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Become a student this Summer and receive a free gift

by Mark Harrington

There are so many great reasons to become a student at National Academy this summer! Beating the September rush is just one of them.

Start any of our diploma programs in May, June or July this year and receive a Summer Bonus.  See below or call us in Mississauga (905 273 6656), Hamilton (905 521 9991) or Toronto (416 545 0404) for details.

Government assistance (to those who qualify), pay as you go plans, guaranteed funding, and more funding options are available.

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Find out why a career as a Medical Laboratory Technician Assistant could be right for you!

by Mark Harrington


Growing Industry

The number of medical lab technician assistant positions is growing rapidly in Canada. As current lab techs eventually retire and more people have access to health care, more patients will visit the doctor’s office. This leads to more lab tests, which require more lab techs to complete them. If you’re considering a job as a medical lab technician assistant, this is great news and means you’ll have a good shot of finding an open position once you’ve completed school.

Potential To Move Up

Medical lab technician assistants who work in large hospitals frequently specialize in a particular area once they’ve gained enough experience. Specialization is a smart move because it enables you to become familiar with certain types of tests and complete them faster. Lab technician assistants who are willing to go back to school also have the option of becoming a medical laboratory technologist. This position comes with a higher salary and the ability to perform more advanced types of lab tests.

The Ability to Work Independently or With a Team

As a medical lab technician assistant, your job primarily involves conducting tests in a lab on your own. In addition, technician assistants may have to interact with patients in order to collect blood or tissue samples and share the results with the doctors who ordered them. This mix of tasks makes a career as a medical laboratory technician assistant worth considering for individuals who want to work in medicine and enjoy working independently along with some collaboration.

Get Started In Less Than A Year

National Academy offers a 41-week Medical Laboratory Technician Assistant diploma program with a mandatory placement. Higher education is expensive, so the less time you need to spend in school for your degree or certificate, the more money you’ll save.

For more information about the Medical Laboratory Technician Assistant diploma at National Academy, please visit online or contact us directly at one of our three campuses.

Toronto: 416 545 0404

Mississauga: 905 273 6656

Hamilton: 905 521 9991

The Real Scoop: Career Colleges VS. Traditional Universities

by Mark Harrington
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Have you been asking yourself which college to attend?  Have you ever wondered about the real difference between a vocational (career) college and a traditional university? There are many points of reference available, but it really all comes down to one question.  WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?

Five differences between vocational schools/career colleges and traditional universities

In general, career colleges teach you skills that you can apply to a specific vocation. Universities teach you theory, critical thinking and analysis in addition to some hands-on information.

Career college programs are shorter–usually less than one and up to two years–than programs at universities, which are a minimum of two to four years.

On average, entry level earnings are a bit higher for those who hold at least a bachelor’s degree as opposed to those with diplomas from career colleges. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009 individuals with a bachelor’s degree had a median weekly income of $1,025, while those with an associate degree earned $761.

University tends to be more expensive than career colleges.

Graduates of career colleges usually are in an excellent position to land an entry-level position, while university graduates may have better access to higher-level jobs.


Career colleges are highly valuable, especially for those students who know exactly what profession they want to work in and don’t have the desire or time for theoretical academic work.

Career colleges are relatively short and offer employment opportunities in practical fields such as health care or technology. University is ideal for those students who want to immerse themselves in the academic life and whose goal is to enter the professional working life upon graduation.

The main issue to remember is that career colleges teach students a particular vocation or profession, while universities usually don’t.

For instance, having a university degree in business doesn’t make you a businessperson, while having a college diploma as a dental assistant DOES make you a dental assistant.

Ask yourself these questions:

Do you have a specific profession in mind?

If yes, does this profession require a university degree?

Are you interested in independent academic research, critical thinking and learning for its own sake?

Do you have the time and/or financial resources to attend a three or four year program?

Both universities and college diplomas offer solid educational opportunities and credentials that can prepare you for the job market.

The right choice depends on you and your career goals.

For more information on the programs available at National Academy, visit us today!  Be on your way to a successful career today!

