Northern Kentucky University has launched two new certificate programs that are designed to provide new career opportunities for professionals hit hardest by the recession.
The NKU Certificate in Healthcare Technology and the NKU Certificate in Business Process Analysis are offered exclusively for individuals who are eligible dislocated workers under the Workforce Investment Act. The funds are provided through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The certificates are adapted from coursework in NKU’s fully accredited undergraduate programs in business informatics and will be provided in an intensive 12-week integrated lecture and lab format in which students will experience hands-on exercises reinforcing practical computer skills.
“These certificates are designed to provide skills that will dramatically improve the employability of individuals,” said Dr. Ben Martz, chair of NKU’s business informatics program. “We are concentrating on the skills that employers tell us they want in their employees.”
The health informatics certificate focuses on computer skills for the healthcare industry, including technology, protocols and other key elements in healthcare. The business process analysis certificate focuses on information technology competencies that will help qualify individuals for positions requiring advanced software skills.