Fortis College in Mobile to Host Campus Visit by Congressman Bradley Byrne on July 20

Lawmaker to Explore School’s Learning Environment, Workplace Contributions
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MOBILE, Ala. –– Private sector colleges and universities make a significant contribution to Alabama workplaces. More than one-third of the state’s postsecondary schools – 31 of 92 total – are career-oriented proprietary institutions.

In Alabama’s 1st Congressional District, represented by Bradley Byrne, the ratio is even higher: eight of the district’s 17 colleges and universities are focused on career-based educations, enrolling more than half of all its postsecondary students – 40,265 out of a total 78,707 in the 2012-2013 academic year.

During Rep. Byrne’s planned visit to Fortis College-Mobile on Monday, July 20 (9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.), the congressman will have an opportunity to examine the school’s classroom learning environment, get a hands-on technology demonstration, speak with students about their educational needs, and meet some of the business partners who draw upon the campus’ students and graduates for externships and to fill employment positions.

Rep. Byrne also will get to see how Fortis College and other private sector colleges and universities contribute to Alabama workplaces and the state’s economy. For example, nearly one-quarter (21%) of all Alabama students preparing for healthcare professions are enrolled in private sector schools, which also are training more than half of the state’s future workforce in such high-value professions as law enforcement, firefighting and related services; engineering technologies; and natural resources/conservation.

The visit draws heavily upon Rep. Byrne’s background and his legislative agenda.

A former member of the Alabama State Board of Education and Chancellor of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, Byrne sits on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. During his time in office, he has made workforce training and technical education a top priority, while attempting to return more education policy control to states and local communities.

“We are gratified that Rep. Byrne accepted our invitation to visit the campus and learn more about the student-focused educations we provide and the benefits we, and our students, bring to Alabama through intensive, career-focused educational programs,” says Fortis College in Mobile President Joseph Dalto. “We look forward to hosting him on July 20.”

About Fortis College in Mobile
Fortis College-Mobile is located at 7033 Airport Boulevard, Mobile, AL 36608. Fortis College in Mobile serves South Alabama and the Gulf Coast region, providing career educations in allied health and medical professions. The campus offers Associate of Occupational Sciences (AOS) degree programs in Allied Health Management – Medical Assisting, Allied Health Management – Medical Office Administration and Allied Health Management – Pharmacy Tech, and diploma programs in Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Students benefit from a modern, fully equipped facility with new classrooms and contemporary laboratories outfitted with industry-standard equipment – the same type of technology graduates can expect to use when working in the field.

Fortis College is Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and Licensed by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education. For campus-specific information, call 251-344-1203.

About Fortis
A post-secondary network of colleges and institutes that engages students in experiential learning and training programs, Fortis delivers focused individual career education experiences: Your Life. Powered by Learning. The Fortis network offers career-based certificate, diploma and degree-granting programs at more than 40 schools in 15 states. Fortis College and Institute campuses prepare students for careers in healthcare, business and technology and various trades. Fortis also offers online learning platforms for many of its programs. Each Fortis campus is accredited by a nationally recognized body. Program offerings and accreditations vary by campus. Fortis also is affiliated with the Denver School of Nursing, St. Paul’s School of Nursing and All State Career School. For consumer information, visit www.fortis.edu to learn more about Fortis educational opportunities.