September 26, 2022
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NCMC offering 10 new career-focused fast track programs

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North Central Michigan College’s new fast track career programs, including a three-week phlebotomy technician program, offer an expedited path to industry-recognized credentials.

PETOSKEY — While most college degrees come with prerequisites unrelated to your field, North Central Michigan College is beginning to offer certifications that will not require taking unnecessary courses.  

Open to students and non-students alike, North Central has introduced 10 new “fast track” programs, offering streamlined introductions to the skills needed in different career tracks, each course ending with a certification, instead of credits. 

“They’re not your typical NCMC students,” said Christy Lyons, the college’s director of corporate and community education. “Anybody could apply for it. So, it could be someone that’s in their 40s and it’s just for a new career — it could be somebody in their 20s that hasn’t figured out what they want to do, and this is a nice quick way to get into the workforce.” 

The offered programs are in career paths with many opportunities — and with a current demand for employees.  

The North Central Michigan College Student and Community Resource Center in Petoskey is shown.

The new offerings were announced this summer after the college’s first foray into a fast track program proved to be a success. The 20-week Fast Track Healthcare bundle program launched in May, and saw enrollment at capacity, with 22 students enrolled.

There are now fast track options in manufacturing, health care and business. Soon, two skilled trade courses will be offered. Lyons said she anticipates the skilled trade options will be available by October or November.  

The new programs include: 

  • Electronic Health Records Specialist 
  • Medical Assistant 
  • Patient Care Technician 
  • Pharmacy Technician 
  • Phlebotomy Technician 
  • Automotive Repair Technician 
  • HVAC Technician 
  • Intro to Mechatronics 
  • CNC Operator 
  • Bookkeeping With Quickbooks 



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