News and Updates

Product Changes: May 2021

New Courses in May 

We are pleased to announce that we have added several new and updated courses to the ed2go catalog in May. Keep reading for more information on each new course offering and other changes.   


New Courses

Medical Billing Specialist (Voucher Included)
Course Code GES1019 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $2,495 | LAUNCH DATE: APRIL 27, 2021

Introduction to Machine Learning (Self-Paced Tutorial)
Course Code T14287 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $115 | LAUNCH DATE MAY 3, 2021, Fundamentals 

Introduction to Machine Learning Course
Code ima |  SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $115 |  LAUNCH DATE MAY 4, 2021, Fundamentals 


Revised Courses 

Introduction to C++ Programming
Course Code cab |  SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $115 |  LAUNCH DATE MAY 25, 2021, Fundamentals

Introduction to C++ Programming (Self-Paced Tutorial)
Course Code T9636 |  SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $115 |  LAUNCH DATE MAY 25, 2021,
Fundamentals 

Graphic Design with Photoshop (Software Included)
Course Code GES518 |  SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $2,195 |  LAUNCH DATE MAY 27, 2021,
ACT 

Graphic Design with Photoshop
Course Code GES516 |  SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $1,995 |  LAUNCH DATE MAY 27, 2021,
ACT 

QuickBooks Bundles Updating 

Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks 2018 with Payroll Practice and Management (Software Included)
Course Code GES2026 | Suggested Retail Price $3,595  

Optical Manager, Veterinary Office Manager & Dental Office Manager will be updated to include QuickBooks Online, Course Code GES2046, May 28, 2021, replacing the desktop version.  Bundle codes will remain the same.   

  • Optical Manager | Course Code GES175 |  SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $3,995  
  • Veterinary Office Manager| Course Code GES179 |  SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $3,995 
  • Dental Office Manager |  Course Code GES176 |  SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE, $3,995 

Retired Courses 

ACT:  GES3032: EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) ACT
Action: retirement, Effective date 6/8/21 
EC-Council is retiring this course and discontinuing the exam.  They will replace it this summer with a new and improved course called Certified Penetration Testing Professional (CPENT), which will be uploaded into our catalog at that time.  Active students must finish their program and sit for the certification exam by December 2021

GES277: Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks 2017
Action: retirement, Effective date 6/25/21
Replace with the newest live version of the course, GES2046 – Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks Online Course Code GES2046, SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $2,195 


What Partners Need to Do

If you have elected to auto-add new titles to your catalog, then no further action is required. Otherwise, you will need to add these courses manually in the Online Administration Center. Active students in retiring courses won’t be affected and can complete their courses. Pending students need to be active by the removal date.    

If you are unsure if you have the auto-add feature set up,contact your Account Manager. 

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Industry Insights: Careers in Medical Billing

Medical billers play an important role in the healthcare system as hospitals and other medical facilities rely on prompt billing practices to ensure a healthy flow of revenue for the continued care of patients.  

When beginning a career in medical billing, not only will students enter a growing healthcare field, but also starting a job that patients, physicians, insurance providers, and other healthcare workers can’t succeed without. Curious? Here’s what students need to know:  

What is the difference between medical billing and medical coding? 

While the terms medical billing and coding are often used synonymously, medical billers and medical coders actually perform very different roles. Medical coders are the people who gather information on patient records and assign the proper codes for patient diagnoses which are then used by medical billers. Medical billers are responsible for submitting patient records once the appropriate codes have been assigned to government agencies and insurance companies. Their work ensures that payment is received for services that have been provided in the care of a patient. Our new Medical Billing Specialist course offers valuable training in legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts that are central to this field, including HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliance, fraud and abuse in medical billing, and third-party payer guidelines. Students will also understand all phases of the revenue cycle, including patient registration, charge capture, medical coding, claim submission, data analytics, payer reimbursement, patient billing, and collection practices to prepare them for a rewarding healthcare career. 

Are there jobs for medical billers?  

According to Burning Glass, there were nearly 30,000 jobs posted nationwide for medical billers in the last year. Even more qualified medical billers will be needed soon as a 13.5 percent growth in employment is expected in this field during the next 10 years, according to Burning Glass Technologies.  

What kind of education is needed to become a medical biller?  

