MANATEE COUNTY – A short-term training program for workers is being offered in Manatee County.
Manatee Technical College was awarded an additional $550,000 through the CARES Act to fund a rapid credentialing program that helps the unemployed and furloughed train for essential work.
“It’s going to be a little to no cost for students that qualify out of pocket at all and they’ll come in beginning May 17th and it will be a combination of online learning, classroom learning and hands on learning in the classroom,” said Phlebotomy Program Director, Linda Chamberlain.
One of the programs offered is a phlebotomy course, which takes less than six weeks to complete.
“By the time they leave they will be prepared and have an opportunity to sit for a national certification for phlebotomy and be ready to hit the ground sticking real patients,” said Chamberlain.
Chamberlain says the students will be able to work on mannequins and humans for a full hands-on experience
“So that they actually stick a minimum of 30 humans before they walk out that door, leaving here with plenty of experience and different places in the body to draw blood from,” said Chamberlain.
CDL Truck driver training is also offered, as well as Global Logistics and supply chain management that takes 6 months to complete
“From transportations of trucks, to pushing goods, automated pickers, to running the logistical systems of high tech warehouses,” said Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management Instructor, Benjamin Long.
Long says the need for employees to fill those positions are high as warehouses are still struggling with supply chain issues
“We already have companies working with us directly to seat these students into jobs and potentially even interning before they leave into these positions,” said Long.
April 26th is the last day to apply to the program. For more information you can visit the MTC website here.
By Valezka Nava