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Finding Work in a Down Economy Can be a Challenge, One Organization Aims to Help

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Fast Track Health Care offers six different certifications. Shannon Fairbanks chose to focus on phlebotomy.  A phlebotomist is a person who draws blood. The work he had been doing wasn't stable enough.

"In the construction field, landscaping, things of that nature, employment was always kind of up and down," Fairbanks says. "I was looking for something a little more solid."

Through a work force development grant he was able to study at Fast Track.

"Health care is recession-proof," says the program's director, Teresa Jones. "People will get sick regardless of the economy."

The programs at Fast Track last anywhere from 2 weeks to 4 months.

After four weeks of classes, Fairbanks came to Solstas Lab Partners for his clinical work.

"About halfway through my clinical experience, a position opened up and I thought it would be a good idea to submit a resume," he said.

His hard work is what made a difference.

"Not everyone wants to go to college," Jones said. " Not everyone is financially able to go to college."

Because the classes are 8 hours a day 4-5 days a week, Fairbanks said the training he needed came quickly to help him find the stability he had been looking for.

Link to more about Fast Track Health Care Education.