For a career in medical billing, one will first need to obtain a high school diploma or GED. Students will then need to enroll in a program that will provide them with valuable professional training and experience with medical billing to increase the prospects of landing a job. Our new Medical Billing Specialist course provides students with the necessary hands-on experience and real-world examples they need to have comprehensive, up-to-date training in medical billing that can set them apart from other candidates. Like our course, many certificate programs can be completed entirely online in one year or less, allowing students to begin working in an externship or similar situation to gain experience as soon as they complete their coursework.  

Do students need an industry certification?  

While students will most likely need professional training to enter a career as a medical biller, certification is not always required. However, certification shows potential employers that they have a commitment to professional success and possess in-depth knowledge of the standards used in the industry. Earning a recognized medical billing certification like the Certified Professional Biller (CPB) or Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) may also help students earn a higher salary and be more competitive in the job market.  

What kind of salary do medical billers earn?  

Burning Glass reports that the annual median salary for medical billers is $32,172. However, according to the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) 2019 Salary Survey, medical billers who have earned the Certified Professional Biller (CPB) certification have an average annual salary of $55,078.  

How does someone get started in this career field?  

The Medical Billing Specialist course from ed2go will allow your students to gain the training they need entirely online in a self-paced format. They will even prepare for the Certified Professional Biller (CPB) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) exam through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), and a voucher for the Certified Professional Biller (CPB) exam is included with their course. 

This course is different from ed2go’s other medical billing and coding training courses because it is laser-focused on a career in medical billing without excess information on medical coding. Instead, students will learn from scenario-based content, including interactivities and hands-on practice with claims and coding, which will better prepare them for success in their new career. Students will even receive access to an optional “How to Find a Job in Medical Billing” lesson as well as an Externship Starter Kit that can help them find an externship in their area and gain valuable on-the-job experience as well as potential employment. 

Upon completing our course, students will be fully prepared to work on a health information management team, auditing records, compiling reports for patient tracking, and coordinating the systems that keep our healthcare facilities operating. 

If you have elected to auto-add new titles to your catalog, then no further action is required. Otherwise, you will need to add the new Medical Billing Specialist course manually in the Online Administration Center.  If you are unsure if you have the auto-add feature set up or would like to learn more, contact your Account Manager

 

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The Importance of Hands-On Photoshop Experience for Graphic Designers

How students of all backgrounds can benefit from our redesigned course 

We have redesigned our Graphic Design with Photoshop course to better train beginner graphic design students from all types of creative and non-creative backgrounds who are looking to expand their understanding of graphic design tools, concepts, and terminologyThis includes helping students build a portfolio of projects and skills they can implement in the real world.  

Demand for skilled graphic designers is rising 

The need for innovativeprofessionally designed interactive media keeps growing, which means the demand for qualified graphic designers will continue to rise. In fact, Burning Glass Technologies reports that 37,630 jobs for graphic designers were posted within the last 12 months, and 40 percent of those jobs required applicants to have minimum of 0-2 years of experience. It also projects a 4.2 percent growth in the profession over the next 10 years. Due to this robust growth, education that can provide people with the confidence and skills to enter this in-demand field is desperately needed 

Graphic Designer median salary, $53,380

The Graphic Design with Photoshop course from ed2go was developed a few years ago to provide beginning and aspiring graphic designers with the skills they need to enter a new career. However, we felt that our course could use some revamping to offer more hands-on, interactive learning that students could apply in the real world—no matter their career field 

Previously, the course focused on creating marketing materials using Photoshop. Its learning path started by teaching students how to interact with clients and contained one lesson on design fundamentals. A typical lesson had eight hours of textbook reading with about one hour of online course content. Many of the projects taught in the course would typically be completed in InDesign or Illustrator in the real world, not Photoshop, and we felt that the 200-hour program length was unnecessarily long. Overall it was a good course for students to get their feet wet in the world of graphic design, but we felt it could be improved. 

We have made some big changes…for the better 

We now teach graphic design fundamentals bolstered by hands-on projects using Photoshop CC in each lesson of the Graphic Design with Photoshop course. The redesigned learning path will introduce students to Photoshop CC and graphic design fundamentals at the beginning of the course. Graphic design fundamentals are then reiterated as lessons progress and reinforced in each project-based lesson assignment. 

