May 23, 2014
Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) is teaming up with local hospitals to create new job opportunities in Central Virginia.
Officials from PVCC, Martha Jefferson Hospital and the University of Virginia Health System came together on Friday morning to sign the agreement.
With the help of the hospitals, PVCC will now offer two new fast track certificates. One will be for pharmacy technician and the other for central sterile processing technician.
There is currently shortage of both positions in the local healthcare industry.
Both hospitals plan to hire qualified graduates of the programs.
"There are many people in our community who are unemployed or underemployed and they are looking for good career areas that pay a good wage and provide opportunities to advance if they continue to advance their education and healthcare is one area," said PVCC President Frank Friedman.
The certificates are expected to take about two semesters to complete.
PVCC expects to about a dozen people to graduate from each program.