After six weeks of intensive classroom learning and clinical training, seven individuals have graduated from Northeastern Technical College’s community health worker program and are ready to take their places in the local workforce.
Graduates include Tabitha Alexson of Bennettsville, Monique Brisbon of Florence, Margaret Byrd of Dillon, Corina Esaw of Cheraw, Felicia Quick of Bennettsville, Tomeka Self of Society Hill and Alicia Summerville of Clio.
The community health worker curriculum is a certification program at NETC that trains individuals for a career pathway that is relatively new to the medical community. Community health workers are being sought after by area health care providers to work as liaisons between provider and patient. They are responsible for providing basic health care information, resources and counseling while also educating patients about how to effectively self-manage their health.
Major roles of the community health worker include helping improve access to health care for ethnic minorities, educating families about health care coverage and promoting healthy communities.
Students considering enrollment in NETC’s community health worker training program must have a high school diploma or GED and score a level three or higher on the WorkKeys: “Reading For Information” assessment test. Options are available for students seeking financial aid and students who are SNAP recipients may be eligible for free tuition.
The next community health worker program will begin in fall 2015 and last six weeks, meeting Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon followed by a four-hour practicum from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at a designated clinical center.
Those interested in becoming a community health worker and who would like to enroll in the upcoming training program should contact NETC’s Division of Continuing Education at 843-921-6925 or toll free 1-800-921-7399. For details about other courses and programs offered at NETC, visit www.netc.edu.