Preparing Students for High-Demand Jobs
As technology changes, so do job skills. That’s why Santiago Canyon College's (SCC) career technical certificate courses continue to be popular with local residents. Courses, which are free, provide employment preparation for high-demand Orange County jobs such as web design, medical billing, administrative secretary, and supervisor/manager office administration. The program is offered through the SCC Division of Continuing Education.
To keep course curriculum relevant and up-to-date, the division works closely with a business industry advisory council. Students can either register in single courses, or several classes as part of a course sequence in order to earn a certificate of completion. Certificates can be earned in a year or less.
To accommodate students, classes are open entry which means students can start anytime during the year, pending available space. Courses are offered spring, summer, and fall during mornings, afternoons, weekday evenings, and Saturdays.
Courses that provide employment preparation in high-demand occupations in Orange County include:
- Medical billing courses give students the skills necessary to hold a medical biller position. Students learn to use patient billing software, and become familiar with the guidelines of health care plans in order to submit documentation for reimbursement.
- The Web Associate program prepares students to support marketing and advertising departments by learning how to design Web pages, develop HTML code, and use digital images. Courses include Introduction to Web Design using Adobe Dreamweaver, Introduction to Electronic Imaging using Adobe Photoshop, and Introduction to Desktop Editing using Adobe Premiere.
- Executive Secretary/Administrative Assistant courses prepare students to create text documents, databases, and spreadsheets. In California, an average of 4,000 job openings for executive secretaries and administrative assistants is projected annually through 2020. The median hourly wage in California in 2013 was about $26, or around $54,000 annually.*
- First-Line Supervisor/Manager, Office and Administrative Support Workers courses are designed for both entry-level and experienced office workers looking for a promotion. Students gain office skills, and in-depth software knowledge. In 2013, the median hourly wage in California was $26.70, or $55,538 annually. In California, an average of 7,000 job openings per year for first-line supervisor/manager and office and administrative support workers is projected through 2020.**
For enrollment information and class schedule, contact the Division of Continuing Education by phone at (714) 628-5900 or email them.
*- Source: State of California Employment Development Department
** - Source: State of California Employment Development Department