March 26, 2017

The Power of Getting Involved

My wife and I are in our fourth year of homeschooling our two kids and this year we’ve invested quite a bit more time in getting involved with our local home school organization at the state level. In Indiana, that organization is the Indiana Association of Home Educators. I initially got involved in my usual way, via social media comments and activity, and my wife started participating and regularly visiting the organizations Facebook page and got to know some individuals. We’ve had some close friends we’ve known since getting started in homeschooling that have been regional reps for organization as well.

Earlier this year my wife and I were invited to picnic for the organization where we got to meet many of the other regional reps and their families as well. Putting more names with faces and expanding the views of what we normally only see through a Facebook avatar was a nice benefit. There are truly some great families in Indiana that have not only the best desires for their own family’s education, but to also help promote and drive the effort to make sure other Indiana families have that same freedom and opportunity to pursue homeschooling if they desire as well.

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That event led to more involvement by my wife and I in different groups and then I offered to take a big step and help them out with updating their website (www.iahe.net) and helping them get their arms around all of their social media properties and presence online. Earlier this month we launched the new website and aside from some of the normal hiccups and hurdles along the way, I believe the overall response from everyone has been very positive.

I can tell you from my own experience and seeing the work being done by the board and reps of the IAHE, there’s no better way to support homeschooling in your state than to get behind and informed by your local state organization. Obviously, if you’re a resident of Indiana I highly recommend connecting with IAHE. And, if you’re location in the southern half of Marion County or Johnson County and have questions about homeschooling, just contact my wife and I. We’re officially the new Region 6 Reps for the organization and we’d love to hear from you.

Health Care Reform and the Need for Medical Assistants

Medical AssistantThe changes in health care and federal legislation make 2013 a time of huge change in the medical field. Many practices are making drastic changes in order to comply with national guidelines related to record keeping, insurance issues and billing practice. Staffs are stretched thin and tempers can be short. The need for well-trained medical assistance is increasing, and this is a great time to move into a program to obtain a medical assisting degree.
The field is open to a wide scope of individuals. Young people just finishing high school may find this a good foundation for a future in the medical field, especially if they are interested in moving into the work force early. Some will earn their preliminary degrees in the field and move on into further studies because of their interest. Others may simply want to begin working in order to gain hands-on experience. In either case, this discipline provides an excellent start.

Adults who are struggling with the availability of sufficient work will appreciate the doors that can be opened with a medical assisting degree. The basic preparation for working in a medical setting includes terminology, billing and coding, pharmacology, laboratory skills and medical office management training. A well-rounded program provides the student with versatility in looking for work in the field.

Some online career schools include medical assisting in their distance education programs, making it possible for many non-traditional students to succeed. The computer-based approach provides access to those who live in rural communities. It also allows those who aren’t able to attend classes because of schedule conflicts to pursue their dreams of higher education. Accessibility is necessary if the demand for qualified medical office staff is to be better met. Those who aren’t sure of their interest will also appreciate the fact that online courses provide an introduction without a full-time commitment.

Healthcare needs seem to continue to grow dramatically. Compassionate and competent staff are integral to the success of related practices. As elements of national health care reform continue to be put into place, the need for support workers will continue to increase. Medical assistants affect a patient’s perception of a practice. Professionalism and knowledge are essential, and online studies can provide the opportunity to begin preparing for the field.

Reading List Books Search

Stack of BooksWe’re getting prepped for the upcoming school year and the following books are on my son’s reading list. Curious where you all go to find books for your reading lists? Do you just find them from other private individuals? Is there a local bookstore you frequent? Perhaps an online supplier that can get them for you?

The books that got linked on their title can be found on Amazon apparently.

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