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IOT Open House on April 6, 2016

The path to a brighter future and higher income potential requires knowledge and training. Come learn how the Institute of Technology provides the practical hand-on training required to launch a new career. We are here to support you every step of your journey providing you with the resources, direction, and skills necessary to change your life. Come to IOT’s All Campus Open House and see for yourself why we’re considered the top career training school in our community.

You and your friends are invited to join us on April 6th. You will have the opportunity to meet with teachers, students, alumni and employers to see if Institute of Technology is for you.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Clovis Open House
Date: April 6th, 2016
Time: 12pm – 7pm
Location: 564 W. Herndon Avenue – Clovis, CA 93612
Phone: (559) 297-4500

Modesto Open House
Date: April 6th, 2016
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Location: 5601 Stoddard Road – Modesto, CA 95356
Phone: (209) 545-3100

Redding Open House
Date: April 6th, 2016
Time: 12pm – 7pm
Location: 1755 Hilltop Drive – Redding, CA 96002
Phone: (530) 224-1000

Come take a tour of our campuses and learn more about what IOT has to offer.

  • Culinary Kitchens
  • Medical Assisting Lab
  • Business Classrooms & Labs
  • Industrial Maintenance & Automated Technology Labs
  • Firearms Simulator
  • Vocational Nursing Lab
  • HVAC Lab

Campus locations in Fresno/Clovis, Modesto, and Redding, California. In Oregon, you can visit our Salem Campus!


IOT Open House on January 5, 2016

Ready to start something new? Institute of Technology provides vocational education that can help you get the practical hands-on training you need to launch your new career in the culinary, medical, business, or legal fields.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
10:00am to 7:00pm


Come take a tour of our campuses and learn more about what IOT has to offer.

  • Culinary Kitchens
  • Medical Assisting Lab
  • Business Classrooms & Labs
  • Industrial Maintenance & Automatized Technology Labs
  • Firearms Simulator
  • Vocational Nursing Lab
  • HVAC Lab



To quote Mr. Dylan, “The times, they are changin’.” It used to be that anytime a nurse or anyone else wanted to learn something of value, that person had to take a class, go to a lecture, and or read a book. Then, after a few thousand years of no real change, there came the internet. With the internet there was a period when information could be acquired, but the quality and reliability could be hit or miss. Who knew if the information was accurate? Now, still early in the 21st Century we have podcasts from established and reputable sources that provide quality information that can be listened to almost anywhere and almost anytime. This technology can be used to improve a nurse’s knowledge level without taking a course.

Ten of the Best Podcasts Include:

1. NEJM: This is a podcost that is operated by the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the most reputable medical journals in the world. The quality of this podcast is very high and it is very reliable for nurses and doctors.

2. Drexel Medcast: This is a podcast from Drexel University College of Medicine. This podcast is great for nurses and others in the healthcare field, and it covers a great number of topics, often more than one per podcast.

3. Johns Hopkins Medicine Podcasts: this podcast keeps health providers up to date with the top stories related to medicine around the nation and globe each week. This podcast is informative and interesting to those who do not work in the healthcare industry too.

4. The Nurse State: This is a podcast that is made twice each month and created and presented by two nurses. These nurses discuss different issues that affect nursing in the world of medicine today, in a manner that lets the listener know the gloves are off.

5. Insights in Nursing: This is a podcast that is focused mostly on healthcare technology and ethics involved in healthcare.

6. ONF Podcast Series: This is a podcast that is directed mostly at oncology nurses. The Oncology Nursing Society presents this 20 minute podcast about how to care for patients during the different stages they go through after a cancer diagnosis.

7. Traveling Nurse Insider Podcast: This podcast is, as the name implies, directed toward nurses who earn their living as traveling nurses. The podcast is directed at a mixture of professional and medical issues that traveling nurses must deal with in their career.

8. CME Podcasting: This podcast is directed at Continuing Medical Education Podcasting and it lets nurses look for different podcasts and to browse different audio files and class materials. This podcast and its files take up issues that include geriatric treatments and issues, and autoimmune treatments and diagnoses.

9. Medical Rounds: This podcast is provides “on demand” medical topics and educational information from many different “disciplines” in medicine.