The course contains all new Screencast videos illustrating how to use Photoshop tools and create visual elements—replacing videos that were once voice-over PowerPoints. It also includes two key lessons to help boost soft skills needed for employment and guides students through building their professional portfolio using Adobe Behancea web-based site for showcasing and sharing creative work. This all combines to further give students the tools they need to be able to begin a successful career in graphic design or apply what they learned in their current career after completing the course.  

Additional changes we have made:  

  • Program hours have been reduced from 200hours down to 130hours 
  • Reliance on textbooks has been reduced by strategically replacing reading with key narrative content  
  • Lessons have been authored so the main concepts are introduced in the online portion of the course 
  • Readings are now assigned to help reinforce conceptual learning 
  • More projects have been added that will give students practice with assignments they are likely to see in the real world 
  • Graphic design concepts are taught starting with fundamentals and are reinforced throughout the course 
  • The use of rich media and video has been increased to make the course more compelling 

When will this course be available?  

The new and improved Graphic Design with Photoshop course will be available on May 27, 2021. Contact your Account Manager to learn more or to add this course to your catalog today.  

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Product Changes: April 2021

New Courses in April

We are pleased to announce that we have added several new and updated courses to the ed2go catalog in April. Keep reading for more information on each new course offering and other changes.   


New Courses

Medical Billing Specialist (Voucher Included)
Course Code GES1019 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $2,495 | LAUNCH DATE: APRIL 27, 2021

Medical Billing Specialist with Electronic Health Records (Vouchers Included)
Course Code GES1026 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $3,495 | LAUNCH DATE: APRIL 27, 2021

Business Budgeting for Beginners, Fundamentals
Course Code bfb | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $115 | LAUNCH DATE: APRIL 13, 2021 

Business Budgeting for Beginners (Self-Paced Tutorial), Fundamentals
Course Code T14276 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $115 LAUNCH DATE: APRIL 13, 2021 

Adobe Illustrator CC, Fundamentals
Course Code T14277 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $119 | LAUNCH DATE: APRL 20, 2021

Advanced Python, Fundamentals
Course Code T14278 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $119 | LAUNCH DATE: APRIL 20, 2021

Python Data Analysis with JupyterLab, Fundamentals
Course Code T14275 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $119 | LAUNCH DATE: APRIL 20, 2021 


Revision Courses 

Graphic Design with Photoshop (Software Included) Advanced Career Training
Course Code GES518 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $2,195 | LAUNCH DATE: May27, 2021

Graphic Design with Photoshop, Advanced Career Training
Course Code GES516 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $1,995 | LAUNCH DATE: May 27, 2021 

Previous courses GES516 & GES518 have a retirement date of 5/31/21.  These courses are decreasing from 200 hours to 130 hours.  We are strategically replacing reading and including key narrative content in the platform, thereby vastly reducing reliance on textbooks.  Lessons have been authored so the main concepts are introduced in the online portion of the course and then readings are assigned to reinforce conceptual learning.   

 

Medical Terminology II: A Focus on Human Disease, Fundamentals
Course Code md2 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $115 LAUNCH DATE: APRIL 27, 2021

Medical Terminology II: A Focus on Human Disease (Self-Paced Tutorial), Fundamentals
Course Code T9213 SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $115 LAUNCH DATE: APRIL 27, 2021

Medical Terminology Series, Fundamentals 
Course Code B8719 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $199LAUNCH DATE: APRIL 27, 2021

A to Z Grant Writing, Fundamentals
Course Code gw1-6 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $115LAUNCH DATE: APRIL 6, 2021

A to Z Grant Writing (Self-Paced Tutorial), Fundamentals
Course Code T8492 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $115LAUNCH DATE: APRIL 6, 2021 


Retirement Courses 

Python Data Analysis with NumPy and Pandas, Fundamentals
Course Code T9792 | Retirement Date 5/31/21  

Python Data Analysis with JupyterLad
Course Code T14275 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $119 | LAUNCH DATE: APRIL 20, 2021 will replace T9792.


CompTIA Security+ Certification Prep 1

Course Code T9224/scp, Retirement date April 30, 2021 

CompTIA Security+ Certification Prep 2
Course Code scp3, Retirement date April 30, 2021 

CompTIA updated the certification exam, effective July 2021, and the current course does not provide sufficient preparation for the new exam. We are removing this course from the catalog to avoid having any new students who would plan to take CompTIA Security + in July or later.   

