Star Career Academy Students Prepare a Meal at the Ronald McDonald House

This past Monday, January 19th, Star team at the Ronald McDonald HouseStar Career Academy’s Long Island Campus sent a team (made up of Chef Victor McNulty, Cameron McNulty, culinary student Giovanni Ramos, pastry students Michelle Atallah, Meagan Cole and Ida Gofberg) to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island in New Hyde Park to prepare a meal for some families who are connected to the residence.

The Mission of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is to give comfort and shelter to families experiencing the pain of having a sick child in local hospital facilities, providing accommodations, services and meals. Star Career Academy is more than happy and proud to offer their services, as it is our mission is to provide quality career training while also enriching the community we serve!

Everyone from Star Career Academy worked from 3:00pm-7:00pm as the team cooked meals for nearly 85 people. The funds for the food were graciously donated by the local store of sportswear supply chain, Lululemon Athletica. The residents and staff from RMH were more than impressed with the menu that was prepared by Star Career Academy, and also extremely grateful for the gourmet meal.

The Star Career Academy team served up Star Career Academy LI at RMHa delicious menu of field green salad, French beans, fingerling potatoes, roast pork loin, jumbo sea scallops with wild mushrooms, tortellini a la vodka, freshly baked focaccia bread, and “Chef Lenny’s Signature Chocolate Chip Cookies.”

Chef Victor McNulty, who is also Star Career Academy’s Long Island Campus Director of Education, plans to make the Ronald McDonald House the Syosset Campus’ “charity of choice” for 2015. The goal is to have both students and staff cook meals on a regular monthly basis. All time would be donated by Star Career Academy. Any fundraising by the Long Island Campus would go towards purchasing food and ingredients for the meals. Some local vendors have agreed to donate additional products for future events.

For more information about Star Career Academy and the Syosset Campus, click here.

Three New Programs at the Star Career Academy Audubon Campus!

Star Career Academy is committed to the success of their students by providing a supportive educational environment and quality career training, as well as continually working to introduce new programs into the curriculum. The Audubon Campus at Star Career Academy is pleased to announce that it will now offer three new programs! These new programs are Veterinary Assistant, Business Office Administration and Network Administration and Security. Each program is currently available for enrollment in either day or evening classes.

Veterinary Assistant:Veterinary Assistant

The Veterinary Assistant program at Star Career Academy will prepare students for entry-level employment in the veterinary field. Students will learn the necessary skills for the care and treatment of animals under the supervision of a veterinarian or credentialed veterinary technician. Through classroom lab and lecture, they will learn about the duties and tasks of this position, and have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. This program is ideal for students who want to work in the veterinary field as a veterinary assistant or animal caregiver.

Business Office Administration:Business Office Administration

The Business Office Administration program at Star Career Academy prepares students for dynamic, task-oriented office positions. Students enrolled in this program will learn the foundation and technical skill sets required for entry-level employment in a business setting. During this course, students will discover most aspects of a business enterprise and learn how to develop, edit and format business documents. Students will learn the basic skills to operate computer programs and functions such as proficiency keyboarding, word processing and spreadsheet applications. Graduates of this program will have the ability to work in a number of different career fields. (In the business world, only the product or service that each professional is involved with changes.)

Network Administration and Security:Network Security

Computer and network administrators work in nearly every sector of the global economy, where they install, configure, troubleshoot, and maintain operations and security for vital internal and customer-facing networks. In today’s technologically-dependent society, we rely heavily on computer networks and IT infrastructures in order to operate. Graduates of the Network Administration and Security program will be eligible to apply for entry-level positions in a variety of professions that require computer support specialists, network administrators, help-desk analysts, database managers and internet managers, among many other job titles.

If you are interested in enrolling in at the Star Career Academy Audubon Campus for one of these new programs, please call 610-783-STAR (7827) for more information or schedule a campus tour. For a list of many other career training programs offered at Star Career Academy, click here.

