Weather Forecast


College to host sessions on job training for health care

In response to the current economy and high unemployment rates, Central Lakes College in Brainerd is hosting information sessions at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Business and Industry Center at the college campus to provide the community with information on training the school offers in conjunction with Career Step, a leading online health care education company, for careers in the growing health care industry.

The sessions are designed to provide information on health care occupations, including medical transcription, medical coding and billing, pharmacy technician and medical administrative assistant.

The current economy has reduced the number of jobs in many industries, resulting in some of the highest unemployment rates in decades. However, health care is one of the few bright spots as it is experiencing job growth despite the economy. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the healthcare industry will create 3.2 million new jobs before 2018, with the majority requiring less than four years of college education.

Within the health care industry, jobs in medical transcription, medical coding and billing, and for pharmacy technicians and medical administrative assistants are also increasing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the medical transcription field will experience 11 percent employment growth between 2008 and 2018 and that the medical coding and billing field will experience 20 percent employment growth during the same time period.

The number of jobs in the pharmacy technician and medical administrative assistant fields are expected to grow even more, with a 31 percent employment increase for pharmacy technicians and 27 percent employment growth for medical administrative assistants.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to register by calling 855-8139 or emailing

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
(218) 855-5889