Calhoun launches new Online Medical Billing Program for Fall 2020

Decatur, AL – According to information released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment prospects in the medical billing industry are projected to grow by at least 22 percent over the next few years. To answer this demand, Calhoun Community College is introducing a new fully online Medical Billing certificate program that begins fall 2020.

The College’s Business Administration department will offer the program. According to Dr. James Payne, Calhoun’s Dean of Business and Computer Information Systems, the program is designed to be completed in two semesters and includes preparation for the Medicare Billing Certificate and the Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS) credentials. All required coursework can be completed online.

“Strong local demand for trained medical billing specialists has provided Calhoun with an opportunity to expand our course offerings in the health field by developing this new short certificate program,” commented Payne. “The coursework will guide students toward the skill set and credentials they need for a career in medical billing, and will introduce them to related careers including medical coding and management of electronic health records,” Payne added.

The program is open to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the medical billing field. “The Medical Billing Specialist certificate includes coursework in vital medical office skills, general knowledge, and is perfect for anyone who is just beginning their studies in this field,” adds Payne. He explains, although the Medical Billing Essentials certificate consists of only the core billing courses, it is still a great choice for people who are already working in the healthcare field and want to obtain additional skills for promotion.

Students who have begun taking courses for another healthcare degree, but have not completed it can use either program to build on their existing skills and start their careers.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the local median pay for those employed in the medical records field is $40,620 per year.

For more information on the program or to enroll, please visit Calhoun’s website at or you may contact the Business & CIS division at (256) 306-2676 directly.

Calhoun Adult Education and Workforce Solutions to Again Offer FREE Training for Nationally Recognized Manufacturing Certifications

Decatur, AL – The Adult Education and Workforce Solutions departments at Calhoun Community College are once again collaborating to offer two free boot camps designed for individuals desiring to develop a sound foundation in the manufacturing and construction industries.  The next round of camps begins September 17, 2018, and will be held at Calhoun’s Decatur campus.  Orientation for both is scheduled for Monday, September 10.

The Alabama Advanced Manufacturing Certification boot camp is a 10-week program designed for those looking to develop a solid foundation of manufacturing processes and production, safety, maintenance awareness, and lean manufacturing principles.  “Those enrolled in this program will learn skills which will improve their chances of being successfully employed in the manufacturing industry,” commented Courtney Taylor, Calhoun’s Director of Workforce Solutions.  According to Taylor, students in the program will also participate in the Ready to Work programs and WorkKeys testing at the college.

Upon completion, students will have the opportunity to test for the nationally-recognized Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Certified Production Technician (CLT).  For more information or to register for the Alabama Advanced Manufacturing Certification boot camp, contact Dana Wolfe at 256-306-2831 or

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Curriculum boot camp is a free 8-week intensive program designed to provide participants training on the basic skills needed to continue NCCER education in any craft area, receiving instruction in such areas as Basic Safety, Communications Skills and Introduction to Construction Drawings.

“NCCER is a nationally-recognized standardized credentialing program for jobs within the construction industry,” said Dana Wolfe, director for Adult Education at Calhoun.  “This NCCER core curriculum is a perquisite for all Level 1 craft curricula, including our Carpentry 1 program, which will be offered this fall at Calhoun, so now is the time for those interested in careers in these areas to get take the first step and register for this free training,” Wolfe added.

In addition to the two boot camps, open registration continues for the Ready to Work program, which provides trainees the entry-level skills required for employment with most businesses and industries in Alabama. The training curriculum is set to standards cited by business and industry employers throughout the state, and the skills cited in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) Reports.

For more information or to register for the NCCER boot camp or the Ready to Work program, contact Wolfe at 256-306-2831 or