Student Spotlight

2020



 

 

July Student Spotlight – Stephanie Zoller

I am currently undergoing a divorce and will be trying to get back into the work force; I haven‚Äôt worked since 2007. I have a Bachelor’s in Biology, so the Blackstone‚Äôs Medical Billing Course was a perfect fit for me. Blackstone‚Äôs Online Student Center has been a wonderful resource for me. If they didn‚Äôt know the answer to my question (which they usually did), they would research my question and get back to me very quickly. As a 55 year old that hasn‚Äôt worked in 13 years, my computer skills were not up to speed. The whole Blackstone Course was easy to follow, with a step-by-step explanation of how to reach my next study goal. I would highly recommend Blackstone Career Institute for anyone that wants to advance their career (or re-advance in my case). Their staff provided me with the helping hands I needed. Thank you Blackstone Career Institute!

– Stephanie Zoller

 

 

 

 

 

June Student Spotlight – Ashley JohnsAshley Johns

I am writing back in reference to my recent graduation from the medical billing and coding course. I wanted to express my gratitude for the opportunity that had been afforded to me to take this course and the pleasant experience I had while going through it. I originally began this course because I had previously been in the medical field as a CNA but much rather enjoyed the admin side. Plus to opportunity to potentially stay home with my young children was the main bonus. I currently work in an ambulatory orthopedic facility and love how this course has helped me with the preliminary coding of procedures, understanding how to get the codes from office notes, H&P’s and other documents also ensuring the procedure is billed out correctly after the procedure is done. Working closely with insurance companies based on codes for authorization is another thing I believe this course has prepared me for in a way. I am very grateful. Throughout the course, the online center was great. Easy to navigate and find everything I needed, from discussion forms to grades. And response times of administration was great within the forms which made getting answers quite easy. I’d say my overall experience with Blackstone Career Institute has been amazing. I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone. It has been a blessing to go through this program and I am so excited for what my medical career will blossom into. And it all started with Blackstone. Thank you Blackstone Career Institute for creating a way for people to gain access to courses to help start a new career at a reasonable price, easy to use systems and an amazing staff that is so friendly and helpful. I am forever grateful!

– Ashley Johns

 

 

 

May Student Spotlight – Beth NaegerB. Naeger student spotlight

I took the Wills and Trusts course because I received my Paralegal Certificate a few months ago through online courses with University of Central Missouri. The course for the certificate, however, focused on personal litigation and I was looking at finding a career with estate planning because that had always interested me. I had no prior legal experience and I was worried that even though I had my Paralegal Certificate now, no one would hire me because I had experience only in insurance sales. I was lucky enough to land an interview with a law firm in St. Louis and made a deal with the Owner of the law firm that if they hired me I would take courses to better understand Estate Law. I’m happy to say I landed a job with the law firm and part of my contract was to complete the course within 6 months and Blackstone Career Institute made it very easy. I’m also a mother to three children and a wife, so spare time is sparse, but the course was easy to fit into my busy schedule and I was able to complete it within a couple of months. The Online Student Center was also great, providing information and study guides to help me along the way. I always received responses in a timely matter and even received encouraging emails from the Staff motivating me to work harder. It was a great program that is completely attainable for anyone to further their studies or to learn something new.

– Beth Naeger

 

 

 

April Student Spotlight – Julia WilliamsJulia Williams student spotlight

I recently completed the Practical Bankruptcy Law Certificate course at Blackstone Career Institute (BCI). Though I have been working in the bankruptcy department at my current employer, this course awakened my understanding of what it is I do daily. The attorney I work for requested the legal secretaries to take this course. Despite my hesitancy, I‚Äôm grateful for being enrolled. The amount of time needed to get through the lessons worked congruently with my full-time work schedule. I read through the material, completed the self-checks and chapter review exams without feeling overwhelmed. There were many resources available in Blackstone‚Äôs Online Student Center to help successfully achieve the goals for this course. I appreciated knowing how I fared on the exams immediately after completing to make me aware of my study habits‚ÄĒwhether I needed to study harder or spend more time in specific areas. BCI responded quickly to any questions or concerns which further affirmed the decision to choose taking this course with them. Overall, my experience was great, and I would recommend the Practical Bankruptcy Law course with BCI to anyone looking to gain in-depth knowledge of the processes, laws, and procedures‚ÄĒfrom the foundation to the current state‚ÄĒinvolved in bankruptcy. Having completed this course, I firmly believe I am capable and qualified to fulfill the requirements of my job more effectively.

