A new free program being offered at Hostos Community College will put young adults into healthcare jobs quickly, thanks to a training partnership with the Department of Small Business Services and the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare.

Aimed at young adults between the ages of 18-24, the Medical Assistants for Modern Healthcare Delivery Training Program is being offered by the City at Hostos’ Division for Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD). It will train students for a variety of administrative and clinical tasks in physician offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities. Qualified participants will earn EKG, phlebotomy, medical assistant and CPR certifications and participate in a paid clinical internship at $15 per hour. The trainings begin Sept. 12 of this year and run until Sept. of 2019.

Carlos Molina, Ed.D., Vice President Division of CEWD at Hostos, said the program will make participants more marketable, employable, and professional.

“For 50 years, Hostos Community College has been committed to providing New York City residents with workforce development and comprehensive healthcare certification programs,” Molina said. “Our mission at Hostos is to build learning communities where people live and work. We teach the skills to provide excellence in the healthcare field allowing students the ability to embark on a career leading to intellectual growth and socio-economic mobility.  This new program is important to our college and city because it will train 20 young adults to become successful Clinical Medical Assistants.  For many, this will be a stepping stone in their career pathway to further their education within the medical field.”

These jobs are in high demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, employment of medical assistants was projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The 2017 annual median pay for these jobs in the New York metropolitan area was approximately $36,000. The Bureau also noted that the growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.

Interested applicants may register by calling Julissa Perez at 718-664-2542 or by email at julperez@hostos.cuny.edu

To RSVP for an information session, go to: https://www.campusce.net/hostoswdce/course/course.aspx?C=322&pc=79&mc=&sc=