Health information management vendor Precyse Solutions and non-profit technology education center Vermont HITEC are partnering to offer a select group of students no-cost medical coding education.

"The Precyseprogram offers a combination of no-cost education and the advantage of working from home while receiving a competitive wage and full benefits," Precyse executives said. "This presents an opportunity for those living in rural regions of Vermont with limited career opportunities, and is a great option for those who are looking for a fresh start with a new career, as no prior healthcare experience is needed."

The educational program and apprenticeship is specifically designed to support Vermonters who are pursuing a significant career change or have been out of the work force, or who are recent graduates struggling to find a job.

The 10-week education program will prepare up to 15 individuals to take the medical coding certification exam, issued by the American Academy of Professional Coders. Upon graduation from the program, participants will fill one of the open medical coder apprentice positions. All positions will receive full wages and benefits.

“Vermont residents are in need of opportunities for higher skill jobs at higher wages," Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said about the program. "This program is a great example of how Vermont State government, the healthcare industry, and our non-profit sector can collaborate to bring living-wage jobs to Vermont.”

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