This fall, Brookdale Community College will offer new programs and courses to accommodate evolving and emerging trends in the changing global economy. This will include a certificate in social media, the only one offered by a community college in the state. The projected number of jobs in communication disorders, criminal justice, and social media is on the rise and these new offerings will prepare students for career opportunities.
“It is essential for Brookdale to adapt to the national and global markets and provide a curriculum that will meet the needs of the economy and provide our students with the necessary skills and framework to achieve their goals,” said Dianna Phillips, Executive Vice President of Educational Services. “By adding these programs and courses, we continue to provide our students with effective academic programs which can lead to employment, career advancement, or transfer to four-year degrees.”
Students interested in a career in speech or language pathology can pursue a new pre-professional program in communication disorders, a new Humanities Associate of the Arts option. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in speech and language pathology will increase by over 28,000 by 2020 and jobs in audiology will increase by nearly 5,000. This new option will give students a foundation in basic human communication studies and speech and language disorders where they can earn an Associate of Arts degree and transfer to a four-year institution for further study.
With a projected increase of 54,000 jobs by 2020, public safety is a growing field. The new criminal justice certificate and the national security studies track under the existing Criminal Justice Associate of Science program can provide academic credentials for students seeking careers in these fields. The criminal justice credit certificate was developed specifically for police academy graduates and special law enforcement officers looking to obtain academic credit for completed coursework and training. Students participating in the national security studies track can transfer to the National Security Studies bachelor’s degree program at New Jersey City University available through the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity at Brookdale’s Wall location.
In this digital age, social media tactics and strategies are essential to building and expanding a business. Professionals often use social media for public relations, customer service, and marketing. By 2020, marketing jobs are expected to increase by nearly 24,000 and public relations jobs are expected to increase by 58,000. The new social media academic credit certificate, which will be offered entirely online, will help students create or enhance their social media efforts, web presence, and brand. Students will also learn how to identify an audience, develop a compelling message, manage a brand, measure effectiveness, and avoid potential social media pitfalls.
In addition to the four new program options, Brookdale will offer 13 new courses to the 2013-2014 academic year including: Automotive Electricity II and Air Conditioning, Human Biology, Project Management, Introduction to Music Business, Independent Chemistry Research, Writing in the Digital Age, Introduction to Social Media, Writing through Research I, Writing through Research II, Magazine Writing, Social Media Marketing, Elementary Portuguese, and Introduction to Communication Disorders.
For more information about these and other Brookdale offerings, visit catalog.brookdalecc.edu.
Featured Photo: Dara Evans, Instructor of Introduction to Social Media