Clover Park Technical College’s Hemodialysis Technician Program was recently awarded a Department of Labor grant to update its technology and expand its program.
Clover Park received a portion of this nearly $12 million grant through its collaboration with The Health eWorkforce (HeW) Consortium. Led by Bellevue College, the nine colleges in HeW—seven others in Washington and one in Northern Virginia—are developing Health IT training programs that will be disseminated throughout the U.S. This partnership was formed to elevate national Health Information Technology workforce development efforts and train more than 2,000 veterans, TAA-eligible workers, and others for promising careers in healthcare and Health IT.
With its over $600,000 allocation, Clover Park will focus on curriculum development and student services. In addition to implementing online and hybrid instruction provided by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, curriculum developers and subject matter experts also created new, hemodialysis specific material that will later be shared via the online Creative Commons. A student services “navigator,” Matt Beil, has been hired to personally assist students academically and with their job searches.
CPTC and the DOL grant also recognize that many adults obtain significant training and skills in the workplace and through life experiences. This training might allow students to receive “Prior Learning Credit” for existing skills.
For more information on the DOL grant and the Hemodialysis Program, contact Gregg Sapp, Health IT Grant Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funded by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Grant #TC-23745-12-60-A-53.
Hemodialysis is a life-sustaining regimen for many patients with acute renal disease. Patients whose kidney function is no longer adequate to filter toxins from blood must often rely on this treatment, in which their blood is pumped from the body through a dialyzer, where waste products are removed. The purified blood is then returned to the patients.
Trained technicians play a critical role in the lives of these patients by setting up and running the machines, monitoring the treatment, measuring and recording important observations, responding to emergencies, and, perhaps most important of all, providing compassion and a human face to the sometimes difficult process.
At Clover Park Technical College, these essential skills are taught by instructor Ken Markovits in a two quarter program leading to a Hemodialysis Technician certificate. Additionally, under the grant, a new, evening section was created, taught by Tammy Schuler. Start dates are staggered, so the day sections begin in spring and fall, while the evening sections commence in summer and winter.
For more information about the Hemodialysis Technician program, see http://www.cptc.edu/programs/hemodialysis.