October 14, 2010 | | Leave a comment For busy adults, online colleges provide the perfect opportunity to finish their schooling and obtain higher degrees. Recently, Acadiana Technical College (ATC) announced plans to expand their online program to meet the demands for more medical transcription, coding and billing training. The programs will be available through a partnership ATC has with Career Step, according to The Advocate. The company provides training services in the healthcare field. "Some people can't come into school," ATC chief work force training officer Debbie Burkheiser told the news source. "It offers people an opportunity to gain a skill at home and a skill in a high-demand occupation." Currently the ATC Lafayette campus offers an on-site class in medical coding, but not all working professionals have the schedule flexibility to take advantage of course. Online programs, such as the one ATC is planning to roll out, can meet the needs of adults who want to further their education but have limited spare time. The demand for medical transcriptionists is expected to grow by 11 percent by 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Online courses are giving individuals the opportunity to pursue this career while they carry on their busy lives.