What Is a Skills Gap?

We recently attended an economic development presentation hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. The discussion centered on solving the skills gap in our local market. It’s estimated that 11% of businesses believe that recent college graduates are prepared for work. Interestingly, 35% of those graduates believe they are prepared.


What does it take to be prepared? Who is responsible for what it takes?

If I was considering further education or career training I would want those answers. I’m not sure there’s a single answer though. Every career field is different. Just within the medical field, there are differences in training requirements for various jobs. A doctor attends university-level training in stages. First, he has to earn a Bachelor’s degree to learn how to learn. Then several years of medical school after that to learn the mechanics of science and medicine. After that, he has to do a residency where he gets a chance to apply what he learned in a learning/employment setting. And for the rest of his career, he has to keep learning as new research develops new techniques to perform his job.

If you want to train to be a nurse it may not take as long but there is a similar process. Go to school to learn the nursing profession, the language, the biology. Then you do your ‘residency’ to validate your training. Then you apply for a job. Are you ready? According to studies, 89% of employers may not think so.

Career College of Northern Nevada uses a similar approach in the Medical Assistant training program. You go to school for an even shorter time frame and capstone the training with an externship at the end. The externship is a class that is graded like any other class in the allied health training program, but it’s not held on campus. It is held in a real-world employment setting. This course gives an employer an opportunity to judge your job readiness. The employer’s feedback is used in determining the grade earned for that course.


Medical Assistant Jobs

So what does it take to be ready for a Medical Assistant job? Employers tell us they want an employee to be confident and ready to step in. Employers have limited resources and don’t have time to waste waiting for an employee to become productive. In the medical field, patient care is critical. Patients don’t have the patience to wait for the practitioner to become confident. That is why we attempt to set up real-world experiences in our classrooms and labs. Our labs are designed to simulate the job site so the students can practice in real-world settings and become confident before we send them to an externship.



Train at Career College of Northern Nevada

In the 1950s employers were responsible for providing job training. In the 1980s the responsibility was outsourced to community colleges and vocational-technical schools. In today’s job market it is the responsibility of the employee to be well trained. If you want to work as a Medical Assistant because you care about people, consider beginning your training with Career College of Northern Nevada. Our teachers have been where you want to be and have a passion for healthcare.

The Career College of Northern Nevada (CCNN) is committed to developing competitive professionals who excel in their respective career fields. One component of CCNN’s approach to building career-ready professionals is ensuring that our students are not only exceptional in the workplace, but are also active, informed, and engaged citizens. That’s why CCNN is committed to instilling an understanding of and appreciation for the processes and institutions that inform our government at the federal, state, and local levels. This understanding is an essential part of the CCNN experience, and helps to prepare CCNN students to succeed in the workplace, and to contribute as participants in their communities.

Recently, a group of CCNN students, representing multiple programs, showed their civic pride and patriotism by attending a U.S. Naturalization Ceremony, held at the U.S. District Courthouse in Reno. U.S. Magistrate Judge Valerie Cooke presided over the ceremony, and spent a few minutes talking with CCNN students while friends and family of America’s newest citizens celebrated. During the special event, more than 50 individuals representing more than 20 different nations took the oath of allegiance and became proud U.S. citizens. This special occasion was especially meaningful because one of the new U.S. Citizens was a CCNN student currently enrolled in the Medical Assistant program!

The Naturalization Ceremony offered CCNN students in attendance, who are all currently enrolled in a U.S. and Nevada Constitutions course, the opportunity to see first-hand each branch of their government at work. President Obama had prepared a special video greeting for the ceremony in which he highlighted the important role immigrants have played in shaping America’s history. President Obama encouraged each new citizen to be active participants in the democratic process and congratulated them on their achievement.

In addition, each of Nevada’s U.S. Senators, Senator Harry Reid and Senator Dean Heller, as well as U.S. Representative Mark Amodei, also sent special messages congratulating the new citizens, and the Washoe County Registrar was on-hand to assist them with registering to vote. With the participation of Judge Valerie Cooke, the ceremony included each of the three branches of U.S. Government, and helped to illustrate how citizen engagement is at the very heart of America’s democracy.

The CCNN students who were able to attend the naturalization ceremony had the chance to interact with Nevada’s leaders and see first-hand how the institutions that support our systems of government operate, and how they benefit everyday Americans. This is a great example of CCNN preparing informed citizens equipped with the tools and experiences to make a positive difference in their communities.
CCNN is immensely proud of each of the students who took time out of their day to attend the event and show support for their colleague. Way to go, team!

CCNN is NOW Enrolling for the following upcoming classes:

Diploma Programs

Associate of Occupational Studies Programs

Career College of Northern Nevada classes are taught by experienced, caring instructors dedicated to providing you the knowledge, skills and attention you need to succeed.

If you’re searching for a new career or are simply looking to advance in your current field, then this career training school may be the perfect option for you.

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