College, hospital offer new medical assistant program

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BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) and Community College of Vermont (CCV) are partnering again for an accelerated program to prepare qualified candidates for jobs as Certified Medical Assistants.

Enrollment in the one semester program will be limited to 20 participants. Classes will be held on the Community College of Vermont Brattleboro campus, and all clinical aspects of the course work will be completed at the hospital.

As part of the joint initiative, the hospital is providing full scholarships for eight successful applicants. Scholarship recipients will have their Community College of Vermont tuition covered and will be hired as medical assistants at the hospital upon successful completion of the academic program and certification exam.

Three informational presentations about the program will be held at the hospital in the Brew Barry Conference Room #2. The first one is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the second will be held Wednesday, May 22, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and the third will be Tuesday, June 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The public is invited to attend to learn about program details, the application process, and available scholarship opportunities. Staff from the hospital and community college, as well as current hospital medical assistants will be on hand to answer questions and provide technical assistance with the application process.

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"This program represents an important investment in the future of health care and the future of BMH," says Steven R. Gordon, BMH's President and CEO. "We are excited to partner with CCV for a fourth year for this successful education and

employment program."

Applications for the new College to Career Program are available at ccv.edu. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until Monday, July 15. The first session of classes will begin on Sept. 3. The curriculum will consist of a combination of classroom instruction at the college and supervised clinical practice at the hospital.

"It's great to see two important Brattleboro institutions consistently coming together to make our community stronger," says Tapp Barnhill, Community College of Vermont's executive director of academic centers. "This strong collaboration between CCV and BMH will take participants directly from the classroom to the workplace and is successfully building solid local careers."

Go to ccv.edu or contact Leigh Marthe, 802-254-6389, for more information.


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