Single mothers have an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to begin a health care career—and with a scholarship to cover the training—thanks to a partnership among Jefferson State, the Women’s Foundation of Alabama, Childcare Resources, and Ascension St. Vincent’s.
Scholarships are available for the Sterile Processing Technician program at Jefferson State, covering program registration fees, books, and a transportation stipend.
The Sterile Processing Technician program equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to obtain an entry-level position in the Sterile Processing and Distribution departments in a hospital or outpatient facility.
Upon completion and required hours of experience, the student will be eligible to apply to sit for the national certification exam.
“Jefferson State is excited to help bring this high-demand program to women hoping to get into the healthcare field,” Center for Workforce Education Director Leah Bigbee said. “It is important for us to provide a skilled workforce to business and industry, and this program will provide industry recognized credentials to students and provide our healthcare partners with qualified employees.”
A required orientation session is scheduled for Aug. 16.
Classes will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from Aug. 22 through Nov. 23.
Classes will meet at Jefferson State’s Southside Training Center, located at 1033 22nd Street South in Birmingham. Also, a clinical externship will be held at a health care site.
Applicant requirements include:
- Single mother with a child currently or previously enrolled in Head Start.
- High school diploma or GED.
- Interest to begin a career in a medical field.
- Ability to dedicate extended time and effort to study in/out of class and complete a clinical rotation at a health care facility.
- Purchase scrubs for clinical rotations and be up to date on immunizations.
For more information, contact Jefferson State Success Coach Christine McLain at [email protected].