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The first question asked on Tacoma-based Capstone Career College’s Web site is “Hate your job?” Clearly, Capstone caters to ambitious folks from all backgrounds who want to lay the groundwork for a better career. Capstone’s LeeAnn Hagen talked about the school’s offerings.
How and why did Capstone get started?
The owners of Capstone have, through other venues, been involved in teaching and preparing people for careers over many years. With Capstone, we were able to take that experience and use it to meet the needs of today’s adult learners.
Our ultimate goal was to take people who were unable to complete career training because of busy schedules and work responsibilities and offer them a solution that would mesh life with school. With Capstone, we were able to make that happen.
We also took a hard look at the employment needs in our area and projections for the future. We found that any healthcare support positions such as medical office administrator, medical coding and billing specialists were in high demand.
With this in mind, we offer a medical office administration program that includes not only office skills at an advanced level but also computerized medical coding, medical billing and health insurance processing.
Also, we found that needs in the computer industry were on the rise again. IT is an industry that is ever challenging and changing. We offer the training to meet the requirements for the A+, Network+, Security+ and the MCSA certifications.
These open doors for computer help desk and network administrator positions, both areas that are reported to be in high demand and are experiencing growth. We will also offer training for higher end certifications.
Why do you feel there’s a need for what you provide?
We are able to provide adult learners with flexible classroom schedules, the ability to work from home or office via online curriculum, one-on-one attention from industry professionals, hands-on experience and the option to learn in the way they best retain new information.
Adults today have a lot on their plate; work pressures and family obligations sometimes make any additional commitments almost impossible. Schedules that provide daily flexibility and our unique way of teaching lets our students work around their lives without sacrificing what’s important.
Many adults feel stuck in jobs that are less than satisfying and want a way to move up or out. With Capstone Career College, we are able to meet that need.
What makes Capstone unique?
Our method of training and our focus on adults makes us unique. We are not trying to make adult lives work around high school style training. We have training that works around adult lives. To do that, we expect a high level of maturity from our students.
What kind of challenges does Capstone face?
As with any new college, our greatest challenge is to let people know about what we offer and our commitment to our students’ success. We are involved with our community, government organizations, and businesses that will hire our graduates. We want people in our community to know more about us and our advantages.
Where do you want to build the school from here?
Our main goal for the school is to produce qualified graduates and watch them enter the industry of their choice. We will continue to grow in both the type and number of programs we offer and in the services we provide our students. Ultimately, we will open branches in Kitsap and Thurston counties.
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