5 New Classic Updos For Any Occasion

5 On The Go Updo Hairstyles

 

 

 

 

 

Ladies, like most other women, you may not have the time for a $40 professional blowout Hair Tip 1every time you walk out the door, but you still want to look cute (not like you just rolled out of bed). This is why buns are one of our favorite hairstyle trends for any event or time of year. Updos are certainly charming, ladylike and a simple way to do your hair in the morning for any occasion, work or just lying around the house.

For a many of us, winter is not the best or our favorite “hair season.” We can do without the frizz and dryness of our hair and skin when this time of the year comes around. The combination of dry, cold air and indoor heat does not fare well for anyone’s hair. Since it’salready bad enough that we have to take care of our hair from the cold weather, we’ve gathered our five favorite updo hairstyles from some of our favorite bloggers who have taken a cute and simple (i.e., DIY) take on classic hairstyles for 2015. These are designed to have you right out the door, so that you can have more time to take care of winterizing your hair.

1. The Inside-Out Ponytail: This really simple hair style looks amazing if you have straight or curly hair.

-After putting your hair in a low ponytail, create a small hole at the base of the ponytail using your fingers.

-Put your ponytail through the hold, making an inside-out ponytail.

2. The Wrapped Braid Ponytail: This hairstyle is a little bit more involved than the inside-out pony tail, but if you have an extra minute or two before you run out the door, this hairstyle is a great way to spice up a simple look.

-After putting your hair in a medium ponytail, take a small section and simply braid it.

-Then, wrap the braid around a hair tie to hide it. (You can then secure it with bobby pins.)

3. The Side Bun:Side Bun

 

-After putting your hair into a side ponytail, put the end of your ponytail through a hair doughnut.

-Start to roll the doughnut inside out, moving up towards your ponytail. Continue doing this until you reach the top of your pony tail.

-If there are any loose hairs sticking out, you can simply bobby pin them.

4. The Mini French Crown Braid: Textured braids are an elegantly casual way great for 2 hairany season or event.

-Starting at your part, pick up a 2″ section, leaving out your bangs.

-Start a braid, leaving out the hair around your face to keep it soft. Finish off the braid so that it is behind your ear and use bobby pins to hold it in place.

5. The Ballerina Bun: This is a great 3 hairneat and tidy look for any occasion. WARNING: this style probably wouldn’t hold up if you start to act out some ballet moves from “The Black Swan.”

-Using a curling iron, quickly curl your hair under, and then flip it over into a high pony tail, securing with an elastic band.

-Back comb your hair to create volume. Twist your hair and wrap around the base, creating a bun. Insert bobby pins along the base of the bun to secure it.

For more information about Star Career Academy and the Cosmetology program, visit us at: http://www.starcareer.edu/program/cosmetology-program/

The Next Great Bakers Are Born at Star!

2014 Fall Bake-Off

The Newark campus of Star Career Academy took part in the annual bake-off competition that was held Friday December 12th at the Syosset Long Island campus location. Two teams from both the Newark, New Jersey and Syosset, Long Island campus locations participated in this event with the winner having bragging rights as 2014 bake-off champion.  All 4 teams battled and baked their hearts out and prepared and presented delicious cupcakes decorated to perfection.  The judges, including 103.5 WKTU’s Cubby And Carolina in The Morning Show host Carolina Bermudez, had a difficult time selecting the winner but in the end Team #1 from the Syosset Long Island campus came away with the prize!

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Star Career Academy, with 8 locations in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey including Newark, provides training and education towards employment in some of the fastest growing career fields including, culinary, baking, healthcare and hospitality.  Star will help you gain the competitive edge with programs and training that will help accelerate your career. Train now and prepare to work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, medical clinics, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, restaurants, commercial bakeries, hotels and more. And all programs at Star Career Academy are taught by instructors with industry experience who can help prepare students for real world careers.

