Workforce and Community Programs – How to Find the Non-Credit Courses You Want

We’ve got great news! We’ve merged our Community Education and Workforce Training programs to bring you Workforce and Community Programs!

What does this mean for you? We now have one section, a one-stop-shop, for you to get the non-credit courses that are right for you. Whether you want to cultivate a new hobby, refresh your job skills or learn new skills entirely, we can help. Visit arapahoe.edu/wcp.

When you get there, you’ll be presented with three options:

  1. Professional and Career Programs
  2. Personal Enrichment Programs
  3. Customized and Contract Training Programs

Professional and Career Programs

woman working at computerThese are courses designed to help you improve your job skills and employability. These courses can give you an edge to get that job or that promotion. Here are the types of courses we offer for Professional and Career Programs:

  • Adult education programs
    • GED preparation
    • Math, Writing and Grammar Refresher courses.
  • Au Pair Education information
  • Business
    • Business Start-up
    • Communication and Management
    • Sales and Marketing
    • Essential Computer Skills
    • Networking and Communications
    • Programming and Web Development
    • Gaming and App Development
  • Career Focus
    • Career Exploration
    • Job Search
  • General Professional programs
    • Basic Mediation
    • Equine Training and Management
    • WordPress Web Design
    • Event Management
    • Floral Design
    • Microsoft Office
    • Social Media and Marketing
  • Health Care
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Medical Coding and Billing
    • Paramedic and Nursing Refresher Course
  • Information Technology (IT)
    • Accounting Software
    • Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud
    • Database Management and Security
  • Languages
    • Chinese
    • English as a Second Language
    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
  • Manufacturing and Logistics
    • Lean Academy
  • Teacher Education
    • Classroom Management

Personal Enrichment programs

Multi-generational family portraitThese courses will allow you to indulge your interests and cultivate new hobbies or continue your lifelong learning journey. If you are familiar with our Community Education program of the past, this is very similar. Here are the types of courses we offer for Personal Enrichment Programs:

  • Arts and Humanities
    • Astronomy
    • Calligraphy
    • Collage
    • Clock Repair
    • Drawing
    • Genealogy and Heritage
    • Jewelry
    • Music
    • Needle Arts
    • Painting
    • Photography
    • Welding
    • Theater
  • Citizenship
  • Computer Applications
    • Microsoft Office Programs
    • Essential Computer Skills
  • Equine Training
  • Health and Wellness
    • Body Care
    • Healing
    • CPR and First Aid
    • Dance
    • Fitness
  • Home and Garden
    • Electricity
    • Interior Decorating
    • Home Building, Buying and Selling
    • Welding
    • Gardening
  • Language and Culture
  • Personal Finance and Real Estate
    • Estate Planning
    • Investment Property
    • Retirement Success
  • Recreation
    • Motorcycle Training
    • Driving
  • Youth College
    • Test Prep
    • Online High School

Customized Training Programs

Our Customized Training programs allow businesses to boost the skills of their employees. Work with our Workforce and Community Programs team to build trainings specifically for your employees and the needs of your company. We’ll help you analyze your needs and design, develop, implement, and assess your training to ensure its success.

We also offer many online options in case you can’t make it to our campuses or partner locations. We’re excited to bring you these courses and more in the future! If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at 303.797.5722 or workforce@arapahoe.edu.

What does a medical coder do?

A medical coder will have, generally, the same sort of duties no matter what type of facility they’re employed in. From clinics to hospitals to physicians’ offices, medical billers and coders use medical codes to document patient diagnoses and treatments.

Specifically, their duties include:

  • Reading and analyzing patient records
  • Determining the correct codes for patient records
  • Using codes to bill insurance providers
  • Interacting with physicians and assistants to ensure accuracy
  • Keeping track of patient data over multiple visits
  • Managing detailed, specifically-coded information
  • Maintaining patient confidentiality and information security

While many medical billers and coders do work on-site in hospitals and clinics, they’re typically far-removed from where patient care is taking place. While you will be required to interact and communicate with physicians and assistants to a certain degree, much of your work will be independent from everything else that goes on in a health care facility.

It is also important to become familiar with different types of insurance plans, regulations, and compliance. The coding community has three critical resource books: CPT®, HCPCS Level II and ICD-10-CM along with their corresponding codes and guidelines. Using code books the medical coder assigns correct codes to record the service levels for the procedures performed and to account for supplies used to treat the patient during an encounter with the physician. Proper assignment of ICD-10-CM codes corresponds with the physician’s diagnoses and completes the “story” of the patient’s illness or injury.

How do I become a Medical Coder?

What is required is a solid understanding of anatomy, physiology and medical terminology. It is also highly recommended for serious coders to complete a medical coding course of study, pass the CPC or and earn their certification as a Certified Professional Coder, or pass the CCA exam and earn the certificate to become a Certified Coding Associate. Arapahoe Community College offers a 12-month, online, AHIMA-approved course which prepares students for either certification.

Where do I begin?

Attend an upcoming monthly information session at Arapahoe Community College Parker Campus. You can enroll anytime @ careerstep.com/acc or call Trena Green at (303) 734-3777.

by Lisa Lehn Mostek, MT/MCB Advisor, ACC Workforce Training

Manage Your Future in Event Management

Event Management has become one of the most desired career choices for students of all ages. Whether a new grad right out of college pursing his or her passion of event coordination, or an experienced employee looking to make a career transition, the Event Management program is designed to provide the skills and experience necessary for all students looking to enter the field.

The program provides a comprehensive look into all dimensions of event planning: event funding, PR, advertising, marketing and sales, volunteer and staff management, and operations and logistics. The course also covers specialized areas of event management. Some examples include: wedding planning, conventions, arenas and sporting events, and event management for non-profits.

An invaluable piece of the course is the section pertaining to owning your own event management company. As our society becomes increasingly more entrepreneurial, programs that focus on business development skills become exponentially important.

Essential to becoming a successful business owner, and event manager, is the ability to communicate and collaborate with clients. As a result, the program is heavily focused on relationship building, networking and honing of communication skills. Through networking events, internship and volunteer opportunities, students are able to meet and learn from industry leaders.

The goals of the Event Management program are to increase the students’ knowledge and understanding of the industry, provide them the tools to confidently create and execute an event, and to connect them with internship and career opportunities within the field. As the course progresses, it is the students’ responsibility to stay abreast industry trends, news and developments and becomes experts in the industry.

One of the benefits of Workforce Training and the Event Management program is the real world experience provided to students. An industry that is based solely around “doing,” requires constant hands on projects. The ability to learn the material is only as beneficial as the ability to apply it to an actual event. Through this program, students are continuously challenged to create, communicate and execute skillfully prepared event experiences.

By the end of the course, students will have a personal event portfolio, have made industry contacts, and have grown their networks. Because, as it was said by English philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead, “no one who achieves success does so without the help of others.”