SOUTH PORTLAND — In partnership with MaineHealth, Southern Maine Community College is set to launch a new class to train people to become phlebotomists.

The NorDx Phlebotomy School begins June 17 and runs through July 19. Fifteen people will receive five weeks of free training to learn about blood collections and other important skills such as customer service specimen processing, order entry and clinical rotation.

Training will take place at SMCC, but more than 80 hours will be spent at an offsite clinical facility practicing newly learned procedures. Once training is complete, applicants will be hired for open positions at NorDx, the largest regional clinical laboratory in the state.

According to SMCC Director of Communications Clarke Canfield, the one-time program may be offered again in the future if student interest is high. The classes are funded through a grant of $23,500 from the Maine Quality Centers, part of the Maine Community College System.

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