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New Program Gives High School Students Training and Job Placement in an Allied Healthcare Career


LIVONIA, Mich. –  After a comprehensive and successful two-year pilot with more than 900 students,  MedCerts has launched a training program for high school students to earn a nationally recognized credential in Allied Healthcare and Health IT careers. When the student successfully completes the online didactic training and has graduated, they are able to funnel directly into open jobs with partner employers or if they choose, take advantage of the  MedCerts Prior Learning Assessment Credit Transfer Ecosystem and gain college credit at a reputable college.

The new program combines online training and, if needed as part of the certification, a residential experience in a healthcare setting, guided by healthcare professionals that lead directly to jobs. These residential training experiences provide on-the-job experience, which can be supplied through MedCerts employer partners or through the school’s existing partners. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most allied healthcare jobs are in high demand.  The projected growth change in employment for Medical Assistants from 2022 to 2032 is projected at 14 percent, which is well above the average growth rate.

“MedCerts in partnerships with schools and local healthcare employers is building an early talent pipeline directly from high school into well-paying, entry-level healthcare jobs,” said Jen Kolb, National Director of Workforce Development at MedCerts, “Students in high school can get their training and clinical experience completed in their senior year so that they graduate from high school and can go immediately into a skilled career.”

For the 2023/24 school year, MedCerts has now opened the program to public and private schools to be managed either through career centers, vocational training/CTO or existing healthcare training programs and academies. Schools interested in connecting their students to this program may contact Jen Kolb at jkolb@medcerts.com

In addition to the training and residential experience opportunities, MedCerts has partnered with Excelsior University, Franklin University, Capella University, Strayer University, University of Phoenix, American College of Education, and Trine University, which offer simultaneous college course credits. These  Prior Learning Assessment Credits work similarly to AP programs where students earn college credits for taking high-rigor courses and passing nationally accepted exams. Students who complete the MedCerts training and pass their certification exam are eligible for credits toward an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. For many students, earning a solid wage right after high school, combined with earning what may be their first semester of college credits, could make college more attainable.

Emerge Education – which drives workforce development solutions through building partnerships with educational institutions and employers –  has already launched the MedCerts Healthcare Training Program with a cohort of 50 students enrolled at Cumberland Valley School District in Pennsylvania. Dr. Lauren Holubec, Senior Vice President, Business and Workforce Development at Emerge said, “This is a model program giving students an industry-recognized credential to work in an in-demand industry right out of high school, while also putting them on a pathway to earning a college degree if they choose to pursue additional education upon graduation.” 

MedCerts is a leading healthcare training provider that has helped more than 55,000 students earn credentials and start or advance careers in the in-demand fields of healthcare and IT. MedCerts has developed more than 50 immersive online national certification training programs, combined with onsite training experiences.

About MedCerts 
MedCerts – a  Stride Inc. company (NYSE: LRN) – is a national online training provider strengthening the workforce through innovative eLearning solutions. Focused on certifications in high-demand areas of Allied healthcare and IT. MedCerts delivers career training through HD-quality video-based instruction, virtual simulations, games, animations, and more. In 2023, MedCerts launched its Partner Solutions brand focused on building partnerships to bridge the gap between our students, job seekers, employers, higher education institutions and workforce agencies. This new brand includes several partnership models, including recruitment, reseller, content licensing options and more. 

Since 2009, the company has developed over 50 career programs, trained and upskilled more than 70,000 individuals across the country, and partnered with over 500 American Job Centers and more than 1,000 healthcare organizations to build talent pipelines. For more information on MedCerts, visit  medcerts.com. For more information on MedCerts Partner Solutions, visit  partners.medcerts.com

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