Monday, December 19, 2011
Did you know that you have eight to twelve more teeth as an adult than as a kid? Until you reach about six years old, you have 20 primary or "baby" teeth. Then, they start falling out (and the tooth fairy comes) and are replaced with adult teeth. Most adults have all 28 permanent teeth by their late teens. Then, around age 20, four more teeth usually come in the "wisdom teeth." Hopefully before this happens you've been to the dentist a few times already! Chances are, you started getting dental check-ups as a young child. Perhaps you've been going to the same one for years. This means that you probably know your hygienist well. Dental hygienists are a very important part of your dental care. You may even know your hygienist more than your dentist!
The primary goal of dental hygiene is preventative care. Dental hygienists discuss general health issues with patients and update dental charts. They inspect patients' teeth for deposits and decay, and look for any shrinkage or disease in the gums. They look to see if the gums and lymph nodes under the chin show any swelling or other signs of cancer. When x-rays need updating, or when there are new patients, hygienists take x-rays. They take great care to position the camera at different angles around the head and mouth. They also develop film for dentists to use as they diagnose problems and plan treatments.
Hygienists use dental instruments to clean plaque and various stains from teeth, in preparation for the dentist. Part of that preparation may include applying numbing agents to a patient's gums. They do this so the dentist may administer an injection with the least amount of discomfort to the client. Some hygienists are licensed to administer local anesthesia. Hygienists also apply fluoride to children's teeth.
Finally, dental hygienists perform finish work on certain procedures so the dentist can go on to the next patient. Examples include cleanings, scalings, applying sealants, and root planings. They report what work they do to the dentist, including any other concerns they may find. They counsel clients about dental health. They may teach dental health education for school children and other members of the community.
*WORK WITH DENTISTS, ASSISTANTS AND MOSTLY, PATIENTS.
*CLEAN TEETH AND EDUCATE PATIENTS ABOUT DENTAL CARE
*WEAR UNIFORMS, LAB JACKETS OR OTHER SAFETY GEAR
*MOST TRAINING PROGRAMS ARE 2 YEARS
*MUST HOLD A LICENSE
*MEDIAN SALARY IN OHIO $62,500
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The first step in getting Financial Aid for college is to become familiar with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). At the recent financial aid night sponsored by the CHS guidance department, parents were given information about how to begin the often confusing process of filing the FAFSA. Here are some tips to get you started:
The FAFSA can be completed online or by mail. It is much easier to complete online. You will only have to answer questions that apply to you, and there are interactive instructions and live help. Even better, your application is submitted instantly.
The earliest you can submit your FAFSA application is January 1st. The final deadline is usually in June, but if you wait that long you will miss out on some financial aid. Many schools and states have earlier deadlines, so it’s a good idea to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible.
There are companies that offer to fill out the FAFSA for you — and charge a steep fee. Don’t pay anyone to help you fill out the FAFSA! You will have to provide all of the same information, and will fill out very similar forms. There is even a chance that you will miss out on aid if the company is missing information from you or makes mistakes.
To complete the FAFSA:
- Decide which schools you are interested in and apply for admission.
- Find each school's Federal School Code to enter on the FAFSA. Search for codes at:
- Gather the information you will need to fill out the FAFSA. Print out and use the list at:
- Print and complete the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet at:
- Apply for your PIN so you can sign your FAFSA and view your Student Aid Report online.
- Fill out and submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st at:
To see a video of how easy it is to complete the FAFSA, visit:
You can get a head start by filling out the FAFSA4caster at any time before you apply. The information you enter into the FAFSA4caster can be transferred to the FAFSA. It's located at:
Request your Personal Identification Number (PIN) before you fill out the FAFSA. It isn’t required, but using a PIN will speed up the process and get your information to schools faster.
You can use your PIN to sign and submit the FAFSA electronically and view your Student Aid Report (SAR) online. If you submit the FAFSA online, you’ll receive your SAR in less than a week by email. If you mail in your signature, it can take up to four weeks! Still not sure it’s worth the trouble? You will also need a PIN to update your FAFSA after you file your taxes.
To apply for your own PIN, go to:
After You Apply
If you apply online and sign using a PIN, you’ll receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) in about a week. If you are accepted into the schools you list on your FAFSA, they will offer you financial aid packages. These offers may consist of federal, state, and private funds in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans. Check out each section to learn
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Fire investigators determine the origin and causes of fires.
If everything is burned in a fire, how can you tell what caused it? While this is a sensible question, the truth is that there are many things left behind after a fire. Chemical residues, such as gasoline, are easily detected. Arson fires typically burn much hotter and faster, which affects the type of debris left behind. Burn patterns can also tell quite a bit.
