Student input and job forecasting are catalysts for robust certificate offerings.
Lenexa, Kan. — Jan. 6, 2015 — Keeping pace with today’s evolving job market and students’ expressed career interests, today Grantham University is introducing six new graduate and undergraduate certificate programs. The new graduate and undergraduate certificate programs cover a range of specializations, from cybersecurity, project management and entrepreneurship, to human resources, paraprofessional educator and medical administrative assistant expertise. The University now boasts a total of 11 certificates and 38 online degree programs.
Grantham’s rich, 64-year history has centered on the progression of its educational programs in tandem with students’ needs for current, relevant higher education. Designed to build high-demand skills and subject matter expertise, the new certificates align with Grantham’s student-centric philosophy. Each certificate can be earned within six months to a year entirely online.
“Education equates to growth – for Grantham and our students – and we’re constantly looking for evidence-based opportunities to help our students move forward in the areas of most benefit and interest to them,” said Dr. Cheryl Hayek, Grantham’s chief academic officer and provost. “Being able to anticipate and embrace market changes, and subsequently grow our educational programs and tools in response is indeed rewarding.”
To achieve this high level of responsiveness, Hayek elaborated, “We continually research and monitor workforce trends, and work hard to match our educational offerings with those findings. Additionally, student surveys and direct feedback have indicated a craving for programs to help them gain an edge in top career fields. The expansion of our certificate offerings answers that call.”
With cybersecurity a major push across government agencies and corporations alike (37% growth expected by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), Hayek emphasized the importance of enhancing Grantham’s certificate offerings in that area, as well as other high-growth fields, like healthcare, human resources and project management. She also underscores the value of an online certificate for military spouses and others, who relocate frequently and are interested in fields like education, where entry-level positions, such as a teacher’s assistant, can be found across the country.
“Earning a certificate is a great way to supplement your existing education and raise credibility in a specific area – or even get a taste of a new field that piques your interest, before moving on to earn that next undergrad or graduate degree,” said Hayek. “A certificate is another feather in a job seeker’s cap, helping them stand out from other candidates. It demonstrates a person’s drive, motivation to continuously improve, and advanced knowledge – all valuable attributes in the eyes of a potential employer.”
To learn more about Grantham’s array of undergraduate and graduate-level online certificates, visit: grantham.edu/degree-type/certificate/.
About Grantham University
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online certificates, and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Grantham’s programs include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Grantham University has been accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Grantham University has been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider of the Project Management Institute.