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My Experience in Herzing's MOA Diploma Program

Sep 23, 2019 12:46:02 PM

Photo: Priscilla Grant on graduation day from the Medical Office Administration program at Herzing College Ottawa

Wondering what it's like to become a medical office administrator (MOA)? Want to know more about training, careers, and getting started in this field?

Who better to talk to than Priscilla Grant? Priscilla recently completed the Medical Office Administrator program at Herzing College Ottawa.

She went straight into a full-time medical office position after graduation, and has transitioned very smoothly into her new career.

And she did it all while working part-time and caring for two children under the age of 6!

We interviewed Priscilla earlier this month to learn more about her story, and see how things are going at work.

Find out what Priscilla thought of Herzing's MOA program, her most and least favourite parts of training, and how she landed such a great job at Carefor Health and Community Services.

Here are the highlights from our conversation.

Your Quick Guide to the New Occupational Health and Safety Program

Sep 19, 2019 1:35:44 PM

Herzing College Ottawa is happy to announce a brand new diploma program called Occupational Health and Safety. It’s 11 months total, including an 8-week internship. We already offer this program in Toronto and Winnipeg, and are excited to add it to the Ottawa campus. 

Do Occupational Health & Safety Officers Really Save Lives? Yes...Here’s How

Sep 9, 2019 9:56:19 AM

Updated November 2022

Accidents on job sites and work-related deaths are a major problem in Canada. The latest numbers from the Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada say over 900 people died on the job in 2020.  

Every year on April 28th, Canada observes a national day of mourning for workplace tragedies. This day serves to remind us of the pain and suffering caused by job site injuries and deaths—to families, loved ones, and entire communities. 

It’s also a stark reminder that many of these accidents are preventable.  

Want to Work in Accounting and Payroll? 5 Steps to Take First

Sep 6, 2019 1:08:56 PM

What’s it really like to work in accounting and payroll? Will you feel happy in this role? What about job opportunities where you live—how hard will it be to find your first job? 

All good questions for anyone considering a career in this field. If you’re thinking about investing in accounting and payroll training, you need answers to these questions before you get started. 

That’s what this post is all about. These are the first 5 steps you should take, and the things you should know, before you start training and commit to this career path. 

Meet Pauline: Becoming a Personal Support Worker Changed My Life

Aug 27, 2019 1:14:28 PM

Pauline Hughes-Derome, Personal Support Worker student at Herzing College Ottawa

At 58 years old, Pauline Hughes-Derome figured it was too late to change careers. And at her age, she assumed going back to school wasn't even an option.

After all, she already had a stable job in accounting, years of business experience, and no reason to make a move. 

But then everything changed when her sister got cancer, and Pauline became her primary care-giver. 

Meet David: Computer Networking Grad Lands the Perfect Job

Jun 27, 2019 10:10:09 AM

David Thibodeau on graduation day at Herzing College Ottawa (Computer Networking Technology Program)

You really never know where life will take you. Most people switch jobs several times before settling into the right position. Others head back to school later in life to learn a completely new set of skills—and end up in a career they never imagined.

David Thibodeau is a perfect case in point. He started a career in computer technology 10 years ago, gave it up to work in construction—and then found himself back at Herzing last year, studying tech all over again!

9 Skills You Need to Become a Personal Support Worker

May 28, 2019 2:33:58 PM

Personal Support Worker students pose for a class photo at Herzing College in Ottawa (2019)

Updated June, 2021.

Looking for a health care career that doesn't require years of training, but allows you to make a huge difference in people's lives?

Becoming a personal support worker (PSW) could be your ideal choice.

You can earn a PSW diploma in just 9 months. By the time you graduate, you'll have all the skills needed to get hired at a hospital, long term care facility, or home-care company.

Computer Networking Ranked Top Tech Career in Canada

May 16, 2019 2:34:33 PM

Did you know that Canada's tech sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the country? We've emerged as a global leader in specialties like AI, clean tech, and cloud services—just to name a few.

Which parts of Canada are the hottest for IT careers right now?

Well, the latest CBRE Tech Talent Scoreboard shows Toronto is North America's fastest-growing tech market. But, several other Canadian cities are also beginning to dominate.

For example, Ottawa is rising quickly as a top destination for technology training and careers. Competing with 50 other North American cities, Ottawa ranked a very impressive #13 for tech growth.

Pros & Cons of Becoming a Personal Support Worker: Should You Go For It?

May 13, 2019 11:01:03 AM

Photo: Personal Support Worker students pose for a class picture at Herzing College Ottawa (2019)

Updated June, 2021

What's inspiring you to become a personal support worker (PSW)? In our experience working with PSW students, there's usually a couple of key reasons people gravitate toward this career.

One is the high demand for PSWs in Ontario and throughout many parts of Canada. If you're looking for a stable health care career, this is an excellent choice.

Our aging population is expected to continue creating jobs for PSWs well into the future.

Another top motivator is the one-to-one time personal support workers get to spend with clients. If you're looking for more than "just a job" and want to make a real connection with people, PSW is the obvious choice.

But, like all careers, becoming a personal support worker comes with certain challenges. What should you know before you invest in training, and start down this path?

Take a look at the most common pros and cons of working as a personal support worker, and see if this role is right for you.

Herzing Partners with Big Jump: Animation Students Get Studio Experience & Job Opportunities

Apr 17, 2019 3:12:18 PM

Herzing College partners with leading animation studio, Big Jump Entertainment, to offer students internships, training, and jobs

Did you know that Ottawa is one of the hottest cities in Canada for animation? Ottawa is home to 7 major studios, employs at least 1000 animators, and creates amazing content for iconic production companies, like Disney and Marvel.

And we're just getting started. Ottawa is quickly gaining a reputation for world-class animation talent. Local studios are getting more work, and seeking to expand—the only problem is finding trained animators to hire.

Demand is overtaking supply, and the city is experiencing a serious shortage of animation professionals. Cory Morrison is one of the founders of Big Jump Entertainment, and is seeing this phenomenon unfold on the front lines.

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