The Emerging Trend of Skills-Based Learning

Technology has changed the way the world conducts business, and as a result, companies have also had to change the way they hire qualified employees. According to a LinkedIn research article, skills-based hiring is increasing in the United States. Consequently, how students learn has changed as well. Today’s students gain knowledge by being more involved in their education through skills-based learning.

What Is Skills-Based Learning?

Skills-based learning builds on the knowledge students receive in the classroom, encouraging them to think critically and analyze data as they apply the hands-on skills they’ve learned. This training allows students to gain valuable practice with the skills that are career-specific to their chosen field. Skills-based learning can then be applied to real-life situations through interactive labs and in their careers.

Why All the Focus on Skills?

Employers want employees who can hit the ground running. Candidates who already possess the skills required for specialized jobs are better equipped to perform their duties when hired. Training new employees can be labor-intensive and costly. Hiring employees who have already learned valuable skills is both efficient and effective, saving employers valuable resources.
The Emerging Trend of Skills-Based Learning

Increasing the focus on skills-based learning enables students to stay updated on best practices, trends, and technology in their chosen field. One example is in the phlebotomy field. Phlebotomists must be trained in the current best practices, so they can better care for their patients.

Learning in a skills-based environment prepares students with the most advanced skills needed, while also bridging the gap between what employers need in candidates and the skills students have when they graduate.

What Are the Benefits of This?

Choosing a career training program that focuses on skills-based learning places students on the fast track to their career of choice. This type of program permits students to take only the classes they need while allowing them to complete their program in less time.

Boardman Training Center designed our training programs to meet the needs of local employers, enabling students to learn the skills that employers need as they prepare for professional, skills-based certifications*. Students gain valuable experience while applying their skills to real-life situations during their interactive labs.

Skills-based learning also engages students by empowering them to improve the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they’ve learned in the classroom.

How Do You Choose the Right Program?

With so many options available, choosing the right training program or school that offers important, skills-based learning can be confusing. BTC makes it easy to find a program that teaches the skills you’ll need for the career you want to pursue. For example, if you’re interested in healthcare and would like to work as a medical office specialist, then you’ll need a program that specializes in the skills that medical office professionals use every day, including taking vital signs, charting, and injections, among other duties.

You should also choose a program that includes practical ways for you to practice your skills while gaining experience, including hands-on training, interactive labs, and certification* preparation, which is part of our training programs here at Boardman Training Center.

If you’re ready to enroll in a career training program that gives you the skills-based learning and hands-on experience you need to succeed in today’s job market, we are here to help!

Discover our fast-track programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist! Contact us today to get started on your path to a great career!

*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam. 

Abraham Torres – Student Highlight

Meet Abraham Torres, our student highlight feature for this week!

Abraham is currently enrolled in the Medical Office Specialist program here at Boardman Training Center and is preparing for a new career in the healthcare field. Our fast-track programs allow students to train for new careers in just weeks, so you can get into your new profession quickly.

Abraham Torres - Student Highlight

Before enrolling in the MOS program, Abraham previously completed the Cardio/Phlebotomy program, learning how to perform EKGs, draw blood, and carry out venipuncture procedures. In addition to learning these hands-on skills, Abraham prepared for valuable healthcare certifications including Certified Phlebotomy Technician* and Certified EKG Technician*.

After graduating from the Cardio/Phlebotomy program, Abraham decided that he wanted to continue his education and training to prepare for additional healthcare career opportunities. “I wanted to get another certification,” said Abraham.

As a student in the Medical Office Specialist program, Abraham will learn a variety of skills, making him a valuable member of the healthcare team. This program trains students to directly care for patients and complete back-office administration duties.

Some of the patient care skills students learn in their medical office classes are injections, basic wound care, and suture removal. Some of the back-office skills students will learn include patient intake, charting, and medical billing.

The MOS program also prepares students for additional healthcare certifications, including Certified Medical Administrative Assistant*, Certified Billing and Coding Specialist*, and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist*.

Abraham was in high school before deciding to attend Boardman Training Canter. After graduation, he chose BTC to further his education. “I wanted to get a job in the medical field,” said Abraham.

When asked what his favorite part is of attending BTC, Abraham said, “My phlebotomy class was fun because I got to draw blood.” Abraham said his favorite teacher so far has been Sandy and his favorite class was phlebotomy.

After he finishes his healthcare training program and graduates from BTC, Abraham wants to work as a phlebotomist or lab assistant. In five years, Abraham would like to have a job in a doctor’s office, have a house, and maybe start a family.

When asked if he would refer Boardman Training Center to a friend, Abraham said yes, he would because “you could get your certifications* in a short amount of time.”

Do you want to start a career in the healthcare field? Are you looking for a healthcare training program that can be completed in weeks not years? Then Boardman Training Center might be the perfect option for you! Explore our career training programs today and request information now to start your path to a new healthcare career!

*Certification is contingent on passing the corresponding certification exam.

Patti Foster – Student Highlight

Meet Patti Foster, our student highlight for this week!

Patti is enrolled in the Cardio Phlebotomy career training program at Boardman Training Center and is super excited to get on the fast track to a great healthcare career!

Patti Foster-Student Highlight

“I have enjoyed all my classes at BTC. I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite. I love them all,” said Patti.

Before enrolling with BTC, Patti attended a larger university but says that Boardman Training Center is her favorite school that she has attended.

After being laid off from a job, Patti wanted something new that would give her career a boost. “I’ve worked in the medical field for years and I wanted to advance my career,” said Patti.

This led her to coming to BTC for a visit and meeting with Nikki Granger, Admissions Advisor. “Nikki really helped me make my dream happen,” said Patti. “I chose BTC because of Nikki. I had inquired and she was the most helpful,” Patti continued.

At BTC, we work with each student individually to create a plan that leads to future career success. With our WE CARE school environment, we encourage and empower each student to achieve their full potential.

When asked what her favorite part of attending Boardman Training Center is, Patti said it’s the instructors because they make learning fun.

After graduation, Patti wants to pursue a career as a Medical Assistant or maybe even become an instructor at BTC!

Patti has had an amazing experience at Boardman Training Center and says she would absolutely recommend BTC to others because the staff is great, the class sizes are smaller, and the instructors are always available to help you.

Are you ready to take the next step toward a fulfilling and rewarding healthcare career? At Boardman Training Center, we offer fast track programs to get you in a new career in months, not years.

With personalized attention, small class sizes, flexible financing options, and the opportunity to sit for professional certifications, BTC has just what you need.

Learn more about our Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Cardio Phlebotomy, and Medical Office Specialist career training programs and request information to get started today!