Monday, November 23, 2009

Westbrook Becomes Drop-Off Site for Santa's Workshop

Westbrook Educational Academy is now an official drop-off site for a toy drive organized through Robin's Nest of Glassboro, NJ. The drive is called "Santa's Workshop." Once Robin's Nest collects toy donations from Westbrook and other local businesses, they will set up a temporary "store" for local parents who need help providing for their children this holiday season. Last year, Santa's Workshop provided gifts for over 660 needy families.

According to its website, Robin's Nest is a children's services organization dedicated to ensuring the safety of children and enhancing their well-being in a family setting.

Westbrook is excited to participate in such a worthwhile event! Please consider dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at our Sewell campus over the next couple of weeks.

Robin's Nest 2009 Wish List can be viewed at:

For more information, visit

Monday, November 9, 2009

Our Sonography Enrollment Cycle Ends MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16! Call today!

What is sonography?
Ultrasonography, commonly referred to as sonography, is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. This type of procedure is often referred to as a sonogram or ultrasound scan. Sonography can be used to examine parts of the body such as the abdomen, breasts, female reproductive system, prostate, heart, and blood vessels. Sonography is used in the detection and treatment of heart disease, heart attack, and vascular disease that can lead to stroke. It is also used to guide fine needles, in tissue biopsy, and to assist in taking cell samples for lab testing. Unlike X rays, sonography is a radiation free imaging modality. There are several areas of specialization in the field of sonography such as abdominal (liver spleen, urinary tract, pancreas, etc), breast, gynecological, echocardiography (blood flow of the heart), vascular technology (abdominal blood flow), neurosonology (brain & spinal cord), and ophthalmology (eye and orbital structures).

What does a medical sonographer do?
A diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly-skilled professional who uses specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body that are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis. The process involves placing a small device called a transducer against the patient’s skin near the body area to be imaged. The transducer works like a loudspeaker and microphone because it can transmit and receive sound, sending a stream of high frequency sound waves into the body where they bounce off of the structures inside. These sounds are analyzed by a computer to make an image of the structures on a television screen or taped recording. Sonographers have extensive direct patient contact that may include performing some invasive procedures. They interact with people that range from healthy to the critically ill. A medical sonographer’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

* Obtaining and recording an accurate patient history
* Performing diagnostic procedures& obtaining diagnostic images
* Analyzing technical information
* Using independent judgment in recognizing the need to extend the scope of the procedure according to diagnostic analysis.
* Providing an oral and written summary of the technical findings to the physician for medical diagnosis.
* Providing quality patient care.
* Collaborating with physicians and other members of the health care team.

What are the career opportunities in sonography?
The field of sonography has grown significantly in the last 20 years. Today sonographers can choose to work in a variety of clinics, hospitals, private practice physician offices, public health facilities, laboratories, and other medical settings performing examinations in their areas of specialization. Additional career advancement opportunities exist in education, administration, research, and commercial companies as education/application specialists, sales representatives, technical advisors, etc.

What salary can I expect as a trained medical sonographer?
In addition to excellent career opportunities, salaries for medical sonographers are competitive or higher than other professionals with similar levels of education. According to (2009) the average salary for sonagraphers was $62,442, similarly noted a salary of 66,000, and 61,000 – 66,000. $SDMS salary and benefits guide (released march 2005) noted a typical hourly rate of $29 with 3 hours overtime on average, and on-call pay rate of $3/hour with an incall rate of $42/hour. Salaries vary based on location, years experience, number of specialties practiced, as well as geographic location. There are opportunities for full and part time employment as well.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Skilled Carpentry: Next admissions deadline is November 17!

Being a carpenter can provide life-long opportunities for growth and advancement in the construction field. As with all of the traditional trades taught at Westbrook Educational Academy, carpentry is learned as a hands-on skill. Westbrook Educational Academy’s curriculum trains students to construct and renovate residential structures using current, industry-standard building methods and materials. The U.S. Department of Labor lists the carpentry trade as one of the country's fastest growing occupations. Our graduates are well prepared to apply their technical knowledge and skills in both residential and commercial construction, and are backed by our featured job placement program.

Monday, November 2, 2009

New Programs Coming!

Sorry for the long hiatus, but Westbrook staff has been busy developing four exciting new programs! They'll prepare you for a career in carpentry, nursing, sonography or as an administrative assistant in an office environment. We'll be sharing more information as it becomes available! In the meantime, check out our website at