New England Medical Training Institute opens on Concord Street; Chamber event Thursday

New England Medical Training Institute opens on Concord Street; Chamber event Thursday

The staff at the New England Medical Training Institute includes, from left, Maureen Alicea, Allied Health program coordinator; Jacquie Cote, assistant director; Nick Spencer, director; and Laurie Grimm Chartier, lead instructor. (Breeze photo by Ethan Shorey)

PAWTUCKET – The New England Medical Training Institute, a school founded last year as a CPR training academy, has moved into a permanent home at the Concord Street Business Park, 301 Concord St., Unit 463.

Director Nick Spencer said the company has seen dramatic growth in its first month on Concord Street after moving from cramped quarters on Central Avenue, already expanding to triple the space as people hear about the expanded list of training programs now available.

In an unusual step, the school offered a Black Friday deal and had more than 80 people enroll just that day, many waiting outside the doors at 7 a.m. to enroll.

Laurie Grimm Chartier, lead instructor for the institute, said it’s exciting to be part of a private company focused on helping people change their lives. Local people want to get back to work, or even change careers, and NEMTI, the “ground level of the health care industry,” is helping them do that, she said.

NEMTI is leading the way in vocational medical training for a state that has few quality providers of such services, said Chartier. There is “huge demand” for vocational schools that train first line medical workers.

The institute currently offers intensive medical courses in CNA, phlebotomy, medical assistant, EKG, medical billing and coding, and CPR. It will soon be taking applications for patient care tech to start in the spring. A number of the courses are online or hybrid, allowing working people to attend and get the training toward a new career in the medical field.

“Our goal is to put educated, knowledgeable medical workers out into the job market in a manageable amount of time” at an affordable rate, said Chartier.

One of her favorite stories is the student who has just a 3rd-grade education, said Chartier, yet is quickly working her way toward entering the health care industry.

This Thursday, Dec. 15, the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting and grand reopening for the NEMTI. Pamfilio’s will provide refreshments for the free event, to run from 5 to 8 p.m. at 203 Concord St. in Pawtucket.

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