Star Career academy offers convenient day and evening classes.  Financial aid is available if qualified. Attention Veterans! Star Career Academy is approved for veteran’s benefits which you can use towards your education! Star Career Academy has graduated over 7,000 students since 2010 from our 8 campus locations in NY, NJ and PA.

So get your career moving in the right direction!   Call star Career Academy today at 1-800-659-STAR or visit www.starcareer.edu. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the programs and other important information, please visit our website at www.starcareer.edu/consumerinfo.php or call 1-800-659-STAR. Licensed by NJ Dept. of Education.  Accredited by ACCSC.  Dialysis Technician Program BONENT approved.

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Turkey Day Isn’t The Only Way

Turkey Day Isn't The Only Way

4 unique alternatives to using turkey for your thanksgiving feast

Thanksgiving is only days away. Are you preparing yourself for the big feast? Director of Culinary and Hospitality programs at Star Career Academy, Chef McNulty, has been prepping for his family feast all week. “I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. I invite my whole family, friends, and friends of friends, it’s a big party. Every year there is at least one or two guest who are either on a gluten-freevegetarianvegan diet or someone has a food allergy. As a host I want them to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday to the full extent like the rest of us, and it certainly goes a long way if you prepare something special for them.”

Here is the real question: How will you prepare some Thanksgiving dishes for guests with restricted diets? Being vegetarian, or following a strict diet, can be extremely difficult during the holidays. These guests should be able to enjoy the same abundance and tradition that meat-eaters get to experience on special holidays like Thanksgiving.

Aside from the big bird at the head of the table, the traditional Thanksgiving meal is already principally vegetarian as it is, and features the best of the fall season’s delicious seasonal ingredients, which include pumpkin, cranberry, and butternut squash. It’s certainly a great idea to serve a dish that is delicious for all guests, but would also offer a satisfying vegan or vegetarian friendly option for others.Thanksgiving 2014

Sure, there are endless recipes that you can find to help create mouthwatering meatless dishes for Thanksgiving, but making your guests’ meal a great experience might take a little bit more than just serving endless portions of veggie side dishes.

According to the “Vegetarian Times,” there are about 7.3 million Americans who follow a vegetarian diet and 22.8 million who follow a mostly vegetarian diet, so we are going to look into the best and maybe the worst ‘meatless turkey’ alternatives for your Thanksgiving dinner taking place this Thursday (without cooking a nut loaf from scratch) as the main event to your feast that you can pick up at your local grocery store today.

Field Roast Celebration Roast:Field Roast Celebration Roast

This mock meat roast comes from the Field Roast Grain Meat Company, which has a whole retail line of faux meat products. This vegan roast looks a lot like Beef Wellington, but it’s stuffed with sausage-style stuffing made of butternut squash, apples and mushrooms, which have a garlic and smoke-flavored aftertaste. The roast is moist, tasty, and well-seasoned, perfect for the holiday season.

Quorn Turk’y Roast:Quorn Turk'y Roast

This turk’y roast has probably the closest thing to a “meat” taste and texture on our list, which is great for an ex carnivore turned vegetarian. The only drawback to keep in mind with this roast is that it tends to be too much like actual turkey in the sense that it can be a little dry at times and requires extra gravy.

Tofurky Vegetarian Feast:Tofurky Vegetarian Feast

Tofurky is the most recognizable brand for most non-vegetarians. This feast pays a lot of attention to trimmings rather than just the mock turkey, as it comes with wild rice, bread crumb stuffing and mushroom gravy. This vegetarian feast serves up to 6 and looks the most like turkey on our list. The stuffing is delicious, while the “meat” has a rubbery consistency. (But hey, it also came with a vegan fudge brownie!)

Gardein Stuffed Veggie Turkey Roast:Gardein Stuffed Veggie Turkey Roast

This is our favorite non-“meat” product. (I even have meat-eater friends who enjoy this dish from time to time.) This “turkey roast” is made from soy, wheat, peas, and carrots, and has a convincing flavor and texture that may fool meat-eaters should you decide to place this dish next to your real turkey! This is a great vegetarian and vegan-friendly option to complete your Thanksgiving spread. Depending on your location, you can pick this up in the hot food section at your local Whole Foods Market.