Toronto Campus – 416 545 0404

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5 Reasons You Should Consider a Rewarding Career in Logistics

by Mark Harrington


In our globalized world, supply chain management and logistics play a larger role than ever before. Hundreds of thousands of individuals across Canada make sure that grocery stores stay stocked, medical supplies are delivered on time, and that businesses ship their products and receive the materials they need to stay operational. Professionals working in logistics oversee the transportation and storage of a wide range of goods. They track and audit shipments to make sure that the right products make it to the right customers, coordinate with third-party carriers, make loading plans, manage fleets, and come up with creative solutions to unexpected situations.

Logistics play a huge role in almost every aspect of government, private industry, non-profit and disaster relief both in Canada and around the world.

To find out why many people are turning to logistics for satisfying careers, consider these five key benefits:

Opportunities in Logistics are Expanding

In Canada, logistics accounted for nearly 820,400 jobs in 2014, and over the next few years that number is expected to grow. Every year, close to 14,000 new jobs are added to the supply chain and logistics sector. Expanding global trade is driving an even greater need for professionals with supply chain and logistics diplomas, while retiring workers means that positions at all levels of supply chain management have openings for eager professionals to fill.

Logistics Professionals Have Plenty of Room for Advancement

Graduates from supply chain management programs will be happy to know that room for advancement in logistics is abundant. Companies tend to promote from within, and hard work and dedication are often rewarded, meaning that driven entry-level employees have plentiful chances to earn promotions throughout the course of their careers.

Salaries are High in Logistics

The importance of the supply chain and logistics sector is reflected by the salaries of the employees that work in the field. In Canada, average supply chain management salaries run at approximately $74,000. Entry level positions in logistics start at roughly $40,000 and top level directors with years of experience can earn over $100,000.

Logistics Offers Plenty of Variety and Flexibility

Professionals who received their supply chain management training in Ontario can choose whether to stay and work in their province or city. They can also choose to find work almost anywhere in the country and around the world. Because so many different businesses and non-profits need employees with training in logistics, recent graduates and mature professionals can have their pick of locations from which to work.

New Technology Makes Logistics an Ever-Changing Field

New technology helps increase cost and efficiency in logistics. Professionals in the field get to stay up-to-date on latest trends in the industry, and the nature of the job means that you are always learning. Part of why careers in logistics are so rewarding is because they offer the opportunity for professionals to develop and implement new plans that generate positive results for the companies, governments, or non-profits they work for. Logistics professionals continue to learn and develop their skills, and generate creative solutions that are both challenging and rewarding.

What motivates you the most to pursue a diploma in supply chain and logistics?

Becoming a Personal Support Worker in Ontario

by Mark Harrington


The description of a Personal Support Worker will always vary from job to job but in general, some of the most common duties are:

  • Following a care plan, observing and reporting any substantial findings and/or changes in patient/resident/client’s behavior to the appropriate registered member of the healthcare team.
  • Working under the supervision of a Registered Healthcare Professional such as a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)
  • Performing tasks delegated to them (only if they are trained to perform the delegated task)
  • Assisting with ambulation, positioning and transferring using mechanical lifts such as a Hoyer lift.
  • Assisting or providing total personal care such as toileting, and bathing.
  • Assisting with eating, dressing and grooming.
  • Assisting nursing staff by answering call bells (In Hospitals and Long-Term care homes)
  • Performing sitter duty or patient-watch for confused patients in clinical care settings.
  • Computer or paper documentation of Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) and other findings.
  • Reporting behavioral and clinical changes to a Registered Nurse, Registered Practical Nurse, Resource Nurse or Manager.

In addition to the basic outline of a Personal Support Worker, there are a number of different employment opportunities across Ontario.  Personal Support Work is a highly employable field with many positions available at various healthcare locations such as hospitals, private healthcare facilities, hospices, retirement and nursing residences, palliative care units and in-home care positions.

For more information about earning your certificate in Personal Support Work and becoming career ready in less than a year, contact National Academy of Health & Business today.

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Toronto Campus – 416.545.0404

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PREPPING FOR YOUR EXAMS… Without losing your mind!

by Mark Harrington

College exams can be tough and all of our students will experience the examination stress at some point throughout their National Academy education.  That being said, remaining calm and focused can make all the difference between an excellent or mediocre test score.

Often, poor performance on an exam can be related to a negative mindset and poor study habits.  Stress, anxiety and a lack of confidence can negatively impact test performance which is why it is important to mentally prepare for exams.

