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ECA Partners with Auburn University to Offer Online Certificate Programs

ECA Partners with Auburn University to Offer Online Certificate Programs

by Matthew PaulsonJune 18, 2014

LIGHTNING RELEASES (6/18/2014) – Education Consulting Associates (ECA), a group that advises students on emerging online educational opportunities, has partnered with Auburn University to make a new selection of affordable online certificate programs available to students who want to launch a profitable career. The partnership will combine ECA’s unique approach to student outreach with Auburn University’s longstanding reputation for excellence to meet the growing demand for low-cost training that leads to stable, well-paying jobs.

Auburn University is one of the largest institutions of higher learning in the American South. The public four-year university, based in central Alabama, will now offer a diverse range of online courses in areas including Business Management; Creative Careers like Interior Design, Photography or Landscaping; Coaching and Counseling; Legal and Law Related; Healthcare; and Skilled Trades.

Paul Fears, founder states, ” Education Consulting Associates is pleased to be partnered with Auburn University’s Office of Professional and Continuing Education. It allows us to provide services and opportunities for those looking to continue their education with high-quality online certificate programs. With the current economy, rising cost in college tuition, and unemployment still at an exceedingly high rate, we feel that what we do is an invaluable service to individuals seeking a job in today’s hottest careers.”

The new online certificate programs are designed to prepare students for specific career outcomes. Graduates may go on to become child day care managers, legal transcriptionists, floral designers, drug and alcohol counselors, dental office assistant specialists, ASE-certified automotive technicians, HVAC customer service professionals and more. Additionally, online certificate programs are available for entrepreneurs who would like to start their own business. These courses offer valuable information concerning contract law, business marketing, and analysis for competitive advantage.

Funding is a major concern for students who want to take online classes that prepare them for the workforce. Because not all online coursework is priced affordably, Education Consulting Associates provides consulting services to help students take advantage of existing resources and identify new sources of funding. The company has made special arrangements for competitive private education loans through Sallie Mae or Wells Fargo, as well as flexible tuition management services through FACTS Management, which offers payment plans without credit checks. ECA advisors work with students to determine the ideal funding options for their particular situation and professional goals.

Education Consulting Associates’ services are geared toward making traditional and non-traditional students aware of their qualifications, existing skill sets, career potential, and eligibility for vocational and postsecondary training opportunities. ECA brings updated labor market information and cost-effective online certificate programs to individuals who want to go back to school, switch careers, maximize their employability, earn higher salaries, or enter the workforce for the first time.

Founded on the premise that academic success is the product not only of hard work but of knowledgeable and empathetic outside support, Education Consulting Associates aims to forge fulfilling career pathways for students whose talents have yet to be developed. The firm hopes to link these individuals to the real-world needs of employers in spite of the economic downturn. Students may contact Education Consulting Associates to learn more about the new vocational training options offered through Auburn University.

Paul Fears


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