– Julia Williams

 

 

 

March Student Spotlight – Wendy Emerson Long

I decided to take this online course at Blackstone Career Institute as I was looking for an accredited course that would help me in my career goals and continuing my education in medical billing and coding, as my position as referral coordinator and prior auth required me to understand more detailed aspects of coding and billing. This course helped for several reasons, as it allowed me the flexibility to complete it while continuing to work full time.  Additionally, if some aspects of the course were familiar to me, I was able to spend less time on those areas while keying in on areas that I wanted or needed more specifics on. This was great as I was able to individualize chapters as I continued the course. This was also much more budget-friendly than taking a college course, as I was not able to do that at this time. Thank you for offering this course, it worked out great for me.

– Wendy Emerson Long

 

 

 

 

February Student Spotlight – Devon Fountaine

I completed the Legal Assistant/Paralegal course in July of this year, and what an experience! After working for my firm for a year, I decided I wanted to become more knowledgeable about the position of paralegal. After a month of researching, I chose Blackstone Career Institute to accomplish this. Blackstone fulfilled my expectations by covering all the areas necessary for a rounded education. Blackstone gave the required hours to sit for both the NALS and the NALA certification tests. I felt the required amount of time to complete the training was perfect, and the cost was reasonable-I was sold! I immediately began enjoying the courses. The material covered was extensive and easy to understand. My learning homepage was set up in a very user-friendly way. I greatly enjoyed the extra resources; the videos, the vocabulary exercises, and the different blogs and law reviews. What I have found most helpful was the extensive coverage of legal research. I have already been able to use this skill to provide my supervising attorney with many cases and secondary materials that have been pivotal in a couple of different cases. I have already used the skills I learned with Blackstone to come up with another cause of action in a complaint that my supervising attorney was working on. This never would have happened if not for the vast wealth of knowledge I have obtained through Blackstone. I feel like a different employee now that I have completed my training. I have become much more valuable, and I greatly enjoy the opportunity to put to use the many things I have learned. Thank you for such an incredible opportunity. I recommend this program to anyone and everyone looking to further their education as a paralegal! You won’t be disappointed.

– Devon Fountaine

 

 

January Student Spotlight – Delita Rhymer

Taking this affordable Medical Billing & Coding course was the beginning of my new life. Thank you Blackstone for making it easy. I took this course to qualify for a position at my local hospital, which required taking a Medical Billing and Coding course before consideration. I will be applying first thing in the morning! The self-paced model of the course worked for me, as I don’t do well with “micro-management”. Breaking the payment down into bite-size pieces instead of a lump sum made this decision so much easier! Thank you!

– Delita Rhymer

 

 

 

2019



 

December Student Spotlight – Amber Kolmetz

I began looking into Paralegal Programs to increase my knowledge and marketability and to further my career.  After researching several programs in my state, I gravitated towards Blackstone due to the legal practice areas covered and the extensiveness of the coursework.  My final decision to continue my education with Blackstone was made when I discovered I would receive a Paralegal Certificate in addition to the opportunity to sit for exams to become a Certified Paralegal.  Currently, I am entering my tenth (10th) year of working in the legal field as a legal assistant/paralegal.  In addition to my work experience, I feel by completing this program, I have greatly increased my marketability.  Through this program, I feel that I have gained an immense amount of knowledge that has made me more efficient in my paralegal duties, accurately anticipate the needs of my attorney and our clients, and better educate and train my assistant and law clerks not only on the how-to but the why.  I feel that this program was well worth my time and the cost; I am very pleased that I choose Blackstone to further my education and career.  The fact that the coursework is online made it easier to fit the work into my schedule.  I found Blackstone’s Online Student Center to be very well organized and easy to navigate. Blackstone’s instructors were all extremely helpful and encouraging.  Overall, I had a very enjoyable experience with Blackstone.  Shall I ever decide to continue my education further, Blackstone will be the first place I look into. 

– Amber Kolmetz

 

 

 

November Student Spotlight – Megan LaFrenais

I have been working in the Legal Field since 2004 and took Blackstone’s Paralegal Course in 2008/2009 to increase my salary in the litigation law firm I was working for. In 2010 I had my first child and in 2011 my second. I became a stay at home mom and decided to return to the legal field in late 2018. I was not getting jobs, I was told in interviews that I was outdated, or out of the game for too long. I applied for a job at a Real Estate law firm and got it! The only thing was, I had not the first clue about Real Estate Law! There was no question about it, I needed to take some Real Estate Law courses and fast. I reached out to Blackstone and signing up for this course was so easy and I hit the ground running. Everything about Blackstone was so easy. From signing on to Vitalsource to read the course material to the Online Student Center to take exams everything about this course was great. I am so happy I chose Blackstone to further my education.¬†

