Woman celebrates four years of health care training center’s success

Woman celebrates four years of health care training center

Woman celebrates four years of health care training center

Our Black History Month Coverage continues as we look at a health care training center in Albany.

It all started in her kitchen. Laquetta Alexander-Ellis saw there was a need in hospitals.

So, she took it upon herself to fill the void – creating Practice 2 Perfect Training Center.

And today she’s marking four years of success for herself and her students.

Alexander-Ellis said her training center is the first Black-owned center of its kind and offers a number of programs.

The EKG technician program provides students with the opportunity to study electrocardiograms. You can get certified in just 6 weeks.

There is also the program to train people to become phlebotomists, who draw blood for tests, transfusions, research or blood donations.

Students can get their national certification in 4 weeks. There are a handful of other programs including CPR, First Aid and AED training – with same-day certification.

“Back then, my goal was to get people certified and hit that workforce – as we needed more health care workers. Now, it’s the same mission but a little different. I’m affiliated with multiple organizations, so not only do I assist with getting them certified, I also assist with employment,” she said.

“So, once they’re done with me, I help them update their resumes. I help them apply for jobs to get them out in the workforce as well,” she said.

Practice 2 Perfect recently started teaching inmates at the Schenectady County Jail. Students at the jail will also be ready to hit the workforce upon release.

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