While vegetarians and vegans don’t eat meat, these Thanksgiving dishes provide some great turkey alternatives for a filling meal (and are probably better for one’s overall health and waistline). Let us know if you’re going meat-free this Thanksgiving! 

 

 

Get Ready for the Third Annual All-Star Cook Off

Things are heating up here at Star Career Academy as we get ready for the Third Annual Greg TAll-Star Cook Off. For one day a year, Star Career Academy transforms into what is similar to the television settings of “Chopped” or “Iron Chef.” Teams that are made up of two students from the Culinary program – from the Syosset, New York City, Newark and Philadelphia campuses – will cook off against each other in hopes to win the 2014 Cook Off trophy (and bragging rights).

This year’s All-Star Cook Off will be hosted by the Newark campus on Friday, November 7th, 2014. Beginning at 9:30am, students will be presented with a mystery basket of seasonal ingredients which may include (but not limited to) meat, fish, potatoes, rice, fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. Last year’s mystery baskets were made up of pork, zucchini, potatoes and goat cheese – all of which were required to be used as some component of the dish. Teams will have three minutes to confer with their Chef Instructors to decide on what they will cook. After that, each team is on their own, as instructors must leave the kitchen for the remainder of the competition.

Competitors have access to standard pantry and walk-in items, but no secret ingredients, specific tools or unique plates are permitted. Each team will have a total of 120 minutes to produce a minimum of 25 tasting portion plates. All plates must:

–        Utilize every item in the mystery basket.

–        Include cooking techniques specified.

–        Be identical.

–        Be plated on time.

Criteria for judging will be the same as it is for the Star Practical Cooking Evaluations for Star Career Academy Culinary students. This is a point value system for overall taste, seasoning, application of proper method and technique, presentation, timing and temperature. Points will also be calculated for the level of difficulty attempted, following of directions, sanitation practices and professionalism.

Among the judges for this year’s All-Star Cook Off is radio personality, Greg T. (The Frat 2012 Cook OffBoy) from “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.” The score sheets of Greg and the other judges will be tallied, and the winning team will be selected numerically.

Family members and friends are all welcome to attend. Currently, the Philadelphia Campus has remained undefeated, having won the past two All-Star Cook Off competitions. Will they finally be defeated – or go for the three-peat?

5 Thing To Consider For A Career In Cosmetology

If you are reading this, you have probably thought about attending Cosmetology school at least once. A lot of people enjoy working with hair and makeup, but is a career in cosmetology for you? The current job market is very competitive, and there are plenty of reasons why you might want to choose a career in the cosmetology industry. Among other advantages, a career in cosmetology can offer many exciting opportunities in job growth, location and income.

Make Your Own Schedule: Work Around Your LifestyleSchedule

If you do choose to go to Cosmetology school, once you graduate, you’ll be prepared to become a licensed stylist in Pennsylvania. A lot of our graduates find work as stylists in salons, and some of them even go on to open their own establishments. In most cases, as a stylist, you will be able to work as much as you want and when you want. You can work a typical Monday-to-Friday schedule or any combination of days during the week. Many stylists enjoy working during regular business hours, as some tend to work when their clients are free after normal business hours and have the mornings and afternoons to themselves. While working in a salon, you can gain all the benefits of an entrepreneur, as you will build up your own schedules as well as clientele. Setting up your own schedule that fits to your personal unique lifestyle is a great perk while working as a stylist at a salon.

Control Your Income

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average hourly wage for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is about $13.24 (or the annual wage of $27,530). This number can be a bit deceiving when comparing wages with other careers, because as a stylist you have more control over your income than you would in most other jobs. Your income comes directly from both the amount and quality of work you provide for your clients. There are many incentives (such as tips). If you do a good job as a stylist, your clientele are likely to give you good tips and keep coming back to you. Commissions are also another great way to add some extra cash to your paycheck. Encouraging your clients to purchase certain brands of hair products (like CHI products, which are offered at all of our salon locations), can add up quickly.

