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Looking to Enter the Healthcare Field in 2018?

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 15, 2018

Due to a continuously growing demand for healthcare services, healthcare job opportunities continue to be among the fastest growing in the nation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, out of the 20 fastest growing jobs in the United States, 11 of those positions are in healthcare.

Employees are needed for all levels of positions, from entry-level to high-level administrators. People from unique backgrounds and with a variety of skills and life experiences are vital to ensure all community members receive quality healthcare.

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers

3 Steps to Drive Organizational Change in a Non-Management Role

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on March 14, 2018

Organizational change is almost always difficult, and if you’re trying to encourage it from a non-leadership or non-management position, it can be even more challenging. However, there are strategies that can help you be successful in persuading others to adopt change.

PCC CLIMB offers a variety of classes in leadership skills, relationship management and networking that can help you be more effective when working with others to advance your ideas. In this post, we’ll take a look at three specific ways you can drive organizational change, even if you’re in a non-management role.

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Topics: Professional Development

What’s the Difference Between a Bookkeeper and an Accountant?

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on March 08, 2018

When it comes to starting a business, there are few roles as important as your bookkeeper and accountant. Sound bookkeeping and accounting are vital for small businesses to get up and running, and to maintain their financial stability.

Bookkeeping and accounting professionals perform a number of tasks that are essential for your business, including having your books in order, staying in compliance, filing taxes on time and correctly, managing payroll, and more. If you’re considering starting a new business or are already in the beginning stages, you might be concerned that you don’t have the right professional to manage them. Do you need an accountant or a bookkeeper to take on these crucial functions?

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Topics: Small Business

Understanding the Symptoms and Behavior of Dementia

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on February 27, 2018

As more people in an aging population suffer from dementia, it’s important for healthcare providers to understand how to care for and communicate with these patients. You can improve your caregiving skills with Portland Community College Aging Adult courses.

Dementia is not just one health condition; it’s a collection of conditions that can impact memory and brain function so severely that it affects a person’s daily life. These conditions may include:

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Topics: Healthcare, Aging Adult

Are You Looking at Things From All Angles? 7 Steps to Take When Making a Tough Decision

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on February 15, 2018

One of the most important life skills a business professional can develop is the ability to make smart and informed decisions. Both logic and emotion play a role in the process, but in order to accurately identify your options and choose the right solution, you need to explore things from all angles.

In this post, we’ll take a look at the process for how to make a tough decision and how you can feel more confident about your decision-making skills.

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Topics: Professional Development

How to Start Your Encore Business

For people ready for a second act in life, an encore entrepreneurship may be the perfect choice. Whether you’re retired, unemployed, or looking for some extra income, joining the ranks of entrepreneurs over 50 can be a great opportunity to pursue a business that’s always interested you. Or you may choose to dip your toe in the water of the many unexplored opportunities you never had time for. In this post, we’ll discuss how to get started with an encore business.

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Topics: Encore Entrepreneurship

Business Profile: Garnish Apparel

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on January 18, 2018

Garnish apparel is the brain child of chief designer and store owner Erica Lurie. They are located in the Pearl District of NW Portland, OR and feature "designed in house, made in Portland" fashion apparel for women. 

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Topics: Small Business, Business Profiles

How Integrative Medicine Can Help Answer the Opioid Crisis

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on January 16, 2018

Integrative medicine combines Western approaches to medicine with more traditional ways of caring for the body and mind. These practices, when used together, can improve a patient’s quality of life. For instance, cancer patients often need treatment with chemotherapy, a type of Western medicine. However, they can also benefit from nutrition therapy and acupuncture, which can help them keep their energy up and experience less pain.

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Topics: Healthcare, Integrative Healthcare

How to Set Professional Goals for Yourself in 2018

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on January 09, 2018

A vital element for any successful career is setting professional goals. Both long-term and short-term career goals will help you develop a roadmap that will guide you in everything from choosing a career to achieving success. In this post, we’ll discuss ways you can formulate goals that you can stick to and achieve to advance your career in 2018.

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Topics: Professional Development

Top 7 Misconceptions About Working in Healthcare

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on December 28, 2017

Of the top 20 fastest growing jobs in the United States, over half are healthcare positions. From occupational therapists to home health aides, physical therapy assistants to physicians, there’s a huge demand for healthcare workers in all areas of the field.

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Topics: Healthcare