Florence-Darlington Tech announces $10.5M partnership

Florence, SC -  FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Officials at Florence-Darlington Technical College have announced an exclusive partnership with Pitt Community College to form an educational consortium that was granted a $10.9 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service.

Pitt Community College, based in Greenville, NC, will lead the consortium to train thousands of health information technology professionals. The consortium includes 21 colleges across a 13-state region.

"[Thursday] marks the start of an entirely new era in the education and training of health information management professionals. This institution and the consortium of which it is an invaluable member, should take a great measure of pride in having been selected. Perhaps, more important, however, is the opportunity to form the next generation of leaders in this expanding profession," Rita Bowen, American Health Information Management Association President said.

Each college will create non-degree training programs designed to be completed in six months or less.

FDTC will offer training in becoming clinician/practitioner consultants; implementation support specialists; technical/software support staff; and train-the-trainer programs.

Training i expected to begin by Sept. 30, 2010.

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