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Jan 25
MPCC to showcase online health care training

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MPCC will show people how to train online for careers in health care during an information session Feb. 2. Some of the careers that will be featured allow graduates to work from home. 

A rewarding career in health care can now be achieved online thanks to a partnership between Career Step and the Business and Community Education department at Mid-Plains Community College. 

Tyson Mehlhoff, regional account executive for Career Step, will be on the college's North Campus in North Platte on Feb. 2 to host two information sessions. 

The first starts at 2 p.m. and the second is scheduled for 6 p.m. Both will be in Room 203 of the W.W. Wood Building, and both are free to attend. 

During the sessions, Mehlhoff will explain the career-focused educational opportunities that exist because of the MPCC/Career Step partnership. The following online training is available: 

  • Professional Medical Coding and Billing with PCS
  • Medical Transcription and Editing
  • Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Executive Assistant

"Career Step specializes in health care education," said Mehlhoff. "Health care is one of the best industries to work in because those jobs are always going to be needed. About 2.8 million new health care jobs are expected to be available by 2022." 

Eighty-four percent of Career Step graduates end up employed in their field of study. In some instances, that figure is even higher. For example, the job placement rate for graduates of the Medical Transcription program is 94 percent. 

As an added bonus, careers such as Medical Transcription or Medical Coding and Billing, are conducive to working from home as long as there's an Internet connection. 

"Those are great options for stay-at-home parents or individuals who live in rural areas," said Mehlhoff. "We are partnered with over 100 of the largest Medical Transcription Service Organizations who provide transcription services for a large majority of hospitals all across the country. Those companies recognize a graduate from our program as having one year of job experience, and almost all of the employers hire graduates to work from home." 

Individuals who qualify for the Community College Gap Assistance Program, and who would like to take one of the courses, could receive financial aid to do so. That's according to Crystal Welch, MPCC Business and Community Education coordinator. 

Gap funds are awarded to community college students taking non-credit courses that could lead to jobs in high-demand fields. The students must be low-income and ineligible for federal financial aid because they are not enrolled in for-credit courses that lead directly to a degree.     

More information about the MPCC/Career Step programs can be found at: careerstep.com/mpcc. 

Those interested in attending the information sessions at the college are encouraged to RSVP to Crystal Welch at (308) 535-3614 or welchc@mpcc.edu. Walk-ins will also be accepted.

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​