Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13B.01.01.05(A)(1)(d) requires that program applications "provide evidence of market demand."
The Maryland Higher Education Commission’s (MHEC) responsibility to private career school students is consumer protection. A private career school’s responsibility to its students is to train them for available jobs. Graduates must have reasonable expectations that a sufficient number of local job openings exist for their chosen occupation. If the occupation's job market is already flooded with job seekers, then it is questionable whether there is a need for additional training programs. Without "evidence of market demand", the program cannot be approved.
Maryland workforce supply and demand data for the following programs show that there is limited or no job market demand for graduates of these programs. Given the following data, potential applicants would need to consider either an alternative program offering that would meet the regulatory requirement for market demand, or include with the application additional materials from employers to document that the current supply of applicants is insufficient to meet employer hiring needs.
Certified Nursing Assistant:941: Annual average number of projected Nursing Assistant (NA) job openings, 2014-2024*3,000+: Number of students who completed a private career school NA program in 2015**1,513: Number of students who completed a community college NA program in 2015***Therefore, in 2015 for a projected average of 941 estimated new-and-replacement nursing assistant job openings per year, private career schools and community colleges graduated over 4,513 new nursing assistants into the workforce. The data shows that for every one 2015 nursing assistant job opening in Maryland, there were at least 4.7 newly trained nursing assistants.
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*Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (http://www.dllr.state.md.us/lmi/)
**MHEC private career school 2015 Annual Report data collection***MACC 2015 data collection
Medical Assistant:335: Annual average number of projected Medical Assistant (MA) job openings, 2010-2020*1,136: Number of students who completed a private career school MA program in 2013**540: Number of students who received an Associate Degree or Lower Division Certificate from a college MA program in 2013***Therefore, in 2013 for a projected average of 335 estimated new-and-replacement medical assistant job openings per year, private career schools and colleges graduated over 1,670 new medical assistants into the workforce. The data show that for every one 2013 medical assistant job opening in Maryland, there were 5 newly trained medical assistants.
*Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (http://www.dllr.state.md.us/lmi/) **MHEC private career school 2015 Annual Report data collection***MACC 2015 data collection
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