News and Updates

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Program Updates: Mediator Programs

The following update is for partners that offer the Mediator programs in their catalog.

We would like to inform you that we are retracting the recent announcement about the price increase and reversed the pricing of the Mediator programs.

The suggested retail price will remain as it was prior to the announcement for the following programs:

·         Certified Family Mediator: $3,895

·         Certified Healthcare and Eldercare Practitioner: $3,895

·         Certified Mediator and Arbitrator: $3,695

·         Certified Mediator and Conflict Resolution Specialist: $3,695

·         Certified Mediator and Restorative Justice Practitioner: $3,895

Stay tuned for details as we will soon offer an opportunity to learn more about these programs and how to promote them to your students.

Please contact your Account Manager if you have any questions about this update.

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Seven New Career Training Programs: Electrical Technician and More

New Career Training Programs

Title: Electrical Technician 

This program will teach students math, inspection, safety, quality, electrical systems, automation, motor controls, and assembly to work as an electrical technician.

Program Code: GES773

Hours: 120

Cost: $1695

Program SRP: $1995

Availability: Immediately

Why should you market this program?

Within the U.S. workforce, there is a significant skills gap in the area of construction and trades and many employers are struggling to find qualified personnel to fill these positions. This program provides key foundational training to be an Electrical Technician and will allow students to be eligible for some of these jobs.

Why are we adding this program to the catalog?

We are adding this program to the catalog because we are trying to expand the programs we offer in the areas of Trades and Construction. We currently only have 18 programs within this category.

Why would a student take this program?

A student would want to take this program to become an electrical technician because electrical technician can earn an average of $20 per hour. This entry-level career also provides the stepping stone to become an electrician and earn even more if they decide to pursue a certification. There is significant room to grow in your career as the job growth rate for Electricians is 14%.


Title: Maintenance Technician

In this program, students will learn the following concepts and skills to become a Maintenance Technician:  workholding, math, inspection, safety, machining, quality, grinding, electrical systems, automation, mechanical systems, motor controls, rigging, and fluid systems.

Program Code: GES767

Hours: 250

Cost: $1395

Program SRP: $1695

Availability: Immediately

Why should you market this program?

Within the U.S. workforce, there is a significant skills gap in the area of construction and trades and many employers are struggling to find qualified personnel to fill these positions. This program provides key foundational training in maintenance that will allow students to be eligible for some of these jobs.

Why are we adding this program to the catalog?

We are adding this program to the catalog because we are trying to expand the programs we offer in the areas of Trades and Construction. We currently only have 18 programs within this category.

Why would a student take this program?

A student would take this program if they have an interest in problem solving and taking pieces apart in an industrial setting. This program provides working knowledge and use of common tool room equipment to manufacture and repair components for in-house maintenance purposes. The median wage is $17.31 for a Maintenance Technician.


Title: Press Operator – Cold Stamping

This program will provide students provides an intensive overview of skills necessary for cold stamping press work. Students will learn math, inspection, safety, materials, quality, stamping, forming, and automation to work at as a Press Operator: Cold Stamping.

Program Code: GES768

Hours: 100

Cost: $1195

Program SRP: $1495

Availability: Immediately

Why should you market this program?

Within the U.S. workforce, there is a significant skills gap in the area of construction and trades and many employers are struggling to find qualified personnel to fill these positions. This program provides key foundational training in press operations that will allow students to be eligible for some of these jobs.

Why are we adding this program to the catalog?

We are adding this program to the catalog because we are trying to expand the programs we offer in the areas of Trades and Construction. We currently only have 18 programs within this category.

Why would a student take this program?

A student would take this program if they are interested in working in an industrial environment. As a press operator a student would be able to earn $12 – $19. This is an entry-level career that can lead to higher earning industrial careers such as CNC Operator and Programmer and Tool and Die Maker.

ed2go offers both a hot stamping and cold stamping program. Cold stamping involves the transformation of a sheet of metal at room temperature inside a forming die under pressure. Hot stamping involves the heating of the steel blanks until they are malleable, followed rapid cooling.