– Megan LaFrenais

 

 

 

October Student Spotlight – Patty Nieves

When I began looking for courses to take I was researching what my best option would be to help me along in my career. At the time I was unemployed and decided to make a career change. I was unsuccessful in pursuing my current career so I went and looked at the medical field, which possesses more opportunities. Being unemployed I looked at work at home opportunities and researching I found that as a medical transcriptionist that would help me get a start. As a military spouse, I looked for universities or institutions that were military friendly and Blackstone Career Institute popped up several times in my research. Not only did they have several courses, but getting assistance quickly helped me get moving on getting started in the Medical Transcription course. After some time I landed a medical job and the course was exceptionally helpful with the duties I acquired. Although I haven’t pursued a higher position yet, I am happy I was able to take the course and have the advantage to grasp my duties with ease. I am looking to take another course at BCI because the company I work for hires within and has many opportunities in a wide variety of areas from a caregiver to financial. I would definitely recommend BCI because the courses are well designed, instructed by specialists in the field, the materials are readily accessible, you can work at your own pace, and you gain current and up to date information that helps you succeed. I am totally satisfied and happy with my decision. Thanks to BCI I gained knowledge to help me with my current job and will also be able to utilize that knowledge for other opportunities as they become available.

– Patty Nieves

 

 

 

September Student Spotlight – Cortney Keenan

I decided to take the online vet assistant course through Blackstone Career Institute because I was switching careers and needed the knowledge for my new career. I am currently employed at a nonprofit spay and neuter clinic for cats and dogs. The online program gave me the flexibility that I needed to be able to work a full-time job, be a full-time mom and still complete my coursework. The online student center was very user-friendly and all assignments were easy to complete based on the materials given online. The vet assistant program gave me the knowledge that I needed to be successful in my new job. My overall experience with Blackstone Career Institute was wonderful and I would recommend this program and Institute to anyone looking for a great online school that will allow them to work and go to school at the same time.

– Cortney Keenan

 

 

 

 

August Student Spotlight – Elizabeth Stehr

I wanted to take this course because I have always wanted to become a paralegal. It has been my dream since I was younger. I love working with people and in law. I used to work for the courts in my home state in the magistrate’s department and I always found it very interesting. Right now I am not working in the field. I wanted to finish my studies before I started looking for a position as a paralegal. I think online courses were really easy. I liked that it was easy to understand and follow. Blackstone Career Institute is an amazing institution. I plan on taking more classes online to continue my education in the paralegal field. I truly enjoyed studying the paralegal program. I even suggested this school to a friend of mine who wants to continue her education as well. Thank you so much for a great experience. I will definitely be coming back for more studies!!

– Elizabeth Stehr

 

 

 

 

July Student Spotlight – Leon Garcia

First and foremost I thank Blackstone for giving an opportunity to those adults that did not take advantage of the college experience immediately after high school, allowing us, of that group, to yet thrive for the betterment of their lives and pursuit of happiness. When I started the paralegal program admittedly I was skeptical of the quality an online legal certificate could provide given the vast intricacies of such a subject. I was pleased to learn how wonderfully detailed the coursework was, however. Starting with the foundations of law in the early 1000s with the introduction to the ‚Äúfeudal system‚ÄĚ, thereafter, progressing all the way to the very constitutions we follow today. The topics were thorough in detail and diligently comprehensive in text. As I progressed through the coursework, I found myself ‚Äúconnecting the dots‚ÄĚ of the legal system holistically and its role in my life today. I took this course with the ambitions of understanding the basics of law as I aspire to law school in my home state, at the University of New Mexico. Though it is not the most prestigious of law schools, it proves itself worthy of the connotations prescribed to such schooling, thus, making a general understanding of the law a necessary prerequisite. I plan to find a position in a local law firm or the state of NM to get some practice in before going to law school as I do not yet possess a bachelor’s degree. The practice, I am sure, would only put me a step ahead in the understanding of the processes of litigation and critical thinking of legal situations.

Thank you again all faculty and members of Blackstone, this will never be forgotten!