There is no direct replacement offering, however, our Advanced Career training course, CompTIA Security + Certification Training (course code GES330) is a good option.  If you’re not currently offering our ACT product line, contact your Account Manager to add these products in your catalog.  


Courses QuickBooks Updates 

Retirement of Older QuickBooks Programs-ACTs   

Professional Bookkeeping + QuickBooks 2018 (Software Included)
Course Code GES2022 Suggested Retail Price $2,195 Retirement date May 312021  

Replacement Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks Online is live Course Code GES2046 Suggested Retail Price $2,195 

Related Bundles Updates
Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks 2018 with Payroll Practice and Management (Software Included), Course Code GES2026 | Suggested Retail Price $3,595 

Optical Manager, Veterinary Office Manager & Dental Office Manager will be updated to include QuickBooks Online, GES2046 May 31, 2021replacing the desktop version.  Bundle codes will remain the same.  

    • Optical Manager,Course Code GES175 
    • Veterinary Office Manager,Course Code GES179 
    • Dental Office Manager, Course Code GES176 


Professional Bookkeeping + QuickBooks 2019 (Software Included) 

Course Code GES2005 | Retirement date May 312021 | Replacement GES2046 is live   

Related Bundle:
Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks 2019 with Payroll Practice and Management (Software Included), Course Code GES2036 

Intuit no longer produces QuickBooks 2018 & 2019, so our “software included” courses will be retired on 5/31/21. However, students with previous access to the 2018 and 2019 software can enroll in the current courses.  Additionally, Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks online GES2046 is currently live and a suitable replacement.  The online version doesn’t include software, but it is not required for the course. 


Retirement of Older QuickBooks Programs-Fundamentals 
  
 

Introduction to QuickBooks 2013 
Course Code q13 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $149 

Introduction to QuickBooks 2014 
Course Code q14 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $149 

Introduction to QuickBooks 2015 
Course Code q15 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $149

Introduction to QuickBooks courses can be replaced with 
Introduction to QuickBooks Online | Course Code qol | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $115
June is the last session for all fundamentals courses.  Current students or students registered for a future session (up until June) will be able to finish their course.  


Intermediate QuickBooks 2013

Course Code qi3 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $149 

Intermediate QuickBooks 2014
Course Code qi4 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $149 

Intermediate QuickBooks 2015
Course Code qi5 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $149 

Introduction to QuickBooks courses can be replaced with Intermediate to QuickBooks Online | Course Code qio | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $115
June is the last session for all fundamentals courses.  Current students or students registered for a future session (up until June) will be able to finish their course.  


QuickBooks for Contractors 2013

Course Code qc4 

QuickBooks for Contractors 2014 
Course Code qc5  

June is the last session for all QuickBooks Contractors courses.  Current students or students registered for a future session (up until June) will be able to finish their course.  There is currently no replacement for these courses. 


Updated Office Manager Bundles

Office Manager Bundles (Voucher Included),
Course Code GES441 & GES442 SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $5,495 | July 27, 2021

These bundles will be updated to include the GES2046 QuickBooks online course, replacing the desktop versions. 


Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Retirement

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt (Exam Cost Included) 
Course Code GES276, Retirement Date 5/27/21 

Bundle Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt and Green Belt
Course Code GES2062, Retirement Date 5/27/21 

Our Six Sigma vendor is retiring their Yellow Belt program, which is currently a 10-hour course.  While they do plan to have a replacement, it will only be 2 hours in duration, and we are not including the new program in our catalog due to the short duration. 


Retirement of Older Microsoft Programs 

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Certification Training
Course CodeGES830 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $795 | Retirement Date May 27, 2021  

Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Certification Training   
Course Code GES852 | SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $795| Retirement Date May 27, 2021  

The replacement courses for older Microsoft SharePoint courses are liveMicrosoft SharePoint 2019Course Code GES886, Suggested Retail Price $795 


What Partners Need to Do

If you have elected to auto-add new titles to your catalog, then no further action is required. Otherwise, you will need to add these courses manually in the Online Administration Center.  Active students in retiring courses won’t be affected and can complete their courses.  Pending students need to be active by the removal date.    

If you are unsure if you have the auto-add feature set up,contact your Account Manager. 

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TOP 5 REASONS TO CHOOSE A MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING CAREER

 

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Jobs continue to grow in medical billing and coding, and in a time when jobs are hard to come by, you could help provide the education people need to enter this in-demand field.  

