Fast Track Career Training

Fast Track Career Training

Get In. Get Out. Get A Job.

We strategically designed our job skills programs for students to receive a credential or certificate that will be a key asset as they enter the high demand careers in our area.

If you are unemployed or laid off, you may be eligible for some tuition reimbursement for the Fast Track training programs.

Many of the participants will receive funding assistance from the state of Missouri. If you have other funding please contact us.

Complete the form below and select the program or programs you are interested in. We'll contact you to complete your registration in the program you are interested in completing. If you have any questions, call 636.649.5800 or Training@eastcentral.edu

All programs offered will be delivered online/remotely, with the exception of the Certified Nursing Assistant, which will be delivered in person on the Union campus.

Other courses may be available, so if you can't find the program that you're interested in, please contact us!

To confirm your funding eligibility for the Fast Track programs, contact the area job center in your community.

Washington Job Center
Kim Kopp
kkopp@mersgoodwill.org
636.583.9649

Rolla Job Center
Trish Rogers
progers@copicinc.org
573.364.7030

Job Centers for Warren, Lincoln and Montgomery Counties
Janet Hickey
jhickey@boonslick.org
636.456.9467

Career Training Programs
Accounts Payable Specialist Certification
This online course will prepare you for the Institute of Finance & Management's (IOFM) Accounts Payable Specialist (APS) certification. This associate-level certification focuses on intermediate financial operations skills.
Income Opportunity
Career Program Summary
LocationOnline
Cost$3,000
Time to complete3 months
Activity Director
The professional opportunities to care for the growing number of people who will use the supportive assistance offered in day treatment, assisted living, and long-term care settings are expanding faster than professionals can be trained. These positions can be rewarding, challenging, and fulfilling. Activity directors are responsible for directing, implementing and evaluating all resident activities as well as completing comprehensive assessments and care plan goals. Directing the activity course includes planning of activities for both individuals and groups, implementation of the programs, and monitoring the response to the programs in order to determine if the activities meet the care plan goals for residents.
Income Opportunity
Career Program Summary
LocationOnline
Cost$1,500
Time to complete6 months
Advanced Hospital Coding and CCS Prep
Facility coding (hospital coding) is one of the best-paying sectors of the coding profession. If you're already performing some aspect of facility coding, the Advanced Hospital Coding (AHC) course will fill in the gaps, making you a more marketable employee. If you're currently working in a physician's office or other ambulatory care setting, this course will give you the edge you need to advance in the workplace.
Income Opportunity
Career Program Summary
LocationOnline
Cost$3,800
Time to complete6 months
Advanced Manufacturing Technician
Advanced manufacturing technicians perform many important tasks such as product assembly, machine operation, and quality assurance. Advanced manufacturing technicians play a key role in the manufacture of many commercial products.
Income Opportunity
Salaries for entry-level manufacturing positions, such as assemblers and fabricators, ranges from $36,020 to $95,960.
Career Program Summary
LocationOnline
Cost$1,760
Time to complete1.5 months
Aerospace Electrical Assembly Technician
Today's aircraft are highly complex machines with hundreds of electronic components and miles of wiring. Aerospace electrical assembly technicians ensure the electronic systems on modern aircraft operate at peak performance.
Income Opportunity
Salaries for Electrical Assembly Technicians range from $29,320 to $50,770.
Career Program Summary
LocationOnline
Cost$3,120
Time to complete3.5 months
Aerospace Quality Technician
This program was developed with input from industry partners to ensure that aerospace quality assurance technicians have a deep knowledge and mastery of aircraft manufacturing processes.
Income Opportunity
Salaries for Aerospace Quality Technicians range from $29,280 to $77,010.
Career Program Summary
LocationOnline
Cost$3,620
Time to complete3.5 months
Aerospace Structures Technician
This program was developed with input from industry partners to ensure that aerospace structures technicians have a deep knowledge and mastery of aircraft structures manufacturing processes.
Income Opportunity
Salaries for Aerospace Structures Technicians range from $32,460 to $78,150.
Career Program Summary
LocationOnline
Cost$3,220
Time to complete3.5 months
Apprentice Tool Maker
This program was developed with input from industry partners to ensure that aerospace tool makers attain mastery in the art of creating aerospace tooling. Apprentice tool makers analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, and gauges. Students considering this program should work with an Employer Partner to secure an apprenticeship prior to enrolling, but it is not required.
Income Opportunity
Salaries for Tool Makers range from $31,200 to $74,230.
Career Program Summary
LocationOnline
Cost$2,880
Time to complete2.5 months
Business Operations Specialist
Regardless of company size, operational management drives business success. This practical online course will teach you the fundamentals of business management and operational planning. You will gain essential skills and strategies that you can put into action at your workplace, such as risk management, scheduling, and control.
Income Opportunity
Career Program Summary
LocationOnline
Cost$3,800
Time to complete6 months
CCA Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding
This course offers valuable training in medical office management and legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts that are central to this field, including HIPAA compliance and third-party guidelines for filing insurance claims. You will gain hands-on, practical experience in medical billing and coding and work with the main coding manual ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS Level II. You will learn how to code diagnoses, services, and procedures for all systems of the body.
Income Opportunity
Career Program Summary
LocationOnline
Cost$3,900
Time to complete12 months
Certified Administrative Professional with Microsoft Office Master 2016
