Career Training

Get what it takes to grow in your field or take on a second career. Develop and enhance workplace skills by earning credentials and improving productivity essential for success in high-demand areas to maintain a competitive advantage.

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  • Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Testing (CFOS/T)

    This program is designed to offer advanced training to anyone involved with the testing and maintenance of fiber optic networks. A focal point in the program is to offer a general, easy to understand, approach to fiber optic testing standards with little theory and considerable hands on activities. This comprehensive program explains the variety of testing standards, equipment and technological approaches used in fiber network testing and splicing and how to choose among them. This 85% hands-on course explores the overall spectrum of testing and maintenance of singlemode fiber optic networks and provides a detailed overview and demonstration of various pieces of equipment used in testing and maintenance. Subject matter includes a detailed study of ANSI/TIA/EIA-526-(7)A, OTDR fundamentals and uses, OTDR vs. Insertion Loss Testing, Return Loss Testing, and Attenuation Testing using the Power Source and Light Meter. Pre-requisite: CFOT (successfully completed within the preceding 12 months).

    Thursday & Friday, 9/27-9/28, 8am-5pm, Richland, $675, CED 656
    Course fee includes all study materials, consumables, and exams.
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  • Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT)

    This introductory fiber optic tech course is designed for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optic Technician. This fiber optic training combines theory and 85% hands-on activities to prepare the student to take the CFOT (Certified Fiber Optic Technician) test that is sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optic Association) and given and graded the final class day. This course also introduces the student to industry standards governing FTTD (Fiber To The Desk), FTTH (Fiber To The Home), and Distribution Cabling. Students will learn how to identify fiber types, recognize various connectors used in fiber installation, and install, terminate, splice, and properly test installed fiber cable to existing standards. This program explores the history and future of fiber optics and fiber optic capabilities, and basic testing and troubleshooting. Anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optic Technician should attend this class.

    Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, 9/24-9/26, 8am-5pm, Richland, $700, CED 655
    Course fee includes all books, study materials, exams, and 1-year membership to the FOA. Actual number of hours may vary depending on number of students. Students must pass both the written and hands-on exams to successfully pass this course.
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  • Dental Assistant

    Over the last year, 950+ jobs were posted by companies in our region for professionals in this field. As a dental assistant, salaries start around $26,000 for entry-level positions. (Source: EMSI Career Coach)

    Prepare for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing healthcare fields. Discover all areas of preclinical dental assisting and obtain training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in the dental practice. Administrative aspects include the history of dentistry and dental assisting, introduction to the dental office, and the legal aspects of dentistry, policies, and guidelines. Clinical aspects include introduction to oral anatomy, dental operatory, dental equipment, introduction to tooth structure, primary and permanent teeth, the oral cavity and related structures, proper patient positioning, dental hand-pieces, sterilization, and other areas. In addition to entry-level jobs, this course is ideal if you are interested in pursuing a formal Dental Hygienist program. This course will prepare you for the DANB Radiology Health and Safety Exam.

    Mondays & Wednesdays, 10/1-12/12 (no class 11/19, 11/21), 5:15-8:45pm, Richland, $1,299, CED 116
    *This program is eligible for a 5-month payment plan and continuing education loans are available to those who qualify.*
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  • Medical Administrative Assistant

    Over the last year, 4,900+ jobs were posted by companies in our region for professionals in this field. As a medical secretary, salaries start around $24,000 for entry-level positions. (Source: EMSI Career Coach)

    Prepare to function effectively in many of the administrative and clerical positions in the health care industry. This program covers important background information on the medical assisting profession and interpersonal skills, medical ethics and law, medical terminology, basics of insurance billing and coding, telephone techniques, scheduling appointments, medical records management, and management of practice finances.

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9/11-11/15, 6-8:30pm, Richland, $999, CED 568
    *This program is eligible for a 4-month payment plan and continuing education loans are available to those who qualify.*
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  • Medical Terminology

    This 20-hour medical terminology program is a comprehensive guide to identifying, analyzing, and understanding the basic word structure, root words, suffixes, and prefixes.  In addition, this program will provide instruction in the organization of the human body and the associated systems, major drug classifications, diagnostic tests and treatment procedures, medical abbreviations and symbols and common medical terms. This program is intended to provide students with a well-rounded introduction to medical terminology enabling a student to better comprehend medical terms.

    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9/4-10/4, 6-8pm, Richland, $499, CED 172
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  • Personal Trainer Certification

    Over the last year, 300+ jobs were posted by companies in our region for professionals in this field. As a fitness trainer, salaries start around $19,000 for entry-level positions. (Source: EMSI Career Coach)

    Whether for a career move or for personal knowledge, get all the information you need to become a Certified Personal Trainer. Our course is a great way to prepare to be a successful, nationally Certified Personal Trainer. This collegiate course is for candidates wanting in-depth instruction and hands-on experience with a top veteran instructor to master the career skills & knowledge to be a successful trainer. This hybrid course consists of 15 hours of mentored, online, self-paced lessons and 15 hours of hands-on practical training labs with role-playing drills on exercises, presentation skills, etc. to professionally master the position. Required Textbook: Fitness Professional’s Handbook (7th Edition) with Web Resource, ISBN: 9781492523376. An e-book version is also available for purchase, ISBN: 9781492535935

    • Level 1 – Nationally Certified Personal Trainer: Successfully complete the written and practical exams. CPR/AED required.
    • Level 2 – Nationally Certified Personal Trainer: Successfully complete your Level 1 exams followed by a 30-hour internship that will help you connect with local employers.

    Saturdays, 10/20-12/17 (no class 11/24), 9am-4pm, Richland, $749, CED 546
    *This program is eligible for a 3-month payment plan and continuing education loans are available to those who qualify.*
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  • Phlebotomy

    Over the last year, 800+ jobs were posted by companies in our region for professionals in this field. As a phlebotomist, salaries start around $25,000 for entry-level positions. (Source: EMSI Career Coach)

    Phlebotomy I provides in-class lecture and hands-on student laboratory. Topics of discussion include universal precautions and safety, special collection procedures, handling and processing of specimens, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and communication skills. You will learn manual skills to perform venipuncture and skin puncture techniques along with didactic training to assure quality specimens. A certificate of completion is awarded to students maintaining a minimum of 75% in each area measured. Class size is limited to 12 students. The course textbook must be purchased prior to the first class. Required Textbook: Phlebotomy Essentials (6thEdition), ISBN: 9781451194524

    Phlebotomy II encompasses 100 clinical hours at a local hospital. Clinical hours may encompass varied shifts: Monday-Sunday. You must successfully complete Phlebotomy I and Phlebotomy II to qualify for the national certification exam application. Hospitals require the following, which is not covered in the cost: scrubs, malpractice insurance, PA criminal background check, FBI background check, child abuse clearance, urine drug screen, Hepatitis B vaccination, and certain immunizations and health tests. The College will provide a photo ID.

    Phlebotomy I: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9/10-11/14, 5-8:45pm, Richland, CED 180.01
    Phlebotomy II: Dates and times will vary, Hospital, CED 181.01
    $1,558
    *This program is eligible for a 5-month payment plan and continuing education loans are available to those who qualify.*
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    Phlebotomy I: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10/2-12/13 (no class 11/20, 11/22), 5-8:45pm, Richland, CED 180.02
    Phlebotomy II: Dates and times will vary, Hospital, CED 181.02
    $1,558
    *This program is eligible for a 5-month payment plan and continuing education loans are available to those who qualify.*
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