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Certificate programs increasing in popularity

For those short on time and funds, certificate programs offer an alternative way to train for better paying careers

Yumeri Gonzalez got the phone call at 3:45 p.m. All she had to do was reshuffle her work schedule, arrange for child care, and fight traffic to make it to Salem State University by 6 p.m., and she would get a seat in the medical assistant program for which she had been wait listed.

Gonazlez, 31, made it. Now, six months later, she is working as a medical assistant in a pediatric office in Malden. The certificate she earned at Salem State allowed her to advance from her former job as a medical office clerk and increase her pay by almost $10,000 per year.

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