With Fall semester in full swing, students and the insurance industry had a great opportunity to engage last week at Gamma Iota Sigma's annual conference in Columbus. For industry organizations and conference sponsors, including Insurance Industry Resource Council (IIRC) members Nationwide, Westfield Insurance and Liberty Mutual, the conference was a talent catalyst and offered meaningful connections to the next generation of insurance leaders.
For the 570+ student attendees, the conference provided an inspiring and robust experience that included exposure to companies and sectors in the industry, career path options, networking and guidance in addition to educational opportunities. guidance in addition to educational opportunities.
Fortunately for students in Ohio energized by the conference, opportunities to interact with and dive into careers in insurance are available at nine education institutions across the state.
These education partners, including Bowling Green State University, Clark State Community College, Columbus State Community College, Franklin University, Kent State University, Ohio Dominican University, Ohio Northern University, Owens Community College and the University of Cincinnati, offer a variety of educational experiences to help prepare students for careers in insurance. Highlights include:
- Online learning. Working students and distance learners can complete online courses - that in some cases meet certificate requirements - to fit their busy schedules and learning needs.
- Stackable credits. Offered online as well as in the classroom, stackable credits allow students to quickly achieve an industry certification that leads directly to employment. Additionally, these credits can fulfill degree requirements if students decide to continue their education at a later point.
- Digital Badging. An assessment and credentialing mechanism, digital badges allow high school students to gain early exposure to industry qualifications as well as earning early college credits.
- Various locations. Many education institutions have various campus locations to ensure students can participate in insurance degree programs. These programs can be earned fully online or completed in a combination of online and on-campus courses offered at multiple locations.
This is an exciting time for students as just a few years ago, there was not a single insurance program at any of Ohio's colleges or universities. Today, there are not only the nine schools committed to ensuring students have the access they need, but also affording students a variety of learning options.
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