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Newsletter April/May 2011

by admin on April 27, 2011

News, Information and Career Advice

April/May 2011

Newsletter April/May 2011 - Child Day Care

Blackstone Announces Its New Child Day Care Program

Blackstone is proud to announce its latest career training program: Child Day Care. If you have ever thought about working with children in a rewarding career, then becoming a child care worker could be the path for you! Child care workers tend to the safety, health, and well being of infants, toddlers, and school-age children. They provide fun and meaningful learning activities that develop a child’s self-esteem, as well as cognitive and physical abilities. You can find employment in a variety of settings, including child care centers, schools, and even your own home.

The employment outlook for child care workers is better than the average for all occupations; according to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment in this field is expected to rise by 11% between 2008 and 2018. Job seekers who are qualified through education and training should have little trouble finding employment. Many factors are considered when calculating salary for child care workers such as location, type of facility, ages of the children, job title, education level and years of experience. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the middle 50 percent of child care workers earn up to $23,504 (or $11.30 per hour). There are also opportunities to open your own home-based day care, which can result in a higher annual salary.

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Private Licensed Schools, and the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, the new program meets the quality educational and business standards of both of these organizations. Like Blackstone’s other career training programs in the allied health and paralegal fields, the Child Day Care Program offers the convenience of studying at home at your own pace and on your own schedule. Our Online Student Center gives you 24-hour access to your records, study materials, payment history and an opportunity to chat with other students.

For more information on this new program, visit our Web site , e-mail us at or call 1-800-826-9228.

Build Your Legal Research Skills Using LexisNexis®

Students enrolling in Blackstone’s Legal Assistant/Paralegal career training program receive a one-year student membership to LexisNexis®, one of the most popular research tools used throughout the legal community. Current paralegals and other legal professionals also have the opportunity to receive training in online legal research through our Foundations of Legal Research Using LexisNexis® Certificate Course. Whether you are new to the profession or have been working as a paralegal for many years, it is important to keep your legal research skills current and your writing skills refined. Our courses will provide you with the opportunity to build your expertise and learn what you need to succeed on the job.

Both the Legal Assistant/Paralegal program and Foundations of Legal Research course can be completed online and include study materials on legal research and writing, as well as completion of the Paralegal Certificate of Mastery Program. If you are already a certified paralegal, this can lead to CLE credit in many states (check with your state’s paralegal association). Topics covered in the Paralegal Certificate of Mastery Program include instruction on initial case analysis; cite checking with Shepard’s; drafting legal documents; and searching public records, news, company and financial information sources.

Using LexisNexis®, the leading online legal, news, and business information service for paralegals and lawyers, you will get fast and accurate information─a must when working on tight deadlines. As a Blackstone student, you are entitled to one-on-one LexisNexis® training that fits your skill level and needs, along with access to resources that will unlock the potential of the research tools available to you at®. Learn to harness the power of LexisNexis® by signing up for Blackstone’s Foundations of Legal Research Using LexisNexis® course today!

For those looking to start a career as a paralegal, Blackstone’s Legal Assistant/Paralegal program provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to be successful and land your first job in the field. Both courses offer an interest-free payment plan.

Certification Available for Medical Office Assistant Graduates

If you are a current Blackstone student or graduate of the Medical Office Assistant Program, there is now a certification exam available to meet your professional development needs. The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) has recently approved Blackstone’s Medical Office Assistant Program. What does this mean for you? Graduates now have the opportunity to sit for a national certification exam, showing current and potential employers their commitment to the profession.

NCCT has been certifying individuals since 1989, allowing test-takers to demonstrate their competency in the skills, knowledge and abilities used by healthcare and allied health professionals on the job. Exam question categories include law and ethics, insurance, medical terminology, and office procedures. Exams are given at approved testing centers all over the country. For more information on how to register for the Medical Office Assistant certification exam, contact Blackstone at 800-826-9228. To visit the NCCT website, go to

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Did You Know?

Spring Ahead … April is a wild ride of wind, sun, rain, warmth and cold, teasing many with the feeling that good weather is soon to come. At some point, we have all heard the saying “April showers bring May flowers.”

This rhyme stems from a poem written in 1557 by Thomas Tusser, an English poet and farmer, best known for his instructional book Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. In the April Husbandry section he wrote:

Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers

Today’s saying “April showers bring May flowers” has many hidden meanings. It is an example of the spring cycle of renewal that many parts of the Earth go through. It is a reminder that something unpleasant can bring about something enjoyable. It is a lesson in patience in that many of life’s greatest experiences come to those who wait. Spring represents a change of season: a season of rebirth, hope, transformation and new beginnings. William Shakespeare described this month best when he wrote “April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”

Some may know the flower of April is the daisy (or sweet pea) and the diamond is the gemstone for the month.

Here are some interesting trivia facts about April you may not know.

  • April is national Poetry month in the United States.
  • The American Revolutionary War began on April 19, 1775.
  • On April 3, 1860 the Pony Express began.
  • On April 9, 1865 General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army, surrendered to U.S. Grant and the official end of the American Civil War took place.
  • April 15, 1912 R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg and sank.
  • On April 30, 1939 television was first publicly broadcast from the Empire State Building.
  • In April of 1955, the first McDonalds opened.
  • April is Autism awareness month.
  • Earth Day is celebrated on April 22.
  • April 23rd is the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birthday.

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