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This 5 Reasons you should attend Medical Assistant School

There is a lot to think about when trying to figure out what career path you want to choose, especially when you have your own family. The years and money that go into earning a degree can sometimes be overwhelming. If the idea of working in the medical field has been a dream of yours for quite some time, medical assistant school may be a great place to start. The following are some of the top reasons to become a medical assistant:

1. You will be certified in less than two years

When becoming a medical assistant, there are two different paths you may choose. You can either get a medical assisting diploma or degree. Both programs will certify you to work as one of them, but the biggest difference between the two is the amount of time you attend school. A diploma can be earned in as few as 15 months, while an associate’s degree would take as little as 19 months. Most individuals that go for the associate degree value the time spent in the additional 30 credits that will help them prepare for the certification exam.

2. Job Growth is above-average

The average projected job growth for most jobs is expected to increase at a rate of 11 percent through 2022. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the job growth for this career is estimated to increase at 29 percent that same year. That rate of growth is much faster than the average. This means the demand for these professionals will be up the roof.

3. Career stability

Just as with doctors, physicians, and nurses, there is a need for medical assistants every hour of every day. Unlike other careers, the medical field just can’t take breaks. There are always patients that need your help. You will no longer have to scramble for extra shifts or compete with your coworkers for more hours. There will always be a need for medical assistants.

4. Job flexibility

The skills that a medical assistant possesses are always needed in clinics and hospitals all over the country. This means if you’re considering moving to a new state for personal reasons, finding a job wherever you end up won’t be a problem.

5. You may work in different settings

You will have the opportunity to work in the environment that makes you feel most comfortable. Medical assistants are needed in hospitals, clinics, private practices, and in ambulatory care.

About Night School

What would you do if you couldn’t attend school during the day? If you are an adult who didn’t finish secondary school, what possibilities are there for you? A growing number of people around the world are looking for an option that really meets their needs.

Fortunately, there is an alternative to going to school during the day – night school. Night schools offer the same classes as regular secondary schools except during evening hours. This evening program allows students to continue working during the day and study at night.

Night school is an educational option that exists in many countries of the world. Since formal schooling is compulsory until the age of 16 or 18 in many places, young people who find themselves in need of work or have other important daytime obligations can finish their studies. For many people, it’s the right choice.

More and more young people are taking on the responsibility of a job during the day, for different reasons. Perhaps they have to help out their families, or maybe they want to learn a particular skill or trade. But if they work during the day, how can they complete their studies? Is their only choice to leave school at an early age?

Young people are not the only ones who face this choice, however. Night school also attracts adults who left school early. Since they are already working adults, night school can give them the opportunity to go back to school without leaving their jobs.

What’s night school like? How is it the same – or different – from school during the day? Here we present an up-close and personal look at night school.

Courses in night school are usually the same as those taught during the day. They are generally held in the same building, too. Students have the same facilities and the same requirements as their fellow students during the day. All in all, the experiences are the same. The only difference is that night school students go to school later!

Different people react in different ways to the experience, not all of then enjoy it. We visited one school that runs classes in the evening and talked to students and teachers to find out more. Let’s meet them and see what they have to say.

Michael is a 17-year-old boy who works during the day on his family’s organic farm. It’s a new business which requires a lot of careful attention to get started. Micheal’s father runs the farm now, but one day it will be Micheal’s responsibility, which is why he needs to learn as much as he can about the business. Since he didn’t want to stop his schooling in order to work, he enrolled in night school. “It was a bit strange at first”, he says “working all day then going to school in the evening, but I soon got used to it. In my classes there are a lot of students who work during the day like I do, so we have many things in common. I’ve made really good friends. Some of them say that it is easier to combine work with a study if you’ve got a job of a writer. Many services give such a chance as you may work part time. All students try to find the most suitable job for themselves.”

Next, we spoke to Cheryl, a young adult in her 20s who dropped out of school as a teenager. Later, however, she realized that she didn’t have the skills and qualifications she needed for her career, so decided to return to school. Since she works during the day, night school was the perfect option. “Going to night school has been a great opportunity for a second start. I can keep my job and complete my studies,” Cheryl explained.