Title: Press Operator – Hot Stamping

This program will students an intensive overview of skills necessary for hot stamping press work. Students will learn math, inspection, safety, materials, quality, stamping, forming, and automation to work at as a Press Operator: Hot Stamping.

Program Code: GES769

Hours: 100

Cost: $1195

Program SRP: $1495

Availability: Immediately

Why should you market this program?

Within the U.S. workforce, there is a significant skills gap in the area of construction and trades and many employers are struggling to find qualified personnel to fill these positions. This program provides key foundational training in press operations that will allow students to be eligible for some of these jobs.

Why are we adding this program to the catalog?

We are adding this program to the catalog because we are trying to expand the programs we offer in the areas of Trades and Construction. We currently only have 18 programs within this category.

Why would a student take this program?

A student would take this program if they are interested in working in an industrial environment. As a press operator a student would be able to earn $12 – $19. This is an entry-level career that can lead to higher earning industrial careers such as CNC Operator and Programmer and Tool and Die Maker.

ed2go offers both a hot stamping and cold stamping program. Cold stamping involves the transformation of a sheet of metal at room temperature inside a forming die under pressure. Hot stamping involves the heating of the steel blanks until they are malleable, followed rapid cooling.


Title: Process Technician

This program will teach students the necessary skills to become a process technician, including math, inspection, safety, machining, quality, electrical systems, automation, mechanical systems, motor controls, fluid systems, and joining.

Program Code: GES771

Hours: 165

Cost: $1695

Program SRP: $1995

Availability: Immediately

Why should you market this program?

Within the U.S. workforce, there is a significant skills gap in the area of construction and trades and many employers are struggling to find qualified personnel to fill these positions. This program provides key foundational training to be a Process Technician and will allow students to be eligible for some of these jobs.

Why are we adding this program to the catalog?

We are adding this program to the catalog because we are trying to expand the programs we offer in the areas of Trades and Construction. We currently only have 18 programs within this category.

Why would a student take this program?

Process technicians design new equipment or materials or recommend revision to methods of operation in order to improve efficiencies. With this program students learn about six sigma, lean operation and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM). According to BLS, the average salary is $53,330. Students can be eligible for these careers with just a high school diploma and some on-the-ground training.


Title: Robotics Technician

This program will provide students provides an intensive overview of skills necessary for the robotics industry, including math, safety, quality, electrical systems, automation, mechanical systems, fluid systems, and rigging.

Program Code: GES770

Hours: 155

Cost: $1395

Program SRP: $1695

Availability: Immediately

Why should you market this program?

Within the U.S. workforce, there is a significant skills gap in the area of construction and trades and many employers are struggling to find qualified personnel to fill these positions. This program provides key foundational training to be a Robotics Technician and will allow students to be eligible for some of these jobs.

Why are we adding this program to the catalog?

We are adding this program to the catalog because we are trying to expand the programs we offer in the areas of Trades and Construction. We currently only have 18 programs within this category.

Why would a student take this program?

According to BLS, the average salary is $55,610 for a Robotics Technician. Students can be eligible for these careers with just a high school diploma, associates degree, or some on-the-ground training.


Title: Welding Technician

This program will provide students an accelerated training that allow students to identify the required knowledge and skills for each worker and provide a pathway to upskill and validate worker’s competences.

Program Code: GES766

Hours: 125

Cost: $1695

Program SRP: $1995

Availability: Immediately

Why should you market this program?

Within the U.S. workforce, there is a significant skills gap in the area of construction and trades and many employers are struggling to find qualified personnel to fill these positions. This program provides key foundational training in welding that will allow students to be eligible for some of these jobs.

Why are we adding this program to the catalog?

We are adding this program to the catalog because we are trying to expand the programs we offer in the areas of Trades and Construction. We currently only have 18 programs within this category.

Why would a student take this program?

According to BLS, the annual wage for a welder is $38,150 and can be significantly more if the students decides to earn certifications in welding. Students can be eligible for these careers with just a high school diploma and some on-the-ground training.


