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  • Spotlight on an Awesome Instructor: Anthony Euston

    Category(ies): Student Life

    Faculty of the Month Anthony Euston

    Find out more about what makes Branford Hall instructors so great

    Have you ever wondered what your teachers are like outside of the classroom? At Branford Hall, we want our students and instructors to feel part of a community, and one great way to do that is to get to know each other better. This week, the spotlight is on Anthony Euston, who has been with Branford Hall for over eight years. Here’s how he responded to our survey: 


  • Easy, Last Minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

    Category(ies): Student Life

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    You still have time to put together a quick and easy Halloween costume

    Oh no! It’s Halloween and you haven’t had time to find a costume, you didn’t want to spend a fortune, or you were simply looking for something unique. Don’t worry, we’ve compiled some easy, last-minute costume ideas to help you dress up with items you can mostly find around your house.


  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

    Category(ies): Student Life, Health and Wellness

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    Taking care of a pet is good for your health

    Caring for a pet is certainly a huge responsibility, but it can also bring lots of fun, laughter, and great memories into your life. If you're thinking about opening your home to a pet, adopting a homeless animal is something to consider. And since October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, maybe now’s the time to take that leap and find a dog who desperately needs a home.


  • 6 Great Reasons to Get HVACR Training

    Category(ies): HVAC/R

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    Try Branford Hall’s program and get ready for a new career

    Are you a hands-on type of person who likes to fix things? Do you sometimes feel that college is not for you? If you are thinking about vocational school or trade school, you might want to look into the field of HVACR—heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. This field could be a great fit for you if you are good with your hands and good at learning how technical systems work. Interested in learning more? Here are some reasons to consider this career field:


  • Get to Know Recent Branford Faculty of the Month Alicia Kiley

    Category(ies): Student Life

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    This faculty member deserves special recognition from the whole community

    Each month the Branford Hall community selects one faculty member for recognition for their excellent contributions to the school. Recently the Branford, CT campus honored Alicia Kiley, who teaches classes in clinical skills, anatomy and physiology, and medical terminology. She has been teaching at Branford for two years, and attended Branford Hall herself!


  • It's Medical Assistant Awareness Week

    Category(ies): Medical Assistant, Student Life

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    Branford Hall appreciates our medical assisting students!

    Did you know that this week is Medical Assistant Awareness Week? There are many positions within the field of healthcare that aren’t as well-known as doctors and nurses. One of them is medical assisting. But medical assistants—like so many other allied health positions—are still extremely important to making healthcare industry run smoothly. Find out more about this important role.


  • Branford Springfield Campus Raises Funds for Hurricane Relief

    Category(ies): Student Life

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    Students and staff recently spent time thinking of and giving to others

    The recent hurricanes, though far away from all of the Branford Hall campuses, have had an impact on the entire school community. Students and staff at the Springfield Campus decided to get organized and do something about it.


  • College Isn’t For You?

    Category(ies): Student Life

    jobs that don't require a college degree, career training, college alternatives

    Short-term career training may be an option

    For young adults, the question of whether or not to go to college is a big decision! College is a major commitment of your time, your money, and your mental energy. Many young people think, “I don’t want to go to college,” or “I feel like college isn’t for me.” If you feel this way, you are not alone. And the good news is, there are many other options to explore.


  • Bohemia Campus Contributes to the Fight for Breast Cancer

    Category(ies): Student Life

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    This Branford Hall campus is doing its part to raise funds and awareness

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Bohemia campus of Branford Hall is hosting many school events this month to raise money to help fight the disease. The school will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society—Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, which sponsors fundraising walks throughout the country.


  • For Students: How to Improve Your Future Job Prospects While Still in School

    Category(ies): Student Life, Job Search Tips

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    Start building your career resume now with these 10 tips

    If you are a student in college or career school, it won’t be long before you are on the job market, ready to start the career that you’re training for now. Finding the first job in your new field can sometimes be challenging, because you’ll be new to the field, without the kind of job experience that others have. What are the best ways to improve your chances of landing that first job? Here are some tips you can get started on now!


  • Tips to Improve on Your “Sleep Hygiene”

    Category(ies): Health and Wellness

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    Here are suggestions for how to get better, more restful sleep

    Whether you’re a student or work full-time, it’s easy to let taking care of yourself slip on the list of priorities. You know you should be making smart food choices and getting some exercise several times a week. Sleep makes it much easier to tackle those tasks—and everything else!


  • Online Job Searching 101

    Category(ies): Job Search Tips

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    Make your job search more efficient using this advice

    Searching for a job online can feel like a full-time job in itself. From scrolling through the job postings, to setting up email alerts, to actually submitting an application, you can spend your whole day staring at your computer!


  • FAQs about Medical Billing and Coding Programs

    Category(ies): Medical Billing and Coding / Health Claims Specialist

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    Learn the basics about this critical health care role

    Are you looking to embark on a new career in the healthcare field? If you’re thorough and detail-oriented, and seeking an office position rather than direct patient care, medical billing and coding may be something to consider. As you explore this career option, here are some details about the profession that can be helpful to you.


