Welcome to Imagine America Radio

Imagine America Radio is a podcast channel created by the Imagine America Foundation – a valuable resource for high schools, workforce boards, VA offices, colleges, and students alike. The goal of this podcast is to promote the career opportunities that exist in today’s workforce, be a resource for students preparing to enter postsecondary institutions, and provide quality information on career and technical education.

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Imagine America Radio interviews one of the nation’s leading providers of career and technical education about automotive technology careers.

What does the career outlook look like for automotive technicians on a national level AND in the Denver, CO area?

What does an auto technician do?

How long is a typical automotive program?

All this and more!

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Imagine America Radio interviews one of the nation’s leading providers of career and technical education about auto collision repair careers.

What does the career outlook look like for collision repair on a national level AND in the Indianapolis, IN area?

What does an auto collision repair technician do?

How long is a typical auto collision program?

All this and more!

Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Jerome Grant, the chief executive officer at Universal Technical Institute.

Jerome Grant discusses the steps Universal Technical Institute is taking in reopening their campuses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are students back in classes?

What steps are in place for student and faculty safety?

And more!

Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Bruce Schneider, the Vice President of Business Engineering for Ambassador Education Solutions.

Bruce and Imagine America Radio discuss RODA, the new course materials platform from Ambassador Education Solutions, and how it helps students, schools, and publishers.

Imagine America Radio talked to the chief operating officer of Midwest Technical Institute and Delta Technical College about their COVID-19 reopening strategy. We asked:

Are the schools still open?

How do you plan to reenter the building for hands-on learning?

What precautions are your schools taking for student and faculty safety?

Imagine America Radio talked to the cofounders of Midwest Technical Institute and Delta Technical College and found out—

When were the schools started?

How did the idea to open these schools come about?

What programs are offered at these schools?

What sets MTI & DTC apart?

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Imagine America Radio interviews one of the nation’s leading providers of career and technical education about HVAC careers.

What does the career outlook look like for HVAC on a national level AND in the Dallas, TX area?

What does an HVAC technician do?

How long is a typical HVAC program?

All this and more!

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Imagine America Radio interviews one of the nation’s leading providers of career and technical education about welding careers.

What does the career outlook look like for welding on a national level AND in the Connecticut area?

What does a welder do?

How long is a typical welding program?

All this and more!

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Imagine America Radio interviews one of the nation’s leading providers of career and technical education about diesel technician careers.

What does the career outlook look like for diesel technicians on a national level AND in the South Plainfield, New Jersey area?

What does an diesel technician do?

How long is a typical diesel program?

All this and more!

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Imagine America Radio interviews one of the nation’s leading providers of career and technical education about HVAC technician careers.

What does the career outlook look like for HVAC technicians on a national level AND in the Marietta, Georgia area?

What does an HVAC technician do?

How long is a typical HVAC program?

All this and more!

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Imagine America Radio interviews one of the nation’s leading providers of career and technical education about electrical technician careers.

What does the career outlook look like for electrical technicians on a national level AND in the Connecticut area?

All this and more!

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Zachary Speron, the president of the Northwest Career Colleges Federation. 

Washington was the first state to have a confirmed case of COVID-19. On this episode Zachary discusses the how the state of Washington’s higher education institutions plan to reopen after having been closed due to COVID-19.

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Imagine America Radio interviews one of the nation’s leading providers of career and technical education about culinary careers.

What does the career outlook look like for culinary arts on a national level AND in the Connecticut area?

All this and more!

Season 2, Episode 11: Porter & Chester Institute and YTI Career Institute's Reopening Plans

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Jim Bologa, president and CEO of Porter & Chester Institute and YTI Career Institute. Together both schools operate at over 12 locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Jim discusses how his institutions plan to reopen after having been closed due to COVID-19.

Season 2, Episode 10: Pennsylvania's Higher Education Reopening Plan With PAPSA

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Aaron Shenck, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators. 

Aaron discusses the how the state of Pennsylvania’s higher education institutions plan to reopen after having been closed due to COVID-19.

Season 2, Episode 9: Diesel Technician Careers With Advanced Technology Institute

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Mike Ambrose, the director of admissions for Advanced Technology Institute in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Mike discusses the future of diesel technician careers and how Advanced Technology Institute is helping educate tomorrow’s workforce.

Season 2, Episode 8: Lincoln Tech's COVID-19 Reopening Strategy

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Scott Shaw, the president and CEO of Lincoln Tech.

