Comparing Online Certificate Programs in Northern Colorado
Higher education is changing. No longer do you need to spend four years in a university setting, only to come out with high student loan debt and immense pressure to find a job. Online certificate programs and bootcamps are a great way to focus on learning the skills you need in less time and at an affordable cost.
Here are some things you should consider when comparing online certificate programs:
- Time to Complete – how quickly do you want to complete your program?
- Outcomes – is the certificate industry recognized?
- Flexibility – when do you have time to fit classes into your schedule?
- Credibility of the Institution – is the school a certified occupational school or an accredited university?
- Student Support – what kind of support will you receive during and after your program?
- Price – how much does it cost?
We compared four schools in Northern Colorado that offer online certificate programs:
Digital Workshop Center
- 82% of students went from unemployed to employed
- Average increase in annual salary = $19k
- Average exit salary = $55k
- Average time to complete = 7.5 months
- Average time to find employment after graduation = 3.1 months
Colorado State University Online
- 22% of alumni reported securing a better job after graduation (in 2016).
- CSU Global offers monthly term starts and accelerated 8-week courses
- $350 – $900+ per credit hour
Front Range Community College
From the 2019 Graduate Survey Analysis:
- 50% said their program enhanced their ability to get or keep a job.
- Nearly two-thirds of the employed graduates are working in a field related to their training, with half of
those employed working 40 or more hours.
- The median wage of those employed related to their training was $16.50.
University of Northern Colorado Extended Campus
Check out the Certificate Programs at Digital Workshop Center or schedule a time to chat with a student advisor to learn more about how completing a certificate program could put you on the fast track to the job you’ve been dreaming about.