Career Training Academy Hosts Blood Drives on June 6 in Support of Regional Shortages & Illustrate in Demand Skills of New Programs in Phlebotomy
If you knew you could save three lives in an hour, wouldn’t you? One Pittsburgh school is improving the odds for blood demand – short and long term
WHAT: Blood drive to be held June 6 at Career Training Academy in conjunction with the launch of their new Phlebotomy Technician Diploma program
WHEN: Monday, June 6, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – no appointments required but to make an appointment call 1-866-366-6771 or please visit centralbloodbank.org and enter group code TS010008.
WHERE: All three of Career Training Academy’s campus locations:
Pittsburgh (West View): 1014 West View Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15229
Lower Burrell: Hillcrest Shopping Center – 179 Hillcrest Shopping Center, Lower Burrell, PA 15068
Monroeville 4314 Old William Penn Highway, Suite 103, Monroeville, PA 15146
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. But while 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10% of that population actually does – and in Pittsburgh, the odds are even worse: only 3 percent of the Pittsburgh population donates blood in a given year, which has led to emergency blood drives and shortages of available blood in the past. Red blood cells can be stored for up to 42 days, but platelets can only be stored for five. This means the need for new blood donations is perpetual.
That’s why Career Training Academy is helping to improve these odds in both the long and short term.
Career Training Academy (CTA) is hosting a blood drive on June 6th at its Lower Burrell, Monroeville and Pittsburgh campuses, in conjunction with the launch of its new Phlebotomy Technician diploma program. The school wants to raise awareness of the need for new and reliable donors, and to make people aware of how easy donating blood can be. The whole process, from registration through donation (and including the reward of a cookie or juice at the end) takes about an hour. If you knew you could save three lives in an hour, wouldn’t you?
For people who want to have an even greater impact in saving lives, CTA offers a Phlebotomy Technician Program. In just 7-9 months, participants receive a diploma and the training they need to work as entry-level phlebotomists in blood banks, donor sites, and other health care settings.
“Phlebotomists perform functions such as blood drawing, specimen collection and processing, lab procedures, and administrative duties,” said Kristy Graff, CTA lead faculty for the new program. According to Graff, the specialized skills of certified phlebotomists are in high demand. It’s a crucial role in the life-saving process that millions of Americans need every year. The program’s first classes begin on May 31, 2016.
The Phlebotomy program at CTA provides students the training needed to function as an entry-level phlebotomist in hospitals, blood donor sites, medical/diagnostic laboratories, physicians’ offices, research or other health care settings. “Phlebotomists perform functions such as blood drawing, specimen collection and processing, lab procedures, and administrative duties,” said Kristy Graff, CTA lead faculty for the new program. According to Graff, the specialized skills of certified phlebotomists are in high demand.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 7.9 million Americans are unemployed, while at the same time 5.4 million jobs remain unfilled in America. This crisis exists because employers demand “job ready” employees and prospective employees are simply not able to bridge the skills gap without appropriate education and training. The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities took an in-depth look at the shortage of skills in the U.S. and discovered that the stats point to one of the fastest growing sectors of the American economy: health care. BLS projects health care and health care support occupations are projected to be the two fastest growing occupational between now and 2024, with a combined increase of 2.3 million in employment, representing about 1 in 4 new jobs.
Competencies of the program include medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, laboratory and clinical assisting, clinical hematology, ventipuncture, administrative procedures, medical law and CPR and first aid. Career opportunities include positions such as Certified Phlebotomist, Phlebotomy Technician, Phlebotomist, Patient Services Representative, Patient Service Technician and Medical Lab Assistant.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Phlebotomists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/phlebotomists.htm (visited May 23, 2016).