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Information Sessions for Free Training for Health Care Careers

Unemployed and underemployed people may be eligible for free training in the allied health care field at Middlesex County College. Programs include Computerized Medical Office Program, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assistant, EKG Technician, and Phlebotomy Technician.

Information sessions will be held at the New Brunswick Center on Wednesday, November 7 from 3 to 6 p.m. The center is at 140 New Street, at the corner of Joyce Kilmer Avenue.

Additional information sessions will be held on the Edison campus starting promptly at 10:00 AM in West Hall, Room 132 on Thursday October 18 and October 25.

Some programs may be completed in as little as four weeks; others go for 10 months.

"We have a little bit of everything depending on how much time you have," said Martin Schamberger, the coordinator. "And the grant covers all fees and most expenses: books, child care if you need it, uniforms and supplies, and even public transportation to get to the campus. President Obama has recognized that health care is a growing industry and crucial to the economic recovery. Plus, with an aging population, we'll need more qualified professionals to fill those roles."

The program is aimed at individuals who are unemployed or underemployed; students must have a high school diploma or GED.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for those who are now unemployed or underemployed to start fresh and begin a new career," Mr. Schamberger said.

This is the third year of the five-year grant. It was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families to the Northern New Jersey Health Professions Consortium, which consists of nine community colleges in the state. Middlesex will receive $2.4 million over the five years.

For more information contact Mr. Schamberger at 732-548-6000, ext. 3813.

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Martin Schamberger

Martin Schamberger works with two students in the program.