February 26, 2018
IBMC College, northern Colorado career-training college with campuses in Fort Collins, Longmont and Greeley, announced its plans today to shorten the length of three of its diploma programs—Clinical Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting and Cosmetology.
“In an effort to provide students with a quicker, more concise way to get into their career field, we have restructured some of our diploma programs,” Steve Steele, IBMC College CEO and Fort Collins Campus President, said.
If students enroll for the March 19 class start and beyond, IBMC’s Clinical Medical Assisting and Dental Assisting programs will be reduced from 15 months to 10 months, as prescribed by the College. Additionally, the Cosmetology program will be reduced from 1,800 clock hours to 1,500 (shortening the length of program to 13 months, as prescribed), following the state of Colorado’s 2017 reduction in required program hours.
IBMC College has determined that the shortening of these programs would be advantageous to current and prospective students, citing discussions with its Program Advisory Committee (PAC), a diverse group of employers from the northern Colorado community who advise the College in decisions regarding education and graduate employment.
“The feedback allowed us to streamline the curriculum,” Steele said.
IBMC was able to condense its programs by combining some existing classes and shortening others. Students will still receive hands-on training, as well as classroom theory, according to Diana Gunderson, IBMC College Vice President of Education.
“It should give more students a realistic way to go back to college. Quicker, personal investment-friendly options should be attractive to students who previously could not make this investment in themselves,” Steele said.
Gunderson says this change in program structure is the direction that other colleges in the industry have been trending toward in recent years.
“In order to be competitive in the marketplace, we made the decision to shorten our programs, taking care to maintain the high standard IBMC College has held for more than 27 years,” she said.