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New Bedford Medical Assistant Program

The Salter School, which offers focused career training through a variety of professional certificate programs, is opening a New Bedford location this month at Fieldstone Marketplace on Kings Highway.

Classes start on Aug. 10 for the school’s Medical Assistant program with a second Professional Fitness Training program expected to begin in October, according to Henry Przybylowicz, campus director for New Bedford.

The school gutted the former furniture store at the site and has been renovating the space since winter. A medical lab, classroom space, computer lab, library and lobby have already been completed with work on a fitness lab, basically a gym, continuing, Przybylowicz said.

John Anjos, of Anjos Realty Services in New Bedford, brokered the lease between Cedar Shopping Centers, Inc. and Salter School. Anjos said the school will occupy approximately 12,500 square feet of space.

“It’s a great location right off highway,” he said, noting there is plenty of parking and local services for students to access.

Anjos, a former president of the Kinyon-Campbell Business School, praised Salter’s programs. “The great thing is it gives the residents of New Bedford an opportunity to get a quality career education without having to travel,” he said.

Salter has three other Massachusetts locations — Fall River, Malden and Tewksbury. The Fall River site opened in 2003.

Przybylowicz, who was formerly director of education at the Fall River campus, said enrollment in New Bedford has exceeded expectations. The school has 50 students starting this month and has added a second medical assistant class to meet demand, he said.

Classes stay together throughout the 900-hour program and their size is generally limited to 30 students.

The school chose New Bedford as a site because they saw a need here and because the Fall River school was growing beyond its capacity, Przybylowicz said.

Salter’s medical assistant program is the school’s largest program and there are tremendous opportunities for jobs in the field even in this tough economy, he said. Students typically work in emergency rooms and medical offices, staffing front desks and helping prepare patients.

After classroom training, they are required to complete an unpaid 180-hour externship.

“We use a lot of local medical offices for externship sites,” Przybylowicz said, adding that some students are able to find employment from their externship.
In Fall River, medical externships have taken place at both Charlton and St. Anne’s hospitals, Przybylowicz said, as well as at other sites.

School officials rely on input from local businesses to determine which programs to offer, according to Przybylowicz, who said an advisory board meets twice a year to help them learn about business trends and gauge the need for new workforce training.(source)

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