Jim Brunson,  Program Chair, Building Construction Management, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
In the late 2000s, the Great Recession redirected Jim Brunson’s career trajectory. Read his story here.

On community college campuses, enrollments have surged in recent years. And according to Higher Education Employment Report, job openings at community colleges are seeing significant growth. Meanwhile, veteran educators are retiring. 

Through 2022, the employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow by 19 percent, faster than average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Instructors are particularly needed for occupational areas such as computers, graphics, radio and television, health occupations, cosmetology, machining, welding, police, fire and safety, vehicle service, and construction.

Teaching gives you the opportunity to share your expertise. At the community college level, you will divide your time between teaching students and performing administrative duties such as advising and serving on committees. 

Because a master’s degree is typically needed to teach or advance at the community college level, the community college faculty and industrial trainers track within Ball State’s master of arts degree in career and technical education may just be the ticket you need. And the degree is offered completely online.

Industrial Training Opportunities

If you think you’d rather teach in an industrial or business setting, you can facilitate in-house training programs that support corporate objectives and provide professional development of employees. Depending on the size of the organization, trainers may plan, coordinate, and teach employees or teach training methods to staff specialists—such as instructional designers and program developers—who provide the instruction. 

Job prospects for industrial trainers are expected to grow by 11 percent through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • EDAC 631 - Adult and Community Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDAC 634 - The Adult as a Learner (3 credit hours)
  • EDAC 635 - Strategies for Teaching Adults (3 credit hours)

See all program requirements for the master of arts in career and technical education, under which this track is available.