Lee County residents working at low-skill, low-paying jobs who have not had an opportunity for higher education or previous job training can take advantage of cost-free job training in medical front-office skills.
The seven-month no-cost job-training program starts April 22 and runs through November. Telephone interviews will be accepted now through April 18.
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; they must pass a criminal background check and basic assessment in reading, language and spelling.
The Medical Office Skills (certificate) Program provides instruction in keyboarding and computer applications, medical terminology, medical office procedures, HIPAA, and basic billing and coding. Students also receive assistance with resumes, interview skills, and job searching, as well as one year of intensive case management.
Students must have reliable transportation to the classes, which are held 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Fort Myers Institute of Technology, at 3800 Michigan Ave., Fort Myers. The program covers all costs for tuition, books and can cover childcare cost during class hours.
Contact Lee County Human Services' Barbara Goins at (239) 533-7902 to determine eligibility.