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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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Program Name Update: Coding Fundamentals for Business Professionals

The following update is for partners offering Information Technology courses through ed2go.

The Career Training Program titled, “Coding Fundamentals for Business Professionals” is changing its name to “Professional Certificate in Tech Fundamentals”.

The program name change was made in response to very positive results from market research, which was conducted by our course vendor and completed after ed2go released the program to partners. The decision was not made lightly, however, we are excited with the possibilities of this change. We are confident the new name will resonate more with students and increase their interest to enroll in the course.

The new program title will become effective on July 17, 2017.

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

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Launch of a New Career Training Program

 

New Career Training Program

Title: Certified Ethical Hacker (Voucher Included) 

This program will teach students to master the hacking technologies, students will need to become one, but an ethical one! The accredited course provides the advanced hacking tools and techniques used by hackers and information security professionals alike to break into an organization. This ethical hacking program puts students in the driver’s seat of a hands-on environment with a systematic process. Students will scan, test, hack and secure their own systems. Students will be taught the five phases of ethical hacking and the ways to approach your target and succeed at breaking in every time! The five phases include Reconnaissance, Gaining Access, Enumeration, Maintaining Access, and covering your tracks.

Program Code: GES338

Hours: 100

Cost: $2495

Program SRP: $2895

Availability: Immediately

Why should you market this program?

You should market this program because security breaches are in the headlines on an almost weekly basis and the frequency and scope of these breaches are increasing. It is easy for students to see demand for this job just by looking at trending topics on social media and in the news.

Why are we adding this program to the catalog?

ed2go is adding this program to our catalog to increase the breadth of cyber security and information technology titles. The Certified Ethical Hacker certification is growing in popularity and recognition.

Why would a student take this program?

I student would take this program if they are specifically interested in penetration testing specialty of cyber security. If a student is already working in this capacity, a CEH certification can yield a increase in compensation.

This program brings learning out a textbook and into the real world with the world-class iLabs which allows students to work in a dedicated virtual network to students to perform their lab exercises and experiment with tools in a safe resettable environment.


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 Seven New Career Training Programs

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.


New Career Training Program

Title: Apache Cassandra Training 

This program will teach students the fundamentals of big data and NoSQL databases, Cassandra and its features, architecture and data model of Cassandra, installation, configuration, and monitoring of Cassandra, Hadoop ecosystem of products around Cassandra. The Apache Cassandra Certification Training program will help add weight to your profile and typically earn more compared to your non-certified peers. As an Apache Cassandra certified professional you can look for career paths such as Senior Software Professional, IT Consultant, Lead Software Professional, and Database Administrator.

Program Code: GES380

Hours: 30

Cost: $295

Program SRP: $395

Availability: 03/31/2017


Title: CCBA Certification Training 

This program will help students learn skills in system development and how to evolve as a business. The CCBA® certification training is ideal for business analysts or professionals aspiring to be business analysts who are keen on taking their skills and expertise to a new level in order to be able to provide optimal solutions for business development. CCBA® is a globally recognized credential offered by IIBA to professionals who pass the CCBA® exam. Based on the BABOK® Guide Version 3, the certification program is a formal recognition of a business analysis practitioner’s expertise. A certification in CCBA® will attest to your expertise and knowledge in the practices and principles of business analysis.

Program Code: GES381

Hours: 35

Cost: $395

Program SRP: $495

Availability: 03/31/2017


Title: Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) 

This program is designed to excel students in tasks such as managing the IT risks, design, implementation, monitoring and maintenance of IS controls. In this program students will learn to demonstrate efficiency in designing, implementing, monitoring and maintaining the IS controls of the enterprise.  Students will acquire the relevant knowledge and skills required to sit the CRISC certification exam.

Program Code: GES382

Hours: 40

Cost: $595

Program SRP: $695

Availability: 03/31/2017


Title: iOS App Developer

This program will teach students to master the necessary skillsets for professional iOS application development by developing seven trending applications during this course. Certified iOS App Developer course helps students become expert in iOS app development by mastering the concepts of iOS along with Swift Programming language. Through this structured course student can learn Swift – a modern powerful and intuitive programming language and have hands-on experience in iOS app development through the app based projects. Students will also learn to upload the app you created to the Apple app store that gives a comprehensive view on the iOS 9 app development.

Program Code: GES384

Hours: 60

Cost: $595

Program SRP: $695

Availability: 03/31/2017


Title: MSP Foundation & Practitioner Certification Training

This program will teach students to create a framework that organizes large, complex programs into manageable, interrelated projects with this Program Management course. In this program students will learn to create a framework that organizes large, complex programs into manageable, interrelated projects with this Program Management course. The MSP® course imparts knowledge of Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) principles, governance themes, and transformational flows defined in the MSP® framework, a renowned Project Management standard across Europe. The roles and responsibilities of program management explained in this course will advance students ability to engage and meet the business requirements of your clients. The training program is designed to ensure that students pass the MSP exams on their first attempt. With this training, students will be able to demonstrate better program management skills, improved adaptability, and flexibility when working in a volatile, ever-changing program environment.

Program Code: GES385

Hours: 50

Cost: $795

Program SRP: $895

Availability: 03/31/2017


Title: PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Certification Training

This program will teach students how to master the PRINCE2 principles, themes, and processes that will help you ensure success with each of the projects that you handle with this PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner program. This PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner training course is designed to ensure students pass the PRINCE2 exams on their first try.

Program Code: GES386

Hours: 60

Cost: $695

Program SRP: $795

Availability: 03/31/2017


Title: PRINCE2 Foundation Certification Training

This program will teach students to master the PRINCE2 principles, themes, and processes that will help you ensure success with each of the projects that you handle with this PRINCE2 foundation course. The PRINCE2 Foundation training program is designed to ensure that students pass the PRINCE2 Foundation exam on their first attempt. The training explores the principles, themes, and processes of the PRINCE2 project management methodology.

Program Code: GES387

Hours: 50

Cost: $495

Program SRP: $595

Availability: 03/31/2017


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

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.


New Career Training Program

Title: Senior Professional in Human Resources 

This program will teach students the benefits of having an SPHR Certification, functional areas of HR that will be found on the SPHR exam, how to prepare for the SPHR exam, maintain their SPHR certification and how to achieve higher positions. The students will learn about the five functional areas, Business Management and Strategy, Workforce Planning and Employment, Human Resource Development, Compensation and Benefits, Employee and Labor Relations and Risk Management, that will prepare them for the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) exam.

Program Code: GES434

Hours: 120

Cost: $1495

Program SRP: $1795

Availability: Immediately

Why should you market this program?

Human Resources Professional is one of the most popular programs in our catalog and this new program is the pathway for students wanting to advance their career in Human Resources.

The number of Human Resources Managers are expected to experience job growth of 9% and offers a median salary of $104, 440

Why are we adding this program to the catalog?

Human Resources Professional is one of the most popular programs in our catalog and this new program is the pathway for students wanting to advance their career in Human Resources.

Senior Professional in Human Resources is one of the Top 200 certifications employers ask for in job postings across the U.S. according to Burning Glass.

Why would a student take this program?

A student would take this course if they want to advance their career in human resources. A study by Payscale.com stated that people with the certification can have a $20,000 increase in salary, which offers an excellent return on investment for students that take this course.


 

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

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