There are several ways to investigate a fire. Investigators look for burn patterns. They use "air sampling machines" to detect gases, or use sniffing dogs. Wiring can be checked to see if it was improperly put together. And last but not least, witnesses can provide valuable information about the fire, including when it started and how it changed. Often, fire fighters become witnesses.
Fire investigators work on cases where the cause of a fire may be arson (intentional fires) or criminal negligence (neglect of the property). Investigators take photos of fire damage. They examine fire sites and collect evidence of possible causes of fires. Fire investigators test sites and materials to find out the facts. For example, they test burn patterns and flash points. A flash point is the lowest temperature at which a vapor will ignite. In addition, fire investigators interview witnesses. They also talk to property owners and building occupants. They have the authority to subpoena people to testify if necessary.
Next, fire investigators analyze the evidence and try to determine the probable causes of fires. Fire investigators keep records of known arsonists in their area. They compare the arson methods in new cases against the methods these arsonists have used in the past. They prepare reports of the results of their investigations. Fire investigators have the authority to swear out warrants and arrest suspects. They may also testify in court about fire cases.
Some fire investigators investigate their own fire departments. They search for neglect or violation of laws by employees. Some fire investigators educate the public, particularly children, about the dangers of fire.
- Examine the cause fires
- Evaluate evidence and prepare reports
- Have experience as a firefighter, or college level training
- Work for local and state government agencies
- Median salary for Ohio $50,200.00 per year
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
- Students may not request changes for teacher, trimester or class period preference.
- Seniors may not drop a class to obtain early release.
- Required courses may not be dropped.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Respiratory therapists evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders.
Did you know that an average, healthy adult can take in over three liters of air in a single breath? Or, that the average person will breathe 23,040 times during 24 hours? That's 69,120 liters of air in a day! That is, if you are healthy. Unfortunately, many people have trouble breathing, whether they have asthma or are recovering from surgery. Respiratory therapists are the people who treat those who need help breathing.
Respiratory therapists treat all types of patients. Sometimes they care for infants whose lungs are not fully developed. More often they care for elderly people whose lungs are diseased. In some cases, they give care during patient emergencies.
Respiratory therapists usually evaluate new patients before they treat them. They test patients' lung capacity by having them breathe into an instrument that measures oxygen. They compare the reading with the norm for that patient's age, height, weight, and sex. Therapists also use a blood gas analyzer. This machine measures the levels of oxygen and acidity in patients' blood. They talk to patients and explain to them everything they are doing. This makes patients feel comfortable and helps them to cooperate. Respiratory therapists follow doctors' orders when they treat patients. They monitor patients' conditions, and consult with the doctor if there are bad reactions. They may also make treatment decisions.
Respiratory therapists operate many different devices to treat patients. For example, they connect patients to ventilators by inserting a tube down their windpipe. Then they set the rate and volume of oxygen that will flow into patients' lungs. Some patients use ventilators and other life support systems at home. Therapists teach patients how to use them and check the equipment.
Respiratory therapists also perform chest physiotherapy to remove mucus from patients' lungs. They place patients in positions to help drain mucus. Then they vibrate their rib cage and tell patients when to cough. When their lungs are clear, therapists may administer inhalants. An inhalant is a liquid medicine mixed with gas. Therapists teach patients how to inhale properly so the medicine is most effective.
Respiratory therapists maintain patients' charts as they treat them. They record the results of evaluations and all treatment notes. They may also keep separate records of materials they use and the charges to patients. They make sure that all safety precautions are followed. In addition, therapists with experience may train and supervise new therapists and other staff.
Respiratory therapists sometimes have tasks that fall outside their typical role. They may perform procedures that test heart and lung function, such as stress tests. They may also draw blood samples from patients.
~Treat patients of all ages using a variety of therapy and treatments.
~Work hours may vary: days, nights, weekends, holidays.
~Often work under the supervision of a doctor.
~Train through a two or four year program. Must have a license.
~Median salary in Ohio $51,400.00
~Very in demand field, and continually growing.
For more in formation about a career in Respiratory Therapy, or any health related occupation visit the Ohio Career Information website: (OCIS)
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Friday, November 4, 2011
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Monday, October 24, 2011
Human resources managers plan and direct policies about employees.
In a company of 100 people, there will be a variety of employees who perform many different tasks. There might be a shipping manager, a chief financial officer, the head product designer, and the receptionist. There might also be a director of communications, the lead researcher, and the tech support specialist. All these employees manage different parts of the company. But who, then, manages all the people? Human resources managers, that's who.
Human resources managers in large companies often work in one of several areas. These include employment, pay and benefits, or labor relations. Their tasks are many and varied. Human resources managers plan and direct the work of staff. They develop policies for recruiting, testing, and placing new employees in their jobs. Sometimes managers have to do difficult things, such as fire employees, settle disagreements, or help the company manage when they don't have enough employees.
