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BCAT, Bank of America to launch new adult workforce upskill development program

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Tue, Feb 9th 2021 02:30 pm

Program intended to prepare adults for positions in high-demand health care fields

The Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology (BCAT) announced a new scholarship-based medical billing and insurance upskill preparation program. This new initiative is funded by Bank of America and is designed to increase access and opportunity for adults looking to grow their careers in high-demand health care fields.

“BCAT is proud to offer a course that includes the essential and additional skills adults currently working in health care need to advance their careers,” said Gina Burkhardt, CEO OF BCAT. “We are so very appreciative of Bank of America’s support and commitment to increasing employment opportunities for adults, job stability, and the ability to attain a family-sustaining wage more quickly.”

The program includes 120 hours of classroom instruction at BCAT in areas such as technical education, certified billing exam preparation, and work-readiness skills needed to ensure students are better prepared to navigate and excel in today’s workforce.

“Bank of America is dedicated to driving economic mobility and social progress in Buffalo, especially at a time when the tireless work of our health care professionals is of critical importance,” said Ted Janicki, Buffalo market president for Bank of America. “This innovative program will create new opportunities for adults in the medical field, including a path to family-sustaining wages and stable employment. We are grateful for our partnership with BCAT and we look forward to seeing this collaborative program come to fruition.”

For the inaugural class, BCAT will be accepting 12 adults with the first course running from March to September 2021. A second course will be offered from October to April 2022. Both workforce development programs will be held in the evenings to accommodate work and family schedules. Interested candidates should apply at bufcat.org/apply-now.

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