Free healthcare preparation class to be held in Lewistown

LEWISTOWN — TIU11 Community Education and Workforce Services, in conjunction with PA CareerLink, will offer a free, six-week Healthcare Preparation Class to qualifying adults. Students will brush up on math and reading skills, learn key medical terminology and prepare for the Kaplan entrance exam. The class is 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 16 through Feb. 22, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at the PA CareerLink® Mifflin County location, MCIDC Plaza, Building 58, 6395 SR103 N., Lewistown..

“For some students, it’s been a while since they were in a classroom. This course gives them confidence in their ability to learn again so they can smoothly transition back into the role of student” said Carolyn Kline, instructor, TIU11 Community Education and Workforce Services.

In Mifflin County, Kline said the need for Licensed Practical Nurses is always present. These jobs are listed as High Priority Occupations by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. HPOs are job categories, within selected industry clusters, that are in demand by employers, have higher skill needs and are likely to provide family-sustaining wages. In 2016, the average annual wage for an LPN in Central Pennsylvania was $41,620, according to the PA Center for Workforce information and Analysis.

“This PA CareerLink® course gives students a great foundation from which to start their education in practical nursing,” said Mike McMonigal, supervisor of adult education at Mifflin-Juniata Academy of Science and Technology. “They enter the program with updated skills and a knowledge of healthcare terminology–a boost that helps them to succeed as returning students.”

In addition to future LPN students, this class helps those interested in pursuing jobs as paramedics, certified nursing assistants, emergency medical technicians, dental hygienists, medical office staff and registered nurses. Beyond acquiring fundamental knowledge to enter postsecondary health care studies, students develop time management, problem solving, and critical thinking concepts needed to succeed in their careers-all in the context of a healthcare setting. So, for instance, students will improve their math skills through common healthcare career scenarios, Kline said.

To register, call PA CareerLink at (717) 248-4942 ext.145 before Jan. 12. Class size is limited to 15 students.