FAHC teams with Vermont HITEC to train phlebotomists

Fletcher Allen Health Care and Vermont Healthcare Information Technology Education Center (HITEC) announced today that they are recruiting candidates for a phlebotomy training program, which will lead directly to employment at Fletcher Allen. Fletcher Allen employees were informed of this training opportunity last week.  A phlebotomist obtains blood specimens using venipuncture and capillary collection from patients of all ages.

The training program, made possible with funding secured by Senator Patrick J. Leahy from the U.S. Department of Labor, is offered at no cost to unemployed and underemployed Vermonters, and to current Fletcher Allen staff.

Leahy said, “Vermonters looking for careers in the ever-growing healthcare field should seriously consider this opportunity. Vermont HITEC has created a workforce training model that invests directly in the future of each participant, giving them skills that promise to increase their paycheck – from soft skills to hard skills. The model has also been successful at companies like Dealer.com and Allscripts. Fletcher Allen to its credit has repeatedly taken advantage of this program, helping them build a skilled workforce and giving Vermonters a shot in new, interesting and long-term careers.”

Nine individuals will be selected for the eight-week training program through an extensive recruitment process. The free training will prepare individuals to take the Phlebotomy Certification exam, issued by the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA).

Upon graduation from the training, three trainees will fill full time positions, four will fill half time positions and two will fill per diem positions. All positions include a one year apprenticeship and receive full wages and applicable benefits (per diem positions are not benefit eligible). Between 2009 and 2012, twenty-six participants successfully completed a similar phlebotomy training program and were offered positions at Fletcher Allen.

The pay scale for phlebotomists starts at $12.43 per hour with long-term earning potential of up to $18.64 per hour.  However, individuals who complete this program will be hired by Fletcher Allen at a minimum of $13.33 per hour. The positions will also include a comprehensive benefits package.

The submission deadline for phlebotomist applications is Aug. 13, 2012.  To apply, visit the Vermont HITEC website at www.vthitec.org and complete the online application. For more information or assistance, contact Lisa Spaulding, ITAR Project Leader & Mentor via email at: lisa.spaulding@vthitec.org, 802-872-0660, or by writing to: Vermont HITEC, P.O. Box 1548, Williston, VT 05495.a

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