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I think we can all agree that COVID -19 pandemic has certainly changed the way we live! Many of us are home more and making sure we have a mask when we leave home has become a priority. Just the other day I forgot to take my purse to the store with me, but I made sure I had my mask. Our “new normal”.

This may be the perfect time to consider new opportunities. Have you thought about your future post COVID? Maybe you are interested in developing skills that could allow you to work from home?

If you are interested in working with computers and office technology, enjoy organizing information, and would be interested in developing skills transferable to a variety of work settings, Fulton-Montgomery Community College (FM) has specialized degree programs to get you started. FM’s Administrative Assistant and Health Information Records Management degree programs are two such options. All the classes in these programs are remote for the fall semester and most courses are regularly offered online, flex-mode or evenings. This means you can learn from home, at the times that are convenient for you, using your computer and the virtual assistance of our dedicated faculty to help you every step of the way. Just because we are remote does not mean we will not be there to help you face to face; it will just be virtual. Are you worried that you do not have the computer you will need to do your classwork? We can help you with that too.

The Administrative Assistant program is perfect for the person who wants a challenging office or administrative career in a wide range of environments. The program requirements provide you with a variety of business skills in areas such as: Advanced computer software, web design, written communication, customer relation management and business finance.

If the medical setting is what you are looking for, the Health Information Records Management Program at FMCC gives you the skills you need to pursue a successful career in healthcare. The program gives you the flexibility to tailor your degree to fit the type of healthcare administrative position you are looking for. If becoming a certified coder interests you, the program offers the necessary courses to prepare you to take the medical coding certification exam. The course work includes a variety of essential medical administrative courses and provides valuable coursework to enhance computer skills. Jobs in this field are expected to grow 11 percent over the next 10 years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (Bls.gov) and FMCC can help you enter this exciting field.

Both programs also offer you an internship, which students always say is a valuable experience. The programs specifically are designed to develop skills employers are looking for. The curriculum builds not only your skills but your confidence.

Are you ready to get on the path toward an exciting new career? Use this pandemic as a time to positively jump-start your career. Fall registration in open so call FM’s Admissions Office today at (518) 736-FMCC or visit our website at FMCC.edu. Our Admissions Office staff are available to help you get started.

This article was written by Charlene Dybas, assistant professor at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

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