– Leon Garcia

 

 

 

June Student Spotlight – Nikki Holmes

My name is Nikki and I just turned 45 years old this year. When I was told that I needed to take this course as part of my job requirement as a new Title Researcher I can honestly say I was a little bit nervous. The reason being is that I haven’t been in school since I became a teenage mother and graduated high school. I was afraid of what I should expect from the online course and looking at the coursebook I was overwhelmed initially, but using the study guide which broke it down chapter for chapter made it so much easier with the end of chapter exams and the pre exams when it came time to take my actual exam. Even though the course covered more than the scope of my job it was very informative and after taking the Real Estate Law course that my employer paid for I am seriously thinking about taking another course even though I would be paying for it myself because I see now you’re never too old to go back to school. If I do it little by little course by course it won’t be so bad and it will also prepare me and help to broaden my career opportunities should I decide to expand my horizons in the future. Thank you Blackstone Career Institute for making this course easy to understand and giving me the tools I needed to pass each exam and I am proud to say on the first attempt my lowest score being a 90%.

– Nikki Holmes

 

 

 

 

 

May Student Spotlight – Gretchen Ward

My experience with Blackstone was phenomenal-it exceeded every expectation I had. I took the Legal Assistant/Paralegal course to gain credentials at my current job. I currently work as an administrative assistant for our contracts team, but I hope this certification helps me work my way up to a Paralegal.  Blackstone was a great option for me, I was still able to work 40 hours a week, and gain a great education at my own pace. I look forward to taking one of the advanced paralegal courses in the near future! 

– Gretchen Ward

 

 

 

 

 

April Student Spotlight – Melissa Bridges

The reason I started the Medical Transcription course was that I was very unhappy with my former job and wanted to be proactive in getting a career with a higher skill level and better financial security. I have been very pleased with my experience at BCI. It was very easy to get help when needed and the course was easy to follow. I am currently looking for employment and hoping to get my accreditation through AHDI soon to be a Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist. I would definitely recommend BCI to anyone who is looking to further their knowledge or career path.

– Melissa Bridges

 

 

 

 

March Student Spotlight – Matt McMullen

Until 2011, I was a dedicated and decorated law enforcement officer. However, I made the terrible decision to use drugs and my life spiraled until I wound up in prison, bereft of hope, to say nothing of a career. However, after great deliberation, I decided on a transition from law enforcement to the law – after all, I knew criminal law, know I needed only to learn civil law. Deciding to become a paralegal was the new course for me, and I asked my family to research what correspondence courses I could take. Blackstone was the answer. I poured myself into the course and learned the foundations of civil law, as well as practice and procedure. I was exposed to things I had never considered, such as real estate, trusts, contracts, and the like. Upon returning to the workforce, my training and education stood me in good stead and I was hired as an entry-level paralegal in Alexandria, Virginia.

Now, almost five years later, I serve as the firm’s Chief Paralegal and Investigator and am responsible for supervising the other staff. I have now drafted motions that have been argued before the Supreme Court of Virginia. I am, with the help of my firm, on a long path to law school myself. I owe the start of a positive and rewarding career to Blackstone.

– Matt McMullen

 

 

February Student Spotlight – Clarissa Shepherd

I am an Army spouse and used MyCAA benefits to fund my education with Blackstone.  My experience was great. The material was very helpful and provided a lot of information without overloading. I took this course because I plan on pursuing my Physical Therapy Assistant Degree with hopes of becoming a Physical Therapist within the next 5-8 years. I am currently not employed but I am hoping that will change in the new year.

– Clarissa Shepherd

 

 

 

 

 

January Student Spotlight – Jennie OwenStudent Spotlight - J. Owen

My experience with Blackstone Career Institute was by far an enjoyable learning experience.  The Paralegal program has provided me with invaluable practical skills and knowledge that has by far helped me further my career in the legal world.  By taking this course online, I was able to focus on my career, my family and therefore studying at my own pace to get the most out of my classes.    I was hired in July 2014 as a secretary in a small law office however with my education I have received and the knowledge I have gained through this program I am now a paralegal with the same firm. I received a small increase in my pay but most importantly, I have gained self-confidence and skills that have helped me flourish in this fast-paced demanding field. I was hired in July 2014 as a secretary in a small law office however with my education I have received and the knowledge I have gained through this program I am now a paralegal with the same firm. I received a small increase in my pay but most importantly, I have gained self-confidence and skills that have helped me flourish in this fast-paced demanding field.

– Jennie Owen

 

2018



 

December Student Spotlight – Ashley Traser

Once I graduated high school I was at a loss of what I wanted to do with my life. I had decided to go down the path that my father (who passed away when I was 12) wanted me to do and always knew I’d be great at it. I enrolled at Blackstone and was very excited, but I found the motivation I knew I could complete it if I put my mind to it. Once I completed my first course it was smooth sailing from there, I was able to go to school and work at the same time. I now have a job working at a vet and I have Blackstone to thank for that. With the easy online portal and the instructors to help you with any questions, you may have. You all made it easy for me to be able to attend school without the worry about changing my work schedule. I would recommend Blackstone to anyone who is looking for the ease of going to school, while dealing with work and in general life’s responsibilities.

