Introducing New Health Care Technology Specialist, Other TAACCCT Grant Career Programs

by Diane VanDyke

Starting in September 2012, Montgomery County Community College will offer a Health Technology Specialist comprehensive training program to prepare students for various information technology positions in health care, hospital and pharmaceutical settings.

This training program is for individuals who have at least one year of information technology (IT) experience. The course offers a blend of healthcare-related training and IT skills. Topics include medical terminology, networking, server administration and project management.

Upon successful completion, students will earn a certificate from Montgomery County Community College and will be eligible to sit for various IT industry certifications. A Career Coach will provide students with support and job placement assistance.

You can learn more about this new career program at upcoming orientation sessions. The first session will be held on Tuesday, July 10, from 10 a.m. until noon in Room 214, Science Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Two sessions will be held on Tuesday, July 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. in Room 126, South Hall, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.  For more information and to register, contact Ellen Spector at 215-461-1468 or email

Classes for the Health Technology Specialist program will be held full-time during the day at the West Campus in Pottstown from 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from Sept. 24, 2012, through May 14, 2013. Part-time evening classes will be held at the Central Campus in Blue Bell  from 6 to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, from Sept. 4, 2012, through Sept. 19, 2013.

In addition to the Health Technology Specialist program, the College is offering several other career programs, starting in September and October 2012. These include:

  • CNC Machine Operator:  Training in how to automatically execute a series of machining operations used in the metal, wood, textile and plastic industries.  Participants will be prepared for National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification.
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician: Training in skills for electrical control circuits, pneumatic and hydraulic trouble shooting, and electronic wiring with eligibility for Advanced Manufacturing Integrated System Technology (AMIST 1) certification.
  • Logistics TechnicianPrepares frontline materials handling workers across all supply chain facilities including factories and warehouses.  Curriculum aligns with, and prepares students, for the certification from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).
  • Green Energy:  Training will offer students with foundational skills and a focus on energy efficiency that will ensure the program is aligned with industry needs.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. These programs are funded in whole or in part by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor—Employment and Training Administration. For more information about these programs, contact Ellen Spector at 215-461-1468 or email

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