Mercer County Community College has unveiled two new virtual programs that reflect the time we live in as well as the needs of current professionals and businesses.
The first, beginning in January and available nationwide, is a program of micro-credentials, a new type of accelerated, flexible, and focused competency-based model that compresses learning into short-term stackable modules. Micro-credentials speed up the education process to allow learners to develop expertise and knowledge quickly to remain relevant, reskill or upskill, get a promotion, break into a new career, or start a business.
Upon completion, the MCCC micro-credentials result in an academic certificate of achievement with courses and college credits that can be used toward an associate or bachelor’s degree.
“MCCC’s first micro-credential courses will focus on areas within computer and information sciences and support services as well as entrepreneurial management,” said Robert Schreyer, MCCC’s vice president for academic affairs. “These courses can help a high school graduate land a first job in just a few months while completing their college degree, put a working professional on a fast-track for a promotion or salary increase, assist someone who wants to change careers completely or start a new business. We believe these flexible programs fill a real need in our fast-paced world.”
Courses beginning in January cover topics in entrepreneurial management including accounting, business law, and human resource management;
IT concepts and skills, including an introduction to programming, fundamentals of computer development, and MySQL Databases;
Oracle SQL programming and database design with classes such as computer concepts with programming, PL/SQL programming, database concepts and Oracle SQL;
And IT system analyst with courses such as introduction to programming, project management concepts, PC applications, and systems analysis.
Registration is currently open to anyone with a high school diploma or the equivalent. Visit www.mccc.edu/micro to learn more.
Mercer County College also has a new offering in its health professions program designed with New Jersey’s growing cannabis industry in mind.
“Medical Cannabis Training” is a 15-hour non-credit class that runs Monday evenings, January 25 through February 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Zoom. The program is open to anyone age 18 and up. Students receive a certificate upon completion of the course.
The course is intended for anyone who is interested in a career on the ground floor of the medical cannabis profession, or who is curious about this emerging industry in New Jersey. “New developments within the state with regard to the cannabis industry are happening almost every day. This course is intended to provide the necessary background to gain a foothold in this emerging industry,” explained Sarah Trent, course instructor and owner of Valley Wellness.
The five-day course will introduce students to this highly regulated industry by bringing in a variety of subject-matter experts to discuss areas of import such as federal and state laws and regulations, the endocannabinoid system, cultivation basics, how cannabis products are made, as well as cover dispensary-technician training techniques such as dosing, administration, and compliance.
“The potential for employment in this field is expanding. Not only is there a need for cultivators, manufacturers, and dispensary employees, the spillover into other areas of the economy is enormous,” Trent said.
“As the demand grows for a skilled health-professions workforce, MCCC will no doubt stay on the cutting edge of this industry,” said Shan Bercaw, MCCC’s program coordinator, Center for Continuing Studies Division of Lifelong Learning.
“The future is particularly bright for many types of jobs within this area of the economy and cultivating future health professionals is one of our main goals at the college,” she explained.
The cost for the five-session live virtual course is $500.