Then we talked to Tonya, who is a teacher at night school. She used to teach during the day but prefers evening classes now. “The night students are very dedicated,” she told us. “It’s also really nice to have a mix of adults and teens. They work hard, but they have a lot of fun, too.”

Not everyone, of course, thinks that night school is the answer. Some people don’t think there’s enough time in one day for both school and work. Certainly, working during the day and going to school at night can be hard.

Take David, for example. He’s a teenager who tried going to night school for a while so he could train as a carpenter with his uncle during the day. “I was so tired after working all day that I didn’t have the energy to go to school! And when could I do my homework? In my sleep? Firstly, I asked to write my essays for me at different essay services. But then I understood that it was not the way out.” David decided to work part-time on weekends and finish school during the day.

Parents might also object to night school. Meg is a teenager who wanted to leave school to take up a career in modeling. When Meg looked into going to night school, her parents warned her against it. “They thought I would never finish school that way. My parents think working and going to night school is too much for someone my age. I disagree, but I’m only 17, so I have to do what they say.

For most of the students who do enroll, however, night school is the answer they’ve been looking for. It is a challenge to balance work and school, and it’s definitely not for everyone. But those who go to night school are really making the most of their time – day and night!

This Purpose of Education

Education—like democracy, free markets, freedom of the press, and “universal human rights” — is one of those subjects whose virtue is considered self-evident. So is the superiority of the industrially advanced countries in attaining them. Consequently, any package that arrives with one of these magic labels on it, automatically qualifies for the “green channel” at our entry ports. No questions asked. This uncritical acceptance has severely crippled our discussion of all these vital topics. For example in education most of our discussion centers around literacy statistics and the need to have so many graduates, masters, Phd’s, and so many professionals — engineers, doctors, etc.— in a given country based on the standards in the industrially advanced countries. The central issue of curriculum, and even more fundamental issue of the purpose of education normally do not attract our attention; they have already been decided by the “advanced’ countries for us and our job is only to follow in their footsteps to achieve their level of progress.

Indeed they have. In the “first” world, education has become an extension of the capitalist system. Its purpose is to provide qualified workforce for its machinery of production and eager consumers for its products. Stated in a more polished form, the purpose of education is to provide for the economic prosperity of a country. Similarly on a personal level today the purpose of education is to be able to earn a respectable living.

While earning halal living and providing for the economic well being of a country are certainly important Islamic goals as well, the linking of education to financial goals is extremely unfortunate. It turns the centers of learning into mere vocational centers in their outlook and spirit. It degrades education and through it the society.

To bring home the pivotal but forgotten role of education we need to recall that there is a fundamental difference between human beings and animals. Instincts and physical needs alone can bring ants, bees, or herds of beasts together to live in a perfectly functioning animal society. Human beings do not function that way. They are not constrained by nature to follow only those ways that are necessary for the harmonious operation of their society. If they are to form a viable, thriving society, they must chose to do so. What drives that choice is the sharing of common goals, beliefs, values and outlook on life. Without a common framework binding its members, a human society cannot continue to exist; it will disintegrate and be absorbed by other societies. Further, the society must ensure that the common ground will continue to hold from generation to generation. This is the real purpose of education. The education system of a society produces the citizens and leaders needed for the smooth operation of that society, now and into the future. Its state of health or sickness translates directly into the health or sickness of the society that it is meant to serve.

Today we find many internal problems — corruption, injustice, oppression, crippling poverty — everywhere we turn in the Muslim world. If we think about it, we may realize that most of these problems are man-made. Which is another way of saying that they are largely traceable, directly or indirectly, to the education system that produced the people who perpetuate the problems. The rulers who sell out to foreign powers and subjugate their people; the bureaucrats who enforce laws based on injustice; the generals who wage war against their own people; the businessmen who exploit and cheat; the journalists who lie, sensationalize, and promote indecencies, they are all educated people, in many cases “highly” educated people. Their education was meant to prepare them for the roles they are playing in real life. And it has, although in a very unexpected way!