Scott discusses the steps Lincoln Tech is taking to carefully and safely reopen their institutions nationwide.

Season 2, Episode 7: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in Moorestown, New Jersey

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Mark Bohen the campus president of Lincoln Tech in Moorestown, New Jersey.

Mark Bohen discusses the steps his Lincoln Tech campus is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campuses still open?

All this and more!

Season 2, Episode 6: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in New Britain, Connecticut

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Karla Dzwonkowski the campus president of Lincoln Tech in New Britain, Connecticut.

Karla Dzwonkowski discusses the steps his Lincoln Tech campus is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campuses still open?

All this and more!

Season 2, Episode 5: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in Union, New Jersey

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Dr. Kevin Kirkley the campus president of Lincoln Tech in Union, New Jersey.

Dr. Kirkley discusses the steps his Lincoln Tech campus is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campuses still open?

All this and more!

Season 2, Episode 4: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in Shelton, Connecticut

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Dr. Susan Naples the campus president of Lincoln Tech in Shelton, Connecticut.

Dr. Naples discusses the steps his Lincoln Tech campus is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campuses still open?

All this and more!

Season 2, Episode 3: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Brent Jenkins the campus president of Lincoln Tech in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Brent discusses the steps his Lincoln Tech campus is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campuses still open?

All this and more!

Season 2, Episode 2: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in Queens, New York

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Herman Dawkins the campus president of Lincoln Tech in Queens, New York.

Herman discusses the steps his Lincoln Tech campus is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campuses still open?

All this and more!

Season 2, Episode 1: COVID-19 Response From Coyne College in Chicago, Illinois

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Russell “Wicker” Freeman the president and CEO of Coyne College in Chicago, Illinois.

Russell discusses the steps Coyne College is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campuses still open?

All this and more!

Season 1, Episode 25: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in Allentown, Pennsylvania

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Dennis Mascali the campus president of Lincoln Tech in Iselin, New Jersey.

Dennis discusses the steps his Lincoln Tech campus is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campuses still open?

All this and more!

Season 1, Episode 24: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in Allentown, Pennsylvania

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Angela Reppert the campus president of Lincoln Tech in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Angela discusses the steps her Lincoln Tech campus is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campuses still open?

All this and more!

Season 1, Episode 23: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in Somerville, Massachusetts

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Michelle McCarthy the campus president of Lincoln Tech in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Michelle discusses the steps her Lincoln Tech campus is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campuses still open?

All this and more!

Season 1, Episode 22: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania & South Plainfield, New Jersey

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Jim Kuntz, the campus president of Lincoln Tech in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania & South Plainfield, New Jersey.

Jim discusses the steps his Lincoln Tech campuses are taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are the campuses still open?

All this and more!

Season 1, Episode 21: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in Marietta, Georgia

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Brian Capozzi, the campus president of Lincoln Tech in Marietta, Georgia.

Brian discusses the steps his Lincoln Tech campus in Marietta, Georgia is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campus still open?

All this and more!

Season 1, Episode 20: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in Melrose Park, Illinois

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Karen Clark, the campus president of Lincoln Tech in Melrose Park, Illinois.

Karen discusses the steps his Lincoln Tech campus in Melrose Park, Illinois is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campus still open?

All this and more!

Season 1, Episode 19: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in East Windsor, Connecticut

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Kevin Clark, the campus president of Lincoln Tech in East Windsor, Connecticut.

Kevin discusses the steps his Lincoln Tech campus in East Windsor, Connecticut is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campus still open?

All this and more!

Season 1, Episode 18: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in Grand Prairie, Texas

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Mike Couling, the campus president of Lincoln Tech in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Mike discusses the steps his Lincoln Tech campus in Texas is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campus still open?

All this and more!

Season 1, Episode 17: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in Nashville, Tennessee

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Bob Butterworth, the campus president of Lincoln Tech in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bob discusses the steps his Lincoln Tech campus in Nashville, Tennessee is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campus still open?

All this and more!

Season 1, Episode 16: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in Paramus, New Jersey

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Lori Pringle, the campus president of Lincoln Tech in Paramus, New Jersey.

Lori discusses the steps her Lincoln Tech campus in Paramus, New Jersey is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campus still open?

All this and more!

Season 1, Episode 15: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in Denver, Colorado

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Dr. Kelly Moore, the campus president of Lincoln Tech in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Kelly Moore discusses the steps her Lincoln Tech campus in Denver, Colorado is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campus still open?

