Manila campus to offer training

Friday, May 2, 2003

Scholarships are now available for an education and training project funded by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). Manila Public Schools and Kelton Schools, Inc., (licensed by the State Board of Private Career Education) have partnered to provide this opportunity and are ready to begin classes on the Manila campus.

The funding for the project was made available through a $249,000 grant from the DRA. The Manila project was one of the first 16 original projects funded through DRA.

The first class offered will be Medical Terminology, according to Charolette Wagner, Manila Superintendent

The class will generally meet from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; however the first class meeting will be on a Tuesday night. Dates or the course are May 13-July 31, 2003.

Kristine Miller of Monette will be teaching the first Medical Terminology class.

Tuition and book scholarships will be provided for those who meet the criteria established by the grant. A community/school committee will select the recipients. Rising high school seniors, along with out-of-school adults who are residents of Mississippi County are eligible for scholarships. Other class that will be offered and scholarships available are Medical Transcription, Medical Billing and Coding, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access along with Introduction to Computers.

The classes will be held at the Manila High School Library Center where the new Dell All In One computer systems are located. Space will be available for 25 to 30 students.

Anyone that is not eligible for scholarships may pay for the classes.

The Medical Terminology class will have 70 classroom hours at a fee of $545 with the textbook included. It is a prerequisite for the Medical Transcription, and Medical Billing and Coding classes.

Scholarship students that successfully complete the first course of Medical Terminology can qualify for scholarships to continue with the next class.

This grant will provide high quality, specific training in computer and other office skills plus medical processor skills. Applicants with proper office training -- such as effective computer, personal, and communication skills -- are valuable. The intent for the project is to have a measurable, positive, economic impact for those successfully completing the academic and attendance requirements of the programs, and hence, receiving a certificate.

Wagner said the deadline for scholarship applications have been extended until May 8. For more information or to receive a DAR scholarship application, interested persons may contact Debi Cherry at Manila High School at (8970) 561-4419.

Wagner said she is very pleased to have the school located on the Manila campus.

"A good feature for Manila High School is the students have access and the opportunity to use the computers during the day classes. Students will be able to utilize the new technology. The computer lab will be open for all classes to schedule for research and papers.

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