Washington Adventist University Launches Professional Workforce Development Initiative To Meet Growing Workforce Demands In Washington D.C. Metro Area

Washington Adventist University launched their new Professional Workforce Development initiative that delivers critical workforce programs to meet the needs of companies and individuals looking to fill the skills gaps for in-demand career fields including healthcare, information technology and professional development. The online certificate programs prepare students for industry certifications and aims to advance employee skills and career competencies to meet the growing employer workforce demands in the Washington D.C. Metro area.

74% of surveyed employees feel they aren’t reaching full potential at work due to lack of development opportunities and 41% of employees consider their organization’s career advancement opportunities a very important factor to their job satisfaction*. The Professional Workforce Development Program makes sure companies of the Washington D.C. Metro area aren’t a part of that statistic. With more than 88,000 jobs in the healthcare field alone, the need for skilled employees is growing day by day. By giving employers in the community the tools to help their employees learn and develop their skills, they’re setting themselves up for long term success.

The new Professional Workforce Development program at Washington Adventist University will offer the following industry non-credit certifications online:


  • Medical Assistant
  • Dental Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician Professional
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Health Unit Coordinator
  • Healthcare Administrative Professional
  • Physical Therapy Aide and Administration Specialist
  • Healthcare IT Technician

Information Technology:

  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Software Development

Professional Development:

  • Project Management

“Washington Adventist University has been a part of the Washington D.C. Metro area community for 118 years and is committed to the economic expansion happening today,” said Washington Adventist University President, Weymouth Spence, Ed.D, R.T. “The Professional Workforce Development program was created to deliver critical workforce programs to meet the needs of organizations and individuals looking to fill the skills gap for in-demand jobs, advance employee skills and develop a high-performing talent pool. This is an exciting time for our community, and we are proud to provide educational value to the people who live and work here.”

WAU Workforce Development Website