Welcome to the Career, Technical and Health Education Department home page! We are a proud and diverse department offering quality educational programs for those just entering the workforce and those wanting to make a change in careers. Information is available for the programs offered in the department along with program costs and admission requirements (where applicable). Please stop by for a tour of our beautiful campus, meet our instructors, visit our classrooms and labs and experience our culture of excellence, collaboration, integrity and respect.
Lauri White, MPA, RDH
Dean of Career, Technical and Health Education
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition the following information is applicable to programs offered in the Career, Technical and Health Education Department. (United States Department of Labor, Overview of the 2008-18 Projections. Retrieved June 10, 2011 from www.bls.gov/oco/oco2003.htm)
Employment in computer systems design and related services is expected to increase by 45 percent, accounting for nearly one-fourth of all new jobs in this industry sector. Employment growth will be driven by growing demand for the design and integration of sophisticated networks and Internet and intranet sites. Demand for these services will be spurred by businesses’ continued need for advice on planning and logistics, the implementation of new technologies, and compliance with workplace safety, environmental, and employment regulations. The fast-growing computer-related industries is expected to add 118,100 jobs by 2018. The data-processing, hosting, and related services industry, which is expected to grow by 53 percent, includes establishments that provide Web and application hosting and streaming services. Internet publishing and broadcasting is expected to grow rapidly as it gains market share from newspapers and other more traditional media. Software publishing is projected to grow by 30 percent as organizations of all types continue to adopt the newest software products. Computer and mathematical science occupations are projected to add almost 785,700 new jobs from 2008 to 2018. As a group, these occupations are expected to grow more than twice as fast as the average for all occupations in the economy. Demand for workers in computer and mathematical occupations will be driven by the continuing need for businesses, government agencies, and other organizations to adopt and utilize the latest technologies. Two of the fastest growing detailed occupations are in the computer specialist occupational group. Network systems and data communications analysts are projected to be the second-fastest-growing occupation in the economy. Demand for these workers will increase as organizations continue to upgrade their information technology capacity and incorporate the newest technologies
About 26 percent of all new jobs created in the U.S. economy will be in the healthcare and social assistance industry. This industry—which includes public and private hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, and individual and family services—is expected to grow by 24 percent, or 4 million new jobs. Employment growth will be driven by an aging population and longer life expectancies. Employment among healthcare practitioners and technical occupations is expected to increase by 21 percent. This growth, resulting in a projected 1.6 million new jobs, will be driven by increasing demand for healthcare services. As the number of older people continues to grow, and as new developments allow for the treatment of more medical conditions, more healthcare professionals will be needed. Of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the economy, half are related to healthcare.
Personal care services comprise a fast growing industry with an expected 32 percent increase. This industry includes barbers, salons, and spas, which have experienced growing demand as individuals increasingly, are seeking to improve their personal appearance.
Employment in arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations is expected to grow by 12 percent from 2008 to 2018, resulting in almost 332,600 new jobs. art and design occupations will see substantial growth, with demand increasing for graphic designers. As more advertising is conducted over the Internet, a medium that generally includes many graphics, and as businesses and households increasingly seek professional design services, a greater number of these workers will be needed.
Office and administrative support workers perform the day-to-day activities of the office, such as preparing and filing documents, dealing with the public, and distributing information. Employment in these occupations is expected to grow by 8 percent, adding 1.8 million new jobs by 2018. Office and administrative support services occupations are expected to grow by 1.3 million jobs, accounting for about one-fifth of the job growth among the 20 occupations with the largest growth.