Helms College Expands Hospitality and Health Care Credentials

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PHOTO: Dr. Gary Markowitz, senior vice president of education and James K. Stiff, president of Helms College.

Local college helps fill the gap in middle-skills jobs education and training

[AUGUSTA] - The Georgia state regulatory agency - Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, and the U.S. Department of Education recently granted approval for Helms College to include new programs starting in January 2019 at both the Macon and Augusta Campus. 

Middle-skills jobs, which require more education and training beyond high school but less than a four-year degree, make up the largest part of the United States’ and Georgia’s labor market. However, key industries in Georgia are unable to find enough sufficiently trained workers to fill these jobs. 

Statics show that by 2020, 65 percent of all American jobs will require some form of post-secondary degree or credential. However, present trajectories indicate that far less than 68 percent of the workforce will reach that educational bar. This will harm the community’s ability to retain, attract and grow business, and will have long-term impacts on the overall economy and quality of life in our region.

“As the nonprofit leader in providing education, training, and career services to people with disadvantages circumstances, Goodwill is the perfect solution to take on this challenge,” said James K. Stiff, president of Helms College. “Helms College provides students with a transformative educational experience, offering a distinctive education in a caring and supportive environment that will give students the knowledge, skills and experiential learning you need for career success,”

The new programs available at the Helms College Augusta campus are:

  • Associate of Applied Science degree program in Hospitality Event and Catering Operations
  • Associate of Applied Science degree program in Medical Coding and Documentation
  • Diploma program in Medical Coding and Billing

The Helms College Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Hospitality Event & Catering Operations is designed to prepare students seeking entry-level employment in hospitality to utilize their culinary arts skills as well as gain knowledge and skills in hospitality event and catering operations.

Medical coding and billing is a crucial occupational field in the U.S. healthcare industry.  Increasing complexities in medical codes, changes in coding standards, and recent government policies guiding the healthcare industry have all contributed to a growing need for well-trained individuals to enter the medical billing and coding profession. The objective of the diploma program in Medical Coding and Billing is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to seek entry-level employment as medical billers and coders in a variety of healthcare settings.

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Medical Coding and Documentation program is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in medical coding and clinical documentation for healthcare services. Graduates of the program are prepared to seek employment opportunities in various healthcare facilities such as a physician’s office, an urgent care center or clinic, and hospitals.

For more information about Helms College, Paul Portugal - director of admissions at 706-854-4703 or go online at www.Helms.edu.

About Helms College

Helms College, a private, independent postsecondary career school sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia Inc. and licensed by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, offers accredited programs through its two hospitality schools as well as its new School of Health Services. Helms College is an institution of higher education that provides a unique approach to experiential learning and career education. Named in honor of Rev. Edgar Helms, the founder of Goodwill Industries, Helms College creates opportunities for students to discover their strengths and build upon their knowledge, skills, and attitudes through extensive integrative and experiential learning.