What Partners Need To Do

New Programs: Partners only need to make catalog updates for new Career Training Programs in your Online Administration Center (OAC) if:

  • Your site is set up for ed2go to automatically add new courses/programs to your catalog, AND you do not want to offer the new program, or need to change your retail pricing.
  • Your site is NOT set up for ed2go to automatically add new courses/programs to your catalog, AND you want to add new courses/programs to your catalog.

For assistance with updating your catalog, read this article

Otherwise, no further action is needed on your end in the OAC.

Content or Hours Update: No further action is needed on your end in the OAC. Your catalog already reflects this change.


Please contact your Account Manager if you have any questions about the new program.

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New Test Prep Courses-Automotive Service Excellence and DEWALT Online Licensing

We are excited to announce the launch of new courses in the Automotive and Manufacturing categories. These courses are available for immediate enrollment.

For students interested in becoming certified Automotive Technicians and Service Professionals, we now offer 36 test prep titles. These courses are available in a self-paced format and offer practice tests to help students prepare for either an ASE or a DEWALT certification in a simulated testing environment like the actual test.

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Tech Test Preparation

  • Automotive Series [8 Total]
  • Automotive – Bilingual (English/Spanish) [14 Total]
  • Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Electronic Diesel Truck Series [8 Total]

DEWALT Online Licensing Exam Preparation

  • Building Contractor
  • Business and Project Management
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing

 

Program Titles and Cost

  • ASE Technician Test Preparation (TTP) Truck Series: T1 Gasoline Engines
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation (TTP) Truck Series: T2 Diesel Engines
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation (TTP) Truck Series: T3 Drive Train
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation (TTP) Truck Series: T4 Brakes
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation (TTP) Truck Series: T5 Suspension/Steering
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation (TTP) Truck Series: T6 Electrical and Electronic Systems
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation (TTP) Truck Series: T7 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation (TTP) Truck Series: T8 Preventative Maintenance
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation 2.0: Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Electronic Diesel Diagnosis (L2)
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation 2.0 (TTP2): Auto Maintenance and Light Repair (G1)
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation 2.0 (TTP2): Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation 2.0 (TTP2): Automotive Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles (A2)
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation 2.0 (TTP2): Automotive Brakes (A5)
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation 2.0 (TTP2): Automotive Electrical Electronic Systems (A6)
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation 2.0 (TTP2): Automotive Engine Repair (A1)
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation 2.0 (TTP2): Automotive Manual Drive Trains and Axles (A3)
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation 2.0 (TTP2): Automotive Suspension & Steering (A4)
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation 2.0 (TTP2): Automotive Advance Engine Performance (L1)
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation 2.0 (TTP2): Automotive Engine Performance (A8)
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation 2.0 (TTP2): Automotive Exhaust Systems (X1)
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation 2.0 (TTP2): Light Vehicle Diesel Engines (A9)
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation 2.0 (TTP2): Parts Specialist (P2)
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation 2.0 (TTP2): Automotive Service Consultant (C1)
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • DEWALT Plumbing Online Licensing Exam Preparation
    • Course Hours: 11
    • Wholesale Price: $39.95
    • SRP: $49.95
  • DEWALT Building Contractor’s Online Licensing Exam Preparation
    • Course Hours: 11
    • Wholesale Price: $39.95
    • SRP: $49.95
  • DEWALT Business and Project Management Online Exam Preparation
    • Course Hours: 4
    • Wholesale Price: $15
    • SRP: $20
  • DEWALT Electrical Online Licensing Exam Preparation
    • Course Hours: 11
    • Wholesale Price: $39.95
    • SRP: $49.95
  • DEWALT HVAC Technician Online Certification Exam Preparation
    • Course Hours: 11
    • Wholesale Price: $39.95
    • SRP: $49.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation H1-Compressed Natural Gas Engines
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation H2-Diesel Engines
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation H3-Drive Train
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation H4-Brakes
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation H5-Suspension and Steering
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation H6-Electrical/Electronic Systems
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation H7-Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95
  • ASE Technician Test Preparation H8-Preventative Maintenance
    • Course Hours: 7
    • Wholesale Price: $25.95
    • SRP: $29.95

What you need to do

Here is what you can expect and how to make changes to meet your organization’s needs:

1. Auto Catalog Update Partners: If your organization is on auto catalog update, our New Online Class and New Bundle will automatically be updated in your catalog. If you would like to remove these new classes/bundles, you may choose to go into your Online Administration Center (OAC) and remove it.  You also have the ability to change the pricing. Keep in mind these are pre-enrollment classes/bundles so you will need to follow the steps in the above section.