Be Realistic

Exam worries often come from a fear of the unknown. Not knowing what to expect can create panic. Overcome this panic by asking your Instructor for examples of past examination questions to get a realistic idea of what is about to come.

Organize Your Notes

When prepping your notes for studying, categorize all related material into sub-headings, charts, bullet points, and diagrams. Too much written material can be off-putting. By breaking up your work, exam preparation can become more productive and hands on, making it easier to retain an abundance of information.

Thoughtful Reminders

The brain remembers and absorbs information especially well just before you fall asleep. Every night before waking up to study or write an exam, say to yourself: “I will work hard and remain focused so that I can perform to the best of my ability from a calm and relaxed state”. This will get your morning started in the right way!

Not All Stress is “BAD” Stress!

Exam stress doesn’t always have to be negative – it’s designed to prompt you into action, so use it to your full advantage. In small amounts, stress can encourage you to work harder and think faster.

Time Management

Time-management is one of the key skills for effective revision. Stress often comes from the belief that you are running out of time to prepare; by allocating time blocks for each important topic nothing will be missed and your worries will disappear.

Study With A Friend or Group

It’s good to know others are in the same boat as you. During exam preparation, find a group or even just one other classmate to study with. This strategy will hold each of you accountable to one another, and it makes revision more interactive and enjoyable.

Put Things in Perspective

When exams are upon you, it’s difficult to think about anything else. Place your examinations in perspective – the world will not end if you fail.

Generate a Positive State

Take 5 minutes before every test or exam to fill your mind with positive material (like how hard you worked to get where you are today and the hard effort you put into learning the material) and allow yourself to get fired up for action.

Don’t Aim For Perfection

Exam stress often comes from the fear of making mistakes. Mistakes are not only an unavoidable component of exams, but life in general.  Learn from your mistakes by understanding what you did wrong and take the lesson with you throughout your career.

For more information on Exam Preparation and Study Tips and Habits, speak with your Campus Director to schedule a one-on-one appointment with one of the many counsellors at your National Academy campus. 

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A History of CPR for Students in Healthcare Training

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Are you interested in completing a personal support worker certificate

Today, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is taught in healthcare programs around the globe. It’s seen as an effective means to help a person’s body circulate oxygenated blood until the heart can be restarted, and it has proved to be extremely effective. In 2010, it was estimated by Dr. James Jude—one of the creators of CPR—that over two million lives have been saved using this technique.

In the 1800s there seemed to be limited hope amongst medical professionals that an effective method for keeping the body alive during cardiac arrest was possible. A physician at the time even declared “We are powerless against paralysis of the circulation”. However, it wasn’t long after that declaration that the invention of modern day CPR began to unfold.

Are you interested in beginning healthcare courses? Read on to learn more about the history of CPR.

The Need for a Procedure like CPR Was Formally Recognized in the 1700s

Amsterdam is a city famous for its beautiful canal waterways. In the eighteenth century the canals were the main mode of transportation for those living in the city, and as an unfortunate result, hundreds of drownings occurred every year. To help combat this problem, a group of elite individuals came together to form the Society for Recovery of Drowned Persons in an effort to develop a standard for treating people after they had been pulled from the water.

The society came up with seven recommendations that were meant to stimulate the body’s functions. While students in a PSW course will definitely not use all of the steps today, some of them are reminiscent of modern day CPR.

The first four techniques recommend by the society, warming the person, repositioning the head to evacuate water from their body, putting pressure on the abdomen, and breathing into the person’s mouth, are used in different variations today. However, outlandish recommendations like bloodletting and tickling the person’s throat are no longer in use.

The Concept of CPR Was Created in 1960 and Used by Those with Healthcare Training

After the recommendations made by the society in Amsterdam, there weren’t many major developments in resuscitation for quite a while. However, at the turn of the twentieth century everything started to change.

In 1904 the first described chest compressions were recorded. But it wasn’t until 1958 when the discovery of chest compressions and their effectiveness was formalized by William Bennett Kouwenhoven, Guy Knickerbocker, and James Jude at John Hopkins University. The discovery happened by accident while they were performing defibrillation on dogs and noticed that when pressure was applied forcefully to a dog’s chest it created a pulse. Realizing what they had discovered, the three started conducting a study.

