Thursday, February 28, 2013

TRIO SSS Student of the Month-December 2012: Kyle Heltemes

We congratulate Kyle Heltemes on being Trio Student of the Month for December 2012. Kyle was nominated for this honor because of his hard work and dedication to his courses, his use of the Trio program's advising and campus visits, and his dedication to figuring out what he would like to do for a career.

With Kyle’s strong GPA and rigorous courseload, he has proven to be a strong student through dedication and resourcefulness, makes good use of tutoring, and has good communication with his instructors.

Kyle plans a career with Electrical Engineering, which he has always been interested in, or Computer Networking, a newer interest. Whichever path he chooses, we are confident in his success. Congratulations, Kyle, on being Trio Student Support Services’ Student of the Month. We wish you all the best in your continued success, and we look forward to continuing to work with you throughout your educational journey.

Monday, February 25, 2013

I Want To Be An Engineer---Just for the Hat

What is an engineer?

This person could be someone who drives a train...but for a short definition, an engineer is someone who uses math and science to invent things and solve problems.

If you enjoy a lot of math and science and solving problems, engineering might be a good career path for you. Through middle and high school, it's suggested that you take plenty of math and science courses, that is, more than you are required to, in addition to building design, pre-algebra, geometry, chemistry, and any courses in engineering concepts that might be offered. Challenge yourself with puzzles. You can also seek out opportunities to explore engineering when you are off school in summers and weekends. Internships can be helpful to be sure that engineering is for you.

Here are some engineering careers:

Aerospace--these engineers design spacecraft including all systems within a spacecraft. They may also design satellites.

Architectural--these engineers design buildings and the systems that help run them, such as heating and cooling, electrical, water, lighting, and safety.

Bioengineers--help find ways to prevent or cure diseases by manipulating the way cells work.

Civil--these engineers work for communities, helping to make sure the infrastructure is safe and up-to-date, making sure the community's drinking water is safe, as well as city planning and roads. Civil engineers can help plan transit systems and plan for traffic control as well.

Computer--this type of engineer may work on new programming, computer games, problem-solving, and also fraud.

Speaking of problem-solving, check out this the end, it's a commercial...but the process is what is fascinating to watch:

And what about this one involving getting an egg from one place to another: How creative would you be?

Electrical--this type of engineer designs and helps build electrical systems.

Industrial--this type of engineer would help a manufacturer find the best ways to produce a product. He or she may design a robotic device, a machine to produce a part, or a way to reduce pollution at a manufacturing plant, as examples.

Nuclear--this type of engineer makes sure that nuclear energy is safe.

Check out this video, with people working in the engineering field---it has everything from wind power, automobile design, Disney World, Hershey's, and hospital technology, to NASA. (It is a marketing video, but it will open your eyes to the many careers you could have in engineering)

Colleges in Minnesota offering engineering courses include: University of MN-Twin Cities; Winona State University; St Cloud State University, St Thomas University, and Bemidji State University. Check out what types of engineering are offered at these and other colleges by calling or visiting their websites.
If you have other questions about a career in engineering, check out this website for interviews with both working engineers and students of engineering for their words of advice:

Monday, February 11, 2013

Careers in Pharmacy

Have you thought about becoming a pharmacist? Here are some facts you may or may not know:

There are different kinds of pharmacists, including....

Academic Pharmacists - These are instructors in the field of Pharmacy Science.

Armed Services - These are people serving in the military as pharmacists, who may work with injured or ill servicemen and women, or may work on research of biological terrorism.

Industry - These are pharmacists who are sales reps for drug manufacturers. They usually travel to clinics and hospitals to let them know of new products available to treat their patients. If your doctor has ever given you a sample of a drug to try, it most likely came from a pharmacy sales rep.

Science/Research Pharmacists - these are the people who develop new drugs, including finding drugs to target a specific condition and testing them to be sure they are safe, and what side effects they produce.

The most common kind of pharmacist, however, is called a Community Pharmacist, because he or she works right in your community at local drug stores and the pharmacy department of stores like Target, Walmart, Cub, etc.

Coursework to become a pharmacist will include biology, chemistry, anatomy & physiology, biochemistry, ethics, physics, natural science, math, and business administration, as well as social sciences and humanities.

All pharmacists must complete a Pharm.D., or Doctor of Pharmacy, degree. This includes two years or more of undergraduate work plus another 4 years of professional pharmacy study. Before you can start work as a pharmacist, frequently you will complete an internship for 1 or 2 years, although it is not always required. You must pass the NAPLEX test, which certifies that you are capable to be a pharmacist and tests your scientific knowledge, and the MPJE, which certifies that you know the legal aspects of being a pharmacist.  You must pass these two exams before you become certified.

What kind of pharmacist do you want to be? Do you want to do research? Sales? Work in the Armed Forces? Do you want to work with pure science or with people?

A successful pharmacist working in local drug stores has been entrusted with a highly responsible role. He or she will enjoy working with people, from doctors and nurses to patients who have come in to consult or have a prescription filled. A pharmacist must 'catch' a situation where a drug has been prescribed that won't work with, or may be harmful, when taken with a patient's other prescriptions.

You need to be comfortable with technology and business practices, and be aware that you may work any time in a pharmacy that is open 24 hours a day. You will also be interacting with Pharmacy Technicians who assist you in running the pharmacy, as well as security (keeping all medications under lock and key-safeguarding against theft), awareness of drug abuse and fraud, planning your supplies so as to not run out of stocked medications as well as making sure they are being stored properly, and emergency situations. Since you will be more available than many doctors, patients will often ask you about a drug or a treatment; you have to retain a vast amount of information on many different drugs and how they work. On a given day, you may be asked questions about diabetes, wound care, depression medications, cold relief, acid reflux, vitamins, or high blood pressure.

You will also need to stay on top of all the new drugs being produced: how they work, what they are used for, and any side effects.

If you are highly interested in chemistry and biology, how the body reacts to drug treatments, and the well-being of people as a whole, and if you take an interest in people who come to you for information about their prescriptions, you might make a great pharmacist.

Here is a website that answers lots of questions you might have:

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Good Old Days??

In 1913......

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000

per year, A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian
between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical
engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.

Ninety percent of all doctors had no college education.

Instead, they attended so-called medical schools,
many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard.' In a small town, a veterinarian might also be the town doctor for humans, as well as the dentist, even though he or she had no such training.
In the past, frequently, the town barber was also the dentist.

Sugar cost four cents a pound.  Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.  

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people
from entering into their country for any reason.

The Five leading causes of death were:  1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea  4. Heart disease  5. Stroke.

The American flag had 45 stars.

The population of Las Vegas , Nevada , was 30.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't
 been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated
from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available
over the counter at the local corner drugstores.

Back then pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health'.

The infant mortality rate then was 15%. That means for every 100 births, 15 of those children would not live to the age of 5. 100 years later, the infant mortality rate is .8% (less than one percent).

18 percent of households had at least one
full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.

  The next time someone says "those were the good old days," you may want to stop and think about that. Were they?