By: Isaiah S. Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist/’What’s Good’ Host
The program is an apprenticeship and training for those who are interested in the medical field, and it lasts for eight weeks under Kim Rommen, President of The American Training Center, and her staff.
“What apprenticeship does is it structures, it creates a structured mentorship program where the employer makes a commitment to provide close mentorship,” said Rommen. “It creates an environment where new people coming into the program know it’s okay to ask questions.”
Louis Arzan is one of the graduates and is appreciative of his class size because he was able to ask questions without having to too long for his instructor to back to him.
“It can be tough to get your questions across when you have a bigger group, but the classes are so small it makes it more personable,” said Arzan.
Amanda Rivera also graduated and is elated that through working and training with The American Training Center she has the opportunity to make things better for her and her family.
“I wanted to be able to bring a stable income to my family and no longer do retail jobs,” said Rivera. “To be able to have a career in healthcare is something I’ve always wanted. It means a lot. It means a brighter future for me.”
Jennifer Moughan, Vice President for Human Resources At Cooper, was in attendance to welcome the next generation of healthcare workers.
“The Apprenticeship Program is so important for furthering healthcare, it’s a critical time in healthcare, and we have to grow the number of medical assistants,” said Moughan. “I’m proud of everyone graduating tonight.”
Robert Asaro- Angelo, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and Dalin Hackley who represents Congressman Norcross’s office were also in attendance for the graduates. The night ended with new healthcare workers ready to serve South Jersey.
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