All this and more!

Season 1, Episode 14: COVID-19 Response From Lincoln Tech in Lincoln, Rhode Island

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Marie Acker, the campus president of Lincoln Tech in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Marie discusses the steps her Lincoln Tech campus in Lincoln, Rhode Island is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campus still open?

All this and more!

Season 1, Episode 13: COVID-19 Response From Euphoria Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Lu Suarez, the campus president of Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lu discusses the steps Euphoria Institute is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campus still open?

Can students still enroll?

All this and more!

Season 1, Episode 12: COVID-19 Response from Lincoln Tech in Columbia, Maryland

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Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Cory Hughes, the campus president of Lincoln Tech in Columbia, Maryland.

Cory discusses the steps Lincoln Tech is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the campus still open?

Will the virus affect future start dates?

All this and more!

Season 1, Episode 11: CNC Machining with Lincoln Tech in Mahwah, New Jersey

Imagine America Radio interviews one of the nation’s leading providers of career and technical education about CNC machining careers.

What is a CNC machinist?

What do CNC machinist do?

What does the career outlook look like for CNC machining on a national level AND in the New Jersey/NYC area?

All this and more!

Season 1, Episode 10: Lincoln Tech's Response To COVID-19

Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Scott Shaw, the president and CEO of Lincoln Tech.

Scott discusses the steps Lincoln Tech is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are the Lincoln Tech campuses still open?

Will this pandemic affect future start dates?

Are all classes online?

All this and more!

Season 1, Episode 9: Universal Technical Intitute's Response To COVID-19

Imagine America Radio interviews one of the nation’s leading providers of career and technical education about how they are dealing with the Novel Coronavirus. 

Are classes still in session? 

Is UTI still enrolling students? 

Can students still tour the school virtually?

Season 1, Episode 8: Health Science Careers 2020

What does the career outlook for health science careers look like?

Does COVID-19 impact the career outlook?

What could we, as educators, be doing to help students who are interested in health science careers?

All this and more on the newest episode of Imagine America Radio!

Season 1, Episode 7: Porter & Chester Institute and YTI Career Institute's Response to COVID-19

What are these schools doing to address the COVID-19 pandemic?

Are the colleges still open?

Can students still enroll?

Can students tour the campus?

Are they learning online?

All this and more on this episode of Imagine America Radio!

Season 1, Episode 6: Medical Assisting Careers

Imagine America Radio interviews James “Jim” Bologa, president and CEO of YTI Career Institute, on the future of medical assistant careers. This is Jim’s second episode with Imagine America Radio!

What does a medical assistant do?

What’s the national average salary of a medical assistant?

How long does it take to go to school to become a medical assistant?

What are some characteristics make a great medical assistant?

And more! 

Season 1, Episode 5: America's Skills Gap

Our guest on this episode of Imagine America Radio is Rich Garti, director of operations for Universal Technical Institute in Sacramento, California. This episode’s topic is the American skills gap.. What is the skills gap? What does it mean for my community? How should we address the skills gap? All this answered and more.

For more information on Universal Technical Institute, click HERE. We hope you enjoy this episode of Imagine America Radio – your podcast for career and technical education!

Season 1, Episode 4: Electric Technician Careers

Imagine America Radio interviews James “Jim” Bologa, president and CEO of Porter & Chester Institute, on the future of electrical careers.

What does an electrician do?

What’s the national average salary of an electrical technician?

How long does it take to go to school to become an electrical technician

And more! 

Season 1, Episode 3: HVAC Careers

Imagine America Radio interviews Russell “Wicker” Freeman, president and CEO of Coyne College, on the future of HVAC careers. 

What does an HVAC technician do?

What’s the national average salary an HVAC technician can make in a year?

How long does it take to go to school to become an HVAC technician? 

And more!

Season 1, Episode 2: What to Expect with College Housing

Imagine America interviews David Neal, president and CEO of Collegiate Housing, about what high school seniors should expect in terms of housing at the college of their choice. Some colleges offer dorms, some offer shared apartments, and some do not offer housing at all. Learn more about what you should expect and what questions to ask! Learn more about Collegiate Housing here.  

Season 1, Episode 1: The Future of IT Careers

Imagine America Radio is joined by Jenni Valentino, our resident expert in all things career-related. In this episode, we break down the information technology career outlook for 2019 and beyond. Read more about the outlook here.

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