New Jersey College Pushes Medical Assistant Programs for Unemployed Youth

Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Atlantic Cape’s Health Professions Institute (ACHPI) hosted an event last Friday to advertise medical assistant programs as a pathway into the medical field in response to growing concerns over displaced youth’s in New Jersey.

Michele Previti, the assistant director of Health Care Grant Programs for the school at Atlantic Cape, stated that as many as 30 percent of students are working at casinos with no prospects for other employment. Many others have lost jobs or are finding themselves in between careers and unsure of where to go next.

The ACHPI believes that working as a medical assistant could be the solution for these wayward youths. Their event covered a variety of different programs, specifically continued education programs that offer national and local certifications for licensure as a medical assistant. The school is a part of a consortium of institutions in the Atlantic Cape region that hopes to connect people in need of work with jobs in the medical field.

However, their program offers more than just job training. It is geared around building job skills that will help participants find employment rather than just rushing them into the workforce. It includes resume writing, mock interviews, test prep, and internships that often lead to full employment.

For many, medical assistant jobs provide a fantastic platform for entrance into the healthcare industry. The U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics believes that health care jobs will be in extremely high demand through 2022, expecting as much as a 49 percent increase in the demand for home health aides. Medical assistants could fill this gap, and the ACHPI program’s goal is to address this need while simultaneously ensuring stable and lifelong careers for its students.

The event was a rousing success, with students young and old participating. Classes are already starting to fill up for the next session of the year long program, and it will hopefully make an impact on both the youth of Atlantic City and health care needs in the state of New Jersey.