Season 3 Episode 13: A Step on your Educational Journey featuring Rafael Castaneda VP of Workforce Development at MedCerts

Grant McGaugh . S3E13 . 48:46

Is college right for you? Is the price for post-secondary learning a challenge? A one size fits all educational system does not work for everyone. Rafael Castaneda is intentionally creating pathways of learning for today’s consumer learners. 

 Low debt affordable certifications in immersive technologies may be the answer you need on your academic journey. MedCerts offers a strategic and applicable pipeline into the healthcare and information technology industry by leveraging employment partners to address the current labor shortage.

 Learn how Rafael is answering the digital divide with online certification programs created for your educational journey forward. 

 In his more than 15 years in the postsecondary arena, Rafael has focused on workforce strategies that build programmatic pathways for unemployed and underemployed students from underserved populations. 

 Before joining MedCerts, Rafael was the chief academic officer and dean of education at CBD College, a private two-year allied health college in Los Angeles. Rafael also served as a strategy and innovation leader for Jobs for the Future (JFF) crafting connections between postsecondary actors and thought leaders. He has also served as director of strategic partnerships at Ed2Go, a subsidiary of Cengage Learning that focuses on noncredit, industry recognized credential programs. 

 Earlier in his career, Rafael served as director of academic operations at the Katz School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Yeshiva University and as managing director of online operations for the University of Cincinnati’s UC Online program. 

 He is a member of the advisory board of the University of California, Irvine’s Customer Experience Program. 

 A passionate believer in education as a great equalizer, Rafael joined MedCerts because the organization provides the opportunity to actively participate in bridging the digital divide and skills gap for unserved populations of students. This extremely rewarding and tangible championing of education-based initiatives alongside serving all demographics students provides a rare opportunity to not just speak but do.

 Rafael is a husband to a brilliant and talented wife, father to two ambitious daughters, and an active member of his community. You will find him at a spin class most weekday mornings and doing outside activities with his family and their French bulldog, Penny, on the weekends. He has lived and worked in all time zones and nine states over the past 12 years. 

 Let’s Welcome Rafael a. Castaneda to the Follow The Brand Podcast Where we are building a 5 STAR Brand that You Can Follow!

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