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs in medical billing and coding are expected to grow 8 percent through 2029. This is double the average expected national job growth of 4 percent and equates to 29,000 additional trained medical billing and coding professionals needed within the next eight years. This strong job growth will be fueled by an aging population, increasing reliance on health informatics, and the move of more healthcare providers to electronic health records systems.

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In addition to growing job prospects in medical billing and coding, there are many other reasons that make this career a great move. 

  • Medical billing and coding offers a relatively easy field to enter. Professionals looking to start a career in medical billing and coding need only earn a certification that shows their commitment to excellence. Certificates can be completed online in a relatively short amount of time meaning students can enter the field quickly and take advantage of the job growth we are seeing today.  
  • Professionals can often work from home in a medical billing and coding career. While some medical billing and coding workers do report for their roles on-site, a majority have the flexibility to work remotely. In fact, according to the HIM Professional Census 2020 conducted by Libman Education, more than 50 percent of coders working for hospitals and health systems are fully remote-based employees; only 17 percent of coders reported that they were based entirely on-site. This information was collected at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and based on the shuttering of selective services, creating temporary facilities, incorporating new communication methods, and re‐deploying trained healthcare workforce in new ways. 
  • Medical billing and coding is a great first step towards a career in healthcare. Every area of medicine requires medical billers and coders. Professionals in this field will be able to put their toes in the water and try out any and all of the specialties that interest them while gaining valuable experience before committing to a longer healthcare education program. 
  • Medical billing and coding allows people to work part-time. Medical billing and coding can be a full-time career, but it can also be a great option for those who want to work part-time. The work is extremely flexible and could even be done on nights and weekends to earn extra money.
  • Medical billing and coding professionals, even those who are part-time, can earn a good salary. According to the BLS, the median annual salary of medical billers and coders is $42,630 or just over $20 per hour. Those working in hospitals make slightly more, while those who choose to work for physicians’ offices may make slightly less. The top 10 percent of those in the profession currently earn over $70,000 per year. Hand holding dollar bill

NEW ONLINE MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING COURSE | Course Code: GES1014 | SRP: $2,995 

We’ve recently taken all of our previous medical billing and coding courses and bundles and combined them into one comprehensive course. This course offers students valuable training in healthcare including legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts and official coding guidelines. All phases of the healthcare revenue cycle will be taught  from registration through medical coding, claims submission, reimbursement, and collections. Students will also be exposed to common medical terminology they will need to know on the job and will study basic anatomy as well as disorders and procedures common to each body system.  

Our comprehensive Medical Billing and Coding course prepares students over a 12-month period for not one, but three different nationally recognized certifications: CBCS Medical Billing and Coding, CCA Medical Billing and Coding, CPC Medical Billing and Coding. This process allows each student to learn about medical billing and coding jobs and certification paths throughout the course and choose the certification that is right for them upon course completion of the training and experience they need for success.  

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:  

If you’ve already elected to auto-add new titles to your catalog, then no further action is required. If not, you will need to add this course manually in the online administration center in order to offer it through your institutionContact your Account Manager if you have any questions or to see how to set up the auto-add feature.  

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Product Changes: March 2021
New Courses in March 

We are pleased to announce that we have added two new Advanced Career Training courses to the ed2go catalog in March. Keep reading for more information on each new course offering and other changes.   


Advanced Career Training Courses
CompTIA Cloud Essentials +

Learn core cloud computing concepts and prepare for the CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ certification exam in this comprehensive online course. 

COURSE CODE: GES3037| SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $1,195 | LAUNCH DATE: March 30, 2021


CompTIA Cloud Essentials + (Voucher Included) 

Learn core cloud computing concepts and prepare for the CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ certification exam in this comprehensive online course. 

COURSE CODE: GES3038| SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $1,195 | LAUNCH DATE: March 30, 2021


Retiring Courses
RETIRING Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, COURSE CODE: GES411 & Purchasing and Supply Chain Management + Freight Broker/Agent Training (bundle), COURSE CODE: GES427 | RETIREMENT DATE: May 23, 2021 
Courses GES438 Certified Supply Chain ($2,295) and GES2105 Procurement & Purchasing ($2,295) are both live anreplacements for the standalone and bundle. 
RETIRING Legal Secretary, COURSE CODE: GES223 | RETIREMENT DATE: May 23, 2021 
The replacement course, GES2106 Certified Legal Secretary, launched 1/12/21 with no change in list price. 

