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Tami Russell

Tami Russell is PDI's Director of Public Programs and Distance Learning. She manages PDI's extensive certificate program curriculum.

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What Are Some Perks to Becoming a Private Investigator?

Posted by Tami Russell on Oct 9, 2017 3:08:41 PM

Private investigators (sometimes called private detectives) enjoy many career perks.  The job is especially attractive to entrepreneurial thinkers who like the flexibility of this interesting, diverse career.

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Topics: private investigations

What Are The Pros and Cons of Working as a Dental Assistant?

Posted by Tami Russell on Sep 20, 2017 3:23:22 PM
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Topics: dental assistant

Online Courses, Certificates Give Learners Access to Thousands of Career-Building Topics

Posted by Tami Russell on Sep 15, 2017 11:02:12 AM

It's no secret that we here at The Knowledge Nook encourage lifelong learning.  It's an opinion we share with many educational institutes, as well as researchers who focus on how we age.  There is a lot of evidence that lifelong learning is the key not only to better career opportunities, but also improved memory and cognitive skills.

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Topics: continuing education, careers

What Are The Licensing Requirements for Private Investigators?

Posted by Tami Russell on Sep 5, 2017 2:24:59 PM

“Do I have to have a license to work as a private investigator?”

It’s a great question, and one we hear often at The Knowledge Nook.  Let’s explore licensing requirements and what it takes to become a professional private investigator.

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Topics: private investigations

"Proof of Education" is Important Key To Working as a Paralegal

Posted by Tami Russell on Aug 24, 2017 2:53:16 PM

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Topics: paralegal

NOGS Schools Are Great Energy Programs For Industry Newcomers

Posted by Tami Russell on Aug 16, 2017 3:30:24 PM

Oil and gas industry newcomers, and others re-assigned to new and challenging duties within the industry, have unique access to a wide swath of energy accounting knowledge through participation in the annual National Oil and Gas Schools, coming this fall to Houston and Denver.

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Topics: energy

Medical Coding and Billing Offers Healthy Career Options In Fast-Moving Industry

Posted by Tami Russell on Jul 28, 2017 10:22:19 PM

Not all jobs in the healthcare profession belong to personnel who deal directly with hands-on patient care.  Among the many other careers in the industry are the medical coders and medical billing workers.  These individuals are found in hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, and insurance companies or billing agencies. 

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Topics: medical billing and coding

What Are Some Great Reasons to Consider a Career as a Dental Assistant?

Posted by Tami Russell on Jul 18, 2017 4:20:31 PM

Although obtaining a steady salary is the primary reason most people share when asked WHY they work, it’s no secret that a paycheck is not the only reason to clock in every day. 

What are some other great reasons to consider a career as a dental assistant?

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Topics: dental assistant

HRCI® Certification Gives Field Professionals the Edge in Job Search, Career Advancement

Posted by Tami Russell on Jul 13, 2017 3:52:32 PM

Practicing Human Resource management professionals have benefited in myriad ways by obtaining the Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) designations. 

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Topics: HR certification

High-Value Certificate Programs Are Quick Way To Join A Career Field, Or Enhance Your Own

Posted by Tami Russell on Jul 7, 2017 4:34:01 PM

As 4th of July festivities wind down and people ease in to the dog days of summer, many individuals begin looking ahead to the quickening pace of the fall.  If your plans include an investment in your future and your career, it’s worth a quick look at the PDI Fall Program Catalog to explore all the ways to enter a new career as well as the additional programs designed to enhance opportunities in your current career.

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Topics: certificate programs

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