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Category: Career Tips

How Much Do Sonographers Make?

According to O*NET OnLine, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, both job growth and median pay are strong for ultrasound technician professionals. This agency lists an associate's degree in the field — similar to the Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Virginia College — to be the level of education acquired by many in this occupation. Jobs for Ultrasound Technicians are Growing O*NET OnLine reports that employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is projected to grow 22% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Median Pay for Ultrasound Technicians The median annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers, according to the same source, was $67,530 in 2014. Experience, certifications, job title, location and other variables help determine what professionals in this field actually earn. Get Started Today An in-depth education in ultrasound technology can lead to a solid medical career. Get more information about the Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Virginia College by completing the Request More Information form now. Learn more about the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Virginia College

Category: News

Fort Pierce’s Culinard and Mobile’s Kitchen on George Get TV Exposure

Category: Success Stories

Success Story: John - Network Engineer

Category: Press Releases

Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City Hosts "Project Runway" Contestant and Fashion Designer

SHREVEPORT/BOSSIER CITY, La. – January 5, 2015 – Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City is pleased to announce it will host fashion designer and "Project Runway" star Richard Hallmarq on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the campus located at 2950 E. Texas St., Suite C. Hallmarq will visit with students from 10 to 11 a.m. and lead an inspirational conversation with them about their future endeavors and fulfilling their dreams. WHAT: Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City hosts fashion designer Richard Hallmarq WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. WHERE: 2950 E. Texas St., Suite C – Bossier City, LA 71111 "We are so pleased Richard is coming to speak with our students during his visit to Shreveport/Bossier City," says Campus President Melody Rider. "I had the privilege of working with him in the past and am excited for the positive advice and outlook he can provide our students at Virginia College." From his first runway show in 2004, to presenting well-received collections at San Francisco Fashion Week, Hallmarq has achieved acclaim for his designs as well as tapping into his passion for art and music. Since obtaining a degree in Fashion Design in 2009 from International Academy of Design and Technology, Hallmarq has found success by creating remarkable inroads in fashion, particularly his connections to other celebrities in various art forms, including musicians, writers and models. His exposure has been a key influence in shaping the garments he produces today. Hallmarq will also be the keynote speaker at The Red Hanger on Jan. 29, an annual fundraising event that benefits Dress for Success. "Richard's talent has become more widely known, and we are so proud to have him share his industry wisdom to our students," Rider says. "His speech will inspire and motivate our students to finish school and actively pursue their dreams. His knowledge in regards to marketing himself, working through hardships against all odds and overall business savvy will serve as an inspiration to our students." Hallmarq was also a cast member on the Emmy-nominated television series "Project Runway" Season 11. His strict attention to fit and detail take his preferred textile, Jersey Knit, from simplicity to luxury. For more information about Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City, visit vc.edu/Shreveport or contact the school directly at (318) 741-8020.  About Virginia College and Education Corporation of America Birmingham, Ala.,-based Education Corporation of America (ECA) is a leader in the post-secondary career school market with current enrollment of over 19,000 students. Holdings include Virginia College, founded in 1983, a private institution of higher education that offers non-degree and associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in 27 different cities in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. ECA also offers classes online via vc.edu/online and operates Golf Academy of America schools in California, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas and Florida, and Ecotech Institute in Colorado. These schools are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) which is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For more information, contact Diane Worthington at diane.worthington@ecacolleges.com or (205) 329-7911.

Category: Career Tips

Is Cybersecurity a Good Career Choice?

The U.S. government job outlook data and a recent survey of cybersecurity professionals agree: from a pay and/or job growth standpoint, cybersecurity is a good career choice for the right professionals. Information Security Jobs are Growing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook (2014) reports that employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 37% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high as these analysts will be needed to come up with innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or creating havoc on computer networks. The median annual wage for information security analysts, according to the same source, was $86,170 in May 2012. Experience, certifications, job title, location and other variables help determine what professionals in this field actually earn. More Good News for Cybersecurity Professionals A 2013 survey by Semper Secure, a public-private partnership in Virginia formed to advance the cybersecurity profession, offers a glimpse at earnings and educational levels. Cybersecurity professionals reported an average salary of $116,000, or approximately $55.77 per hour. The survey also said that 34% of respondents hold a master's degree in either computer science, mathematics or electrical engineering. The master's in Cybersecurity from Virginia College is an online degree program that is designed to advance your information security career and make you more competitive among your professional peers. The survey was summarized in the August 8, 2013 issue of CIO magazine online. Get Started Today. Get more information about the online master's in Cybersecurity at Virginia College by completing the Request More Information form now. Learn more about the Cybersecurity program from Virginia College

Category: Success Stories

Success Story: Nicole - Pharmacy Technician

Category: News

Culinard Greenville Wins Grant to Expand Sustainable Gardens