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Unleash the power of the associate degree

Posted by Anthony Benoit on Jul 29, 2016 1:37:42 PM

Published in the Boston Business Journal
July 29, 2016

Chances are that you, the reader, are college-educated with a bachelor’s degree or higher. After all, Massachusetts leads the 50 states with the highest percentage of college graduates in the U.S. at 54 percent.

No wonder that in our well-educated commonwealth, bachelor’s degrees often seem mandatory, with many employers requiring them. Yet for young people in search of lower-cost, faster tracks to well-paying jobs, and adults looking for a career change, the associate degree is a valuable option.

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Topics: Features, associate degree

Why opticians are in such high demand

Posted by Blair Wong on May 31, 2016 2:00:00 PM

About 85% of people’s experience of the world is through their sight. Opticians play an important role in helping all kinds of people, young and old, to see better, and feel better about themselves.

Opticians are technicians trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, and other devices to correct eyesight. They use prescriptions supplied by ophthalmologists or optometrists, but do not test vision or write prescriptions for visual correction. Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston is the only college in Massachusetts to offer degree programs in opticianry.

From my more than 30 years of experience in the industry, I can confidently say there is a tremendous demand for opticians in Massachusetts and across the nation. From working in hospitals to optical chains and independent boutiques, there have never been so many great job opportunities in the opticianry field. Approximately 95% of our opticianry graduates land a job, and most of our students work while studying, which is part of the college's learn and earn model. Between 2014 and 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates 24 percent employment growth in the opticianry field, which translates into 17,800 new jobs.

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Topics: Features, Eye Health Technology

Health Information Technology is booming in Boston, the hub of healthcare

Posted by Carl Pett on May 10, 2016 4:42:33 PM

Propelled by federal incentives and regulations, hospitals, private practices, and health networks across eastern Massachusetts are implementing new Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems to improve patient care while controlling costs. Since Health Information Technology (Health IT) professionals serve such a critical role as a link between electronic databases and healthcare professionals, they are in very high demand, with hiring expected to grow by 19% in Massachusetts by 2022.

“There are plenty of jobs in Health IT because interoperability is so important,” said Gerald Elysee, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology’s Health IT programs. “There are so many different EHR vendors and standards. The best way to get the full benefits of this new Health IT wave is to have all of these products, software, and devices talk to each other.”

The fact that the Health IT field is booming in Boston should not come as a surprise. After all, Boston is an international hub of healthcare.

The fact that the Health IT field is booming in Boston should not come as a surprise. After all, Boston is an international hub of healthcare, hosting some of the largest and most prestigious medical centers, teaching hospitals, and health systems. Partners HealthCare – which includes hospitals like Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital – recently launched their own information management system, Partners eCare.

Years of planning and testing were performed to ensure a smooth rollout of the system. Behind this rollout are Health IT professionals responsible for designing the software, performing tests, integrating platforms, and maintaining the live applications. Students from BFIT’s Health IT program had the opportunity to work alongside some of these professionals as they completed an internship with Partners eCare this past semester.

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Topics: Features, Health Information Technology

Meet Jonathan: Staying current with an Electrical Technology career

Posted by Carl Pett on Apr 26, 2016 4:00:00 PM

In his senior year at Tyngsboro High School, Jonathan wasn’t sure what he wanted to do for a career or what college he should attend. He enjoyed physics class and building things, especially working with electrical components. “Why don’t you check out Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology?” his grandfather asked, having graduated from the college’s Civil Engineering program in 1960.

Jonathan had never heard of the college, but upon visiting and speaking with faculty, he realized it was the right place for him. “Teachers said hello to everyone and all the students knew each other,” Jonathan said. “If you go to a big school, it’s not going to be as friendly. At BFIT, everyone is working together.”

"Teachers said hello to everyone and all the students knew each other. At BFIT, everyone is working together."

In his Photovoltaic class, he learned about the science and design behind solar panels. The course incorporated lessons that required students to calculate the potential energy produced by the solar panel based on their position and how to perform the installation process. In the National Electrical Code course, instructors with decades of experience in their field shared their expertise.

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Topics: Features, Electrical Technology

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