2. Non Auto Catalog Update Partners: If your organization is not on auto catalog update, and you would like to add these classes to your catalog, you will need to go into your Online Administration Center (OAC) and manually add them. You also have the ability to change the pricing. Keep in mind these are pre-enrollment classes/bundles so you will need to follow the steps in the above section. 

3. Revised Online Classes: The program descriptions in the online catalog will automatically be adjusted to reflect any changes. This will happen for anyone that is currently offering theses classes.

Questions

Please contact your Account Manager if you have any questions about these online classes.

 

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Discontinued Program: iOS App Developer

The following update is for partners that offer the iOS App Developer program in their catalog.

Due to a few recent changes in the industry, ed2go is removing the iOS App Developer program from the catalog until it can be updated to ensure that students are receiving the best possible training experience. Students who are interested in application development may consider the Android App Developer program or the Web Applications Developer program. Both courses provide a great foundation for a career in software development.

Students enrolling in the Android App Developer program will learn application development on the Android operating system (which covers about 88% of the global smartphone market) and can lead to many job opportunities. Students enrolling in the Web Applications Developer program will learn marketable skills they can include on their resume such as HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, SQL, PHP, XML, and Ajax.

 The iOS App Developer program will be removed from the catalog effective 6/30/17.

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Program Updates: Web Design and Development Programs

We have updated some of our programs to ensure we are offering the most relevant content and highly-qualified instructors. Please read below about these important changes.

 Update to Web Design and Development programs

We decreased the hours for one of our courses due to the removal of the Advanced JavaScript Module. We increased the hours for two programs to include more content related to HTML and CSS in the Introduction to JavaScript module. The following programs have a change in hours:

·         Web Design Professional from 330 to 320

·         Web Applications Developer from 360 to 380

·         Mobile Web Developer from 280 to 300

 These program changes will take effect on October 20, 2017.

Please contact your Account Manager if you have any questions about this update.

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Updated Program: Mobile and Desktop Web Developer

The following update is for partners offering the Mobile and Desktop Web Developer program.

ed2go has revised the Mobile and Desktop Developer program to update the course’s content.

We have made the following changes:

  • Program title changed from “Mobile and Desktop Web Developer” to “Mobile and Desktop Web Developer / Responsive Web Design” so students interested in this program can see that it includes responsive design from the title.

  • Program hours have increased from 460 to 480 due to the addition of the new responsive design and more introduction to JavaScript content.

  • The Advanced JavaScript module within the program has been changed to Introduction to JavaScript to make sure each student can take full advantage of this part of the program and be able to walk away with a good grasp of the fundamentals of JavaScript.

  • New content on responsive web design; for both Apple devices and operating systems.

The new program title will become effective on October 12, 2017.

Please contact your Account Manager if you have any questions about this update.

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Launch of New Career Training Program and Instructor-Led Bundle

New Career Training Program

Title: Android App Developer

This program will teach students how to learn and master the necessary skillsets for professional Android application development by developing six trending applications during this course authorized by Google. In this program students will learn to become proficient in Android app development and to be prepared for the Associate Android Developer (AAD) Exam conducted by Google.

Program Code: GES392

Hours: 25

Cost: $395

Program SRP: $495

Availability: Immediately

Why should you market this program?

This is one of the few careers that has double digit projected growth rate of 17%. It helps round the software development category in the ed2go catalog.

Why are we adding this program to the catalog?

We are adding this to the catalog because we already have web and mobile developer programs, but we wanted one specific to the Android operating system. Android currently has 88% of global market share of the smartphone operating systems.