By 1960, they reported that out of 20 patients who underwent chest compressions while in cardiac arrest, 14 survived. In a meeting with the Maryland Medical Society in 1960, the researchers proposed the new life-saving technique. Peter Safer, an anesthesiologist who separately discovered the efficacy of breathing for a patient in 1956, specified in the meeting that the two techniques (mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions) would be most effective at saving lives when used together. Thus CPR, as students in healthcare training know it, was born.

CPR is now taught across the world

CPR is now taught across the world

How CPR Was Adopted Around the World and Used by Pros With Healthcare Training

To bring life-saving CPR to the world, Jude, Knickerbocker, and Safar all set out on a tour around the globe to speak about the topic. In 1962, a short film called the “Pulse of Life” was created describing the procedure. The video has been used in thousands of classrooms to teach individuals in all types of careers how to perform effective CPR. Finally, in 1963 the American Heart Association formed a CPR committee and CPR was formally recognized as an effective means of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Are you interested in completing a personal support worker certificate?

Contact the National Academy of Health and Business today!

The Best Jobs in Canada Can be Yours!

by Mark Harrington

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As a top college in Ontario since 1979, National Academy of Health & Business offers programs that will prepare students for 5 of the TOP 25 JOBS IN CANADA!  According to Canadian Business Magazine’s annual Top 25 Best Jobs in Canada 2016, we found that some of our top programs make the cut in terms of directly preparing students for some of the best Canadian jobs – now that’s a lot!  If you have been thinking about upgrading your career, there is no better time to get started than today!  With many start dates throughout the year and smaller class sizes, National Academy is a top choice for a college education in Ontario.  Be on your way to a new career in less than a year!

Did you know?  The following National Academy diploma programs directly correlate with the following TOP SALARY earners and prepare students to work within the field and into some of Canada’s best positions:

  1. Supply Chain & Logistics Diploma Program (can lead to a career as a Purchasing Manager)
  2. Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program (can lead to a career as a Pharmacist)
  3. Police Foundations Diploma Program (can lead to a career as a Police Officer)
  4. Physiotherapist Assistant (can lead to a career as an Occupational Therapist)
  5. Personal Support Worker Diploma Program (can lead to a career as a registered Nurse)

For more information about working within some of the BEST JOBS in CANADA and how National Academy of Health & Business can help get you there, visit one of our 3 campuses today!

To set up an appointment with our Admissions department, call us today:

Hamilton Campus – 905.521.9991

Mississauga Campus – 905.273.6656

Toronto Campus – 416.545.0404

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Want to Take Business Courses? Here Are a few Things to Know About “Big Data”

by Mark Harrington

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How organizations make decisions has changed dramatically over the years. While decades ago a lot of decisions were made based on gut instinct and shareholder preferences, in today’s world analytics and data play a crucial role in making business decisions.

Big data refers to huge sets of data that can be mined by computers to provide insights into businesses, trends, and behaviour. The concept of big data has become increasingly prevalent over the past several years. In fact, as much as 90 per cent of data was created in just the past two years alone.

Want to learn more about big data? Read on to discover the potential it holds for businesses.

The Potential Impact of Big Data Analysis for Businesses

Using big data to make decisions is like using a flashlight in the dark. It takes the guesswork out of making real-world business decisions that could directly impact the profitability and efficiency of a company. This is why most major companies today leverage big data in almost every aspect, from customer service, to marketing, to supply chain and logistics. In fact, according to Forbes, companies that integrate big data analytics into operations see a 10 per cent or more improvement in supply chain efficiency.

After you complete a supply chain and logistics diploma, you could see the implications of using big data in the real world. Big data is said to improve a company’s reaction time to issues regarding the supply chain by as much as 41 per cent! Useful data helps supply chain professionals anticipate issues before they happen and adapt to prevent the operation from going off course.

Using big data helps take the guesswork out of business decisions

Using big data helps take the guesswork out of business decisions

After Business Courses, You May Realize There Are Many Forms of Big Data

Big data can be found everywhere and anywhere, and no business is exempt. From small-scale mom and pop shops to multinational companies, every organization can leverage big data to add a boost to their operations.

