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April 27 - St. Joseph’s/Candler Partners With SCCPSS For Patient Care Technician Apprentice Program

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 27, 2018 - A new partnership between St. Joseph’s/Candler and the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System will give high school students at Beach and Woodville-Tompkins the opportunity to receive paid on-the-job training as a Patient Care Technician.

The PCT Apprentice Program will begin with five students in the first year. Students will come from two schools, Beach and Woodville-Tompkins, where they are already on the PCT track of the schools’ workplace learning programs and are certified PCTs.

Students in the PCT Apprentice Program will:

  • Work at least 20 hours per week

  • Provide bedside care for SJ/C patients (including monitoring vital signs, assisting with meals or bedding, changing bandages, and other duties dependent on patient needs)

  • Receive the prevailing wage for a new PCT ($10-$12/hour)

  • Work in a variety of clinical departments and hospital units

  • Support and receive guidance from nurses and professional staff

As healthcare needs continue to grow along with an aging population, PCT’s serve an essential role in hospitals and nursing homes, and the field is expected to continue growing. Similar to the City of Savannah’s Summer 500 program, the PCT Apprentice Program was developed to give students a unique, hands-on experience in patient care under the guidance of Savannah’s most dedicated healthcare professionals. SJ/C expects to invest up to $100,000 in this program, and is looking to expand its focus beyond clinical careers.  

“At St. Joseph’s/Candler we don’t believe that treating illness is the only facet to building good health. It includes adequate housing, education and meaningful employment,” said Paul P. Hinchey, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s/Candler. “The PCT apprenticeship program represents a major investment into the education and a lifetime of employment for the youth in our community. We hope that this program will expand in the future and give many students the skills they need to embark on fruitful careers.”  

The 100 Black Men of Savannah will also partner in this program, providing the students with onsite mentoring and assistance in finding and gaining future employment.


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