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Fast Track program can help students get on the job faster

February 01, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

Need a new job?

A "fast track" job could be the answer.

Next month, the Community and Technical College of Shepherd in Martinsburg will begin offering training for medical-related jobs in courses that will last from seven to 11 weeks, school officials said.

The training is being offered for the jobs because local medical facilities such as hospitals are in need of people to fill positions, said Margie Ways, a lecturer for work force development programs at the community college.

The jobs could be ideal for local workers who might have lost their job due to downsizing or other reasons, Ways said.

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Through the Fast Track Jobs program, people can receive training for the jobs in a much shorter time, Ways said.

The jobs for which the community college is offering training are EKG specialist, phlebotomy technician and medical billing and coding, Ways said.

Training for medical billing and coding begins March 1 and training for EKG specialist and phlebotomy technician begins March 7, Ways said.

Openings for the courses remain. Those interested can call 304-267-0124 for more information, Ways said.

An information session about the Fast Track Jobs program will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the community college, Ways said.

The session is open to the public, Ways said.

The Community and Technical College of Shepherd is at 400 W. Stephen St.

The Fast Track Jobs program is a program of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia and the courses are being offered at 10 community colleges in the state, said Ann Shipway, director of work force development at the community college.

Officials at the local community college hope to expand the training into other fields, Shipway said.

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