Pennsylvania Western University is partnering with Commonwealth University’s Workforce Development Office to meet a regional need for phlebotomists. Classes for the 90-hour training will meet April 3 through May 31 at PennWest Clarion – Venango in Oil City. Stacy Corle, a local phlebotomist with more than 20 years of experience, is the instructor. 

“The workforce shortage is greatest in nursing and entry-level positions at hospitals. This includes clinical medical assisting, patient care technician, phlebotomy, EKG technician, etc.,” said Hope Lineman, executive director of the Workforce Development Office.

The arrangement provides local access to short-term training that leads to employment at a livable wage. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10% increase in demand for phlebotomists in Pennsylvania. The average annual starting salary is $35,000. Phlebotomists are needed in hospitals, outpatient clinics, private doctor’s offices and diagnostic labs. Travel jobs are available, too.

Local access eliminates a barrier to acquiring the training.

“For those who are working part- or full-time, it reduces having to travel outside of the area to obtain training,” Lineman said.“Otherwise, learners would have to drive an hour or farther for classes. For working adults and non-traditional students, two hours of travel time in addition to class time is prohibitive.”

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Lineman also serves as strategic advisor on workforce innovation for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Workforce development is a priority for the State System.