Trocaire College, BCAT teaming up to offer cost-free SPD training in 2019

Feb. 7, 2019

With funding from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council, Trocaire College and the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) are pairing up in 2019 to offer free training in phlebotomy and sterile processing and distribution (SPD) to Buffalo-area residents.

Announced in January, the grant totals $99,936 and allows for one cohort each of phlebotomy and SPD to take place on the BCAT campus in downtown Buffalo this fall. The cost of course tuition will be covered in full for participating students, as will books, supplies and public transit passes. Corporate partner Catholic Health will interview students who successfully complete the training and consider them for employment.

The grant specifically targets “unemployed or underemployed workers, with an emphasis on individuals with barriers to employment and veterans,” with the goal of offering occupational skills training that will qualify participants to attain employment or a higher level of employment in available local positions.

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