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.