A Certificate-First Degree Path Example for IT Professionals

What if students didn’t have to wait 4 full-time years to increase their earning potential? What could a certificate-first degree path look like for an IT professional, for example?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Google’s 8-month IT support certificate program is designed to help train students for unfilled entry-level IT support staff roles, with a starting annual salary of $52,000 a year.

So what if these certificate students could now vastly increase their earning power 8 months into their educational career, and then finish their degree with us while they do?

The takeaway? Let us make sure we don’t see these alternative certificate programs as a threat, but a beautiful evolution and expediency in earning power potential. And potentially even incorporate these cert programs into our existing degree program curriculum paths.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.