Los Angeles - - The biomedical bridge program, now in its second year, continues to provide optimum results, coming on the heels of the recent hiring of 17 students by Baxter BioScience.
Job Training, in partnership with Baxter and Community Career Development, Inc.,began screening for the class in December, and for the next four months recruited 300 individuals. Using “Best Practices,” the field was narrowed to 20 individuals, all but one of whom transitioned from such diverse backgrounds as retail sales, food services, and warehouse work. Additional screening came from the Baxter staff, who used input from the many resumes that were submitted.
After selection, the students were assigned to classes which ran from March 12 through April 6 and included topics such as “Preparing for Success,” “Critical Thinking for Biomed,” and “Business Writing and Fact Checking.”
Tony Jaramillo, Job Training’s field representative, cites the assistance of Baxter’s human resource manager Joy Stevenson for helping make the class a success. “We had a very close working relationship with Tim Flynn,” Jaramillo reports. “When he left, Joy came in, creating a very smooth transition. She’s easy to work with and has been a tremendously positive asset to our project.”
Funding for the program was provided by the City of Los Angeles Sector Industry High Growth Grant. Additional classes are being planned for later this year.
Baxter BioScience develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. A global, diversified healthcare company, Baxter has approximately 48,500 employees worldwide.