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MHC offers new micro-credentials to accelerate career growth for learners

October 15, 2021

Micro-credentials are now part of the program mix at Medicine Hat College (MHC), providing learners quick, flexible and quality-assured courses that will help accelerate their career and respond to industry needs.

Newly launched micro-credentials include Tourism and Hospitality Management and Permaculture Design. In early 2022, Rainwater Harvesting and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Advanced Pilot Training will also be available.

The Tourism and Hospitality Management credential provides students expertise in hotel operations and management, as well as restaurant leadership and marketing.

Permaculture Design introduces students to the natural ecosystem of southern Alberta and enhance understanding of how plants, animals and other organisms interact with weather and the environment to ensure stability, resiliency and responsible use into the future.

“When we look at strengthening our workforce and responding to the needs of local industries, micro-credentials are an efficient and effective way of delivering education. Offered online and focused on strengthening an employee’s skills and competencies in a focused area, micro-credentials are a flexible option that meets learners where they are at in life,” says Catherine Crockford, director of Continuing Studies. 

These short-term programs can stand alone or complement traditional credentials such as certificates, diplomas and degrees, and support competencies valued by industries and employers. Upon completion of a micro-credential, learners receive a digital badge that can be easily shared across their social media network, highlighted on their resume, or included in their email signature.

“The pandemic has impacted a number of industries including tourism and hospitality, but there is renewed demand from employers looking to address skills gaps that have developed during these challenging times,” says Timothy Spielman, dean for the School of Business and Continuing Studies. “Agriculture is another industry that is experiencing an increased demand for skills that will support sustainable production into the future while considering the environmental, social and economic impact.”

Due to their flexible and compressed format, micro-credentials are suitable for professionals looking to enhance their resume and specialize in a particular area, learners seeking a way to add-on to their current education or test out an industry, and employers offering professional development to their employees.

For more information on the micro-credentials available, visit Employers interested in training their employees may be eligible for funding under the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, for more click here.