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HCC Submits Two New Programs for State Approval

Responding to needs throughout the District, Highland Community College submitted two new programs to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) for state approval: Certified Medical Assistant (Associate of Applied Science) and Associate of Arts-Teaching for Special Education. funny pictures

Based on the emerging needs in the northwest Illinois/southern Wisconsin area for Certified Medical Assistants (CMAs), Highland has developed a Medical Assistant Associate of Applied Science program that will further establish a �health-care pipeline� for potential occupational workers in this region. Between 2008 and 2014, there are projected to be 13,385 openings statewide for CMAs (source: Illinois Department of Employment Security).

Linking with existing HCC nursing programs, CMA students will participate in a pharmacology class with nursing students and interface with ADN and PN students within the nursing lab and practicum settings. Upon completion of the AAS in medical assisting, the graduate would be able to successfully take certification exams in this health-care specialty. Hands-on learning for this program will be provided at FHN, The Monroe Clinic, Elizabeth Nursing Home, and Pinecrest Community in Mt. Morris. funny images

Highland�s Director of Nursing, Shannon K. Lizer, PhD, FNP, COHN-S, believes this program will create yet another opportunity for individuals to enter the health-care field. �Further, it will foster the continuation of a strong partnership with local health care organizations in meeting the needs and opportunities for their entry-level employees.� Over the last four years, the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) has led an initiative to create model curricula for associate of arts in teaching degrees in various content areas, including special education. The intent is to assist students in transferring from one college to another as they pursue an education degree. HCC wishes to make this educational opportunity available to residents of the district. funny photos

Appropriately, an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT)-Special Education program has been submitted to the state for approval. The 63-credit hour course will provide students with the program equivalent of the first two years of most four-year college teacher education programs in special education. The degree consists of general and professional education courses, along with classes in the special education major area. Through careful planning, Highland already has the infrastructure to offer the AAT degree.

The Illinois Community College Board is responsible for the review and approval of all courses and curricula offered at the State�s community colleges. Colleges are required to submit requests for new courses/programs and revisions to existing courses/programs to ICCB staff prior to being offered at their institution. Requests for new programs require ICCB Board approval.

Both programs are proposed for implementation in Fall 2008.

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