Ditch the Desk JobStar Career Academy Beauty Salon

The traditional 9-to-5 office setting isn’t for everyone. Luckily, in the cosmetology industry, you will probably not be working behind a desk and computer. You’ll most likely stay active and on your feet for most of your shift. In the cosmetology industry, every day is a new day. By working with old and new clients, motivated co-workers, and walk-in clients, you’ll never experience the same type of day twice. If you feel you can thrive on this this type of daily variety, you’re definitely cut out for a career in the beauty industry!

Keep Up With Trends

Do you find yourself constantly watching television shows like “Project Runway” or any number of red carpet events? Keeping up with trends is a huge part of being a stylist and staying ahead of the curve. The fashion and beauty industry is constantly changing with new designs, looks and outfit trends that appear nearly every week. As a stylist, you have to keep up with the newest trends, techniques and everything that’s popular. If you are naturally on top of today’s trends, you most likely enjoy learning new things. So, why not get paid for it while working in the cosmetology industry?

Work in Fashion, Movies, TV, Special Effects (and More)

Not all graduates of Star Career Academy’s Beauty program end up working in a salon. There are countless opportunities for careers in the fashion and entertainment industries. Some graduates first work as a stylist in a traditional salon (learning all the newest techniques and industry trends) and then move on to the entertainment business. Fashion shows, celebrities, music acts, theatres, and even haunted houses all have in-house make-up artists and stylists. Movies are another option, as there are job opportunities for special effects makeup artists who work with makeup and prosthetics to transform actors into characters on the sets of plays and movies.

Cosmetology at Star Career Academy Star Career Academy

With a positive attitude, customer service skills, and a drive to better your career prospects, cosmetology may be the field for you. With what seems like an endless list of opportunities in a growing industry, you’ll meet new people every day while building their confidence and making them look good.

At Star Career Academy, our goal is to prepare students through competency-based knowledge, and scientific and artistic principles, along with hands-on fundamentals related to the cosmetology industry. The combination of lectures in cosmetology theory and real-world practice in salons introduces students to the professional standards and responsibilities that are required of them in order that they may be prepared for this rewarding career after graduation.

Graduates of the Cosmetology program (at either the Philadelphia or Audubon campus) will be eligible to take examinations required for beauty salons, spas, and other related businesses as a stylist, salon manager or owner, color specialist, skin or nail specialist, platform or makeup artist, manufacturer’s representative, and cosmetic salesperson, among other positions. Apply or find out more about Star Career Academy’s Cosmetology program by clicking here. You can graduate with a Cosmetology diploma in as little as 12 months (or 18 months for the evening program).

The Second Annual Star Career Beauty Battle!

Cosmetology students – clear the runway! The second annual “Beauty Battle” is taking place next month on October 17th. The Star Career AcaBeauty Battle Trophydemy “Beauty Battle” is an interschool fashion show beauty competition. Students from both the Audubon and Philadelphia campuses will battle for the “School Trophy” and the title of “Beauty Battle Champions.” This year’s competition will be hosted by, and taking place, at the Philadelphia Campus.

The Audubon and Philadelphia campuses will hold their own competitions before the “Beauty Battle” to pick the “best of the best” of who will represent each campus. The two categories that will be judged this year will be “Evening” and “Fantasy.” Star Career Academy Cosmetology students will do everything – from hair down to the color of their toes. Judges will pay attention to how students work on hair add-ons, smoothness of hair, proper hair placement, makeup techniques, clothing, and the overall look.

Each school will send five competitors for the “Evening” category and five competitors for the “Fantasy” category. The school with the most cumulative points will win the school trophy and title of “Beauty Battle Champions.” Each category will also have a First-, Second-, and Third-Place winner.

