Lee County residents working at low-skill, low-paying jobs who have not had an opportunity for higher education or previous job training may take advantage of cost-free job training in medical front office skills to increase their pay.
The seven-month no-cost job-training program starts Oct. 15 and graduates in May. Phone interviews will be accepted Aug. 1-Oct. 8. The class is filled on a first-come, first-served basis and fills up quickly.
All applicants must be working, must provide proof of earned income or Unemployment Compensation, proof of high school diploma or GED, and proof of Lee County residency; must pass a criminal background check and a basic assessment in reading, language and spelling.
The training is available through the Lee Education and Employment Program and is funded by a Community Services Block Grant.
The federal grant gives low-income persons the opportunity to raise their income and enter a new career at the front desk of a medical facility or in medical records. The certificate program includes keyboarding and computer applications, medical terminology, medical front office procedures, basic billing and coding, electronic medical records, HIPAA training and critical thinking skills.
As well, students will receive one full year of individual case management and assistance with resumes, job search and interview skills.
Successful applicants must have reliable transportation to and from all classes, which are held Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Fort Myers Institute of Technology, at 3800 Michigan Ave., Fort Myers.
The L.E.E. Program covers all costs for tuition, books and can cover childcare cost during class hours.
Contact Marti Mills at (239) 533-7933 for a telephone screening to determine eligibility.