-Ashley Traser

 

 

 

 

November Student Spotlight – Lavelia Bowman

The completely online experience with Blackstone Career Institute is amazing! All the questions I had about the Advanced Bankruptcy for Paralegals course were answered promptly with great information which led me to enroll in the course. I have been employed as a Paralegal in our law firm for 24 years and have recently taken over responsibility for our Bankruptcy files in which we represent creditors. I took the Advanced Bankruptcy for the Paralegal course because I needed to get up to speed on Bankruptcy procedures quickly so that I could competently assist our attorney with the files. The self-guided course and timeline to complete were exactly what I needed to fit my schedule. I would highly recommend Blackstone Career Institute to anyone seeking to further their education. A wonderful experience for me!

-Lavelia Bowman

 

 

 

October Student Spotlight – Jessie Milton

I must express that it was sure a blessing to become a student at Blackstone Career Institute. My reason for attending this specific institute was because it provided a very flexible process for me to be able to make payments, and also, provided the necessary materials that I needed to learn. I must mention that the staff and team members are extremely helpful. Now that I have completed and graduated from my Paralegal Course, I am currently in the process of establishing my own Legal Assistant business, thanks to Blackstone’s help. Lastly, the staff was very encouraging to me and pushed me to finish my course when I got near the end, which really made a very big impression on me.

-Jessie Milton

 

 

 

 

 

September Student Spotlight – William Hempstead Jr.

I really enjoyed taking the Advanced Bankruptcy & Advanced Wills, Trusts & Estates Courses from Blackstone. It definitely is very informative and I have a better understanding of how all the different chapters of bankruptcy work along with the necessary forms that need to be completed. Advanced Wills, Trusts, & Estates definitely help explain the different legal terminology associated with that field. It also helps the paralegal understand the entire probate process. Blackstone has been a tremendous help in my advance Paralegal studies and I have taken all (8) Advanced Blackstone Paralegal courses and highly recommend them.

-William Hempstead Jr.

 

 

 

August Student Spotlight – Kelsey Barton

I chose to start the Blackstone Paralegal course after thorough research because of its remarkable reputation and history of student success. I was in a rut in my career and decided to branch out by studying in a field that was interesting to me. The coursework that Blackstone offered for the Paralegal program was highly informative and professional, compounded with personal study as well as interactive videos and homework assignments. They even offer a space where you can ask questions and talk to other online students working through the program. I found the customer support team always willing and quick to answer any concerns that I had. Now that I am graduated, I not only feel a great sense of accomplishment but also believe more opportunities will be open in my career path.

-Kelsey Barton

 

 

 

July Student Spotlight – Jennifer Cook

BCI has been an excellent option for me. I am a mother of three boys, and I love that I am able to complete my coursework around their schedules. I have now taken two courses through BCI, the paralegal course and the Family Law course. Both were challenging but I learned so much more than I imagined. Additionally, any time I had a question, or needed clarification, between the message boards and emailing the school directly, I had an answer to my question in less than a day. I previously worked in bankruptcy and civil litigation, but family law has always been my passion. I left the firm I was employed with after having my third child, but I always knew when I went back to work I wanted to go into family law. After finishing this course I feel empowered, educated and prepared to take on any client that comes my way. I have no doubt this course will help me secure a paralegal position in this field.

-Jennifer Cook

 

 

June Student Spotlight – Jerrod Roland

A new beginning of life began when I enrolled in Blackstone Career Institute to pursue my career as a Paralegal. I had made up my mind that I wanted a better life for me, and for my mom as she suffered for MS – a disease that affects your muscles, and movement. While attending school full-time, I worked a full-time job, and a part-time job to make sure home was taken care of. At times it became rough due to lack of sleep, but I strived because my determination was to become a paralegal and see about my family. With all my hard work I graduated in January 2018. I received an offer as a Paralegal in April 2018, where I now will begin my career. I encourage anyone to stick to it even when it gets rough because it is worth the long nights.

-Jerrod Roland

 

 

 

 

 

 

May Student Spotlight – Sommer Picard

My experience with Blackstone Career Institute has been nothing short of fantastic! I was able to get my certificate programs completed at my own pace, learn valuable knowledge, and excel further in my career. Initially, I completed the Paralegal Certificate program, and most recent follow-up with a specialization course in Family Law. The two of these have helped tremendously in my career and my future goals. I currently work as a Paralegal for a large law firm, and plan to go even further beyond this position in the near future! If someone is looking to move ahead, learn valuable knowledge, and do it all for an affordable cost at their own pace, Blackstone Career Institute is the way to go!

