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Davidson Offers Gateway To Health Industry

April 21, 2011


The Davidson Community Center is launching a new affordable in-house job-training program that looks to help community residents land jobs in the growing medical field.

The Learning Curve Career Center will offer students training in the healthcare field to become nationally certified medical assistants, medical billers and coders through a 12-week program.

“It is a pleasure for me to see programs like this come into my district especially during tough economic times,” said local Councilman Fernando Cabrera, who spoke at the ceremony. “The Learning Curve Center has the potential to prepare hundreds of our residents for job placement.”

Learning Curve was founded by Leslie Class-Hernandez, a former teacher and administrator, who wanted to offer a cheaper alternative to underprivileged New Yorkers than some similar medical certification programs that can run upwards of $13,000. At Learning Curve the whole program costs approximately $2,000.

Still, Class-Hernandez says that amount is a lot for some people in the area to afford and they have partnered with the city’s job-training program, Workforce1, to offer funding for those who qualify. She is looking to offer additional funding for students by teaming-up with other organizations such as the Robin Hood Foundation, JobCorp and SoBro.

“There is a marketable demand for these kind of jobs,” said Class-Hernandez “It’s a growing field.”

Students in the program will be provided with career services such as job placement, interview skills and resume writing help. Class-Hernandez is also in talks with New York Life to offer financial services to students.

Classes are slated to begin on April 18 and are open to anyone 16 years of age and older, with parental consent. While a high school diploma is not required to enroll in the program, it is required to obtain the national certification. The folks over at Davidson said they would help anyone in the program looking to obtain a diploma.

Aida Martinez, the board chairperson at Davidson, said the program would be helpful to those who are apprehensive about stepping into a large college campus setting and would be a great resource for the community.

“We love our people and our community and we want to give them a better life,” Martinez said. “The timing, location, and pricing of this program is all fit to give them that opportunity.”


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