Online Bachelor's Degrees Lead to Job Opportunities

A nursing student smiles in class alongside several of her peers.
Jared Libby

Alongside a refreshing assortment of associate’s degrees and skills certificates, TMCC also stocks its catalogs with a healthy choice of bachelor’s degrees for hungry students seeking a successful career. The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Applied Science in Nursing (RN to BSN), Career and Technical Education Leadership (CTEL), and Emergency Management within our Life Sciences, Allied Health, and Public Safety Division have abundant job opportunities. Most importantly, they’re all available via online courses, allowing you to plan your education around your life.

These roles are vital in sustaining the growing populace of northern Nevada, and with the knowledge and abilities you gain, you’ll become an indispensable member of the local job market. Let’s delve into what you can expect from these exceptional degrees, reinforcing a hospitable environment for our state’s citizens with profound consideration.

Caring Is the Essence of Nursing

The nursing profession is demanding, and many facilities favor candidates with bachelor’s degrees. Fortunately, TMCC has a solution that brings a BSN within reach, even if you’re already working in the medical field with a busy schedule.

The RN to BSN Program aims to combat the nursing shortage in northern Nevada and across the country, but more than that, it prepares you for overseeing effectiveness. Organizations and systems waver without qualified individuals to maintain seamless procedures and encourage constructive ideas to reduce risk factors and incite residential awareness. With unyielding passion, coping with the intensity wards bring will be vigorous but rewarding.

If you’ve ever spent time in a hospital, you’ve witnessed these intrepid heroes flood the hallways in anticipation of providing aid to their patients. Nurses have a genuine sense of duty to healthcare that instills a calm sensation within us as they take our pulse, administer medicine, and listen. A comforting bedside manner can reap lasting benefits on the subject’s well-being, especially if expected to stay in the infirmary for an extended period. Caregivers train to save lives, and seasoned leaders don’t hesitate to jump to the frontlines in emergencies.

Jody Covert, Nursing Director, discussed the welcoming atmosphere you can expect while progressing beside those with matching ambitions to serve medically and shape team attitudes to be resilient yet compassionate.

“We truly get to know each of our students and create a sense of community within each cohort. They’re there to uplift each other, but the faculty are their greatest supporters and assist with success while challenging them beyond what they think they are capable of,” Covert said.

“Dynamic interactions with their faculty and peers push them to advance their understanding within the nursing profession. Each course builds upon the previous, and students can apply their clinical and current situations to assignments. They’ll graduate with a more extensive familiarity of leadership and management, community health, evidence-based practice, and research methods,” continued Covert.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing wages are rising, and jobs are available in northern Nevada. Nothing worth having in life comes easy, but it can be meaningful. You may uncover a piece of yourself you never knew existed, and that unmarred strength is the fire that will drive lifelong learning, a journey to rescue those in tragic situations.

Leadership Is the Capacity to Translate Visions Into Reality

Career and Technical Education Leadership is drastically changing the workforce when it comes to providing bachelor’s degree opportunities for those in workforce careers whose goal is to move into a managerial role. Using the skills gained through the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) CTEL, you can climb the ranks as an administrator, manager, or supervisor in the public or private sectors. With the talents you cultivate, companies seeing your resume will be more mindful of hiring someone prepared to spearhead performance. Advancement is the synergy between what you’ll learn and how you’ll apply it.

An educational administrator leads the team's meeting and encourages participation.

An educational administrator leads the team's meeting and encourages participation.

Julie Muhle, Dental Assisting Director and CTEL Coordinator, explains this program’s design is for anyone seeking the credentials to apply for training or supervisory roles.

“Nevada is booming with construction, tech companies, and hospitality, and though some jobs don’t require a bachelor’s degree at the entry-level, they’re a requirement for professional growth and initial employment in some fields. This degree is attainable and allows the student to continue working, which doesn’t disrupt the current workforce shortage in Nevada,” Muhle said.

Did you know you can digitally finish the BAS CTEL? TMCC is more accessible than ever, and slipping into sweatpants and slippers before perusing your latest assignments and open educational resources makes studying carefree. You can also enter an internship to get firsthand exposure to compatible workplaces. You’ll become a well-rounded candidate for upward mobility in the areas that interest you. Your new BAS degree will show employers your astute and motivated characteristics and make it easy to show your leadership.

Our neighborhoods, schools, and establishments search for capable souls who can instruct, train, and advise on their inclusive platform. Champions like facilitators and educational specialists pave the way for the next generation, and our system would crumble without their mentorship. Enroll today and emerge as a driving force in your field, securing a bright future and raising your chances for promotion.

“Quality educative leadership enables people to adapt skills to fit any workplace. Leaders provide guidance, whether for an individual or group, by supplying research, evaluation, planning, training, implementation, management, and constant assessment to drive needed changes. A good plan, product, employee, or supervisor can be even better with the guidance of a solid educational leader,” Muhle said.

Readiness Makes the Invisible Visible

What’s intrinsically alarming about emergencies or crises is their unexpectedness, and when working, it’s paramount to adapt to the circumstances and retain your composure. How can it be done? Well, pros exist whose area of expertise uses a tactical approach to prepare for any catastrophe. Strategies for the unthinkable, be it terrorist attacks or natural disasters. Online Emergency Management students will receive training in the core principles of preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation, structured asynchronously for your schedule’s convenience. With faculty members currently or formerly from local, state, and federal government, these experienced teachers will impart their wisdom to pupils who’ve landed an associate’s and are looking to elevate themselves.

Emergency Management specialists often coordinate tasks with first responders when regional natural disasters strike.

Emergency Management specialists often coordinate tasks with first responders when regional natural disasters strike.

Jeff Whitesides, Emergency Management Program Coordinator, and Instructor, talked about the skillset you’ll acquire, compounding responsibilities to ensure the welfare of those involved while cooperating with other offices to outline a comprehensive strategy.

“They must be able to work in an accommodating and collaborative manner with the entities responding to an incident, including those impacted, remain calm in stressful situations and communicate well with all parties, and effectively write and report verbally to multiple stakeholders,” Whitesides said.

Commendable occupations await those earning their bachelor’s degree in this powerhouse arena, ranging from governmental appointments in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to safety specialists at universities, hospitals, colleges, clinics, civic wellness, and port authorities. The average income for emergency management directors is between five and six figures, a befitting sum continuing to surge for those certified to spring to action at any moment.

You’ll receive instruction from those with a history in fire service, law enforcement, state affairs, and transportation security and cover the possibilities of severe weather events such as wildland fires, tornadoes, flooding, and hurricanes. Pandemics like COVID have heightened alertness to biological catastrophes and their consequences on responsiveness and national wellness. Our planet is succumbing to more persistent and dire incidents, so the call for emergency managers has soared due to this harsh reality. Those with expertise and a degree can usher in rapidly evolving updates, not knowing when or how the next episode might affect us locally or worldwide.

“It isn’t for the faint of heart. It requires excellent decision-making skills and the ability to bring teams together. They coordinate work to guarantee the best possible outcome for their employer and the general public. They’re not on the field of play, but rather verify the first responders are trained and equipped, show up at game time, and know how to rest and recover during and after the event,” Whitesides said.

For more information, please visit the RN to BSN, CTEL, and Emergency Management websites.