Hudson County Community College and the New Jersey Reentry Corporation unveiled a new phlebotomy program for court-involved individuals at a press conference yesterday.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The training program is funded by NJ HealthWorks, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, and administered by the New Jersey Community College Health Profession Consortium Partners.
The first Phlebotomy Training Program class of about one dozen students will begin January 23rd. Classes will be conducted by HCCC faculty at the Reentry Training and Employment Center in Kearny.
“We are proud to partner with Governor McGreevey and NJRC in developing and providing this Phlebotomy Training Program,” HCCC President Dr. Christopher Reber said.
“This is a life-changing opportunity, exclusively for court-involved women and men, that offers a pathway to well-paying, in-demand careers. This program also addresses a critical national need for professionals in this sector of health care.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that phlebotomy is one of the fastest growing career sectors in the country with a projection of 21,500 openings for phlebotomists each year over the decade.
The 2021 median pay for phlebotomists, who draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations, and work in hospitals, laboratories, blood donor centers, and doctors’ offices, is $37,380 per year.
“This Phlebotomy Training for court-involved persons to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician is a landmark course. This is the first New Jersey Phlebotomy Training Program solely focused on the court-involved population. This three-month training program will require significant academic and substantial clinical training hours resulting in a professional phlebotomy career,” added McGreevey.
“The successful completion of the training will provide for national certification through the National Healthcareer Association. We are honored to partner with HCCC in our shared advocacy mission and commitment to Second Chances. We celebrate the importance of this Phlebotomy Training Course, which continues to highlight the need for ‘industry-recognized credentials’ through job training for the reentry population.”
In addition to this program, HCCC and NJRC work in partnership to provide career pathway certification training and credit-bearing learning opportunities for court involved individuals in Welding, Advanced Manufacturing, and Culinary Arts.
In November 2022, HCCC and NJRC celebrated NJRC graduates of the HCCC Welding and Culinary Arts programs.