MedCerts, a Livonia-based company that offers online career certification training, is partnering with Kentucky-based Equus Workforce Solutions, a provider of workforce development services, to connect employers with health care and IT apprentices.
MedCerts has helped more than 25,000 students gain credentials for new careers since 2009. Equus has worked with employers in metro areas across Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia, and California to help them fill vacancies, host internships, and coordinate informal opportunities for students to shadow industry professionals and gain hands-on volunteer experience.
The companies will offer training and apprenticeship opportunities in high-demand occupations and hope to help 60 career seekers enroll in registered apprenticeship programs by September.
“This partnership is a perfect example of synergy,” says Sandy Mead, national director of workforce development at MedCerts. “We give students the ability to reskill for critical industry positions, and Equus will help connect our students with the employers most in need of these skills.”
MedCerts was acquired by Stride Inc., an online learning company in Virginia, in 2020 and offers training courses in health care and IT fields, offering more than 20 national certifications. More than 1,000 organizations have hired MedCerts students or offered training and employment opportunities for students and employees, including CVS Pharmacy, Walmart, and the American Red Cross.
“When students’ skills can be matched to strategic apprenticeships and employment opportunities, it creates a win-win scenario for all parties,” says Michelle Day, national workforce solutions director at Equus. “We’re very excited to be working with MedCerts to help our business partners meet their skills needs and streamline the employment process.”