Community colleges provide high-demand skills

Cecilia Nysing

Community colleges offer many short-term training programs that can lead to a stable career in a high-demand industry. Working in one of our region’s high-demand industries (agribusiness, construction, health care, information technology, manufacturing) can mean high growth potential, job security and higher wages.

To learn more about training programs through community colleges, we spoke with Julie Parks, interim dean at the School of Workforce Development at Grand Rapids Community College.

Why should job seekers consider a community college training program in a high-demand career?

Students in their short-term training programs get the following benefits:

  • There is direct employer involvement. Employers review the curriculum and some even teach in the program. That means what you are learning will be used on the job when you go to work.
  • The programs build confidence in a career choice. Participants know they have the skills to be successful and a head start when they begin their career.
  • Someone who has earned a certificate or credential usually starts at a higher wage and/or can advance more quickly in an organization because of what they have learned.

What programs are “hot” right now at GRCC?

The hottest programs for students right now include an accelerated pre-apprenticeship line worker program in partnership with Consumers Energy, as well as:

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