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Bayhealth launches “Earn While You Learn” workforce development program

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In collaboration with Polytech Adult Education and Sussex Tech Adult Education, Bayhealth has introduced its “Earn While You Learn” workforce development program. Phlebotomy students at Polytech and Phlebotomy, Medical Assistant, and Certified Nursing Assistant students at Sussex Tech who agree to work with Bayhealth for two years after graduation will benefit from the program’s tuition-free education and hourly pay.

BayHealth provides the program that financially benefits anyone entering the workforce or looking for a career move.

Training at Bayhealth includes advantages in addition to financial gains from taking part in this program. Basic clinical competencies will be taught to students by seasoned experts. Additionally, they will have the chance to forge important professional connections within the Bayhealth network. These benefits are essential for a fulfilling career and future professional development, both as a student and as an employee.

Bayhealth employees are also offered tuition reimbursement to further their education, in addition to a host of other benefits and incentives. 

One phlebotomist at Bayhealth is using the skills she has developed to further her career as a physician assistant (PA). “I went to phlebotomy school at night while I was finishing my bachelor’s degree because applying for PA school requires thousands of hours of patient care experience,” Sarah Wearden said. “The fundamental skills and bedside manner I have developed as a phlebotomist at Bayhealth will be vital to my success at PA school and as a practicing clinician.” 

The “Earn While You Learn” phlebotomy program is particularly unique because it offers extensive training in many different areas of the health system. While most other programs train students in the outpatient setting only, Bayhealth trains in both the inpatient and outpatient settings as well as in the lab. This also means that the job placement opportunities at Bayhealth are more widespread, both geographically and departmentally. 

“We are so thrilled to launch this new workforce development program with our local tech schools,” Bayhealth’s Allied Health Clinical Educator, Donyetta Little, PBT, BS said. “In a collaboration like this, everyone wins. I’m very much looking forward to helping students start their clinical careers on the right foot—both financially and professionally—and to help Bayhealth continue to provide quality patient care in these areas.” 

To learn more about how to enroll in one of the “Earn While You Learn” programs and to be connected to an advisor, fill out an online interest form at Bayhealth.org/Polytech or Bayhealth.org/Sussex-Tech

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