WMCAT opens enrollment for tuition-free career training

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Pharmacy technician students are trained in technology, customer support and pharmacology and will go on to careers in the pharmaceutical industry as technicians. Courtesy West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology

A local nonprofit is accepting applications for its adult training program. 

West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) is offering tuition-free career training for adults and has opened enrollment for programs in health information and pharmacy technician pathways.

Classes for each of the program tracks are held from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday over four to eight months between September 2022 and June 2023. The program is open to adults who have a high school diploma or GED certificate, live in Kent County, have no record of a felony, are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of the program, and are experiencing unemployment or underemployment. 

“In the adult career training program, we are providing pathways to sustained family economic security. The kind of opportunity and income security that can have an impact for generations,” said Renida Clark, WMCAT workforce development director. “When our students go on to living-wage careers, they are able to support their children and family members.”

WMCAT’s pharmacy technician program runs from September through April. Students are trained in technology, customer support and pharmacology and will go on to careers in the pharmaceutical industry as technicians. 

The health information program offers a track in medical administration spanning four months (September-December), as well as a six-month track in medical billing (September-April) and an eight-month track in medical coding (September-May). 

“If I’m walking away from this with anything, it’s not just how to be a (medical) biller, it’s how to be a better person, better co-worker, better mom, better sister, better partner. I learned all of that from being in WMCAT,” said Dominique Baker, a 2021-22 adult career training program student who now works for Mary Free Bed in the health services support field.

Enrollment is available here. Those enrolled in the program by June 20 will be considered for priority enrollment. 

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