Presque Isle – To address the training and workforce needs related to COVID-19, the Maine Community College System is adjusting training models to provide more opportunities and offer remote job training programs. Starting the week of April 12th, NMCC will begin enrolling for four online career-training programs, each designed to prepare students for fast access to healthcare career paths.
In deciding which programs to offer, NMCC Assistant Dean of Continuing Education Leah Buck worked with local Aroostook County hospitals and healthcare organizations to determine which positions are in highest demand. “We recognize that there is a huge need statewide for training to move people towards careers in healthcare. There are many job openings right now in technical support roles and these online courses are a way for us to keep moving forward with healthcare training at a time when so many have been furloughed due to COVID-19. These non-credit courses are designed to get people trained and certified quickly, and back in an essential workplace with a new career,” Buck explained.
The training ranges from five to eight-and-a-half weeks, depending on the course of study, and each results in professional certification. Each online program will be available to 10-15 students.
The following short-term job training programs will be available through NMCC: Medical Billing and Coding; Health Records (CEHRS); Certified Inpatient Coder; ICD10 Medical Coding; and Microsoft Office Specialist 2019.
The costs for the courses will be completely covered by a grant through the Maine Quality Centers (MQC). To qualify for one of these free online courses, you must be an underemployed or unemployed Maine resident with a high school diploma.
For more information about the courses being offered by NMCC, contact Leah Buck, NMCC Assistant Dean of Continuing Education, at (207) 768-2768 or firstname.lastname@example.org.