LEBANON, N.H. -- Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Vermont HITEC announced today that the two institutions are expanding their workforce readiness efforts to immediately train and employ 20 medical assistants and 10 pharmacy technicians for Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

This program is a collaborative effort involving the US Department of Labor, Vermont Department of Labor, NH Health Profession Opportunity Project, NH Works, NH Employment Security, Vermont HITEC, Inc. (a not-for-profit education center), and Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

"Helping our workers develop the skills and innovative thinking needed for success in the 21st century economy, especially in growing sectors like the health care industry, is crucial for building a stronger economic future," New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan said. "I thank Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Vermont HITEC, New Hampshire Employment Security and all of the partners from New Hampshire, Vermont and the Federal Government for coming together to launch this important effort to prepare the citizens of New Hampshire for good, middle-class jobs."

"I am so glad to see this collaboration between government, our health care providers, and our nonprofit sector to prepare participants for higher skill jobs at higher wages," says Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. "The training, at no cost to participants who need jobs, will open up great career opportunities in the health care field and a better future."

The two Dartmouth-Hitchcock Workforce Readiness Institute programs are made possible in part by funding secured from the U.


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S. Department of Labor by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and from the New Hampshire Health Profession Opportunity Project. The programs are offered at no cost to unemployed and underemployed Vermont and New Hampshire residents.

"Vermont HITEC, in partnership with both the State of Vermont and State of New Hampshire, provides Vermonters with the training they need to compete in a 21st Century workforce," states U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. "The health care industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in our economy. I am pleased to see federal funds coming to Vermont in an effort to match and train motivated, hardworking unemployed and underemployed Vermonters with good-paying and expanding career opportunities."

Through an extensive recruitment process, up to 30 individuals will be selected for these ten-week training programs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon, N.H. The free training programs will prepare participants to take either the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam (PTCB) or the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam (NHA). Upon graduation from the training, participants will fill either enhanced Medical Assistant or a Pharmacy Technician apprentice positions. All positions will receive full wages and benefits.

"At Dartmouth-Hitchcock, we are committed to improving our community resources as we advance on our path toward creating a sustainable health system," says Robin Kilfeather-Mackey, Chief Financial Officer for Dartmouth-Hitchcock. "This partnership with Vermont HITEC gives us another opportunity to hire and train dedicated individuals as medical assistants and pharmacy technicians, to further advance their careers while further advancing our ability to meet the needs of our patients."

The pay scale for graduates of the two Dartmouth-Hitchcock programs will start at approximately $14 per hour, with the potential to earn up to $15 to $17 per hour upon the completion of a one-year apprenticeship, depending on the position and based on performance. All positions will include a comprehensive benefits package.

"We are excited to continue the expansion of our workforce development efforts with Vermont HITEC," adds John Malanowski, Chief Human Resources Officer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. "As we've seen with our medical coding and registration representative programs, this initiative creates a tremendous opportunity for New Hampshire and Vermont residents to get the training they need to launch a career in the rapidly evolving field of healthcare."

The deadline for applications is July 27, 2014. To apply, visit the Vermont HITEC website at www.vthitec.org and complete the online application. For more information or assistance, contact Lisa Dame, Vermont HITEC Project Leader & Mentor via email at lisa.dame@vthitec.org or at 802-872-0660.

"We fill the gap between motivated individuals that lack the skills and employers looking for well trained and qualified staff," said Gerry Ghazi, President of Vermont HITEC. "Our goal at Vermont HITEC is to provide motivated Vermont and New Hampshire job seekers with the opportunity to acquire the skills needed for great jobs at highly successful regional businesses -- these health care training programs are an excellent way to match Dartmouth-Hitchcock up with exceptional individuals."