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Gain employability skills, build your resume, or start a new career today!

Put your career on the fast track to success with one of our in-demand career programs. Each Fast Track program results in valuable, industry-specific certification designed to meet local employers’ requirements.

Fast Track students gain exclusive access to Michigan Learning & Education Advancement Program (MiLEAP) grants, which cover partial or full course tuition. Additional financial support is available through the NCMC Foundation.

You'll also be connected with local instructors who have virtual office hours, and when you finish your program, we'll assist you with job placement.

Stand out from the competition. Start today and quickly get on your way with North Central’s Fast Track career programs!


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Intro to Mechatronics

  • 75 hours of online courses
  • 70 hours of in-person skills training

Gain a strong background in this multidisciplinary field that integrates mechanical, electrical and controls engineering into the design, development and implementation of automated systems. Learn the basic concepts of automation and manufacturing processes used in Industry 4.0. Begin this on-demand program as soon as you’re ready!

Completion prepares students for the SACA Industry 4.0 Basic Operations Associate Certification examination at North Central.

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CNC Operator

  • 80 hours of online courses 
  • 80 hours of in-person, hands-on training
  • CNC Operator certification

The online CNC Operator course provides students with the knowledge and skills to prove competency and quickly begin a new career as a CNC operator.  Gain an intensive overview of the skills necessary to oversee the daily functions of manufacturing machinery, from performing diagnostic tests to programming, monitoring and inspecting machines. Begin this on-demand program as soon as you’re ready!

 


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Phlebotomy Technician

  • Three weeks of online classes
  • In-person skills testing
  • One-week, in-person externship
 

Phlebotomy technicians perform one of the most widely needed duties in healthcare settings: drawing blood from patients. Fully certified phlebotomy technicians work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, diagnostic labs, nursing homes and dialysis centers. Students will take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification exam in person on North Central's Petoskey campus.

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Electronic Health Records Specialist

  • 8-week* online program
  • Potential externship opportunity
  • Assistance with job placement
 

Learn the skills required to become a Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) through the National Healthcareers Association (NHA). Course topics include charting, HIPAA compliance, electronic health record management, insurance and billing. 

*Completion time may vary by student.

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Certified Pharmacy Technician

  • 400 hours of online training
  • 100-hour externship with a local pharmacy
 

Gain the skills and hands-on training necessary to assist pharmacists in processing and filling prescriptions at retail pharmacies. After completing online classes, students will apply for an externship at a local pharmacy before graduating from the program. Students will also prepare to sit for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT).


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Medical Assistant Bundle

FALL SESSION

  • 20-week, online program resulting in three certifications: Clinical Medical Assistant, EKG Technician and Phlebotomy Technician
  • Three days of in-person skills testing
  • 80-hour externship

Medical assistants are multiskilled allied healthcare professionals who specialize in procedures commonly performed in a healthcare setting. They perform clinical and administrative duties to assist physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

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Patient Care Technician Bundle

  • 24-week, online program resulting in three certifications: Patient Care Technician, EKG Technician and Phlebotomy Technician
  • Three days of in-person skills testing
  • 80-hour externship
 

Patient care technicians play an important role in patients' lives. With the demand for healthcare at an all-time high, you can be the  professional they depend on to provide the care they need. This online patient care course will help you gain the skills for a rewarding, patient-focused career in various healthcare facilities.

 


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Automotive Repair Technician 

COMING SOON! 
  • 16-week* online program
  • Accredited Automotive Repair Technician Career Diploma
  • 80-hour externship with local auto repair business
 

If you have a passion for cars, the Fast Track Auto Repair Certification course will help you prepare for the career you want.

You'll also prepare for professional certification through National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification exams.

*Completion time may vary by student.

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HVAC Technician

COMING SOON! 
  • 20-week* online program
  • 80-hour externship with a local business
 

Learn the fundamentals of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning trade. Master the skills necessary to pass all 17 HVAC Excellence Employment Ready Certificates, the EPA 608, and the NATE Ready to Work Certificate. This training course must be supplemented by your employer, through both technical assistance and on‐the‐job training in each area of instruction in the book.

*Completion time may vary by student.

 


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Professional Bookkeeper with Quickbooks

  • 100 hours of online training
  • Potential externship opportunity
  • Assistance with job placement

Master QuickBooks Online to prepare for a rewarding career in the bookkeeping field. Learn basic bookkeeping and accounting principles necessary to prepare for the QuickBooks Certified User Exam.