Reminders

RETIRING Intermediate Oracle, COURSE CODE: NOC | RETIREMENT DATE: March 31, 2021 

RETIRING Introduction to Oracle, COURSE CODE: IOC | RETIREMENT DATE: March 31, 2021 

RETIRED GES348 ITIL Foundation on 3/16/21 – reminder – 1st notification 2/23  

The older ITIL Foundation course that is aligned to the certification exam will retire on July 31, 2021. The updated version, GES3025, will align witthe new certification exam that was released in November 2020. There will be no change in price, hours, or duration of the course.   Partners should substitute the new course as soon as possible as GES348 will retire on March 16, 2021.     


What Partners Need to Do:

If you have elected to auto-add new titles to your catalog, then no further action is required. Otherwise, you will need to add these courses manually in the Online Administration Center. 

If you are unsure if you have the auto-add feature set up, contact your Account Manager.

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: ONLINE MARKETING SKILLS CAREER OUTLOOK

The demand for marketing and communications professionals is continuing to grow at a fast rate. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in media and communication occupations is projected to grow 4 percent over the next eight years and will result in the creation of over 46,000 new jobs in this career field aloneThis comes in addition to projections of Chief Marketing Officers spending nearly $150 billion by 2023 on search marketing, banner and outstream advertising, instream advertising, and email marketing in the U.S., according to Forrester Research’s recent U.S. Digital Marketing Forecast.  

300 K + New Jobs posted in the last 12 months

This increased demand stems from a need for competent marketing and communications professionals who can create, edit, translate, and disseminate information through various platforms. The U.S. BLS also predicts overall employment for advertising, promotions, and marketing managers to grow 6 percent through 2029 — substantially higher than the projected annual growth rate of 0.4 percent for overall employment during this period 

So, what does this mean? Marketing communications professionals are not only in-demand, but they can apply their skills in a variety of industriessuch as technologyfinancial services, healthcare, real estate, and more. Modern marketers often must wear multiple hats and be up to date on current trends and best practices. Our courses supply students with the information required to gain highly employable marketing and business skills in SEO, content writing, advertising, email, social media, and blog and podcast creationDelivered 100% online, students can learn anywhere at their own pace.  

TOP OCCUPATIONS REQUESTING SKILLS 

    • Marketing Manager 
    • Marketing Specialist 
    • Marketing Coordinator  
    • Sales Representative 
    • Social Media Strategist/Specialist 
    • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist 

NEW ONLINE MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS COURSES 

Online Marketing Communications Suite | Course Code: B14246 | SRP: $395 

Course Description: Our comprehensive Business and Marketing Writing, Marketing Your Business on the Internet, Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners, and Using Social Media in Business courses provide the information and insights students need to succeed as a digital marketer. This bundle ensures students have a firm understanding of writing fundamentalslearn the basics around online marketing, and understand the inner workings of today’s social media platforms.  

Written Communication for Business Suite | Course Code: B14244 | SRP: $299 

Course Description: Written Communication for Business Suite provides students with the in-demand writing expertise they need to achieve success through detailed, self-paced, and instructor-led courses. Students learn how to create robust copy for business and marketing objectives that will differentiate them in today’s competitive landscape.  

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: 

If you’ve elected to auto-add new titles to your catalog, then no further action is required. Otherwise, you will need to add these courses manually in the online administration center. If you’re not sure if you have the auto-add feature set upcontact your Account Manager. 

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Product Changes: February 2021
New Courses in February

We are pleased to announce that we have added two new fundamentals titles to the catalog in February. Keep reading for more information. 

Fundamentals

Written Communication for Business Suite

Students will learn in-demand writing skills to create robust copy for business and marketing objectives that will help differentiate them in today’s competitive hiring landscape. Written Communication for Business Suite provides students with the in-demand writing expertise they need to achieve success through detailed, self-paced , and instructor-led courses. 

COURSE CODE: B14244| SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $299 | LAUNCHED: February 9, 2021


Online Marketing Communications Suite

This comprehensive course provides the information and insights students need to succeed as digital marketers. The bundle includes Business and Marketing Writing, Marketing Your Business on the Internet, Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners, and Using Social Media in Business courses.