Why would a student take this program?

A student would take this program if they are interested in software development but wanted to focus on a specialty area. This course prepares students for the Associate Android Developer (AAD) Exam conducted by Google. Passing the exam and earning that certification will allow their resume to stand out in the area of app development.


New Instructor Led Course Bundle

Title: Aging and Health Bundle

Cost: $165

SRP: $249

Course Code: B9026

Courses Included:

Certificate in Healthy Aging (10 contact hours)

As the population in the United States ages, there are many opportunities to learn how to work with seniors to support quality of life. In the Certificate in Healthy Aging certificate, you’ll gain an overview of specific aspects of aging, including the impact of nutrition and physical activity on the aging process, physiologic changes in the healthy aging brain, and the role of intimacy and sexuality in healthy aging. This program is designed for individuals who are working in the health care field, those who are interested in the topic, those who are working with the aging population, or anyone who wishes to prepare for a career in aging services or gerontology.

Certificate in Gerontology (25 contact hours)

With the population aging at a rapid rate, the number of individuals over 65 will more than double by the year 2020. The demand for knowledgeable providers to meet the needs of this population is dramatically increasing. The Certificate in Gerontology represents a specialization in the field of gerontology. It is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of health care professionals who work with the older adults.

Certificate in Brain Health (10 contact hours)

Can we program our brains for happiness? How do sleep quality and stress affect our mental and physical health? Can activities such as exercise, play, and even listening to music boost brain health? In this innovative certificate program, you’ll gain insights into the amazing brain and explore how to support health and happiness through lifestyle choices that impact this remarkable organ. Based on recent scientific studies, this program is perfect for healthcare professionals or anyone who wants to better understand how supporting brain health can foster health, happiness, and wellbeing.


What Partners Need To Do

New Programs: Partners only need to make catalog updates for new Career Training Programs in your Online Administration Center (OAC) if:

  • Your site is set up for ed2go to automatically add new courses/programs to your catalog, AND you do not want to offer the new program, or need to change your retail pricing.
  • Your site is NOT set up for ed2go to automatically add new courses/programs to your catalog, AND you want to add new courses/programs to your catalog.

For assistance with updating your catalog, read this article

Otherwise, no further action is needed on your end in the OAC.

Content or Hours Update: No further action is needed on your end in the OAC. Your catalog already reflects this change.


Please contact your Account Manager if you have any questions about the new program.

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Launch of a New Career Training Program: Microsoft Web Developer

New Career Training Program

Title: Microsoft Web Developer

This program will teach students how to develop Web pages. In this program students will learn Java Programming, C Sharp, HTML, CSS, SQL Server, and JavaScript. When students complete the program, they will have the foundational knowledge necessary to take the Developing Microsoft Azure & Web Services (70-487) and Developing ASP.net MVC Web Applications (70-486) exams.

Program Code: GES379

Hours: 200

Cost: $1695

Program SRP: $1995

Availability: Immediately

Why should you market this program?

This program prepares students for one of the fastest growing careers. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Web Developers have a projected job growth rate of 27%. A career as a web developer does not require a four-year college degree, often they have an associates degree or have earned certifications.

Why are we adding this program to the catalog?

We previously had a version of this program in the ed2go catalog. It was retired several months ago. We are now able to offer this program again and the new program includes two certifications.

Why would a student take this program?

A student would take this program because they learn many of the essential skills that will allow them to navigate a career in Information Technology and Software Development such as C#, HTML, CSS, SQL Server, JavaScript, Object based JavaScript, and jQuery.


What Partners Need To Do

New Programs: Partners only need to make catalog updates for new Career Training Programs in your Online Administration Center (OAC) if:

  • Your site is set up for ed2go to automatically add new courses/programs to your catalog, AND you do not want to offer the new program, or need to change your retail pricing.
  • Your site is NOT set up for ed2go to automatically add new courses/programs to your catalog, AND you want to add new courses/programs to your catalog.

For assistance with updating your catalog, read this article

Otherwise, no further action is needed on your end in the OAC.