-Sommer Picard

 

 

 

 

 

April Student Spotlight – Lorraine Chiverton

I am very happy with the education I received at Blackstone. The material was comprehensive and challenging. The faculty were very responsive to any questions I had and got back to me quickly. Anytime I called, I experienced courtesy and professionalism. Prior to enrolling, I’d researched schools, and Blackstone came highly recommended! My reason for taking the course is to volunteer in a non-profit organization, preferably one that assists animals in some way. I’m currently employed in a pharmacy, where the material I studied at Blackstone is very beneficial. I highly recommend Blackstone to anyone interested in taking a Paralegal course.

-Lorraine Chiverton

 

 

 

 

February Student Spotlight – Tamela Freeman

My experience with Blackstone, from beginning to end, was a pleasant and easy one. I didn’t have much need to contact administration, but on the few occasions I did, my questions or concerns were answered and addressed quickly and thoroughly.¬† I took the course because although I have worked in the area of law as an administrative assistant for nearly 26 years, I wanted to enhance my knowledge of the legal field so that I may be qualified for future opportunities that may arise in the Paralegal field. I found the course to be informative, challenging and very interesting. The course materials were very easy to follow and presented the information in a way that made it easy to understand and interesting to read.¬† I looked forward to starting each new lesson and to be honest, I’m a little sad that it’s over! I will definitely recommend Blackstone to others and am actually considering taking the Medical Coding/Billing course around the first of the year if things go as planned. It is never a bad thing to have a backup plan when it comes to careers.

-Tamela Freeman

 

January Student Spotlight – Yvonne House

I had done a lot of research to find a program for paralegal/legal assistant and was fortunate to have found Blackstone Career Institute.  The cost of the program was very reasonable.  I was able to pay for the program in full.  Therefore, I received all the material at once.  Whenever I had a question about anything, they have always been available to help.  The reason why I had chosen the paralegal/legal assistant course is I am in need of legal experience in this line of work.  I am currently working full time in the medical field but am seeking to become a certified legal document preparer.  This is where the paralegal/legal assistant program has been very beneficial to me. Overall, my experience with Blackstone Career Institute has been positive.  It takes a great deal of dedication to really get through the program especially when I work full time.  The levels were challenging but I powered through it.  I reached my goal of completing the program, now I’m ready to move towards my other personal goal. I would definitely recommend Blackstone Career Institute to anyone who is seeking to advance their career or for personal growth.  You will be pleased with their legal programs and service.

-Yvonne House

 

2017



 

December Student Spotlight – Tessy Armah

My experience with Blackstone Career Institute would be rated as excellent because I expected the course to be short but it was very elaborate. It is an in-depth course that covers every aspect of law which will help you to either start a career in the legal profession being an entry job seeker or to further a Law Degree. I will encourage anyone to register as a student with Blackstone Career Institute because with Blackstone your future is in safe hands. The reason I became a Paralegal student of Blackstone is that my goal is to be a Practicing Lawyer. I read through the course outline on the website saw how each of the lessons is broken down and how many law courses were required to graduate. That was when I decided to pay for the course and I do not regret it at all. Keep up the good work and thank you for a wonderful experience.

-Tessy Armah

 

 

 

 

November Student Spotlight – Amanda Eldridge

I wanted to take some time to thank you, and Blackstone Career Institute for providing me with the knowledge to pursue my dream career working with animals. The program was very informative and simple to navigate. I loved being able to work at my own pace and feel as though I controlled my education. Anytime I needed assistance the staff members at Blackstone were more than eager to help, and always returned my phone calls/e-mails. As I progressed through each unit in my Veterinary Assistant program, I felt more and more knowledgable on the trade and was excited to move forward and see what the next unit had in store. Before Blackstone, I had always known I wanted to work with animals, just didn’t have any idea where to start. Veterinary Programs can be very expensive at most colleges/universities, and being in my mid-twenties currently working a full-time job with a family, going back to conventional college just wasn’t right for me. Not to mention bills need to be paid, so I needed something that allowed me the flexibility to still work, and better my education. I was able to structure my own days and fit in schooling whenever possible. I feel so accomplished knowing I was able to make it through my program without burdening my family by taking time off work. After just completing my program in June, I have already had several interviews and I am about to start working full time at a local animal clinic. Without my career certification from Blackstone I wouldn’t be in this position, and I’m happy I chose Blackstone as a guide to career success.

