2007-05-25 / Education

Quick Jobs program at Midlands Technical College

Contributed by Midlands Technical College

Contributed by Midlands Technical College

In order to address the Midlands' critical- need employment areas, such as healthcare and information technology, Midlands Technical College has developed a new program called Quick Jobs, which is an accelerated- education program that can prepare people for high- demand jobs in as little as six weeks.

MTC's Quick Jobs program has already served nearly 100 Midlands residents through the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) programs. These employment areas have been deemed some of the most critical by the medical community and leaders in the Midlands.

There are currently 18 Quick Jobs programs available: certified nursing assistant (CNA), dietary manager, emergency medical technician (EMT), medical coder, medical transcriptionist, patient care technician, CAD technician, CNC operator, customer service representative, desktop support technician, landscaper, Microsoft Certified Systems administrator, Microsoft office specialist, PC technician, plumber, small engine repair technician, web designer and welder. MTC worked with the Midlands Workforce Development Board and the Family Service Center of S.C. to develop this list.

Susan Brown, director of Program Delivery at MTC, said, "We've done a lot of research to determine that these are very in- demand jobs." Brown said, "Quick Jobs is already off to a great start. We've had nearly 100 students go through the program and we've had excellent community support."

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Quick Jobs program is a 102- contact- hour program that prepares students for certification as nursing assistants in South Carolina. CNAs work directly with residents or clients in nursing homes, hospitals, home health care, doctor's offices, and a variety of other health care settings. Students in the CNA Quick Jobs program will receive training in basic nursing care, which includes a combined curriculum of classroom lecture, simulated laboratory care, and hands- on clinical experience in a Columbia- area nursing facility.

The EMT Quick Jobs program prepares students for the National Registry exam sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) as a Basic Emergency Medical Technician. Students will learn to respond to emergency situations with special emphasis on life- saving techniques. The EMT course meets eight hours per week for 18 weeks during morning, afternoon or evening hours on a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule.

More information is available online at www.mtctraining.com/QuickJobs.htm or by calling (803) 732-0432.

Quick Jobs highlights

+ Quick Jobs can prepare employees for high- demand jobs in as little as six weeks. Quick Jobs take anywhere from six weeks to a year to complete, depending on the program. Most take three to six months to complete.

+ Quick Jobs focus on the highest- demand jobs. Most of the 18 Quick Jobs programs offered at Midlands Technical College are in healthcare and information technology. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that jobs in healthcare and information technology will be nine of the 10 fastest- growing occupations from 2004- 2014.

+ Quick Jobs is affordable. Many of the programs, including Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), can be completed for under $700 plus the cost of course materials.

For more information, visit www.mtctraining.com/QuickJobs.htm or call

(803) 732-0432.

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