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News at Brookhaven College

For Immediate Release

DALLAS – The Texas Workforce Commission awarded a Skills Development Fund grant, of more than $550,000, aimed at creating and upgrading 540 jobs to Brookhaven College and the Jefferson Physician Group, P.A. The funds will provide training in both allied health, business and support functions to upgrade the skills of 440 current employees and add 100 new job positions within the physicians group at doctors’ offices throughout the area.

Diane Rath, chair and commissioner representing the public for the Texas Workforce Commission,, attended a check presentation at the college on June 23. The funds, totaling $554,482, represent more than 32,000 hours of training in topics including human resources, computer skills, medical records and coding, Spanish for health care workers and management. In addition to training for office support, nursing, x-ray certification and emergency medical training will be offered. The average wage for these positions will average more than $15.70 per hour.

“The partnership between Brookhaven College and Jefferson Physician Group represents the quality and value community colleges can offer to our area businesses and neighbors,” said Sharon Blackman, Ed.D., Brookhaven College president. “We have the flexibility to draw on existing programs and create new programs to meet the training goals of large companies and organizations.”

Jefferson Physician Group,, is an independent practice association focused on meeting the needs of primary care physicians. The group represents 240 doctors practicing in 120 offices. One of the organization’s goals is to provide tools to run a successful, sound, independent practice.

“We believe that part of our mission at Jefferson Physician Group is to provide for our doctors, the opportunity to succeed both as physicians and as small businessmen,” said Tim Paquette, chief operating officer of Jefferson Physician Group.

The training programs will continue through March 2007 and are coordinated by grant manager Adam Gonzalez, associate dean for resource and economic development, and the Brookhaven College Corporate and Continuing Education Division.

For additional information about Brookhaven College and corporate training programs, go to or call 972-860-4600.



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