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Individual Studies Program at Fulton Montgomery Community College – Design your Degree! 

Posted: July 9, 2021

Now that we are getting back to “normal” after more than a year you may be thinking about going back to college this fall to enhance the skills you need to land your dream job. Here are some questions to ask yourself before beginning your journey:  Do you learn better hands-on?  Do you know what career path you want but need the qualifications to get the job?  Do you know exactly what you want to learn but have not found the right program?   If you answered yes to any of these questions, Fulton Montgomery Community College has the right program for you! Our Individual Studies: Collaborative Career Learning Program will perfectly fit your needs.

Individual Learning: Collaborative Career Learning program is a distinctive method to focused career training that combines off-campus “hands-on” experience with an area employer with on campus related instruction. On-campus study is selected to relate to the specific career area where you will work with dedicated professors many of whom have worked in the area that they teach. Off-campus experience is closely monitored by the participating business or industry and the college advisor.

Students along with an advisor create the perfect strategy and learning plan to ensure that students acquire the skills they need to fulfill the job requirements in their chosen field.

You pick the job title and together we will create the plan.

Here is an example of one of the certificate programs we have created for students who are looking for a career as a phlebotomist:

PHLEBOTOMIST – 1-year Certificate Program: To provide a safe and comfortable experience for patients of various age groups, be selecting and caring for an appropriate venous or capillary site and correctly labeling and handling of the proper blood collection tubes for tests ordered.  May perform a variety of telephone and computer-related activities regarding patient test orders, results, and report generations, separation of blood sample tests, and recordkeeping. 

Fall Semester 

HLT101 Introduction to Allied Health – 2 credits
HLT136 First Aid and Safety – 3 credits

SCI136 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology – 3 credits

Or BIO181/182 Anatomy and Physiology I or II – 4 credits
CLC111 – Career Success – 1 credit
CLC101 – Collaborative Career Learning I – 8 credits
Training at a local business 12 hours per week (180 hours per semester.)
Total Credits – 17 – 18. 

Spring Semester 

MED283 Medical Terminology – 3 credits

HLT111 Introduction to Patient Care – 1 credit

HLT120 Professional Ethics in Allied Health – 3 credits
CLC112 – Career Search – 1 credits
CLC102 – Collaborative Career Learning II – 8 credits
Training at a local business 12 hours per week (180 hours per semester.)
Total Credits – 16

Students may begin most programs with fall, winter, spring, or summer enrollment and usually complete the certificate requirements in two semesters. Placement is competitive and determined by the student’s personal interview with the COCAL advisor and the business mentor, as well as site availability.

All certificate and degree programs are specifically designed to develop the skills employers are looking for. The hands-on classroom lessons and activities along with off-campus training provide students with a unique learning experience.

We also have 2-year AOS degrees that require 60-62 credits.

Call today to get started!  The telephone number is (518) 736-FMCC (3622) and ask for JeanMarie Reinke at extension 8931 or Charlene Dybas at extension 8944.  If you prefer you can email JeanMarie.Reinke@fmcc.edu or Charlene.dybas@fmcc.edu .

We are looking forward to talking with you soon to help you design your degree.

This article was written by Charlene Dybas, an Assistant Professor in the Business Division, and has been with Fulton-Montgomery Community College since 2001.

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