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Career and Technical Education (CTE) | Health Science

What Are AMT Certifications?

By: Bri Stauffer
October 4th, 2021

American Medical Technologists (AMT) is a nationally accredited provider of healthcare certifications that help people start their careers in the medical field. In total, AMT provides 10 allied health certifications: Medical Assistant (RMA) Phlebotomy Technician (RPT) Medical Administrative Specialist (CMAS) Dental Assistant (RDA) Medical Technologist (MT) Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA) Molecular Diagnostics Technologist (MDT) Certified Laboratory Consultant (CLC) Allied Health Instructor (AHI) In this post, you’ll learn the basics of each certification, why it’s important, and who can use each certification to start their careers.

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) | Digital Curriculum | NHA CCMA | Medical Assisting

Is SIMTICS the Right Medical Assistant Curriculum for Your CTE Courses?

By: Mike Cescon
August 24th, 2021

Preparing your students for medical assistant certifications is a challenge. In particular, finding the right resource to supplement or replace your curriculum is key to helping your students feel equipped for their career pathway.

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Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

Do you struggle to keep your students engaged during your lessons?

Download this free eBook to learn the Do's & Dont's of Student Engagement.

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Blended Learning | Career and Technical Education (CTE) | Differentiated Instruction | Teaching Strategies

The Pros and Cons of Differentiated Instruction in CTE

By: Mike Cescon
August 4th, 2021

There’s no denying it: implementing differentiated instruction is a huge leap to take for your CTE class. Successfully differentiating your course means putting in a lot of time, effort, and creativity that many teachers feel they’re unequipped to do. 

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) | CTE Career Clusters | Texas

What are the Texas Career Clusters and CTE Programs of Study?

By: Mike Cescon
July 30th, 2021

As a career and technical education instructor, you know that CTE is found all across the United States -- in every state and most school districts.

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) | Health Science

What to Know About Accreditation for Your Health Science Program

By: Laura Posey
July 1st, 2021

As a health science curriculum developer, we regularly speak with teachers who are adding new certifications to their pathway. When implementing new health science certifications, these teachers often ask us questions such as: “Is HealthCenter21 accredited?” and “How do I get my course accredited?” While many accredited health science programs use our HealthCenter21 curriculum to prepare their students for certification exams, AES is not a certifying body and cannot award accreditation to CTE programs. But don’t worry - that doesn’t mean we can’t help you!

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) | CTE Teachers | Teacher Retention

Effective Health Science Teacher Retention Strategies from a Former Educator

By: Heather Thomas
April 20th, 2021

Have you ever had a health science instructor go back to the industry in the middle of the school year? Do you wish you could have better retention of your health science teachers? You’re not alone. An administrator in Texas recently told me that within the first two weeks of school every year, they’ll see a handful of health science instructors quit and go back to the industry. This is hugely disruptive to their students’ learning and often results in the administrator scrambling to cover the classes. Like this administrator, your new teachers are optimistic and excited about their new career path, and you want to help them have a good start to the year. But what can you do to make that happen?

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