IBMC College in Longmont meets local need in training and job placement
IBMC College, career and vocational training institution, is celebrating eight years of providing career training and job placement in Longmont, Colo.
Between 2016 and 2017 alone, IBMC College’s Longmont campus graduated 99 students, 76 of whom are now employed in their career training field.
With the booming population growth trend of the past several decades in Colorado, a substantial need for medical professionals, beauty professionals and other vocationally trained workers has emerged. IBMC College’s two most popular career training programs—Medical Assisting and Cosmetology—are expected to grow in Colorado at increases of 35.2% and 25.7% respectively through 2024, according to estimates provided by ProjectionsCentral.com. All other career training programs offered boast projected growth increases ranging from 22.7% (business) to 54.7% (skincare specialists).
The college, with programs ranging from medical assisting to cosmetology, was founded in 1987 in Fort Collins, Colo. It established a location at 2315 N. Main St. in Longmont in 2011. Since then, IBMC’s Longmont Career Services Department has helped thousands of graduates find positions in their chosen field after graduation.
2017 Dental Assisting graduate Brandie Romero says she chose IBMC College to help her gain financial independence after struggling to support herself and her daughters. With the help of IBMC’s Career Services Department, she was able to find her ideal position.
Her job as a Dental Assistant has allowed her to fulfill her goal of supporting her family, and high-demand role in Colorado’s rapidly growing dental industry.
“I’m completely happy—I’m financially supporting myself and my daughters, and I’m succeeding in the career I wanted,” Romero said.
Genevieve Gallo, IBMC College Cosmetology graduate tells a similar story. While attending IBMC College, her resume was sent to Ulta, a cosmetics and skincare retail store and salon, by IBMC’s Career Services team. There, she obtained a position as an esthetician.
“IBMC was a huge help because they sent Ulta my resume, and if it wasn’t for the education they had given me, I would’ve failed my technical interview,” Gallo said.
Gallo, a former barista, says she’s proud of her new job and now feels a strong sense of purpose in her work.
“I’m able to help people with their skin problems and make them feel more confident and beautiful,” she said. “I want to push myself harder as an individual to work as much as I can—I know that I can do more than make coffee all day.”
In February 2018, IBMC College announced its plans to shorten the length of three of its diploma programs—Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting and Cosmetology. Starting March 26, IBMC’s Medical Assisting and Dental Assisting programs were reduced from 15 months to 10 months. Additionally, the Cosmetology program was reduced from 1,800 training hours to 1,500 (approximately 13 months), following the state of Colorado’s 2017 reduction in required program hours.