MCG Career College offers an accelerated certificate program that has you career ready in just 5 months. The Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk program is a blended learning program that combines in person classes and online learning components. This allows students to balance personal responsibilities while training for a new career. The last month of the program is practicum where students work out in an office practicing the skills they learned in class.
Life may be feeling a bit upside down these days with the Coronavirus pandemic impacting every aspect of our lives— from work to school and everything in between. But students at MCG’s Red Deer campus got a glimpse of normalcy last month with the official graduation ceremony for the Advanced Massage Therapy students.
Nine students participated in a safe, socially distanced ceremony on June 19 at the Red Deer campus, receiving their diplomas from the Dean of MCG Career College, Carmen Sheridan. On top of that, every single student is working full time, many as RMTs at various spas and clinics located around the province.
Going to school in the summer can be a great way to get ahead of the game. When everyone else is just starting classes in September, your program is coming to an end and you’re ready to start job hunting! But let’s face it — when the weather is nice, it can be hard to stay motivated.
“The key to success is to focus on goals, not obstacles.??? (Unknown)
So, with our focus clearly set on our goals, let’s make a plan for how you’re going to slay your summer courses and still enjoy the short BBQ season.
Personal connections and a face-to-face learning environment are what truly elevates the post-secondary experience. It can improve your learning experience, result in lifelong friendships and enhance your mental wellness.
At MCG, we pride ourselves on a flexible learning environment with a balance of online learning and in-person classes to allow our students to better connect with their fellow students and instructors. While MCG has been operating 100 per cent in the virtual world during the pandemic, we are excited to officially reopen for on-campus learning this summer and for the fall semester.
There is more to a successful career in healthcare than your skills training and clinical abilities. While the hands-on skills education is vital, so is the way that you communicate with patients and colleagues. Empathy, compassion, and professionalism are all soft skills that can really elevate your resume and help you stand up above the rest when it comes to the job hunt.
“We see people in their worst and most vulnerable states,??? explains Carmen Sheridan, Dean of MCG Career College. Therefore, students training at MCG to be Medical Office Assistants and Unit Clerks spend a portion of time learning appropriate “bedside manners??? and how to keep patients feeling safe and comfortable.
We all have different learning styles and some of us need more direction and guidance than others. It’s one reason many people shy away from online education programs — because they are worried they’ll be handed a stack of assignments with a due date at the end of the semester and a cheery, “off you go!???
In this new COVID-19 world, MCG Career College is still running programs where available but it’s not a simple flip to a digital environment.
Finding balance amidst the chaos
April is Stress Awareness Month; a great opportunity to assess the sources of stress in your life, learn about effective coping skills and work on ways to reduce the stress you experience on a daily basis.
Many of us feel stress
Stress is a natural response to the world around you. Be it work, finances, an event, academics, family — or the recent COVID-19 health crisis — Canadians are stressed out. And if you feel isolated in your stress, know that you’re not alone. In fact, a recent study reported that 27 per cent of Canadians claim to have high to extreme levels of stress on a daily basis. An additional 46 per cent report that they feel “a bit” of stress on a day-to-day basis.
Earning a new career has never been easier — and safer
Thinking about your personal goals and next steps in your career? Toying with the idea of signing up for a career program? If the recent COVID-19 scare has you apprehensive about taking classroom-based courses, then consider a distance learning-based program as a convenient and safe alternative.
The perks of studying online
Beyond the benefit of being a safe option, but here are our top 5 perks of distance learning:
March 15, 2020: COVID-19 operational update
The Government of Alberta has officially announced that in-person post-secondary classes are cancelled and K-12 schools and childcare centres are closed indefinitely.
At MCG Career College, all courses will go to online delivery where possible and the Dean will be following with students one-on-one regarding any practical training components of their program.
For those students on practicums, we are working closely with both the students and their practicum placements to determine appropriate next steps. The safety of our staff and faculty remains our top priority.
Get to know MCG’s Founder, Monika Gupta
“As long as we are not living in harmony with nature and our constitution, we cannot expect ourselves to be really healed. Ayurveda gives us the means.??? – David Frawley
Ayurvedic medicine teaches us that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body and spirit. From humble beginnings in India, Dr. Monika Gupta founded MCG Career College with a vision of applying this idea to elevating health and wellness training programs, and extending it into the lives of students, so they may unlock their potential and become their best selves.