By ApprenticeshipNH | April 22, 2019

Medical assistant apprentices are recognized for completing classroom portion of the program.

Medical assistant apprentices are recognized for completing classroom portion of the program.

CMC apprentices pose for a photo with instructors during recent pinning and graduation ceremony.

 Catholic Medical Center (CMC) has celebrated a second cohort of eight medical assistant apprentices, who recently completed their medical assistant classroom training offered by Manchester Community College (MCC).  On Friday, April 5 apprentices were presented pins to recognize the completion of the classroom training, with family and friends, their instructors, and staff from CMC in attendance. Apprentices will continue to hone their skills through on-the-job training at a CMC physician practice.

CMC’s registered apprenticeship program is made possible through a partnership with Manchester Community College (MCC) and ApprenticeshipNH. ApprenticeshipNH is a program housed at the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) which seeks to address workforce needs in specific sectors throughout the state by helping employers develop registered apprenticeships that combine classroom instruction and on‐the‐job training.

About the program

In response to a significant shortage of skilled healthcare workers, CMC first launched their Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program in March of 2018.  Since then, CMC has worked with MCC and ApprenticeshipNH to successfully enrolled three cohorts in the program, helping to train and prepare over 20 individuals to begin a healthcare career with CMC.  The apprenticeship includes 480 hours of classroom instruction and 3,600 hours of on-the-job training. Upon completing of the classroom instruction, apprentices are prepared to sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam.

“We are very proud to have this relationship with Manchester Community College and ApprenticeshipNH, and are very proud of all of you for graduating,” Merryll Rosenfeld, vice president of human resources as Catholic Medical Center, said to apprentices. “We are excited for you to get to work in our wonderful physician practices, and are anxious to see how you will continue your education and career with CMC in the future.”

Apprenticeship programs help job-seekers begin meaningful careers

Amy Quimpo is one of the individuals participating in the medical assistant apprenticeship, and prior to beginning the program had been a stay-at-home mom to eight children for 23 years.  After finding herself in a position where she needed a job to provide for her family, she applied to the program at CMC.

“I wasn’t sure if this was something I could even do.  I hadn’t been an actual student myself for over 25 years,” said Quimpo, who will continue her career with CMC’s New England Heart Institute. “I was worried about possibly being the oldest student in the class, and even after starting the program there were many days when I wondered if I was doing the right thing. But I have learned new things every day and have worked alongside healthcare professionals that are hard-working and compassionate.  I am very proud to stand here today and say that I did, and with lots of help, that I succeeded in finding a career for myself.”

To learn more about the ApprenticeshipNH program, including additional apprenticeship and sponsorship opportunities, contact Emily Zeien at apprenticeshipusanh@ccsnh.edu