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 Optics Specialist in Testing (CFOS/T)

    This 2-day, 16-hour program is designed to offer advanced training to anyone involved with the testing and maintenance of fiber optics networks. A focal point in the program is to offer a general, easy to understand approach to fiber optics 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 optics 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. Actual hours may vary depending on number of students. Pre-requisite: CFOT (successfully completed within the preceding 12 months).

    Thursday & Friday, 3/1-3/2, 8am-5pm, Richland, $675, CED 656
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  • Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT)

    This introductory 3-day 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 you to take the CFOT (Certified Fiber Optic Technician) test that is sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association), which is given and graded the final class day. This course also introduces you to industry standards governing FTTD (Fiber To The Desk), FTTH (Fiber To The Home), and Distribution Cabling. You 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 optics capabilities, and basic testing and troubleshooting. Anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optic Technician should attend this class. Note: You must pass both the written and hands-on exams to successfully pass this course.

    Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, 2/26-2/28, 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.
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  • EKG Technician

    Over the last year, 1,000+ jobs were posted by companies in our region for professionals in this field. As a cardiovascular technician, salaries start around $27,000 for entry-level positions. (Source: EMSI Career Coach)

    EKG Technicians are responsible for performing electrocardiogram tests in order to monitor and record electrical impulses transmitted by the heart. These tests include basic EKGs, Halter Monitoring (portable EKG which records activity for 24-48 hrs.), 12 lead placement and stress tests (treadmill). They assist a physician in diagnosing and treating cardiac and blood vessel irregularities. This program prepares you to function as an EKG Technician and to take the ASPT – Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam. This course will include important practice and background information on anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography, and stress testing. Additionally, you will practice with EKG equipment and perform hands-on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement, and other clinical practices.

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2/20-5/3 (no class 3/27, 3/29), 6-8:30pm, Richland, $999, CED 114
    *This program is eligible for a 4-month payment plan and continuing education loans are available to those who qualify.*
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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, 2/10-3/24 (no class 3/17), 9am-4pm, Richland, $750, 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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  • Pharmacy Technician

    Over the last year, 5,000+ jobs were posted by companies in our region for professionals in this field. As a pharmacy technician, salaries start around $19,000 for entry-level positions. (Source: EMSI Career Coach)

    Prepare to work as a pharmacy technician in retail or other pharmacy settings and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Course content includes pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions, and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Through classroom lecture and hands-on labs, you will review dosage calculations, drug classifications, the ”top 200 drugs,” I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parental nutrition (TPN), dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement.

    Mondays & Wednesdays, 2/26-5/7 (no class 3/28), 6:30-9pm, Richland, $999, CED 111
    *This program is eligible for a 4-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, 2/5-4/18 (no class 2/19, 3/28), 5-9pm, Richland, CED 180.01
    Phlebotomy II: 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, 3/6-5/17 (no class 3/27, 3/29), 5-9pm, Richland, CED 180.02
    Phlebotomy II: 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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  • Veterinary Assistant

    Over the last year, 180+ jobs were posted by companies in our region for professionals in this field. As a veterinary assistant, salaries start around $19,000 for entry-level positions. (Source: EMSI Career Coach)

    Have you always wanted to work with animals, but didn’t know how to get your foot in the door? Learn the ins and outs of working as an Assistant in a small animal veterinary hospital. Topics include animal restraint, contagious diseases, vaccination schedules, parasitology, wound care, giving injections and oral medications, monitoring anesthesia, assisting with surgery, common medications, basic nutrition, raising orphaned puppies and kittens, and client relations. This course will include wet labs as well as lectures and exams. Mastery of these skills will prepare you to apply for jobs at veterinary hospitals. A clinical rotation at Johnstown Veterinary Associates is also included in the program. Note: This program does not include a national or state certification.

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2/6-5/10 (no class 3/15, 3/27, 3/29), 10am-12pm, Richland, $750, CED 112
    *This program is eligible for a 3-month payment plan and continuing education loans are available to those who qualify.*
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