10. Instant Anatomy: This podcast provides listeners with the latest and up-to-date information about human anatomy. There are many different podcasts from reliable sources that allow nurses, doctors, and interested people to continue learning, and to improve their ability to do their jobs well. If you are interested in nursing or another medical field, check out the medical programs IOT has to offer.

Posted: 9/30/2015 3:58:59 PM by Institute of Technology


So, you’re looking for a new job. Networking is vital for finding a professional position, but it can be scary and intimidating. Going to a networking event might be more nerve wracking than final exams. Whether you’re a new graduate who remembers them clearly or a career changer for whom they’re in the distant past, it can still be difficult to network properly. Here are a few tips to help you with this difficult task.


Be Yourself

It’s very tempting when networking (or in interviews) to put on a fake, professional persona to convince somebody to hire you. Unfortunately, then they’re hiring somebody who doesn’t exist and eventually, disillusionment will set in – often on both sides.

Don’t Sweat

It A common networking mistake is trying too hard. Rushing right in with “Hi! I’m looking for a job, and I can do…” makes you come over as desperate. Be willing to talk about things other than work (and the weather). Instead of focusing entirely on what you need, try to make personal connections. That way, even if the person can’t help you right then, they might remember you positively if your name crosses their desk.

Bring Business Cards

Even if you don’t have a current job, get business cards. You can get them pretty cheap. Instead of a job position, put something which refers to your skills, aspirations, and goals. Add an email address and your cell phone number. Bringing business cards will not only make you look more serious and professional, but provide the person a handy cue to remember who you are. However, don’t push them into people’s faces, which can also make you look desperate.

Don’t Take Moral Support

Don’t take a friend, your spouse, a family member – go it alone. If you have somebody you know with you, you will spend all of your time talking to them instead of making new connections.

Be Positive

Keep the conversation positive. Talk about your good qualities – and compliment those of the person you’re talking to. Avoid the latest political controversy or recent bad news and absolutely don’t mention any frustrations about your job search, finances or personal relationships. It’s not that hard to learn to network. The most important things are to be positive, be yourself and try to relax. Networking is scary, but it’s a key part of expanding your career. For more help, Institute of Technology can provide you with the skills to improve your networking – or change to an entirely new career.

Posted: 9/24/2015 1:03:25 PM by Institute of Technology


Do you have a fantasy of becoming the next top chef? The path to achieving your dream is clear- a career in the culinary arts is open to all. Stand beside the likes of Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay. The truly talented can make their own niche in the culinary world. Master new recipes and techniques. Learn how to get started in your chosen culinary career.

Do You Dread Putting the Grill Away?

Savor the taste of summer one more time. Give the grill one more go before packing it away. Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs are a crowd favorite and a snap on the grill. Start with chicken, peppers, onion and juicy pineapple chunks. Learn how to make the Pineapple Marinade and Pineapple Grilling Sauce that delivers a burst of flavor in the first bite. After 12-15 minutes on the grill, enjoy a mouthful of sweet and spicy chicken goodness. Pair the kabobs with your favorite sides and the last of the local summer corn.

Want to Learn More?

You have family and friends that love coming to your events and outdoor gatherings. They simply can’t say no to another helping. Your passion shows when it comes time to cook. You watch the programs. You learned the traditions from your family as the kitchen is the social hub in many cultures. Food is an integral part of your life and how you share time with those you love. Your passion and thirst to know does not need to end. Open yourself to the idea of turning your love of food into a career.

Where Do You Start?

It begins with education. The Institute of Technology (IOT) takes new, hungry students and gives them the experiences that they need to succeed. You will learn in kitchens that simulate real world environments. Instructors use a nationally-recognized quality curriculum to ensure that you are ready for your first day on the job.

What are the Benefits of Taking Your First Steps with IOT?

  • IOT has an accelerated program that prepares you for a culinary career is less time than you think.
  • IOT offers one-on-one instruction to students from industry-experienced chefs and instructors.
  • IOT knows that hands-on, in-kitchen work is essential. The majority of your time is spent learning the skills and techniques you will need in the kitchen.
  • IOT faculty have a well-connected network. Know that introductions and opportunities are available with local culinary employers for those willing to give their all.

Culinary degree programs such as Baking and Pastry Specialist, Culinary Professional and Culinary Specialist are available at this Exemplary Program Status institute. Take your culinary skills to the next level.


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It is normal to feel anxious about a job interview. One of the easiest ways to relieve some of the pre-interview anxiety is to be prepared, and the first step in preparation is learning how to handle important questions.

