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  • Useful Apps for Culinary Arts Students

    Category(ies): Culinary Arts

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    Let your phone or tablet lend a hand with these online culinary resources

    When you’re in a culinary arts training program, there’s a lot of information to take in. You’re working on techniques, learning skills related to food preparation and safety, and finding out about the business aspects of running a kitchen or restaurant. It can help to have some shortcuts along the way, to make things easier—or at least more efficient. Here are a few apps that can ease the strain as you try to juggle everything involved in life as a chef! While we’re not promoting or endorsing any of these apps, we encourage you to read more about them, and see if any of them can help you. 


  • May is Better Sleep Month

    Category(ies): Health and Wellness

    May is Better Sleep Month, ideas for good sleep habits

    Good sleep can improve your health and mood

    The month of May is “Better Sleep Month” and according to the Better Sleep Council, nearly 8 in 10 Americans say they would feel better if they got more sleep.


  • Qualities That Make You Successful in Any Job

    Category(ies): On The Job

    people skills at work

    One way to make yourself indispensible as an employee is to focus on your people skills

    In any career, basic people skills will serve you well. No matter what level of responsibility you have, it’s important to work effectively with others and to treat them with a level of professionalism that reflects well on you, as well as the organization.


  • Teacher Appreciation Week is Here

    Category(ies): Student Life

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    15 Ways to Show Your Teacher You Care

    Teacher appreciation week is here, and it’s time to give back to the teachers who go the extra mile for you every day. Think about the kinds of things that teachers do for their students, and you will know why they deserve our gratitude.


  • Ways to Honor the Administrative Professionals in Your Life

    Category(ies):

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    This national day of recognition reminds us what we should do regularly

    Whether you work in an office, or are a student, it’s likely you come into contact on a regular basis with at least one administrative professional that keeps the organization running smoothly. Answering phones, maintaining calendars, paying bills, ordering supplies—these are just a few of the dozens of tasks that administrative professionals juggle throughout the average workweek. They keep an eye on things and generally make our lives easier, more organized, and more predictable. And for that, we owe them a debt of gratitude.


  • 20 Fun Facts for Medical Assistants

    Category(ies): Medical Assistant

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    Medical assistant students should take note of this medical trivia

    When you are in medical assistant school, you will be learning a whole lot about the human body. Some of it may be hard to understand and difficult to memorize, but other parts will be fascinating! You will be amazed at what the human body can do!


  • A Day in the OR for a Surgical Technologist

    Category(ies): Surgical Technology

    what surgical technologists do in the operating room, surgical techs in the OR

    From pre-surgery to post-op, a surgical technologist has many essential responsibilities

    A surgical technologist is an essential member of a healthcare team that cares for a patient while they’re in the operating room. This position requires setting up the OR, ensuring sterile conditions, anticipating the needs of the patient during surgery, and supporting the surgeon and others in the OR throughout the process. It requires careful planning, a commitment to safety, and exquisite attention to detail.


  • Job Interview Tips for Today’s Job-Seekers

    Category(ies): Medical Assistant

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    7 tips for making the most of this important opportunity

    A job interview is one of the most important steps in the job search process. If you get a call or an email inviting you to a job interview, that is great news! It means that you are in the running for the job! To make the most of this important opportunity, you want to plan carefully. You want to market yourself, highlight your best skills, and show the employer why you are the best candidate for the job. Try out these tips to get yourself prepared for this important day.


  • What Is the Shiatsu Style of Massage Therapy?

    Category(ies): Massage Therapist

    shiatsu massage, massage therapy program, massage school

    Learn more about this ancient Japanese massage therapy technique

    If you’re enrolled in massage therapy school, or are considering becoming a massage therapist, you’ve probably heard of the style of massage called shiatsu. This is a unique kind of massage that started in Japan, and it has a range of health benefits for clients.


  • 12 Study Tips for Busy Students

    Category(ies): Student Life

    Make the most out of the time you have

    When you are in college or career school, you know it’s important to study. But what if you’ve never learned good study habits? What if you don’t know how to study effectively? You can spend many hours with your books open, but if you are studying inefficiently, you could be wasting your valuable time and may not even end up with the grades you want.


  • 15 Fun Facts about the Culinary Arts

    Category(ies): Culinary Arts

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    Some history or trivia might surprise you about this field

    Are you studying to be a culinary arts professional? Then you probably already know a fair amount about this field. Maybe you already have experience working in a restaurant. Regardless, check out this list of fun facts and look for items that you didn’t already know. Test some of your friends and fellow students about their knowledge as well!


  • Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Month

    Category(ies): Health and Wellness

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    Autism affects 1 in 68 children in the U.S.—it’s time to get aware

    April is Autism Awareness Month, and the Autism Speaks organization is asking everyone to “Light It Up Blue” this month. Like pink for breast cancer awareness, blue is the color that the autism awareness community has selected to raise awareness, understanding, and acceptance.


  • 5 Benefits of Going to Massage Therapy School

    Category(ies): Massage Therapist

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    Be a part of this health and wellness career field

    Are you into health and wellness? Would you like a career that promotes healthy lifestyles? If so, going to massage therapy school may be a good option for you. As a massage therapist, you would be able to provide clients with treatments that reduce stress, ease muscle pain, and contribute to overall wellness. Find out some of the benefits of this career path.


  • Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

    Category(ies): Health and Wellness

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    It’s a great way to honor American Diabetes Association Alert Day—Tues., March 28

    What do you know about Type 2 Diabetes? This most common form of diabetes is called hyperglycemia. Individuals with this disease have blood sugar (glucose) levels that rise to higher than normal because their bodies do not produce insulin properly. With this insulin resistance, the pancreas cannot make enough insulin to keep the blood glucose at normal levels.


  • Jersey City Campus Uncovers Its Own “Hidden Figure”

    Category(ies): Computer Networking, Security and Management, Computer Networking Management

    Marion Johnson, Branford Hall Hidden Figure

    Students at a Black History Month celebration were surprised to discover the prestigious early career of instructor Marion Johnson

    When students of Branford Hall’s Jersey City campus arrived at their orientation room on February 22, they expected to watch the 2016 Oscar nominated film Hidden Figures, about the role of three African American women mathematicians in NASA in the early 1960s. What they didn’t expect was to hear from one of their own instructors, Ms. Marion Johnson—who, it turns out, is also a “hidden figure.”


  • Sample Resume for a Personal Fitness Trainer

    Category(ies): Professional Fitness Trainer

    personal trainer resume, personal fitness trainer job search

    There’s no time like the present to get your resume in order

    If you are in training to become a personal fitness trainer, it is a smart time to start working on your resume. Before you know it, your training will be completed and it will be time to begin looking for your first job in your new field.


  • What Does a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Do?

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

    what does a medical biller or coder do, medical billing and coding school

    Becoming a health claims specialist could be in your future

    Are you interested in an allied health or healthcare career, but not sure how to get started? Would you like an office-based position rather than being on your feet taking care of patients? If so, a career in the field of medical billing and coding could be a good match for you.


  • Branford Hall Opens an Expansive New Facility in Albany

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

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    Students, instructors, and staff enjoy a space that’s customized for healthcare training 

    In mid-February, Branford Hall Career Institute’s Albany campus relocated to an impressive new facility in the city’s Capitol Hill section, at 155 Washington Avenue.
Branford Hall offers two training programs at this location: medical assisting and medical billing and coding, which both prepare students for careers in the healthcare field.


  • Looking for a New Career? Consider a Medical Assistant Program

    Category(ies): Medical Assistant

    medical assistant programs

    A one-year program can train you for entry level positions in this career field

    Are you looking to start a new career? Becoming a medical assistant may be a job field that is within your reach. At the Branford Hall Career Institute, we offer medical assistant training for adult students throughout four states in New England. Find out the answers to our frequently asked questions:


  • How to Put Food Safety First as a Culinary Arts Student

    Category(ies): Culinary Arts

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    These tips will help you remember some the most essential aspects of food preparation

    If you’re currently studying culinary arts, part of your training will be gaining hands-on experience. Safety measures are an essential aspect of this profession. A primary objective is minimizing the chance that any food you prepare could cause a foodborne illness. Making guests sick is not on the path to a successful culinary career!


  • 8 Tips for Making New Friends in Class

    Category(ies): Student Life

    making friends in class, meet people in class

    Getting to know your classmates can make your school experience better

    After high school is over, you may find that your friends have all gone in different directions. Some may be in college. Some may have started a new job. Others might be still searching for what to do.


  • Start Showing Your Finances Who’s Boss

    Category(ies): Student Life

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    With a few simple steps, you can be on your way to improving your money situation

    Maybe you’ve been putting off getting organized with your money. But there’s no time like the present. Take on just a few of these strategies this week, and you’ll be well on your way to sleeping better at night. It’s okay to start small, and put one foot in front of the other. You deserve to feel more financially in control!


  • Are You Cut Out for HVAC Training?

    Category(ies): HVAC/R

    branford hall hvac training, hvac/r training, become an HVAC tech

    Being an HVAC/R tech requires mechanical skills and physical endurance

    Are you mechanically-inclined? If you are, you might be a good candidate for an HVAC/R training program. Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) technicians play an important role in today’s economy. Across every industry and the residential sector, HVAC/R systems are being used 24/7. If you’ve ever had a power outage where lose your air conditioning, you know how important it is to keep HVAC systems up and running correctly!


  • Strategies to Feel More Energized at Work

    Category(ies): Health and Wellness

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    You’ll be prepared to tackle the tasks ahead if you pay attention to your energy level during the work day

    Healthcare professionals often work long hours, and must stay alert, especially if they are involved in procedures or assisting during an emergency. But everyone working in a medical office also has to be on their game—there are many important details to keep track of, in serving all the patients that come through in the course of a day. All of this exertion, both mentally and physically, requires energy to keep going.


  • Don't Want to Go to College?

    Category(ies): Student Life

    alternatives to college, job training, what to do after high school

    Short-term training programs can be an alternative

    It’s no secret that attending a four-year college can be daunting. Some young people may feel they can’t afford the time or cost of being in school for four years. Others may feel they are not cut out for the academic demands of college. Some students feel pressured by their families or peers to attend college, but in their hearts, they don’t want to do it.

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