Employees and employers benefit from competency based, earn-and-learn approach to workforce development
The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, iHealth, and Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) partnered on a Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline grant to offer phlebotomy training to workers in the healthcare sector.
According to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline “exists to support employers in creating or enhancing a competency based, earn-and-learn dual-training approach to meeting their workforce needs. With Pipeline, workers receive a combination of related instruction paired with on-the-job training.”
“The healthcare industry is in serious need of professionals in a variety of areas,” said Robert Trewartha, director of workforce training and continuing education at DCTC. “Phlebotomists are in high demand. The career has a very high growth rate compared to other careers—15.5 percent in Minnesota and 22.2 percent nationwide.”
Director Trewartha reported that Audrey Roth, a medical assistant with iHealth, learned about the Dual-Training Pipeline through her employer and signed up.
“Audrey did not always like school,” Trewartha said, “but she took full advantage of the Pipeline grant—and was glad she did.”
“My experience was great, and I really learned a lot from my phlebotomy instructor, Kathy Miller,” Audrey said. “She was amazing. Her ability to make the training informative and fun all while being super-supportive made it easy to learn. Her class was well-structured and hands-on.”
As of May 2023, DCTC has successfully trained six phlebotomist technicians. Five more are currently enrolled through the Pipeline grant, and a new class is starting this June.
Learn more about Phlebotomy training via Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline by contacting:
Director of Workforce Training & Continuing Education
Dakota County Technical College