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February 20, 2012

Tallahassee, FL - Capital Regional Medical Center and Tallahassee Community College announce the launch of a new training program for specialized healthcare positions. Together, the organizations are offering a curriculum that will train students to be monitor technicians, a highly sought after role in hospitals, medical clinics and doctors’ offices. The program is the first of its kind in the Tallahassee area.

"Well-trained monitor technicians are critical to the day-to-day operation of a hospital," says Portia Huston, Manager of Recruitment & Workforce Development at Capital Regional Medical Center. "A program like this means that we can better guarantee our healthcare facilities have the staff needed to offer the best patient care possible."

The program is designed to fit within a working professional’s schedule with evening classes, offered at the TCC Ghazvini Center. After completing 30 hours in the coursework, including a rotation at Capital Regional, students will graduate with a certificate and be qualified to work as a monitor technician in a healthcare setting. Capital Regional will be heavily recruiting new employees from graduates of the program.

"The partnership was a natural one for us," says Carol Easley, Director of Workforce Development at Tallahassee Community College. "Capital Regional is a dedicated community partner and together, we are committed to ensuring Tallahassee has a strong pipeline of healthcare workers that will keep our economy strong for years to come."

Healthcare (including private education) has continued to be an industry experiencing growth, even in challenging economic times. Since 2004, healthcare careers in the Tallahassee area have grown nearly 20 percent.

"Healthcare is one of six targeted industry sectors in our area that is providing a diversified and sustainable regional economy," says Karen Moore, chair of the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County. "Not only are high-quality, well-paying jobs in healthcare important to our area’s economic growth, such advances position Tallahassee as an increasingly desirable location for companies looking to relocate."

The inaugural monitor technician course begins on February 21. Course enrollment ends on February 19. For more information on registering for the monitor technician program, please contact Lillian Finn at 558-4598 orfinnl@tcc.fl.edu.

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