Workforce Development Approved Options From WTI

Even though the nation’s unemployment rate is a low 3.7%, when you’re laid off or find yourself as a displaced worker for any reason, those numbers don’t really matter. What matters most is figuring out what you need to do to get back into the workforce. A low unemployment rate sounds great to most people, but an unemployment rate dipping below 5% is an indicator that the economy is at nearly full capacity, making it a little more challenging at times to just jump right back in the job market.

A Competitive Market

This means that you might have to up your game to remain competitive in a low unemployment rate job market. Few adults can afford to drop everything and take a few years to go back to the classroom. Without spending two to four years and tens of thousands of dollars to make yourself competitive, what are your options?

One way that you can find your way into a more secure position in a competitive job market is by learning new skills or enhancing those you already have. Certificate programs are a faster, more direct route toward finding a new career. With this type of education and experience added to your resumé, you can show that you’re willing to change, have the motivation to learn and grow, and are flexible during difficult situations and periods of transition.

Certificate Options

Washington Technical Institute offers many different certificate programs that are 100% online, and most can be completed in a matter of months. On top of that, our programs are also self-paced, meaning that if you’re off work and can dedicate yourself to your studies, you can finish the program more quickly and graduate as early as you possibly can. This is great news for anyone looking to transition into a new role due to unemployment. 

Most of our programs also offer daily start dates, so if you find yourself in a rough spot today, you can start navigating toward a brighter future tomorrow! There are no semester start dates, and working at your own pace, you can slow down when you need to and speed up whenever you can within the dedicated enrollment period of your chosen course. 

We offer certificate programs in the following five general fields of study:

Each of our programs offers you the flexibility and opportunity you need to move forward with your life after facing a roadblock to your career. 


Our paralegal programs are offered in three steps (National, Senior, and Master) and prepare you to walk into a legal office or department ready for work as a paralegal, knowledgeable about office management and the law. Due to the rise of online law office and businesses that specialize in online legal advice, some paralegal roles are now remote, giving you the opportunity to work from home or in a hybrid environment.

Health Care

Our health care programs include Medical Billing and Coding, a popular program for anyone who prefers to work toward a remote position in a steadily growing field, as well as a Pharmacy Technician certificate which will prepare you to work side-by-side with a pharmacist, tending to customers and using your ability to pay attention to detail and work smoothly as a member of a fast-paced team. Our Health Service Management certificate is perfect for someone who already holds a degree in a medical or business-related field but is looking for new opportunities or to expand their options into the administrative or managerial side of health care.


Our information technology programs are an exciting opportunity for anyone to get their start in one of the most secure and fastest growing fields available to anyone seeking a new career path. These IT programs include training as a full-stack developer, web development expert, or even cybersecurity. We offer certificates in programming languages and software development, too. IT is a growing field that can provide job security for years to come.

Criminal Justice & Business

Our Criminal Justice certificate is an ideal pathway for individuals who are interested in moving toward a job in security, as a private investigator, or working with the Department of Corrections, while our Business Certificates include training for marketing, digital marketing, or Business Management and Leadership. Each business program offers a quick route to add to the skills you’ve already developed as a manager, team leader, product rep, or supervisor in your previous roles. 

Minnesota Residents

Washington Technical Institute is also proud to be accepted by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) as an approved provider for unemployed individuals working with the department toward workforce development. This means that, working through the opportunities offered through DEED, you can sign up for one of our programs and start a new career in a matter of months!

Washington Technical Institute

Washington Technical Institute’s fully online certificates can be completed in a matter of months, with daily or bi-weekly start dates. Such flexible start dates make these programs unique and much more accessible for our students. Most of our certificates can be earned as a self-paced program, meaning that you can work at your own pace to complete your work, even finishing early if you have the time and motivation to do so. An additional benefit of WTI’s programs is that we offer affordable pricing and monthly payments to help our students leave school without debt. 

Although our goal is to help our students graduate their programs with little to no debt, we also recognize that some students might need to utilize a loan for their educational investment. We are excited to announce our partnerships with Climb Credit or Ascent, student lending companies focused on financing career-building programs. 

If you’re ready to enroll and start working on a plan for the personal and professional benefit of professional development, you can register for your program online through our website. Still have questions about our programs? Feel free to call us at 800-371-5581 or text us at 952-465-3702. Our admissions specialists will be happy answer whatever questions you have.

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Washington Technical Institute is Regionally accredited by the Middle States Association CESS, and licensed by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education as an institution of higher learning