With the recent media coverage about the cost of education, ballooning student debt and dwindling college enrollment, it’s a good time to consider other pathways to college and well-paying careers. Many underutilized programs combine career training, employers and colleges that could aid the upward mobility of the under-employed and a wide range of people for whom college has been unattainable.
By partnering with third-party training providers, colleges have quickly added to their portfolio of courses. Often, this is in direct response to employer demand, a trend we are seeing develop in healthcare right now.
There is a shortage of people qualified to fill the thousands of openings for allied healthcare jobs and colleges recognize this. Using third-party training providers, colleges are offering training in allied healthcare jobs such as medical assistants. Then, those newly certified medical assistants are already on a path to a higher-paying, in-demand career such as nursing, which is offered by these colleges.