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Jefferson Community College is working toward offering educational opportunities for people who are interested in allied health careers but who might not want to go to college.

Andrea C. Pedrick, coordinator of community services, said the college will offer training certificate programs this spring and summer for phlebotomy technician, pharmacy technician and home health care aide careers.

“We look at the fastest-growing allied health occupations through 2014, which is right around the corner,” she said.

“It’s all about pathways and variety.”

The phlebotomy and pharmacy technician training programs previously were offered at the Coffeen Street college under a different instructional partnership, but the home health care aide program is new. Ms. Pedrick said home health care aide careers are on the rise.

“They do a little bit of everything and assist people in their homes,” she said.

“It’s a great portable career. Home health aides also work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, clinics, home care, long-term care facilities, hospitals and assisted-living facilities.”

Training programs are selected by the college after information is pulled from multiple data sources and after input from the public on what programs they’d like to have offered.

Those interested in one of the certificate programs can attend an information session at 6 p.m. March 20 in the college’s Jules Center.

According to a recent JCC news release, the phlebotomy technician program will run from June 11 to Aug. 22 and involves 90 hours of classroom training.

Participants will learn how to draw blood from patients for laboratory analysis. The course fee is $1,599.

Those who would like to work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist can attend the pharmacy technician training from June 17 to Aug. 5. The course fee is $999.

The home health care aide program will run from June 11 to Aug. 20 and will cost $1,499.

All three certificate programs will prepare students for necessary exams upon course completion.

For more information about the programs, call the college’s Continuing Education Division at 786-2438.

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