In addition, they evaluate policies and training programs. They also make sure employees have the required information about their benefit and retirement plans. They regularly discuss benefits, pension plans, and policies with employees. They also post notices for jobs so applicants can apply. Human resources managers also conduct orientations for new staff and exit interviews for staff who leave. They also prepare budgets for their programs.
Human resources managers keep records and write reports. For example, they prepare forecasts of employment needs, using statistical data to make decisions. They prepare information for staff about pay or benefits. They develop ways to improve employment policies and give reports to officers. Human resources managers also write manuals for managers about topics such as how to avoid discrimination. They investigate work accidents and write reports. They also write termination notices when employees are fired.
Human resources managers have many other duties. They contract with vendors to provide employee services. They represent the company at personnel hearings. Some human resources managers work in the area of labor relations. They study laws and decisions about labor contracts to assess trends. They also negotiate new labor contracts and resolve disputes.
Human resources managers who specialize in training perform many of the same tasks as other human resources managers. In addition, they set training policies and schedules. They train instructors and supervisors. They write training manuals and create visual aids. In some industries, training managers interpret policies on apprenticeship programs. They also provide information to trainees and labor representatives.
Career Overview for Human Resource Managers
Often work in employment, pay and benefits, or labor relations
Keep records and write reports
Work with supervised staff, other managers, and directors
Typically work a standard work week
Are knowledgeable about labor laws
Have a bachelor's degree
Earn $81,220 - $94,950 per year (Ohio median)
To find out more about a career in Human Resource Management or research colleges and universities that offer this major go to the Ohio Career Information System website (OCIS) User Name: celinahs Password: ohiocis03
Thursday, October 20, 2011
It's time for juniors to spring into action. Ideally, high school juniors have already been thinking about college and investigating choices, but now is the time for action. As a parent, you know time goes by very quickly. This year's graduating seniors would agree.
- Continue to take challenging courses. When registering for senior year, they shouldn't just sign up for easy courses because that will hurt chances for college admission. Also, students who go the easy route will pay when they arrive at college and can't handle the coursework.
- Begin to make a preliminary list of colleges to investigate further. Use the Internet to check out college websites. A great resource for CHS students and parents is the Ohio Career Information System website: http://ocis.ode.state.oh.us/
- Fill out a college comparison worksheet. ACT offers one to download at the junior year college planning checklist.
- Make plans to visit colleges this spring when classes are in session.
- Create a record of academic and extracurricular activities. Like a resume, list all honors and club, athletic and volunteer activities, including dates and notable achievements. A complete record will help when filling out applications in the months to come.
- Have a Social Security number—or get one as soon as possible. It will be needed for college applications.
- Register for the ACT test. Juniors should be academically ready to take it by spring of this year. If not, they should plan to take it in the summer or fall, work hard in school and check out ACT's free practice questions.
- Check into applying to college online.
- Begin investigating scholarship opportunities.
- For more great resources visit: http://www.act.org/path/parent/
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
As a new feature of our blog, we will be highlighting a different career every few weeks. To begin our career information spotlight, we will look at the job of accountants and auditors. Accountants and auditors assemble, analyze, and check the accuracy of financial information.
In the context of history, accounting may seem like a newer profession. After all, didn't people just barter or make their own goods? Wrong! Currency and taxes have been around for centuries. In fact, the system of "double entry" bookkeeping was invented between 1200 and 1350 A.D. in Italy. This method of accounting allows you to record both debits and credits and keeps your records accurate.
There are four major fields in accounting-public, management, government, and internal auditing. Accountants share some tasks across these four fields. However, they work for different clients and have some unique tasks. Within each of the four fields, accountants often specialize in one area.
Public accountants have their own businesses or work for accounting firms. Their clients are individuals or businesses. Public accountants provide accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting services. For example, they examine business operations such as revenues and costs. They go over financial records to make sure the information is correct. They also may develop accounting systems for clients. In order to do that, they first must learn each client's accounting needs.
Management accountants work for corporations. These accountants work as part of their company's management team and help make decisions. They give the team advice about how certain financial changes may affect the company. They record and analyze the business's financial information. In addition, they create budgets and manage costs and assets. Management accountants are also called corporate or private accountants.
Government accountants maintain and examine the records of government agencies. Government accounting differs from other types of accounting. This is because they must follow special procedures and regulations. Accountants in this area may write reports for government officials. Government auditors check the tax records of businesses and individuals.
Internal auditors generally work for a company. They check that the company's financial records are correct. They also check for waste or fraud and help find ways to prevent financial loss. Internal auditors also make sure that company operations are efficient.
