to help those affected by blood cancer. The campaign began on January 22 and runs through February 16. This fundraising campaign is happening at schools throughout the state of Massachusetts. Over the course of the three weeks, students collect change and raise funds online while learning about service and philanthropy. The Springfield campus has set a fundraising goal of $2,018, to help LLS support funding for vital research and help patients and their families during the treatment process. More about LLS The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's…
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Tips for Studying More Effectively

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Follow these suggestions to make the most of your study sessions Is studying something you dread? Do you feel you’re not always able to use your study time well? Want to get better scores on your exams? Don’t let the stress of studying get you down! We’ve got some suggestions for ways you can improve how you’re hitting those books. These tips can help you with pop-quizzes, mid-term exams, finals, and everything in between. The key is using your preparation time so you can recall the information to best of your ability. Follow these strategies and study tips for exams, and you’ll be well on your way to being a better student. They focus on using your time well, retaining the information more effectively, and optimizing your performance on exam…
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Bohemia Campus Students Make a Habit of Giving Back

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Faculty, students and staff come together to make a difference for those in need Staff, faculty and students from the Bohemia campus came together during this past holiday season to adopt six families from NANA’s House Inc. (Never Alone, Never Afraid) by donating gifts for each of the members of the families. Judy Galen, who is Chair of the Medical Assisting program, works closely with the Student Council, which has a strong track record in year-round community service initiatives The Bohemia campus of Branford Hall made a significant difference in the lives of 6 families this past holiday season. Through the homeless shelters Never Alone Never Afraid (NANA) in Mastic, NY, the campus donated gifts for each of the members of these families. But this is only one example of…
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Techniques for Mindfulness in the New Year

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These exercises can help you create a more calm and centered 2018 Now that we’re full swing into January, the holiday reverie has worn off and everyone is focused on all they have on their plate for the new year. Whether you’re working or still in school, it’s easy to get distracted and bogged down by all you have to do throughout the day. Getting stressed out is all too common. But we’ve got some suggestions for ways to buck that trend and stay calm, cool and collected—it’s called practicing mindfulness. The beauty of mindfulness is that it doesn’t require a huge time investment. And yet it can pay off huge in terms of improving your attitude and ratcheting down your stress level. So take a look at these simple…
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Parsippany Students Are Striving for Success

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Recent activities in and outside of the classroom position students well for the working world (left) Medical Assisting student Nelly Pena delivers her research presentation to classmates (see below for a slideshow of various student topics!). (right) For the last 4 years, the organization Dress For Success has sent a representative to Branford Hall Parsippany for an on-campus event. Each student receives a professional outfit for job interviews. Nelly's sister Val Medina shows off hers. Students at the Parsippany campus of Branford Hall are preparing for professional success in several ways, from researching and giving in-class presentations to working on life skills and pulling together interview outfits. We caught up with Deborah Lombardini, Education Manager and Instructor at the Parsippany campus, for details on how her students are preparing to…
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HVAC/R Students Put Their Skills to Good Use

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A recent class project created a sign for the Culinary Arts program Five students from the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration (HVAC/R) program are all smiles as they present their beautifully shaped and soldered copper piping sign in the Culinary Arts kitchen. It’s hard to believe these gentleman had never touched pipe or a torch before they started their classes - great job guys! Branford Hall students at the Springfield campus recently worked together to create a sign for the kitchen of the Culinary Arts program. These technicians are in training in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration (HVAC/R) program. This class project gave them an opportunity to showcase what they’re learning in class, by crafting pipe into the shape of the letters that spell “Culinary.” In his recent “Introduction…
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Springfield Students Get Pinned

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This heartfelt ceremony marks an important milestone: the completion of their classroom work A significant accomplishment for these students - receiving a Branford Hall pin marks the successful completion of their classroom studies and a move into their final phrase of training in an externship, which will provide real world practical experience. This most recent ceremony was on November 30, 2017 with 8 Medical Assisting (MA) students as well as 2 Health Claims Specialist students. One of the many traditions that makes Branford Hall campuses special is the pinning ceremony. This is a chance for students to come together with their instructors, in the presence of invited friends and family, to honor their accomplishments before they head out on their final phase of training: the externship. At the Springfield campus,…
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Jersey City MA Students Learn the Art of Bandaging

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This essential first aid is one of the many practical skills students gain in the Medical Assisting program Medical Assistant students at Branford Hall’s Jersey City campus learn to properly wrap compression bandages. The students are close to the end of their training and are practicing these essential clinical skills prior to leaving on their externships. The Jersey City campus of Branford Hall Career Institute is lucky to have Fredrica Evans, director of the Medical Assisting program and instructor of the “Clinical Procedures, Specialty Exams, CPR and First Aid” class. She has been program director since July 2017 but an instructor at the school for a decade. Ms. Evans is also a Patient Care Technician (PCT) at a local medical facility, and she routinely brings her years of experience into…
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Time to Prepare for Winter Driving

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Use these tips to make sure you and your car are ready before the temperatures drop! This week marks the first day of winter! Many states have already seen their first snowfall and soon New England will turn into a winter playground—skiers will race down mountains, ice skaters will spin on ice, children will sled down hills and throw snowballs at friends. And drivers will have to deal with snow and icy road conditions. New Englanders may be hearty, but winter driving conditions can challenge anyone. Before the snow starts piling up, it’s time to get your car winter ready. Preparing now can help save you the frustration of a broken-down car in below-freezing temperatures and the feeling of helplessness in an emergency. Now is the time for a tune…
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How to Stay on Budget This Holiday

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Use these tips to help save money this holiday season If you’re already living on a tight student budget, the holiday season can be tricky. You may want to decorate your home, travel to see family, buy gifts for family and friends, and attend holiday parties. These added expenses can push an already tight budget to its limit. But you can enjoy the holidays—it just takes some planning. Just like the rest of the year, you need to create a budget and stick to it. You may make some hard decisions, but no one should go into debt over holiday spending. If you focus on spending time with friends and family and not on gift exchanging, you may find you are still able to express gratitude to all your loved…
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