  • How to Stop Being Late

    Category(ies): Student Life

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    7 tips for a calmer morning routine

    Are you in a rush every morning? Do you count “running late” as a regular form of exercise? Are you starting to be known as someone who never shows up on time? Being chronically late for school or for work can affect your performance and your reputation. If you are ready for a change, try these tips for starting each day out in a calm, organized, and on-time fashion.


  • Celebrate September by Eating More Fruits and Veggies

    Category(ies): Health and Wellness

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    These healthy foods are a healthy secret weapon

    Fall is the season of change, and it’s also a good time for us to take a look at our eating habits. September is Fruits and Veggies month—the perfect time to jumpstart some change in your diet! The theme for this year is “More Matters!” so let’s look to the “Fruits and Veggies—More Matters®” health initiative to remind us of all the great reasons to eat more of them. Taking the simple step to increase our intake of these food groups every day can do wonders to improve our health overall.


  • College Not for You? Consider a Medical Assistant Career

    Category(ies): Medical Assistant

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    You can complete training in just one year

    College is great for many people, but it’s not the only way to get trained for a career! If you do not feel you are college-bound, and if you want to explore other options, why not consider becoming a medical assistant? Medical assisting is an entry-level career in the field of healthcare that can be trained for in a short period of time. If this sounds like a possibility for you, read more!


  • Honoring Your Elders by Celebrating National Grandparents Day

    Category(ies): Health and Wellness

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    Use this opportunity to show the older generations how much we value them

    For a child, a grandparent’s love can be pure. While parents must provide day-to-day discipline and pester kids about brushing their teeth and doing their homework, grandparents often get to occupy the role of simple enjoyment. As we get older, it’s important that we continue to honor these unique individuals in our lives. National Grandparents Day, on September 10, is one opportunity to do just that.


  • 4 Popular Massage Types Therapists Should Know

    Category(ies): Massage Therapist

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    Find out the types of massages clients frequently choose

    If you like to help people to de-stress, and relish the idea of supporting them via gentle, safe, and healthy healing, being a massage therapist might be a good fit for you. Branford Hall prepares students in the massage therapy training program by teaching the various methods and techniques of massage, as well as basic business management and communication skills. This makes it possible for graduates to offer the best services to their clients once they begin working at a spa, hospital, or other venue.


  • 10 Tips for Safe Food Preparation

    Category(ies): Health and Wellness

    Safety should be just as high a priority as eating healthy

    We’ve all heard how important it is to wash your hands before preparing food. But you might not always think about how handling raw meat, chicken, or fish can cause you to contaminate other foods and surfaces you touch throughout the kitchen. There are also other important precautionary measures to take as you shop for, store, prepare, and cook your food, to ensure it won't make you—and your loved ones—sick. September is Food Safety Education Month—what better time to educate yourself?


  • 5 Things Your Personal Fitness Trainer Wants You to Know

    Category(ies): Professional Fitness Trainer

    Getting in shape is serious business!

    Do you have a personal trainer at the gym? At the Branford Hall Career Institute in Springfield, Mass., we are in the business of providing career-focused training to an up-and-coming group of professional fitness trainers. They are learning the latest and greatest in exercise trends and fitness practices.


  • What You Should Know about Cholesterol

    Category(ies): Health and Wellness

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    Take the quiz and find out whether you know enough about cholesterol

    Mention the word “cholesterol,” and lots of people automatically think “bad.” They might also think it’s not something they have to worry about. But not so fast! We’re coming up on Cholesterol Awareness Month, celebrated each September, which means it’s time to get rid of the fiction about cholesterol and get to know the facts. 


  • Self-Care Tips for Busy Students

    Category(ies): Student Life, Health and Wellness

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    Schoolwork is important, but so is your mental health

    The life of a student can get pretty busy. You are balancing assignments, papers, labs, and exams from all your classes, and sometimes it seems like everything piles up at once. Usually your academics are your first priority—after all, that’s why you’re in school in the first place.


  • Useful Apps for HVAC Professionals

    Category(ies): HVAC/R

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    Check out these apps to make the most of this essential service career

    As you know if you’re training to be an HVAC professional, this important role contributes to the comfort and health of workers, residents, and visitors in indoor environments. These trained professionals are busy throughout the year, installing, repairing, and maintaining the systems that regulate the temperature and air quality inside all kinds of structures, from commercial buildings and manufacturing plants to private homes and more.


  • 25 Things to Do Before Summer is Over

    Category(ies): Student Life

    25 things to do in summer

    August goes fast…don’t miss these summer favorites!

    Summer is a special season. It feels different from all the rest. Children are on break from school. Families are taking vacations. The daylight stretches long into the evenings. Summer chefs are cooking on the grill. As August arrives, you may ask yourself: Have I fit in everything I wanted to do this summer? If you’ve just realized that August is flying by faster than ever, maybe it’s time to plan a few summer activities before it’s all over! Try these free and low-cost ideas:


  • How to Be a Better Culinary Arts Professional

    Category(ies): Culinary Arts

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    Tips for a career that combines the business of food and the art of cooking

    Do you love food? Are you always thinking of creative ideas for preparing and presenting meals? Having a passion for working in the kitchen is essential for a culinary arts professional. But that’s just the beginning. You then must harness that passion to study, practice, and gain experience. If you think that heading back to the classroom might be the next step for you, consider a culinary training program like the one at Branford Hall.

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