The problem plagues all layers of society. Why are Muslim communities in the grip of so much materialism today? What should we expect when our entire education system is preaching the gospel of materialism? Why have we effectively relegated Islam to a small inconsequential quarter in our public life? Because that is precisely where our secular education system has put it. Why in our behavior toward each other we see so little display of Islamic manners and morals? Because our imported education system is devoid of all moral training. Why our societies are sick? Because our education system is sick.

This is the real crisis of education. Before we got into this mess by importing from the Colonial powers what was current and popular, education in our societies was always the means of nurturing the human being. Moral training, tarbiya, was always an inalienable part of it. The ustaz,(teacher), was not just a lecturer or mere professional, but a mentor and moral guide. We remembered the hadith then, “No father has given a greater gift to his children than good moral training.” [Tirmidhi]. Our education system was informed by this hadith. Our darul-ulooms still maintain that tradition but the number of students who pass through their gates is minuscule compared to the secular schools.

In the U.S. and Europe, the schools were started by the church. Later as forces of capitalism overtook them, they molded them into their image. Moral training was a casualty of that takeover. But capitalism and their political economy did need people trained to work under these systems. So citizenship training was retained as an important, though diminishing, component of the curriculum— a religion-free subset of the moral training it displaced. Whatever civility we see here is largely a result of that leftover component. The imported versions in the Muslim countries, though, had even that component filtered out. And the results are visible.

We can solve our problem once we realize our mistakes. The first purpose of our education system must be to produce qualified citizens and leaders for the Islamic society. Tarbiya, real Islamic moral training, must be an integral part of it. This must be the soul of our education, not a ceremonial husk. All plans for improving our education will be totally useless unless they are based on a full understanding of this key fact. This requires revamping our curricula, rewriting our textbooks, retraining our teachers, and realizing that we must do all this ourselves. We do have a rich history of doing it. Are we finally willing to turn to our own in-house treasures to redo education the way it should always have been?

Info Graduate Scholarship Program

Empowering Human Scientific Capacities, Inspiring the Youth

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the launch of the Entaliq Graduate Scholarship Program confirm the status of the UAE as a spacefaring nation and a pioneer in Space Science from hereon. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai, envisions a diversified and knowledge-based economy for the UAE brought about by the burgeoning space industry. The vision: to create highly skilled jobs in the space sector for a growing youth population.

This is the first step the UAE is taking on the Emiratis’ seven-year journey to Mars, through the MBRSC. The Mars Mission, a national pride for the UAE, is the first space exploration journey by an Arab – Islamic country. As the Space Centre promotes local space technology to boost economic productivity and knowledge creation, the Graduate Scholarships Program focuses on nurturing scientific minds and “moulding the next generation of brilliant Emirati Space Scientists and Engineers”.

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre provides funds for industrial, scientific and research facilities, as well as diverse research opportunities in the UAE, and will award scholarships to deserving students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), through the Entaliq Graduate Scholarship Program. It aims to develop highly qualified Engineers specializing in Space Science, and encourage and inspire exceptional students who have the drive and passion in sciences and technologies to play a key role in UAE’s journey to space exploration.
It is, by far, the Most Distinguished Scholarship Program in the UAE.

The Emirati vision to send engineers and scientists by 2020 to work on the Mars mission and other key space explorations in collaboration with other countries would entail the need to train more outstanding young minds in the field of space science. MBRSC’s Entaliq Scholarship provides support to eligible high school graduates who dream of going to space and beyond, in pursuit of advancement in science and technology. The Graduate Scholarship Program will fortify UAE’s pioneer status in in the field of Space Science.

Space Agencies around the world, including NASA and the European Space Agency are working closely with the UAE to make this monumental step towards space exploration and study, and for an integrated scientific and educational structure. This strategic space partnership is an international collaboration that will give scholars the opportunity to travel the world and study astronomical sciences in countries across the globe.

The Graduate Scholarship Program is directed toward raising the ranks of space science in the UAE, and in developing the knowledge, tools, and technologies to support the Emirati space sector. The scholarship provides financial support for students in higher education. The new generation of scholars will be catalysts, leading the nation to new space innovations and discoveries that is far beyond what the world has accomplished up to now. In addition, the program will open work opportunities for the aspiring engineers and scientists in MBSRC and partner space programs around the world, and develop a strong science workforce and human capabilities in space.