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Out of work? Go back to school!

Programs in high demand see increase in enrollment due to pandemic.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Director of Innovation and Program Success at Drake College, Alice Raymond, says this is because people were laid off during the pandemic and are now getting certified for high-demand jobs.

"The lockdown happened and their spouses, partners, and parents lost their jobs," said Raymond.

The school has seen a high demand for these three programs: health sciences, computer information sciences, and salon and spa management.

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There is a high demand for certified assistant nursing and certified medication assistant programs after a shortage of staff in Alabama hospitals, which pushed the state to allow these licenses.

Self-care has also been a major topic during the pandemic, which is the reason why more people are getting into the industry. The salon and spa management program has doubled in size because of this. 

"You see it all over social media about how hair care and personal care those kinds of things kind of when you are in with the pandemic with the lockdowns easing there is an increasing demand," said Raymond. 

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Like cosmetology, computer science programs have also seen an increase because people can work from home.

"This is the kind of job you can do remotely, you can do it at any location so that also makes it a very convenient option," said Raymond.

Changing careers can be difficult, but schools like Drake state allow you to earn credentials for these high-demand jobs quickly and inexpensively.

Fall classes begin on August 16. To register visit Drake State's website