-Amanda Eldridge

 

 

October Student Spotlight – Roger Pompa

I really appreciated your kind words of encouragement, and I would be indeed honored to share with you and your staff a testimonial on my behalf, regarding my course with B.C.I. I am a graduate of a community college and a university in Florida. I am learning more Law Terminology from my coursework with BCI. Blackstone’s courses are more in-depth than any college or university texts from my experience studying the law. I am not wasting my time with Blackstone, as I would be in a college setting with re-educating myself with basic core level classes, such as English, Math, or any of the elective courses needed to obtain a college degree. In my future, I intend to open a small business doing paralegal work as a freelance paralegal. I will do work for the indigent, homeless veterans, simple uncontested divorces, and helping the incarcerated with their appeals, as well as performing depositions for Law Firms.

-Roger Pompa

 

 

 

September Student Spotlight – C. Saint Lewis

My experience with Blackstone Career Institute has been very positive from the beginning. I retired from law enforcement and was looking for a way to use my background, coupled with education, and validated by an accredited school with online classes. Since the time of day doesn’t matter to me, I loved the fact that if I can’t sleep at 3:00 a.m., I can go to my Blackstone classes and use my time productively.

Before choosing Blackstone for my paralegal course, I looked at several other online schools; but they required that I be in front of my computer at a set time on a set day for a set period of time. That just doesn’t work for me. I chose Blackstone because of its flexible classes, recognition by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), and its affordability. The great customer service was an added bonus. Paul G. was so helpful in advising me on my first phone call, helping me get my transcript sent to NALA so that I could take the May 2017 test, and congratulating me once I had passed the exam. The Certified Paralegal exam was not easy but Blackstone’s course work was exceptional in helping me reach that goal. ¬†It includes every subject covered on the exam along with a lot of common law history which allowed me to understand how the law progressed over time. I would recommend Blackstone to anyone wishing to get a quality education at an affordable price.

-C. Saint Lewis

 

August Student Spotlight – Luis Garrido

Thanks again for the EXCELLENT EDUCATION I received from Blackstone! The program covered the material in such a way that made it comprehensible and retentive. I was so impressed with the program, that not only did I purchase the course volume set, but I also found a used complete set of Blackstone’s original Modern American Law!

-Luis Garrido

 

 

 

 

 

July Student Spotlight –¬†Karen Anderson

My overall experience with Blackstone was great. I thought it was very affordable and I liked that I could go through the course at my own pace. I liked the open book quizzes. It was nice not having to memorize a huge amount of material that is usually forgotten anyway. The most challenging part for me was the Lexis Advance section, the videos were short and covered a lot of material. I took the course for a career change and want to work in either Employment Law or Family Law. Thank you and Blackstone Career Institute for all the support

-Karen Anderson

 

 

 

 

June Student Spotlight – Elaine Johnson

First, I would like to thank the staff who were very helpful and professional.  THANK YOU!

This is a great online program and the way it is organized is absolutely amazing. There is a lot of information that covers all areas of law so that you can decide which area you might be most interested in pursuing. The LexisAdvance program is extremely useful.  I am so happy I found this program! The program worked out perfectly for me!  It was just what I was looking for and what I could afford.

I took this program because I wanted to obtain the academic knowledge and certification as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal so that I could advance to a Paralegal position in my legal career. Currently, I am a Legal Assistant. I look forward to continuing my education with Blackstone Career Institute by taking other advanced Paralegal programs offered.  I would recommend Blackstone Career Institute to anyone who wants to continue their education.

-Elaine Johnson

 

 

May Student Spotlight – Kerri Barnhart

I really enjoyed taking this course. It was so informative and covered everything I need to prepare me for a career in billing and coding. It was a lot of information to take in, but I took tons of notes and will always be able to look at them for a refresher course. I hadn’t worked in 20 years and circumstances came about that created an opportunity to get back out there. My uncle owns a billing company and he encouraged me to sign up for the course. Needless to say, I was very nervous getting back into schooling since I hadn’t really used my brain like that for so long, but I felt really comfortable in no time. The fact that I could go at my own pace was an immense help. Also, the idea of completing a course in less than a year and doing so at such a low cost were huge positives. I am not working yet, but I do have a job lined up. Thank you so much for such a wonderful opportunity!

-Kerri Barnhart

 

 

April Student Spotlight – G. Lee KelloggOnline Certificate Student

I chose Blackstone Career Institute’s Legal Assistant/Paralegal program based on two things: educational value and, overall cost.  Both of which are outstanding.

