WSCC Announces Approval of 5 One Year Certificates with Financial Aid

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MARIETTA, Ohio (July 17, 2014) – Washington State Community College (WSCC) is proud to announce the approval from the US Department of Education for one year certificate programs (Multi-Craft for Industry, Petroleum Industry, Welding, Pharmacy Technician, and Peace Officer Basic Academy) with financial aid.

Washington State Community College has recognized the growing need for qualified employees in the county's industrial areas and has developed one year certificate programs in order to expedite students' learning and skills training. Brenda Kornmiller, M.A., Dean of Business, Engineering, Industrial Technologies and Workforce Development at WSCC, stated that "We have developed these (Multi-Craft for Industry, Petroleum Industry, Welding) new one-year certificates in response to industry needs. Industry is looking for workers that are trained as quickly as possible. Our One-Year Certificates offer training in a two to three semester format. Our students are trained in hands-on labs with the latest equipment and technology. Our state of the art welding lab is brand new! All of these certificates start Fall Semester."

For the POBA (Peace Officer Basic Academy) program at WSCC, the issue was that previously, the only way to receive financial aid was to pursue an Associate Degree. With the college's new one year certificate, you can receive financial aid by taking three additional courses, all three of which are very pertinent to a career in law enforcement. John Burdette, Coordinator for OPOTA at WSCC said "we are very excited to be offering the new certificate as they found that most of those interested in law enforcement wanted to just get the OPOTC (Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission) state certification for POBA and get out into the law enforcement workforce."

Earning a certificate of completion or an Associate Degree from Washington State Community College gives students the edge over those that do not get training or post-secondary education. The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services shows the trend in wages and unemployment rates according to levels of education using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2011, the unemployment rate in the U.S. for workers with a high school diploma was 9.4%; their median weekly earnings were $638. Those workers with some college education but no degree showed an unemployment rate of 8.7% and median weekly earnings of $719. With an Associate Degree, the unemployment rate dropped to 6.8% while median weekly earnings increased to $768.

According to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, some of Ohio's fastest growing occupations during the years 2010-2020 include Petroleum Engineers, Carpenters, Masons, Pipe layers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, Heating & Air Conditioning Mechanics, Software Developers, and many more. Nicole Kuhn, BSJ, Assistant Director of Admissions – Adult Learners and Career Services at WSCC states that, "Associate Degrees are in high demand more than ever before, with employers looking for both soft and technical skills. Most of Ohio's fastest growing occupations require training beyond high school, and the degrees that WSCC offers are competitive and affordable."

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