Public Health, the practice of maintaining a healthy population through education, research, and public policy, is expected to grow by 21 percent through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Recent high-profile health concerns, such as Ebola, measles, and environmental contaminants, have driven the demand for professionals capable of contributing to public health education and policy development.
Students obtaining an Associate in Science degree in Public Health from MCCC will have the option to transfer to Mercer’s articulation affiliates, including the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, or William Paterson University, to pursue a bachelor’s degree in their chosen field of specialization. Elsewhere in the state, Richard Stockton College and Montclair State University offer a B.S. in Public Health or Health Education, while The College of New Jersey and Drew University offer a minor in Public Health.
In addition, Mercer will be introducing an Associate in Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology, which involves the creation and maintenance of health information records – an area that is of particular interest in the wake of the federal Affordable Care Act. Hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, insurance agencies, and pharmaceutical companies are just a few of the employers looking for professionals with this type of background.
In the technology field, Mercer will introduce an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Cybersecurity – dealing with information security, thwarting cyber-attacks on network systems, and preventing security threats. Students with A.A.S. degrees in Cybersecurity have successfully transferred and completed bachelor’s degrees at institutions that include the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, DeVry University, Drexel University, and Pierce College.
Additional new degree and certificate programs to be offered at MCCC for the Fall 2015 Semester:
- An A.A.S degree and a Certificate of Proficiency in Energy Systems Technology, a course of study that prepares graduates to work in various energy industries, including water, cable, electric, nuclear, gas, and solar;
- A Certificate of Proficiency in Mobile and Web Computing, which involves the analyzing of computer application requirements and the design, writing, and debugging of mobile and web applications;
- A Certificate of Proficiency in Electronics Technology, a discipline that requires graduates to operate modern electronic testing equipment and construct metal chasses for electronic products;
- A Certificate of Proficiency in Accounting: CPA Education Compliance, suitable for those students seeking to satisfy the educational requirements for the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy CPA exam.
In addition, registration is now open for Summer Session at MCCC, enabling students aiming at Fall enrollment to get a head start on general education requirements. To enroll in Summer or Fall classes at MCCC, visit www.mccc.edu/enroll, or for more information on these programs and dozens of additional certificate and degree programs at Mercer.
Payscale, Inc., an online salary, benefits, and compensation company, recently ranked MCCC graduates first in New Jersey and seventh in the nation in earning potential among degree-granting two-year colleges. The full report is available at www.payscale.com.
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