Intelligent.com Announces Best Dental Assistant Degree Programs for 2021
MARCH 01, 2021
Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, has announced the Top 32 Dental Assistant Degree Programs for 2021. The comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 74 accredited colleges and universities in the nation. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. Read more >
Tampa dental hygienist creates office on wheels to help veterans receive care
Jun 09, 2021
TAMPA, Fla. — As more and more of us remove our face masks, we’re getting to see more and more smiles while out and about. There is a new non-profit organization in Tampa that’s aiming to make sure our veterans are smiling the brightest. Read more >
Veteran on mission to provide dental care for other vets in need
June 29, 2021
TAMPA, Fla. - A former Air Force veteran is on a mission to help her band of brothers by helping to brighten up their smiles.
Altierus Career College dental instructor Eurika Peebles gives hands-on training in the Bayshore Dental Center Mobile Dental Van in Tampa. She's been a dental hygienist for 15 years. Read more >
Florida Dental Hygienist Helps Vets Access Oral Healthcare
Eurika Peebles, CRDH, BAS, a veteran herself, supports vets’ dental health through her non-profit organization Operation Combat Smiles.
When it comes to serving her community, Eurika Peebles, CRDH, BAS, isn’t one to wait around. She now hits the road in a van tricked out with the furnishings of a dental office to expand oral healthcare access to those who may otherwise go without it. “It’s become my passion,” she says. Read more >
Conditioned Air Association of Georgia Partners with Local Career College on Workforce Development
Sept 01, 2021
When Tucker Green took the reins as Executive Director for the Conditioned Air Association of Georgia (CAAG), he recognized the industry needed more than an infusion of talent. It needed new sources of talent and new approaches to developing it. The imminent threat of retirement by many HVAC professionals was only exacerbated by shortfall in labor supply during the pandemic. He knew the industry needed to take new action. Read more >
Bringing New Recruiting and Training Opportunities to CAAG
Sept 03, 2021
Altierus Career College (ACC) in Atlanta and Altierus Training Solutions (ATS) recently renewed membership in CAAG at the statewide level for 2021-22. Both entities are part of ECMC Education a nonprofit provider of educational solutions rooted in innovation, employer collaboration and industry stewardship. Read more >
Employers Should Consider Range of Skills in Hiring
Houston Business Journal
The COVID-19 pandemic caused chaos in the workforce across the country, and Texas was not immune to the fluctuations. While employment numbers have continued to shift locally, the large demand for workers to fill middle-skill positions–those that require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree–remains.
Recent natural disasters that impacted our state’s power grid illustrated the need for skilled workers in the trades–not only to fix the ongoing situation but also to ensure the infrastructure of our communities is able to function now into the future. To fill the need, we must build our pipeline of trained workers and support initiatives that champion the opportunities that career and technical education (CTE) provide for the individual worker, as well as for employers and the communities they serve.
In Houston, 1.4 million jobs are middle-skill positions in key industries like manufacturing, trades and healthcare. Unfortunately, local employers are seeing major workforce shortages as they seek to fill these jobs.
As employers struggle with the current situation, the next generation of workers appears to be embracing the opportunities that CTE provides. A recent study by ECMC Group found that the incoming generation of workers is prioritizing career readiness in their postsecondary education, and believes they can be successful with education credentials attained in less than three years. Combined with significant concerns about student debt, these soon-to-be workers see that shorter, less expensive education pathways provided by CTE make sense.
This mindset can also be seen in Houston-area CTE programs, which saw enrollment spike during the pandemic as students turned to “essential work” to become more immune to the economic climate.
At Altierus Career College, we’ve also experienced an influx in our skilled trades and healthcare programs from those looking to quickly enter the workforce in positions less likely to experience a downturn due to health crises or natural disasters. Partners such as Trio Electric and WellMed have continued contributing to our programs and hiring our graduates to fill these critical positions.
To ensure employers have sufficient access to skilled labor, industry leaders and educators need to come together to develop high-quality programs that get workers into the field quickly, while partnering to ascertain that learners have the skills to be successful. At Altierus, we engage our employer partners on a multitude of levels, from gathering their input on our curriculum to developing “learn and earn” models where students have the opportunity for on-the-job training that includes compensation.
Several organizations are seeing the need and making strides to stem the tide. One example is Upskill Houston, an effort of the Greater Houston Partnership that aims to strengthen the pipeline of skilled workers employers need to create better pathways to opportunity and prosperity through middle-skills jobs. At the same time, the Texas Workforce Commission recently proposed setting aside $9 million focused on closing the middle-skills gap through “job creation, job preparedness and job progression activities.”
To further support those entering and re-entering the workforce, employers can also reassess their hiring requirements. As our future workers and economy become more reliant on skills than degrees, employers must reconsider recruitment strategies based on education level. By lessening the requirement for a degree, companies have the ability to welcome workers with a wider range of educational backgrounds, experiences and diverse perspectives.