Content or Hours Update: No further action is needed on your end in the OAC. Your catalog already reflects this change.


Please contact your Account Manager if you have any questions about the new program.

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7 Best Practices for Creating an Engaging Continuing Education Website

7 Best Practices for Creating an Engaging and Usable Continuing Education Website

Websites play an ever-increasing role in the importance of our marketing efforts. Our partners indicate that more emphasis is being placed on digital marketing including website design when it comes to where they are choosing to spend their marketing dollars to promote online offerings. In fact, when we conducted our 2016 partner survey, we found that…

  • 5% spent money designing or redesigning the continuing education section of their website in 2016

Most of our partners are currently using a combination of digital marketing strategies, but 34% of nearly all responders indicated keeping their website up-to-date is a highly effective way of marketing continuing education. Online course catalogs and training websites give students immediate access to purchase and begin working on continuing education options when it fits their schedule increasing the likelihood that they will engage and begin working toward their goals.

When we asked our partners how ed2go can best help them in their efforts to market continuing education, over one-fourth of responders said they could use help optimizing their continuing education website. You asked, and we’re delivering with 7 Best Practices for Creating an Engaging and Usable Continuing Education Website.

  1. Clearly showcase your online course offerings.

You know the importance marketing plays in the success of an initiative, and your continuing education courses are no different. A great way to feature courses is to utilize promotional banners located throughout your institution’s website as well as within your Continuing Education web page. In fact, ed2go has already created various promotional marketing items including banners for your use. You can access these any time by visiting http://partner.ed2go.com/marketing-resources/ctp-website-banners/.

  1. Keep the number of clicks as low as possible.

You want to make it as easy as possible for prospective students to access the information they need by keeping the number of clicks to a minimum. Most web design experts agree that any information a user wants to find on your site should be accessible within three clicks. Many of our most successful partners have easy navigation in the header of their homepage directly to their continuing education website.

  1. Include a detailed value proposition on the front page of your continuing education website.

You want to let prospective students know why they should view continuing education as important by letting them know why it is important to your organization. In one or two sentences near the top of your continuing education website homepage, tell them why you’re investing time and money in providing education and training and how you believe it can help them achieve their goals.

  1. Clearly define the steps you want visitors to take on your continuing education site.

If your goal is to effectively provide education and training, and we know it is, you need to create a clear call to action so visitors to your site will understand exactly what you want them to do. Walk them through the course catalog, how to purchase, how to get started in training programs, and the best ways to be successful in online course offerings.

  1. Keep content concise.

You don’t need to include every single detail you’ve ever learned about a course that you offer in your catalog. Simply let visitors know the key objectives and learning outcomes as well as a little relevant information about instructors if applicable. Keep it brief and relevant so as not to overwhelm visitors with details they don’t need. We have even created a universal template of ed2go content you can use to create a successful online Continuing Education page which you can find here: http://partner.ed2go.com/continuing-education-content/.

  1. Use white space to your advantage.

Simple design is often best. You don’t want to overwhelm visitors with too many pictures, videos, menus, and links crowded around the content they are seeking. According to Time.com the average user is on a webpage for less than 15 seconds. It is your job give them the information they need as quickly as you can. Give text ample room, so readers can absorb it, make a decision about what to do with it, and move on.

  1. Provide social media icons for easy sharing of information.

We live in a world where everything, and we mean everything, is shared with friends online through social media. This includes courses people may be considering or are already pursuing. Give visitors to your site an easy way to share their experiences with friends and create referrals for your organization by including icons for popular social media sites that will allow users to disseminate information.

There you have it – 7 Best Practices for Creating an Engaging and Usable Continuing Education Website!

 

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Three New Career Training Programs: HVACR Technician – NATE Service Core (Voucher Included)

New Career Training Programs

Title: HVACR Technician – NATE Service Core (Voucher Included) 

This program is a comprehensive online HVACR education program encompassing heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration.  It is specifically structured to prepare technicians to successfully pass the initial NATE Core Service Exam and to enrich the skills of installers and technicians who are just beginning in the industry. This program will cover the the CORE knowledge areas of HVACR and prepare students to take the NATE Core Certification Exam. This will be the entry point to becoming a certified technician.

