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Accelerated Medical Apprentice Program Sees First Graduates
The first round of register Medical Assistant Apprentices is set to graduate this year. The innovative program has registered over 40 apprentices in Coos, Curry, Douglas, and Lincoln Counties. 92% of the apprentices are on track to complete the program. 96% of test takers have already passed the certification exam. The healthcare apprenticeship program is a unique “earn and learn” model that includes paid on-the-job training of up to two-thousand hours and 156 hours of related instruction. The program provides an additional avenue for workers to become trained and eligible to sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam. It can be completed in half the time of traditional two-year community college programs.Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board administers the program locally.