In this course, you will learn the basics of workplace administration as well as how to begin and grow a successful career as an administrative professional. The course covers the intricacies of organizational communication, office and records management, and human resources fundamentals, among other topics. You will also learn to effectively write for business, produce documents, and utilize informational technology. You will also learn to effectively write for business, produce documents, and utilize informational technology. You’ll gain event and project management skills, which includes virtual meeting coordination. As technology develops, this skill has become increasingly useful. Each course module concludes with a quiz, helping you to effectively track your progress and test your skills. This course offers enrollment with vouchers which is prepaid access to sit for the certifying exams upon eligibility.
Income Opportunity
Career Program Summary
LocationOnline
Cost$3,695
Time to complete12 months
Certified Bookkeeper
From bank reconciliation to inventory methods, this online course will prepare eligible bookkeepers for the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) certification exam. Gaining AIPB certification is the highest standard in the profession, so this course is recommended to practicing bookkeepers with several years of experience and a working knowledge of payroll concepts, including accounting transactions and journal entries.
Income Opportunity
Career Program Summary
LocationOnline
Cost$3,800
Time to complete6 months
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
In today's online world, information security has become a critical part of virtually every organization—no matter the industry. The demand for information security professionals is expected to surge, as the forces of "good" and "bad" continue to battle for control and use of online information. You can join the side for "good" when you earn your Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification. Earning your CISSP is a must for cyber security professionals who want to get ahead in this important field.
Income Opportunity
Career Program Summary
LocationOnline
Cost$3,800
Time to complete6 months
Certified Logistics Technician
The purpose of the Certified Logistics Technician (CLT)® certification program is to recognize through certification, individuals who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of material handling at the front-line (entry-level to front-line supervisor) through successful completion of the certification assessments. The goal of the CLT certification program is to raise the level of performance of logistics technicians both to assist the individuals in finding higher-wage jobs and to help employers ensure their workforce increases the company’s productivity and competitiveness.
The CLT program consists of two parts:
  • Foundational-Level Certified Logistics Associate (CLA)® Certificate
  • Mid-Level Technical CLT Certification (CLT)
  • Income Opportunity
    Salaries for Certified Logistics Technician range from $36,000 to $54,000.
    Career Program Summary
    LocationOnline
    Cost
    Time to complete
    Certified Medication Technician
    This program is designed to prepare individuals to become a Certified Medication Technician. This program meets the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services requirement to take the state exam. The student must be a working CNA for 6 months. In addition to the classroom work the student will experience 16 hours of job shadowing with a licensed CMT and 8 hours of clinical practice. Upon completion of both classroom and clinical components, the student will be eligible to take the Missouri state exam to become a licensed CMT.
    Income Opportunity
    Salaries for Certified Medication Technicians range from $29,050 and $34,010.
    Career Program Summary
    LocationOnline
    Cost$900
    Time to complete
    Certified Nursing Assistant
    Description: This program is designed to prepare individuals to care for clients in long-term care facilities, hospitals, and home health agencies. The course will consist of 75 hours classroom training and 100 hours of supervised clinical training. Upon completion of both components, the student will be eligible to take the final exam to become a Certified Nurse Assistant through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
    Income Opportunity
    Salaries for Certified Nursing Assistants range from $21,960 to $40,620.
    Career Program Summary
    LocationECC Union
    Cost$1,300
    Time to complete12 weeks
    Certified Nursing Assistant/Patient Care Technician
    This program is designed to prepare individuals to specifically care for clients in hospitals and health care systems. The course will consist of 90 hours classroom training and 100 hours of supervised clinical training. Upon completion of both components, the student will be eligible to take the final exam to become a Certified Nurse Assistant through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
    Income Opportunity
    Salaries for Certified Nursing Assistants/Patient Care Technicians range from $21,960 to $40,620.
    Career Program Summary
    LocationECC Union
    Cost$1,500
    Time to complete13 weeks
    Certified Paralegal
    The Paralegal course will help you gain the skills you need to enter the paralegal workforce. You will learn how to conduct legal research and legal interviews, how to perform legal analyses, and more. As you prepare for your paralegal career, you will also receive soft skills training to increase workplace effectiveness. The course concludes with a capstone project and a portfolio review. You will first create a complete litigation file that includes: a legal analysis brief, an investigative report, client interview checklist, intake memo, complaint, legal research, and interoffice memorandum of law. Then, you will learn how to create a strong resume that encompasses your specialized skill set and showcases the impact you would make for your next employer.
    Income Opportunity
    Career Program Summary
    LocationOnline
    Cost$2,495
    Time to complete12 months
    Child Development Associate
    The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is the best first step on the path of career advancement. This course includes the 120 hours required for CDA certification. More information about the CDA is available at https://www.cdacouncil.org/credentials/apply-for-cda
    Income Opportunity
