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. 

Charity Unruh – Student Highlight

Meet Charity Unruh, our student highlight for this week!

After graduating from high school, many people are unsure of what to do next. With so many options and career paths available to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one fits you best. Charity, our student highlight this week, experienced this as well.

“I was trying to decide what I wanted to do but couldn’t. I knew I had always wanted to do something in the medical field,” said Charity. When she was younger, her grandpa had cancer and had to have a lot of surgeries. In helping take care of her grandpa, she discovered that her niche in life was helping people. Her grandpa’s hospice nurse even told Charity that she is a natural nurse.

Charity’s mom is a pharmacist and she learned a lot about the medical field from her.

Before attending Boardman Training Center, Charity took a year off from school after high school to figure out what she wanted to do. She was originally going to go to college for nursing, but the cost of tuition was very high and unaffordable.

Charity Unruh-Student Highlight

“I chose BTC because it was affordable. I liked that it is a small facility with small classes. Also, I could tell right away that the staff cares about their students,” said Charity of her decision to attend Boardman Training Center.

Charity is currently enrolled in the Medical Office Specialist program at BTC and is on the fast-track to starting her career in the medical field.

“I chose my program because I’ve always been fascinated with the medical field. My grandpa is the one who inspired me by helping take care of him when he had cancer,” said Charity. Also, her grandpa always told her that she would be a nurse.

When asked what her favorite part is of attending BTC, Charity said, “it’s that everyone here is so close knit, like a family. I also love that the staff goes to every length to make sure their students succeed.”

EKG is Charity’s favorite class in the Medical Office Specialist training program at BTC because she has always been fascinated by the heart.

Charity says that she would love to specialize in cardiology after graduating from BTC, because the cardiovascular system is her favorite and fascinates her the most. This goes back to Charity’s high school anatomy class when she dissected a pig’s heart. She was immediately intrigued and knew she wanted to work with the heart.

“In five years, I would like to have made a difference in as many peoples’ lives as I possibly can,” said Charity. She would even like to assist in heart surgeries one day.

When asked if she would refer Boardman Training Center to a friend, Charity said, “I would most definitely refer BTC to a friend. The staff is incredible, and it feels like I’ve created a second family by attending BTC.”

Charity truly loves training for a new medical career at BTC and says that it has been phenomenal for her. She couldn’t imagine her life if she had not come here for school.

Even though high school was not her thing, Charity says coming to BTC was different because they take care of you here. She doesn’t know what she will do when she leaves BTC because it has become a second home to her.

“Give it a shot. Look into it. Honestly, if you enroll here, you will not regret it. It will be like you have a second family,” said Charity, giving her advice for anyone considering enrolling at BTC to train for a new healthcare career.

Do you want to start a career in the medical field with the opportunity to help people on a daily basis? Or maybe you are just graduating high school and are unsure of what to do next, just like Charity was when she graduated. Boardman Training Center is here to help you take the next step toward a successful and fulfilling healthcare career.

We offer career training programs in a variety of healthcare areas, including Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist. Explore these exciting programs and request information today to get started on your path to a great career!