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Healthcare Industry: Labor Demand | Fortis Management and Interim

June 08, 2016

May 2016 Regional Workforce News


WDC Spokane
 
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SCC Phlebotomy Course Leads Student to In-Demand Career

Oscar Hernandez grew up in Sunnyside, WA, and always had the desire to find opportunity outside of the farming community of the Yakima Valley. His love for science took him to Washington State University, where he completed a Bachelor's Degree in Basic Medical Science. Upon completion, Oscar moved to Spokane in hopes of starting a career. "After looking at the local jobs listings, I noticed that there was a pretty big demand for phlebotomy." Phlebotomist jobs require a license from the state, so Oscar searched for certification programs in Phlebotomy and found a course offered by Spokane Community College.
Due to high interest in the program, Oscar joined a competitive waitlist before being offered a seat for the fall 2015 term. The 10-week program certifies 24 students each fall and winter quarter, and SCC is currently exploring options to expand its offerings with an additional course during the summer quarter. 

When Oscar was offered a seat in the class he gladly accepted, but began to wonder how he would be able to pay for the course. He learned of options during student orientation, and from there was connected to WorkSource, which helped him fund a significant portion of his tuition through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Oscar completed the 10-week course and felt that both the theory and lab portions of the class prepared him well for a career in phlebotomy. "A lot of us were scared at first, but after all of the practicing and studying, we all felt a lot more comfortable with it," he says. Oscar has now happily accepted a phlebotomist position with Deaconess Hospital and feels passionate about the career path he is now on.

For more information on the SCC Phlebotomy course, please contact Sandy Saperstein: sandy.saperstein@ccs.spokane.edu.
Progressive Business Focus
Facing Labor Shortage, Two Area Healthcare Firms Create Training Programs to Develop Talent Pipeline 
 
Healthcare is the fastest growing sector in Spokane County, and accounts for nearly one in every five jobs locally. As new jobs continue to be created, finding qualified talent has become increasingly more difficult for area employers. Two local healthcare businesses, Fortis Management and Interim Healthcare, have developed their own internal training programs for developing and recruiting new talent for the in-demand occupations of Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aides.
 
Fortis Management is currently offering a Certified Nursing Assistant program  every six weeks, which is entirely free for interested students. In exchange for a one-year work commitment after program completion, Fortis Management Group will pay for the tuition, books, testing, and licensing for students to become an employed CNA at one of their facilities. The program consists of in-class instruction and on-the-floor training where students are paired with a CNA to learn the trade.
 
Fortis is actively recruiting new prospective students to their program and has utilized WorkSource to find numerous candidates. The program has an 89% completion rate, showing that students who enroll in the program tend to stick with it. Fortis is also starting a program which would allow a student to work as a hospitality aide while enrolled in training, so that the student can gain an income and learn about the facility and the residents before completing training. 
 
To learn more about Fortis Management's Certified Nursing Assistant program, please contact Cheri Murphy: cmurphy@fmgllc.com
 
Interim Healthcare has introduced a pilot program for certifying Home Health Aides. The program consists of 67 hours of online training and 40 hours of clinical lab training with a Registered Nurse instructor. The lab portion of the training is held at the Brookdale Park Place senior living facility, which is also sending some staff through the Interim training program. Upon completion of the program, students will hold all of the required state licenses and certificates to work as a Home Health Aide.
 
The training program, including the state licensing tests and applications, costs $262. Interim Healthcare fully covers the cost of tuition and programming for students. Upon successful completion of the state licensing exams, students are offered employment with Interim Healthcare in either home care ($11.80/hour) or supplemental staffing ($15-18/hour). 
 
To learn more about Interim Healthcare's Home Health Aide training program, please contact Paula Sweeney: paulasweeney@ncshosting.com
 

 


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