Program Code: GES772

Hours: 90

Cost: $1695

Program SRP: $1995

Availability: Immediately

Why should you market this program?

The HVACR Certified Technician is one of the most popular programs in the ed2go catalog. This program is a lower priced version of the popular program and still allows the student to earn the NATE Service Core certification.

Why are we adding this program to the catalog?

We are adding this program to the catalog so that there are more students able to enroll in an HVACR certification due to the lower price point.

Why would a student take this program?

A student would take this program if they are interested in entering the HVACR field quickly and start working. This enables the students to work in the field to later make a more informed decision on the specialty they would like to pursue at a later time.

Conversely, a student could take the HVACR Certified Technician program and decide on and take a specialty up front and then enter their career field and start working.


Title: Dental Office Manager

This program will teach students to master the skills they need for a successful career as a dental assistant and obtain the skills to effectively manage a dentist’s office. This nationally recognized Administrative Dental Assistant Online Certificate Program will teach students the essential skills for managing the business aspects of a dental practice and becoming an administrative dental assistant as well as learn the how to manage a dentist’s office. Students will learn about dental terminology and anatomy, medical records management, accounts receivable and reimbursement management, insurance and patient billing, patient scheduling, procedural and diagnostic coding, and other office responsibilities including arranging staff scheduling and staff meetings.

Program Code: GES176

Hours: 410

Cost: $3595

Program SRP: $3995

Availability: Immediately

Why should you market this program?

You should market this program because of the success of the Medical Office Manager program launched last year. It demonstrates that there is demand for these types of programs in the catalog.

Why are we adding this program to the catalog?

Last year we launched the Medical Office Manager program. Due to the success of that program, we are launching similar programs in the healthcare field. Therefore, we are launching both Optical Manager and Dental Office Manager.

Why would a student take this program?

A student would take this program if they are interested in entering the non-clinical side of dentistry. This program provides the entry-level administrative assistant training as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, and QuickBooks to put them on a path for a team lead position or management.

A student who currently works in a dental office and would like to advance their career into a management position.


Title: Optical Manager

In this online program, you will gain the skills and knowledge to prepare yourself to become an optician and prepare for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification —a certification that’s required by many states. You will learn how to read prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses, become familiar with the equipment opticians use, and gain an understanding of eye anatomy and eye diseases, as well as learn various office responsibilities within an optometrist’s office, including: bookkeeping; tracking inventory and sales; maintaining customer records (including payments and prescriptions). By the time you complete this program, you’ll be fully prepared to begin a career as an optician and have the skills and knowledge to advance as an optical manager in this popular and exciting medical field.

Program Code: GES175

Hours: 410

Cost: $3595

Program SRP: $3995

Availability: Immediately

Why should you market this program?

You should market this program because of the success of the Medical Office Manager program launched last year. It demonstrates that there is demand for these types of programs in the catalog.

Why are we adding this program to the catalog?

Last year we launched the Medical Office Manager program. Due to the success of that program, we are launching similar programs in the healthcare field. Therefore, we are launching both Optical Manager and Dental Office Manager.

Why would a student take this program?

A student would take this program if they would like to enter the non-clinical side of optometry. This provides the entry-level Optician Certification training as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, and QuickBooks to put them on a path for a team lead position or management.

Or, a student who currently works in an optometrist office and would like to advance their career into a management position.


What Partners Need To Do

New Programs: Partners only need to make catalog updates for new Career Training Programs in your Online Administration Center (OAC) if:

  • Your site is set up for ed2go to automatically add new courses/programs to your catalog, AND you do not want to offer the new program, or need to change your retail pricing.
  • Your site is NOT set up for ed2go to automatically add new courses/programs to your catalog, AND you want to add new courses/programs to your catalog.

For assistance with updating your catalog, read this article

Otherwise, no further action is needed on your end in the OAC.

Content or Hours Update: No further action is needed on your end in the OAC. Your catalog already reflects this change.


Please contact your Account Manager if you have any questions about the new program.

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