Allied Regional Skills Partnership Presents State with Curriculum for New Anesthesia Technician Certification Program

Training for a new career path will soon be made available to community colleges across North Carolina, thanks to a Partnership between the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership and Carolinas College of Health Sciences (CCHS). The pathway is for Anesthesia Technicians, and is the first of its kind in North Carolina. "We were faced with a high turnover rate in this position," said Ellen Sheppard, President of CCHS, "which is expensive and adds to healthcare costs. It was an entry-level position that required no prior training, but also had few meaningful career advancement opportunities. Now, Anesthesia Techs will be able to earn a certification that increases their skills and wages."

"This is a great example of how the Regional Skills Partnership brought educators, employers and workforce development together to meet an employer need," said David Hollars, Executive Director of Centralina Workforce Development Board. The RSP provided $22,000 to help fund the development of the training program. "We have helped an employer meet a need and given these workers greater skills." Hollars and Sheppard met with Barbara Boyce, Vice President of Continuing Education for the North Carolina Community College System and Stephanie Deese, former Director of Workforce Initiatives, to present the state with the program curriculum. "This is all on-line and is designed to be delivered through continuing education," said Sheppard.

"We are very excited, "said Boyce. "The State has been looking for a program to increase the skills and professionalism of this position, but until now has not been able to find one that would meet the needs of employers and educators. We will now begin the work of deciding on the best way to launch the program."

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