Based on my research there are individuals taking this course work, and knowing their freedom may depend on what they learn.  This in and of itself was total justification for me. I have learned more in one month, with Blackstone classes, than I did in almost 2 years of law school…when I changed horses in mid-stream in favor of an MBA program.

I believe the Blackstone method of teaching cuts straight to the heart of the legal/judicial system that governs justice, for you and me, in today’s aggressive society.

-G. Lee Kellogg

 

 

March Student Spotlight – Lavonia LawrenceOnline Training Student

I have had a pleasurable experience with Blackstone Career Institute. I found that with setting my own pace it was achievable for me to complete my program while balancing family and work life. It seems like yesterday I started my program and now I am looking forward to gaining on the job training and becoming a certified Medical Biller and Coder.

-Lavonia Lawrence

 

 

 

 

 

February Student Spotlight – Regina DiazOnline Course Review

I am currently a Legal Assistant and have been in the legal field since 1988.  I recently got a job with the County and was told about Blackstone Career Institute by other co-workers.  I decided to get my Paralegal Certificate through Blackstone so that I will have the opportunity to be promoted as a Paralegal.  I have always wanted to get my Paralegal Certificate but just haven’t had the time to attend school.  Blackstone lets you work at your own pace and is very easy to understand.  I would highly recommend this course to others and have already done so.

-Regina Diaz

 

 


January Student Spotlight – Shannon KealiherOnline Training Review

I am a single mom trying to maintain in life and struggle with the rent increases as well as taking care of my child with no help from the government. This has been a really hard struggle. I was able to land a job with the City Attorney’s Office. I have been there for about 3 months. I was told that I could move up to a Paralegal position but needed to get my paralegal certificate. Well, being a single mom with no extra babysitting arrangements for night classes meant this was not going to happen. One of my co-workers told me about Blackstone. I went online to check it out and ended up reading that it is at your own pace and the fees were not that bad. I signed up. I thought that it would take me 9 plus months to get through the program, but I was able to get it done in 3 months. I have now been promoted to Paralegal with an $8,000 yearly raise. This class was easy to keep up with and I learned a lot in the course. I would recommend this program to everyone.

-Shannon Kealiher

 

 

 

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December Student Spotlight – Karishna Guzmank-guzman-student-spotlight

My overall experience with Blackstone Career Institute was beyond my expectations; the institute has exceptional, prompt and courteous student services, the motivational letters/emails gave me the extra push I needed when life made sure to occupy and overwhelm me. The freedom to study at my own pace was the most gratifying as I have already done the on-campus education and the amount of pressure I had as a working married mom was exacerbating. The study material was intense, complete, current, yet easy enough to comprehend.

I have been in the real estate business for approximately 15 years as Legal Administrators appearing in court on behalf of landlords and serving as a liaison between paralegals, attorney, and tenants but ultimately approving agreements and making decisions on behalf of the landlord, that I decided it was time for me to seal my 15 years of experience with a certification. It was challenging at times but a very pleasant experience. ūüôā Thank you!

-Karishna Guzman

 

 

 

November Student Spotlight – John Whitfieldj-whitfield

I was highly impressed with this Paralegal Program. This was truly an awesome educational experience! The lessons were very detailed, informative and comprehensive. My experience with Blackstone Career Institute is an educational journey that I will never forget. As I stated before, this learning experience was well worth the money spent.

My reason for taking this course was to improve my employment chances, to expand my knowledge of the law and to acquire certification confirming that I have knowledge of the legal process. For many years I have conducted numerous Pro Se litigation, ranging from the commencement of civil lawsuits and conducting civil trials to filing motions and appeals regarding criminal proceedings.  With the acquisition of this certificate, I am finally able to document the fact that I understand the law and can assist attorneys in their effort to represent clients.

Although I am currently employed as a Youth Counselor, my ultimate goal is to start my own Paralegal business in order to generate supplemental income.  In addition, I am in the process of acquiring National Certification from the National Association for Legal Assistants (NALA).

Once again, thank you for a wonderful educational experience!

John Whitfield

Online learning has made it possible for many individuals to get their dream jobs. The average cost of virtual college is incomparable to the tuition fees of traditional schools. With online learning, you get flexibility and quality education at the same time. Blackstone offers a wide array of accredited online certificate programs, online certificate courses, career training programs, and continuing education courses. Receive advice, guidance, and support from our experienced faculty and staff. Let Blackstone prepare you for your new career today! Contact us directly at (800) 826-9228 to learn more and enhance your education with Blackstone!