Editorial

More opportunities for educational advancement arise

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Weíve always preached that anyone who lacks education beyond high school is missing a great opportunity if they donít take advantage of McCook Community College and other resources available in our area.

That remains true, with summer classes beginning June 4 and Mid Plains Community College announced that students as young as 16 can get a jump-start on the healthcare field through the Nursing Assistant course.

The program teaches students how to provide basic care for patients in hospitals, residential or long-term care facilities and in-home care.

They can also become medication aides, which gives them the ability to dispense medications to patients under the direction and oversight of a licensed health care professional.

Healthcare workers are always in demand, and jobs are available where ever one wants to live.

Many hospitals and nursing homes offer to help employees improve their qualifications through additional education.

But healthcare is not the only industry to do so; in fact, another major local employer announced Wednesday that it would help workers advance their qualifications and skills.

Walmart announced it would offer to help its 1.4 million employees go to one of three selected colleges and meet other requirements.

In exchange for a copay of $1 per day to Walmart, employees will be able to earn their associates or bachelorís degrees in either business or supply-chain management. Walmart will pay for any upfront costs after financial aid, including tuition, books and fees, which should eliminate the need for a loan.

Bellevue University in Nebraska, the University of Florida and Brandman University in California were selected for the program because of their emphasis on adult students, Walmart said.

Even if youíre not looking to improve your work skills, itís always good to find something to challenge yourself mentally, and a college course may fit the bill.

If youíre employed, check with your human resources department to see if your company offers educational opportunities.

Check mpcc.edu/course-schedules for MPCC offerings, or research your favorite field online.

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  • More high school students need to take advantage of dual credit courses and summer classes. They could knock out at least a year of college before graduating from high school thus saving big bucks when they more on for their junior and senior years at college.

    -- Posted by dennis on Thu, May 31, 2018, at 2:36 PM
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