COURSE CODE: B14246| SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $395 | LAUNCHED: February 9, 2021


REVISING CompTIA Security+, COURSE CODES: GES904 | GES330 | LAUNCH DATE: February 23, 2021
These courses will update automatically with no changes in the course code or priceNo action needs to be taken at this time.

RETIRING ITIL FOUNDATIONS, COURSE CODE: GES348 | REPLACE WITH GES3025 
The older ITIL Foundation course that is aligned to the certification exam will retire on July 31, 2021. The updated version, GES3025, will align to the new certification exam that was released in November 2020. There will be no change in price, hours, or duration of the course.   Partners should substitute the new course as soon as possible as GES348 will retire on March 16, 2021.  

What Partners Need to Do:

If you have elected to auto-add new titles to your catalog, then no further action is required. Otherwise, you will need to add these courses manually in the Online Administration Center. 

If you are unsure if you have the auto-add feature set up, contact your Account Manager.

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Catalog Update: January 2021

Our catalog is constantly changing and that’s a good thing! Please read below for more information on recent and upcoming course updates.

Fundamentals 

The following course will be updated effective immediately:

  • Certificate in Integrative Mental Health

How is this course changing?

This course title will change from Certificate in Integrative Mental Health to Certificate in Integrative Behavioral Health.


The following course will be retired and removed from the catalog effective immediately:

  • Introduction to Adobe Acrobat X (iax/T14090)

Will this course be replaced?

No.

How will this impact students?

Active students will be able to finish their course with no changes to course access.


The following course will be updated effective January 28th:

  • Technical Writing Suite (B14247)

How is this course changing?

This revision involved removing retired course Introduction to Adobe Acrobat X from the bundle.


What Partners Need to Do:

You do not need to take any action as these changes will be reflected in your catalog automatically.

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PDU Eligible Courses and Required Updates

PDU Eligible Courses


ed2go is now a participant in the PMI® Authorized Training Partner Program (“PMI ATP Program”).

The following courses have been removed from our list of PDU Eligible Courses effective immediately:

  • PMP Certification Prep Series
  • The Complete Project Manager with CAPM and PMP
  • PMP Certification Prep I
  • PMP Certification Prep II

How will this impact students?

Students may continue to claim their professional development units (PDUs) as usual at this time.

Which ed2go courses are still PMI approved for PDUs?

ed2go has ensured the content of the courses and program listed below align with PMI’s Talent Triangle, which requires providers to assign the number of course hours dedicated to Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic and Business Management categories. To learn more about the Talent Triangle click here.

The following courses are PMI approved for PDUs:

  • Introduction to Microsoft Project 2013
  • Introduction to Microsoft Project 2010
  • Project Management Applications
  • Project Management Fundamentals
  • Understanding the Human Resources Function
  • Total Quality Fundamentals
  • Six Sigma: Total Quality Applications
  • Mastery of Business Fundamentals
  • Purchasing Fundamentals
  • Supply Chain Management Fundamentals
  • Keys to Effective Communication
  • Building Teams That Work
  • Introduction to Business Analysis
  • Introduction to Microsoft Project 2016
  • High Speed Project Management
  • Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
  • Fundamentals of Supervision and Management II
  • Leadership
  • Achieving Success with Difficult People
  • Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Lean Mastery
  • Mastering Project Management with Microsoft Project 2010
  • Mastering Project Management with PMP® Prep
  • Microsoft Project 2010
  • Project Management Essentials with CAPM®
  • The complete Project Manager with Microsoft Project 2010
  • Management Training
  • Management for IT Professionals
  • Project Management Suite

What you need to do

We request that you, our partner, take immediate action to remain in compliance with PMI guidelines:

  • Write out all PMI initializations in full the first time they appear on each page in your course materials and include a registration mark on the term’s first occurence.
    • In all course titles, spell out PMP credential in full: “Project Management Professional (PMP)®”
    • On the same page, spell out, “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)”
  • Remove the PMI R.E.P. logo and the R.E.P. number from any of your marketing materials.
  • Do not issue student certificates of completion with the PMI R.E.P. logo nor the R.E.P. number.

This is important because non-R.E.P. (partners) can license courseware containing PMI Intellectual Property from an existing R.E.P. (ed2go) with a current Derivative Works License on file with the PMI Legal Department. However, the non-R.E.P. (partners) cannot advertise/promote that a particular course offered has been approved, accredited, etc. by an existing (ed2go) or former PMI R.E.P. on their website.

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