Pinning ceremony is first for LRGHealthcare’s sponsorship of ApprenticeshipUSA-NH Program

LACONIA — The strong relationship between LRGHealthcare and Lakes Region Community College was on display recently at the first celebration of the new ApprenticeshipUSA-NH Program. The Medical Assistant Pinning Ceremony honored the accomplishments of the first group of apprentices to complete the classroom portion of the program and proceed to on-the-job training. The seven apprentices received their Medical Assistant pins in front of friends and family. Prior to participating in the Apprenticeship Program, each of the apprentices worked at LRGHealthcare as Licensed Nursing Assistants.

“The Apprenticeship Program is serving as a great vehicle for us to retain our employees and give them an opportunity to add skills and knowledge to their health care careers that, without the resources from the Apprenticeship Program, might not have been available,” said Cass Walker, chief human resources officer and vice president of administrative support services at LRGHealthcare. “I’m hoping that we are showing our community that there are many opportunities in healthcare for people, whether they are fresh out of high school or returning to the workforce, as well as ways to advance their careers within organizations such as ours.”

The ApprenticeshipUSA-NH Program provided the seven apprentices with an opportunity to go back to school and further their education and career goals without risking their employment or taking on significant financial debt.

“LRGHealthcare and Lakes Region Community College have a long history of collaboration. This program is a great example of how employers and LRCC work together to open opportunities and positively impact the lives of community members,” said Larissa R. Baia, LRCC interim president.

The Apprenticeship Program partnership between LRGHealthcare and Lakes Region Community College offered apprentices twelve weeks of intensive classroom instruction followed by on-the-job training. Upon completion of the 2,000 hours of workplace experience, all seven apprentices will become Medical Assistants.

“The Apprenticeship Program gave me a real push and truly helped build my confidence,” said Jamie Shedd, a current apprentice in the Medical Assistant Program at LRGHealthcare. “I feel like I can do anything now as long as I put my mind to it.”

While participating in the program, apprentices continued to receive wages and benefits from LRGHealthcare, and have had the cost of tuition paid for in part by LRGHealthcare and by funds from the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) Apprenticeship USA grant. The apprentices honored at the pinning ceremony commented that the program has been challenging, but rewarding, and they are excited to sit for their Certified Medical Assistant exams in a few weeks.

“The program opened my eyes to the opportunities that exist and by doing so it is driving me to learn and know as much as I possibly can,” said Dulce Boehme, a current apprentice in the Medical Assistant Program at LRGHealthcare. “I am grateful to be part of the program and I am excited for what’s to come.”

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Current apprentices in the ApprenticeshipUSA-NH Program receive their Medical Assistant pins in a ceremony to honor their transition from classroom instruction to on-the-job training at LRGHealthcare. (Courtesy photo)