    Salaries for Child Development Associates range from $19,882 to $34,578.
    Career Program Summary
    LocationOnline
    Cost$865
    Time to complete6 months
    CNC Lathe Production Technician
    Computer numerical control (CNC) lathe production technicians transform raw materials into finished products used in commercial, automotive, medical, and aerospace products. CNC lathe production technicians produce parts that range from simple bolts of steel to titanium bone screws for orthopedic implants.
    Income Opportunity
    Salaries for CNC Lathe Production Technicians range from $25,000 to $57,750.
    Career Program Summary
    LocationOnline
    Cost$2,340
    Time to complete2.5 months
    CNC Machining Center Production Technician
    Computer numerical control (CNC) machining center production technicians transform raw materials into finished parts used in commercial, automotive, medical, and aerospace products. CNC machining center production technicians produce parts that range from simple bolts of steel to titanium bone screws for orthopedic implants.
    Income Opportunity
    Salaries for CNC Machining Center Production Technicians range from $25,000 to $57,750.
    Career Program Summary
    LocationOnline
    Cost$2,340
    Time to complete2.5 months
    Composites Manufacturing & Repair Technician
    The use of composite materials in manufacturing is expanding quickly. Composites are now used in automotive, aerospace, medical devices and sports equipment. The benefits of light weight and strength make the applications of composite materials endless.
    Income Opportunity
    Salaries for Composites Manufacturing and Repair Technicians range from $21,030 to $47,670.
    Career Program Summary
    LocationOnline
    Cost$2,300
    Time to complete2.5 months
    CompTIA A+ Certification
    The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) issues IT certifications for computer support and for computing specialties, such as networking, security, operating system development, and cloud and mobile technology. Its A+ certification is the qualifying credential for many support and operational roles in the IT industry. Typically, CompTIA A+ jobs require broad technical knowledge, as well as the ability to troubleshoot a diverse range of issues that can occur on different types of computing devices. Positions such as Computer support specialist, Help desk support specialist and those involved in cybersecurity require the CompTIA A+ certificate. Upon successful completion, a student may earn 6 college credit hours in CIS126 and CIS193.
    Income Opportunity
    Salaries for CompTIA A+ certified computer technicians range from $36,000 to $56,000.
    Career Program Summary
    LocationOnline
    Cost$3,000
    Time to complete2.5 months
    Information Security Training
    This online cybersecurity training course will prepare you for three globally recognized certifications: ISACA's Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and (ISC)2's Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP).
    Income Opportunity
    Career Program Summary
    LocationOnline
    Cost$3,900
    Time to complete9 months
    IT Foundations Bundle
    This online course combines the best practices across ITSM, to help those new to IT learn about DevOps, ITIL and SIAM, with their benefits for organizations. With this IT Foundations bundle, you will learn the basics of IT service management and project management, as well as how approaches to IT are evolving. You will be prepared to pass the ITIL Foundation, SIAM Foundation, and DevOps Foundation certification exams, including videos, PDF study guides, quizzes, and a practice exam.
    Income Opportunity
    Career Program Summary
    LocationOnline
    Cost$1,795
    Time to complete12 months
    Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with 1-on-1 Project Coaching
    This online Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training course will help you further develop your process improvement, project management, and leadership skills. As a Black Belt, you will be able to coach Green Belts to complete successful projects that deliver significant, sustainable results. You will learn how to communicate and influence people at all levels of your organization to manage change effectively while understanding the why, what and how of statistical analysis tools. You'll learn to manage multiple projects and ensure their alignment to meet organizational goals. You will also receive 1-on-1 Project Coaching with a Master Black Belt which will help ensure that your project is completed properly and efficiently.
    Income Opportunity
    Career Program Summary
    LocationOnline
    Cost$3,800
    Time to complete6 months
    Mechatronics & Industrial Automation Technician
    Mechatronics is the convergence of mechanical, electronic, control, and software engineering. Also known as electro-mechanical maintenance technicians, mechatronics and industrial automation technicians combine knowledge of mechanical technology with knowledge of electrical circuits. They install, troubleshoot, repair, and upgrade electronic and computer-controlled mechanical systems, such as robotic assembly machines.
    Income Opportunity
    Salaries for Mechatronics & Industrial Automation Technicians range from $31,930 to $80,160.
    Career Program Summary
    LocationOnline
    Cost$2,500
    Time to complete2.5 months
    Quality Assurance Technician
    When products like cell phones, computers or automobiles leave the factory, it's the quality assurance technician who makes sure they work. Also known as inspectors or testers, quality assurance technicians work on a wide range of challenging projects across multiple industries.
    Income Opportunity
    Salaries for Quality Assurance Technicians range from $22,530 to $63,590.
    Career Program Summary
    LocationOnline
    Cost$2,520
    Time to complete2.5 months
    Safety Technician
    Safety technicians collect data on the safety and health conditions of the workplace. Safety technicians work with occupational health and safety specialists in conducting tests and measuring hazards to help prevent harm to workers, property, the environment, and the general public.
    Income Opportunity
    Salaries for Occupational Health and Safety Technicians range from $23,190 to $79,990.
    Career Program Summary
    LocationOnline
    Cost$2,120
    Time to complete2 months
    An East Central College representative will be in contact and help guide you to the next step in determining eligibility for a training program.