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Fueling New York’s Employers

APC Member Colleges Partner with Local Businesses to Address Employment Needs

Today the Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) released its fourth and final segment in a video series titled, “Fueling New York’s Employers” featuring a student from Bryant & Stratton College.

With nine campuFuelingNYEmployerss locations located across the state, Bryant & Stratton College supports approximately 8,100 students and employs more than 800 faculty and staff.

In the minute-long video, which can be viewed here, Albany resident and current Bryant & Stratton College student, Randella Elston, shares with viewers how a scholarship, made possible through a Bryant & Stratton College partnership with Albany Medical Center and Trinity Alliance, has opened up a new chapter in her life.

The “Code for Success: Scholarships for Tomorrow’s Medical Coders” program establishes a scholarship for Capital Region residents who might not have the financial resources to pursue a career in the medical coding field.

“APC members, such as Bryant & Stratton College, have extraordinary working relationships with New York employers,” said Donna Gurnett, executive director of APC. “They are able to respond quickly and adapt curriculum to meet current workforce demands. Our member colleges are committed to helping students achieve a lifetime of success. This begins with a commitment to academic excellence.”

Medical coding organizes and manages patient information and data in electronic health records. Because illnesses, treatments and hospital visits are categorized using universal classification systems, fewer medical and billing errors are made, communications between providers improve, and medical histories are complete and accurate, helping patients as well as medical centers.

According to Albany Medical Center, employment of medical coders and other health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012-2022, well above average for all occupations.

Students gather in Albany to support the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

 APC students, faculty and administrators recently visited Albany to thank lawmakers for supporting the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and encourage them to restore TAP parity for all students attending APC member colleges.

Delegates reminded lawmakers that in 2010, students enrolled in colleges that offer only two-year degrees had their TAP awards reduced by 20 percent. The reduction has impacted approximately 12,000 students statewide, some of whom need TAP the most.

“Many students attending an APC member college do not have family or others they can turn to for financial support,” said Gurnett. “Some are single parents or working men and women. They have the academic qualifications, but many times lack the financial means. For these students, TAP makes college possible. With this in mind, we implore lawmakers to restore the TAP reduction. We must provide all students the chance to succeed.”

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 The Association of Proprietary Colleges represents 16 tax-paying, degree-granting colleges located on 28 campuses across New York. Proprietary colleges are one of the four sectors of higher education in New York.  APC member colleges offer degrees in associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, including business, health care, hospitality management, graphic arts, technology and more.

Please visit www.apc-colleges.org and follow us on Twitter @APCColleges.