By Frank A. Diaz

   It’s interesting to see the state and federal unemployment rates announced each month.  The rate inches upward or downward by fractions of a percent, but that movement makes a big difference.  I wouldn’t claim that NLEI makes such a big dent in the unemployment numbers, but we are trying to help people get ready for good jobs in allied health. 

    We’ve scheduled two of our professional training programs in April and May.   If you or someone you know is exploring new career options or looking for a mid-career switch, you should consider NLEI, the National Latino Education Institute.

    NLEI (formerly Spanish Coalition for Jobs) is Chicagoland’s leader in educational, vocational and employment services for Latinos, with an emphasis on training for medical support and administration. The Institute also provides preparation for the GED test and English as a Second Language.   NLEI also has several satellite centers, including west suburban Aurora. 

   Our Phlebotomy Program opens two sessions, on April 30th during daytime and on May 7th in the evening.  Phlebotomists are responsible for drawing blood samples for laboratory testing, blood donations and analysis.  Phlebotomists work as part of a medical team at hospitals, clinics, commercial labs and blood banks.  Following an externship with hands-on practice, students are then eligible to test for the NCCT certification exam. 

   Medical Assistants are in high demand in today’s health care market, and demand is expected to continue rising. Our program begins on May 13th and includes hands-on training in lab procedures, health sciences and medical law and ethics. Graduates are eligible to earn Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification by taking the national certification exam from the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

  Veterans of the Armed Forces are strongly encouraged to enroll in NLEI’s Medical Assistant program using their Montgomery GI Bill education benefits.  Our Employment Services staff is available to help graduates (upon completion of their requirements) find job vacancies and prepare for interviews, with a placement rate above 80 percent. 

   Space in these programs is limited and registration closes soon.  Whether you’re exploring new career options or looking for a mid-career switch, consider NLEI and discover your future now! 

   For more information, call NLEI at 773-247-0707, extension 257.                             #

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