Certificate Programs: Rivaling Degrees In An Age Automation & Technology
The reliance on automation and emerging technologies in business operations has changed the education landscape. Many GED and high-school students and experienced workers are wondering whether a college degree is something to pursue to obtain the career of their choice. With this educational transformation many colleges, universities, and vocational schools have instituted certificate programs.
What is a Certificate?
Certificates help you develop and hone skills for a particular job or career and span multiple industries such as healthcare, information technology, business, construction, fashion, and education. They also demonstrate initiative, validate existing skills, provide relevant industry knowledge, and bolster a business’ reputation. Certificates are designed for those just starting their career, wanting additional training or to change their career.
Benefits of Certificates
The benefits of certificate programs continue to grow whether it’s coupled with a degree or standalone.
- Explore a new field without an extensive investment of time or money
- Flexibility in pursuit, funding options, and
- Earn recognized credentials within certain fields
- Boost your resume with industry leading programs
- Broaden an existing skill set that can build your confidence
- Improve your performance
|Duration||A year or less||2+ years|
|Cost||Depending on the program,
less than $10K
|Public, in-state – 10K+
Public, out-of-state – $22K+
Private – $38K+
|Requirements||GED, high school diploma, or relevant work experience||Relevant standardized test, plus GED or high school diploma, admissions process and fees|
|Coursework||Focus on developing hands-on skills for a specialized field||Wide variety of subjects providing a broad depth of knowledge|
According to the Lumina Foundation, short-term credentials such as certificates, industry-recognized certifications, and graduate certificates lead to meaningful employment, and can be leveraged for career advancement, higher pay, and future opportunities.
Types of Short-Term Credentials
|Certificate||Awarded by college, university, or vocational institution|
|Certifications||Awarded by professional associations, vocational schools, or independent organization|
|Graduate Certificate||Awarded by an educational institution|
Most In-Demand Certificates
As companies begin implementing project management principles, a certification in Project Management has become more relevant. Having project management professionals within various levels of an organization helps with starting and closing projects more efficiently.
Using online and web-based technologies Digital Marketers develop Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Pay-Per-Click (PPC), social media to develop campaigns to promote and sell products and services. These skills also use data-driven analytics to define key performance measures to achieve specific business goals.
Certificate programs allow you to acquire specialized skills without entrance exams, prior industry experience, or obtaining student loans. Digital Workshop Center provides the best comprehensive certificate programs for today’s professionals. To learn more about our vocational Certificate Programs, set up a time to speak with a Student Advisor and discover how we help increase your proficiency.