UTC’s Center of Professional Education and the Bethlehem Center have partnered to host a Medical Career Academy Open House on September 4, 2019. “The purpose of the open house is to connect adults who are looking to earn more money or enter the medical field to a great opportunity,” said Reginald F. Smith, II, executive director for the Bethlehem Center. The open house is a chance for anyone interested in a medical career to learn more about UTC’s Medical Career Academy, financial aid options, and career opportunities.
The partnership is driven by UTC Center for Professional Education’s commitment to student success. From an easy acceptance process to financial aid, such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding, CPE strives to make education more accessible and feasible. “Education has the power to change an individual’s trajectory. We want to make sure there are as few barriers as possible for students” said John Freeze, Director of the Center for Professional Education.
UTC’s Medical Career Academy allows individuals to gain the knowledge and skills needed for employment and certification within two to three months. In addition, students participate in clinical externships with local community partners—gaining real-world experience and practice. “Once students complete the program, they are confident and job-ready,” said Will Watson, Program Coordinator for the Center for Professional Education.
“We are grateful for the wrap around support that the Center for Professional Education has already given our community members and we want to share that opportunity with even more people,” says Smith, “They are really working to eliminate barriers and have had great results so far.”
The Medical Career Academy offers five programs for participants to choose from: Clinical Medical Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding, Pharmacy Technician, and Phlebotomy Technician. The cost of every academy includes all program materials, the certification exam, one pair of navy scrubs, and an externship with community partners such a CHI Memorial, Walgreens, and Blood Assurance.
If you would like more information contact William Watson, at William-A-Watson@utc.edu.
The Bethlehem Center is a 501 (c) nonprofit organization dedicated to serve children, adults, and families in South Chattanooga and beyond through education, discipleship, and leadership development. Relationship building is the foundation of their work, serving children and adults through the Read to Lead afterschool and summer program, Community Connection initiatives for adults, and the Partnership Food Pantry.
To learn more, visit www.thebeth.org.