1. What Can You Tell Me About Yourself?

Avoid talking about personal interests. US News recommends making this answer a succinct summary of past, current and expected professional career status. Try not to make it more than a minute long.

2. Why Are You Interested In This Job?

Employers only want to hear about what aspects of a job role interest a candidate. Do not mention benefits, pay, commute time or other aspects not related to the work itself.

3. Why Do You Want To Leave Your Current Job?

Do not criticize management, other coworkers or the company. Relocating is an acceptable reason. However, job seekers citing the search for new challenges as a reason should be prepared to give specific examples of challenges and how they relate to the desired position.

4. Why Should We Choose You?

To field this question, some research is necessary. Forbes recommends pinpointing some of the company’s problems or pain points and offering solutions. A good problem solver is an asset to any company.

5. What Are Your Goals?

To best answer this question, make a list of personal goals. Next, make a list of goals for the new position. Merge those goals to make personal and professional goals applicable to the desired role.

6. What Was The Most Satisfying Job You Had?

Answer this question carefully. The reason for satisfaction at a prior job should be relevant to the desired position. Although reasons such as helping others or seeking more responsibility are good, it is best to make answers as specific as possible.

7. What Are Your Weaknesses?

Employers often ask this to determine if people know how to objectively view and improve themselves. Monster recommends turning weaknesses into strengths in ways such as saying that personal communication improvement is always a goal rather than simply stating communication as a weakness.

8. What Positive Things Would Your Last Boss Say About You?

Think about these ahead of time, and make the answers relevant to the desired position. If possible, bring old positive performance reviews.

9. What Are Your Salary Requirements?

Research the position in advance to determine a fair salary based on similar positions for people with similar experience in the area. Ask the employer what they recommend as a typical starting salary for people with a similar background.

10. If You Were An Animal, What Would You Be?

This psychological question is used to determine personality and work tactics. Think about the characteristics of an animal and which types best fit the desired position. Prepare by having the answers to these questions ready. Practice answering them beforehand, and learn about the company itself before stepping into the interviewer’s office.

Posted: 9/15/2015 2:06:18 PM by Institute of Technology


Success at school and work doesn’t have to come at the expense of your personal life. Managing your schedule requires regular attention, but the rewards are definitely worth the effort.

Determine What Needs to be Done

Make a daily list of everything that needs to be accomplished. Be specific, listing out each major step of every project. It’s impossible to create an achievable plan for the day if you just have a vague idea of what must be accomplished.


It’s a common-sense approach, but starting with the most important task ensures that you’re never left panicking at the last minute because you took care of an easier project first and were left without time to thoroughly tackle — and complete — a more critical or time-sensitive one.

Maximize Your Time

Even if your schedule or workday doesn’t allow for much flexibility, you can organize your off-hours, study time or commute in a way that allows you to work on smaller tasks in short blocks of time. It can be really satisfying to knock out an easier or less time-consuming activity while you wait on the doctor, take a short work break or ride the bus.

Time Yourself

Timers can make you aware of productivity leaks and help you stay on track. Many of us don’t realize how much time we spend texting, checking our social media accounts, daydreaming and working or studying inefficiently. Whether you use a kitchen timer or one of the many free productivity apps or timers available online, timing yourself can keep you focused when working on a school assignment or work project. Get even more detailed by using a free app or website that lets you name and time-track specific activities for different classes or work groups.


Although it’s important to finish assignments and meet work deadlines, it’s hard to be productive if you’re not getting enough rest. Even if it means sacrificing a half-hour of TV time, be sure to carve out enough time for a good night’s sleep. If you find yourself relying on coffee to get you through your long day, consider weaning yourself off the last cup or two by mixing in half decaf until you no longer need the caffeine. You’ll sleep much better and won’t need to rely as much on caffeine for energy.


Balancing work, school and home life can be challenging, but you don’t have to go it alone. Staying connected with other students can help you stay motivated and let off a little steam. Online or social media groups geared toward lifestyles like your own can also be great avenues for venting and sharing suggestions. Whatever your specific situation, know that even the tough times will be worth the pay-off. From planning your day in advance to staying healthy and well-rested, establishing and maintaining an organized routine will help you succeed in every facet of your life.

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Posted: 9/8/2015 4:08:03 PM by Institute of Technology