2013 Beauty BattlesIf you think you have what it takes to represent your campus in the “Beauty Battle,” ask your instructor about how you can take advantage of this opportunity and showcase your skills among your peers. Competitors are responsible for finding their own model who is an active Star Career Academy student. Students will create their designs in advance, and style and apply makeup on the morning of the competition.

The competition preparation will begin on the morning of Friday, October 17th at the Philadelphia Campus. Presentations will begin at 1:00pm, and all are welcome to attend the show and cheer on your fellow Star Career Academy students. Visit our website for more information about the Star Career Academy Cosmetology program. Beauty Battle 2013 2

Food Trends for September 2014

You can find aspiring chefs and new restaurants in every city, trying to make their Cronutscontribution to the culinary industry and our taste buds. If you look hard enough, it seems as though new food trends and creations are popping up every day. Not all “culinary experiments” tend to work out – some don’t last while others leave a good impression. So far, we’ve experienced some food trends that show no signs of slowing and down. Then there are those that may or may not last; only time will tell.

Locally Grown Ingredients

Food is shipped around the world. Frozen foods allow us to have certain ingredients Farmer's Marketyear round. Today’s consumers, it should be noted, is more in tune than ever with what and where their food comes from. The National Restaurant Association reports that one of the hottest growing trends for 2014 is locally obtained meats and seafood, as well as locally grown produce. Locally grown foods have tremendous benefits for the consumer and community. Not only are these ingredients full of flavor, but local foods will have a shorter time between harvesting to the kitchen, resulting in more nutrients and freshness. What we may call “eating local” also means eating seasonally. This allows chefs to keep things fresh and new as the seasons change. (We are sure there are a few pumpkin fanatics jumping out of their seats for the fall season!)

Gluten-Free Cooking

The gluten-free trend doesn’t look as though it will settle down anytime soon. We Gluten Freecontinue to see expanding gluten-free sections and products in more and more stores and supermarkets. Now, we also see that restaurants have hopped on this niche bandwagon. The trend is pointing consumers away from wheat gluten products (such as pastas, sauces, and breads) and directing them towards more gluten-free option (quinoa, buckwheat, and amaranth, among others).

Hybrid Foods

Last year, we saw the half-croissant/half-doughnut hybrid known as the “cronut,” which only opened up the door to endless culinary concoctions. Some notable creations we’ve seen this year is the “Wonut” (waffle/doughnut), the “Ramen Burger” (burger served with Ramen Noodles as the bun), “Soup Dumblings,” and the “Lobster Corn Dog.” Tweet at us some interesting hybrid foods that you have tried this year @Star_Career!

If you enjoy cooking and want to start a career in the culinary field, or if you merely want to expand your recipe repertoire to impress your friends and family, Star Career Academy’s Professional Cooking Program may be for you. This program emphasizes hands-on training with special attention given to the practical side of professional food preparation. Successful graduates will have developed the skills and knowledge for an entry level position in a career in restaurants, bakeries, food service departments of corporations, and health-related institutions, as well as catering and “food to go” fields.

If you are a current Star Career Academy student enrolled in either the cooking or baking programs, ask your instructors how you can participate and show off your innovation and skills in this year’s Cook Off (10/24/14) and Bake Off (12/12/14) and represent your campus in the Star Career Academy cooking and baking contests.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the programs and other important information, please visit our website at http://www.starcareeracademy.com/consumerinfo.php.

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CHI Hair Products at Star Career Academy Beauty Salons

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New York Fashion week is in full swing and what better time to announce that Star Career Academy Beauty Salons will begin using CHI hair products in our beauty salons. CHI hair products will now be offered for use for our beauty salon services. CHI hair products will also be sold at all Star Career Academy Beauty Salons. Click here for locations and more information about Star Career Academy’s full service salons.

For the latest in CHI hair products or for their coverage of the New York Fashion week, check out: https://www.facebook.com/CHIHaircare or use the hashtag #CHINYFW

For more information about Star Career Academy’s cosmetology program and salon services click here.