As Houston looks to embrace full economic recovery, CTE must be part of the conversation if we are to include a broad array of employers and future workers in the discussion. By coming together, we can remove stigmas associated with so-called alternative pathways and bring the education that fills essential position where it should be–into the mainstream.
Greg Garrett is the campus director at Altierus Career College in Houston.
Altierus Career College Partners With Hobart Service And Houston Area Urban League To Support Employment Diversity In Service Technician Industry
Sept 30, 2021
Three Houston organizations have joined forces to support diversity in the service technician industry by offering free career and technical education training that is coupled with a paid internship and an offer of full-time employment at Hobart Service after successful completion of the program. Program participants receive a scholarship to attend Altierus Career College Houston campus as well as on-the-job experience from Hobart Service, a nationwide leader in the industry. Houston Area Urban League is a sponsor of the initiative. Read more >
Altierus Career College Partners with Hobart Service and Houston Area Urban League to Support Employment Diversity in Service Technician Industry
September 27, 2021
HOUSTON, Texas—Three Houston organizations have joined forces to support diversity in the service technician industry by offering free career and technical education training that is coupled with a paid internship and an offer of full-time employment at Hobart Service after successful completion of the program. Program participants receive a scholarship to attend Altierus Career College’s Houston campus as well as on-the-job experience from Hobart Service, a nationwide leader in the industry. Houston Area Urban League is a sponsor of the initiative. Read more >
Altierus Career College-Norcross Names Sharon Clay Campus Director
June 07, 2021
NORCROSS, Ga.—Altierus Career College’s Norcross campus has named Sharon Clay campus director. Clay will oversee campus management and strategy, as well as day-to-day operations supporting academic quality, student engagement and student success in all programs and services. Read more >
New Classes Begin Each Month at Altierus College
March 30, 2021
The following article is from Gwinnett Forum
While the pandemic brought many challenges for educators in 2020, Altierus Career College in Norcross found unique ways to continue to serve students so they could thrive in their educational journeys. Prior investments in technology-enabled coursework allowed instructors to leverage a distance-learning platform for virtual labs and workplace simulations to keep students engaged. Read more >
Altierus Career College-Tampa and Ultimate Medical Academy-Clearwater Partner to Provide On-Ramps to Nursing Careers
February 11, 2021
TAMPA, Fla.–Altierus Career College-Tampa and Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA), Clearwater, today announced a new partnership designed to help fill gaps in the nursing workforce. Through this partnership, students that complete the medical assisting or patient care technician program at UMA will receive transfer credit to enter the Nursing Associate of Science program at Altierus, ultimately reducing tuition cost and potentially shortening the time to graduate. Read more >
ECMC Education is soliciting Request for Proposals (RFPs)
ECMC Education is soliciting Request for Proposals (RFPs) for a variety of projects to support the transition to distance learning that was required due to the current and ongoing pandemic. As part of the Digital Ecosystem initiative designed to improve current student’s access to campus resources and course materials, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) funds will be used to cover such costs that are associated with a significant change in the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.
Solutions should integrate seamlessly across existing systems and facilitate a cohesive student experience from matriculation to graduation. Integrated technology promoting a holistic student experience will provide centralized data storage and retrieval capabilities, automatic early alert and at-risk tools, multiple communication channels, scalable and innovative career services solutions, and robust financial aid and student verification capabilities.
ECMC Education strives for equal competition among all interested parties.
For more details on the RFP process click here.
CoolSys Partners With ECMC Education to Launch Online HVAC-R Technician Training Program
August 26, 2020
As it expands its growing team of HVAC-R technicians, CoolSys™, a parent of market-leading refrigeration and HVAC services companies nationwide, has partnered with ECMC Education to launch a multi-faceted, online training program for its technicians. Read more >
Altierus Career College-Tampa Names New Campus Director
July 22, 2020
Altierus Career College-Tampa announced it has appointed Tim Dengler campus director, effective July 15, 2020. In this role, he will oversee all campus operations and strategic direction for the career and technical programs Altierus provides. Read more >
Generation Z Views Traditional College Path As Old School
June 24, 2020
Amidst a global pandemic, American teenagers remain steadfast in their belief that higher education plays a key role in their future success; however, the paths they are planning to take after high school differ from previous generations. Read more >
Let’s Make the 2020’s the Decade of Career and Technical Education
February 28, 2020
Aligning higher education with the needs of the workforce and employers has become a common theme as innovation disrupts the status quo and revolutionizes the labor needs of today’s economy. Read more >
Technology Drives Innovation in Career and Technical Education
January 28, 2020
In November 2019, ECMC Education launched a pilot program utilizing virtual reality (VR) in its Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program offered at the Altierus Career College-Tampa campus. Read more >
Altierus Career College-Bissonnet Names Greg Garrett Campus Director
December 19, 2019
Altierus Career College’s Houston campus has appointed Greg Garrett as the new campus director. Garrett will oversee campus management and strategy, as well as day-to-day operations supporting academic quality, student enagement and student success in all programs and services. Read more >