For small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large corporations, big data can be found in transactions, social media, reviews, feedback, supply chain logistics, website analytics, and more. If after completing a business or supply chain training program you find yourself working for an SME, don’t forget that you can tap into external resources for useful big data if your company’s data is low. Many data companies sell relevant data like customer lists, buying habits, and internet search data that can help you analyze your customer base and make good business decisions.

Putting Big Data Into Action in Your Career After Business Courses

Businesses can miss opportunities to grow by failing to leverage big data. Big data contains useful insights about almost anything you could imagine. Customer buying habits, product demand, recruitment, trends, and more can all be analyzed and even predicted by using big data properly. For example, software and applications that track what your customers are saying online can provide invaluable insights into what’s working and what’s not. Companies that ignore this information while making crucial business decisions are missing out on having the most important opinion in the room, the customer’s.

Leveraging big data can improve profitability

Leveraging big data can improve profitability

Knowing how to “mine” big data is a big undertaking, but the process is scalable. If you find yourself working for a small business, you can start by monitoring social media and website traffic. For bigger companies, consider creating a budget to hire professionals who can mine useful data for insights. According to Forbes, when a typical Fortune 1000 company invests in big data and improves data accessibility by 10 per cent, they will see an additional payoff of an astounding $65 million.

Are you interested in taking business courses?

Contact the National Academy of Health and Business today to get started!

3 Tips for Better Business Communication You Can Use in CSW Courses

by Mark Harrington

Students in Community Services Worker College Should Be Clear and Concise

Community service workers (CSWs) play an important role in communities across Canada. CSWs improve the lives of others by providing support services to vulnerable individuals and families. Students looking for a challenging, rewarding, and impactful career will find becoming a CSW a great option.

After CSW training you will be qualified to work for many different organizations. For example, after graduation you may find yourself working at a group home as an addictions worker or at a correctional facility as a life skills coach. No matter the specific role, the nature of the work completed by CSWs requires sensitivity and highly effective communication skills. Having these skills can help you advance in your career and connect with the public more effectively.

Read on to discover three tips for effective communication in the workplace as a CSW.

1. Students in Community Services Worker College Should Be Clear and Concise

While working as a CSW you will communicate constantly throughout your day not only with clients, but also with coworkers, management, and other organizations. In any career it’s important to present yourself as a qualified professional. You can do just that by demonstrating proper business communication skills.

During your training you will take CSW courses that teach the basics of business communication. Business communication can include emails, memos, phone calls, presentations, and more. One important component of good business communication is being concise and to the point. Whether you are communicating within an organization or externally, it’s important to say everything as simply as possible.

Keep your sentences short to make it easier for readers to quickly scan your communication. In business writing, shorter writing is better. A great tip for making sure your message is concise and clear is to identify the purpose of the communication. Does what you wrote fulfill that purpose? Is it free of any other information that could be distracting? If it is, that means it’s effective. Practice asking yourself these questions to make sure that your communications stay on topic, both during your studies and once you begin your career.

2. Students in CSW Courses Should Adjust Their Communication Style to Each Audience

Knowing who you’re speaking to should guide the communication style you use. For example, once you become a community services worker you may find you communicate differently with a young child who has suffered abuse than you would with a troubled teenager. By changing your communication style you can connect with your audience more effectively.

Are you speaking with a company to try to get donations? Perhaps you should adopt a more professional tone. Are you writing to volunteers? Try communicating in an excited and passionate voice. By changing your style and tone, you’ll help make sure that you’re on the same page as your audience.

CSWs should alter their communication style depending on who they are speaking to

CSWs should alter their communication style depending on who they are speaking to

3. Students in CSW Courses Should Place Emphasis on Their Listening Skills

Practicing excellent listening skills is paramount when it comes to business communication. Understandably, it’s easy to fall into the habit of non-active listening when you have many things on your mind. However, in order to foster great relationships with coworkers, other organizations, and your clients, active and attentive listening is necessary.

Some simple methods you can put into practice to help you become a better listener are hiding distractions, like your cell phone or other documents, out of sight while listening. In addition, keeping eye contact during a conversation can improve your active listening skills.

By implementing these skills during your studies and future career you can excel as a CSW and communicator!

Do you want to enroll in community services worker college?

Contact the National Academy of Health and Business today!


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