Accountants and auditors may use special accounting software. They also must know the rules and regulations for their area of accounting. Both the rules and the software change frequently. Thus, accountants and auditors must regularly take training to keep their skills up to date.
ACCOUNTING CAREERS at a GLANCE:
- Must have a bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or related field.
- Must have good analytical and math skills.
- May work long hours from Jan. - April
- Need a license to practice as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
- Ohio median income $67,000.00 per year
Monday, October 17, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
- Talk with someone (faculty and/or students) in the area your plan to major in. Ask about the requirements to get into the program. Find out what classes you will need. If possible, talk with students in this program and attend a class.
- Meet with someone in the financial aid office. Ask about deadlines! What type of aid is available. What can you do to maximize your opportunities for financial aid?
- Gather resources such as: a student handbook, housing information, information about recreational activities such as clubs and sports, a schedule for tutoring services or other academic support, information about special programs such as study abroad, honors courses or co-ops.
- Ask about post-college placement services. Many colleges have a department that assists students in finding a job after graduation. Check out what resources are available and how they may be accessed.
- Eat on campus! Find out what the food service is really like! You will be eating there for four years!
- Talk with students on campus. Most will be more than willing to tell you about their experience!
- While you are there, ask yourself "Can I picture myself here?" This is so vital in choosing the right fit for you!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
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- get feedback about current academic skills
- identify areas of weakness and get suggestions for improvement
- seek information from colleges
- initiate the college search process
- gain experience with timed/standardized testing
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The start of a new academic year means it is time for new year resolutions. Here are a few words of advice from "www.mymajors.com" that can help get you off to the best start possible and make this your most successful year yet.
1. It's easier to keep up than to catch up. Keep up with your class work, keep up with studying, keep up with important dates, keep up with your grades. If you find yourself falling behind or getting confused, please talk with your teachers to get some help to be able to keep up.
2. Take the time to be organized. It's difficult to put everything in exactly the right place when rushing between classes, but take some time at least weekly to clean out your backpack and binders. The easier it is to find what you need the less frustrated you’ll be and the more likely it is that you’ll perform better in school.
3. Memorize your multiplication tables. This might be an elementary school skill, but this is one of the most important mathematical skills to build. Whether you’re in elementary school, middle school, or high school, make flashcards and memorize these facts.
4. Remember, the most important book to read is whatever book your English teacher just assigned. Don't bluff your way through literature assignments; don't watch the movie instead of read the book, those never work. It might help to get the books on tape or CD to use along with reading the book, but don’t skip the reading.
5. Do exactly what your teachers ask for in their assignments. Unfortunately many students receive lower than expected grades on assignments because they thought they had a different or better way of doing something. There's a reason the teacher asked for the work to be done a certain way, so follow their instructions exactly.
6. Start exploring your post-secondary options so you know how to plan your high school career. If you're going to college, check the admission requirements early in your high school career to determine if your dream schools require two or three years of foreign language. Will you need to take physics for a career you’re considering? If you want to go into medicine then plan on taking science all four years. Advanced planning, well before your senior year, is critical to being admitted to college and succeeding once you get there. If you're not going to college perhaps your high school offers courses to help you prepare for the job market you're interest in joining. Take those classes.
7. Put your education first, other activities second. As a student your "job" is to go to school, learn the material, and prepare yourself for your future. True, there are important skills and lessons to learn from extracurricular activities and part-time jobs, but if you’ve completed your homework and studying first you'll be able to enjoy those activities more because you won't have to worry about not getting your schoolwork completed.
8. Get involved. Have a good time. Don't miss out on something and regret it later. Your school years present opportunities for you to try new activities, meet new people, and have a lot of fun. If you’re curious about something that looks like fun, and it is safe and doesn’t break any rules, try it.
9. Be nice and smile. You'll make more friends, enjoy school more, and make others feel good just simply by being nice. This includes being nice to other students, to the teachers, to other faculty members, to the secretaries, custodians, everyone around you. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life, be nice to those students who have few friends, are new to the school, or seem particularly sad. It’s never wrong to be nice.
10. No matter what, be true to yourself. If the people around you are pressuring you to do something you are uncertain about or really don't want to do, please don’t give in. You know what is right and what is wrong, follow your instincts, they're usually right.
Monday, January 24, 2011
- Information on over 5,000 different occupations including: preparation requirements, salary expectations, and predicted job openings.
- Self-assessments and interest inventories to guide students toward prospective careers.
- A "College Search" assessment to help students determine which college may best suit their individual needs.
- Links to over 20,000 colleges, technical schools and trade schools.
- Information about scholarships and financial aid.
- Tips for resume writing, job search and interview skills.
- And much more!!
To access this site go to: www.ocis.org
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