Phlebotomy graduate finds success in Key West

[LEWISBURG, W.Va.] Dereck Weiford completed the phlebotomy certification program at New River Community and Technical College in the fall of 2015 and has worked as a
phlebotomist at Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West, Florida for nearly a year. “I chose New River CTC because the Greenbrier Valley Campus was close to home, it
was affordable and the phlebotomy program was only one semester,” Weiford explained. “Preparation for the certification exam and clinical hours were also important to me.” The Phlebotomy Technician Advanced Skill Set Certificate at New River CTC is a 14 credit-hour program that can be completed in one semester. The program provides short-term job skills training to meet the needs of employers.

Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations or research and work in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers and doctors’ offices. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the growth of employment for phlebotomists to grow 25% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

For information on New River CTC’s program, email or call 866-349-3739.

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver/Beckley).