A Burgeoning Talent Shortage is Among the Biggest Concerns in the Health Care Industry
MedWrench recently interviewed the College of Biomedical Equipment Technology's Monty Gonzales about the importance of investing in education and training.
Mon Jun 07 2021
The College of Biomedical Equipment Technology (CBET) is a 100% Veteran owned and operated private college offering Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) and Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) training at the certificate and associates degree levels. The leadership team is comprised of individuals with decades of experience in the healthcare industry and education. Similarly, the instructional staff is comprised of industry experts and award-winning educators dedicated to providing quality education, training, and career services to our students.
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Bracing for the exodus of seasoned biomedical equipment technicians rapidly approaching retirement age, and recruiting qualified replacements to fill increasingly technical roles, demands an all hands-on-deck approach. To address the issue, we have adopted a collaborative approach, partnering with like-minded educational institutions and reputable industry partners to close the gap and avoid a crisis.
Innovative partnerships enable us to serve a broader audience of students and engage communities that might otherwise have limited access to niche’ technical programs like those that we offer. To overcome what we feel are artificial geographical barriers to education, we have engaged in partnerships with Healthcare Delivery Organizations (HDO) and educational institutions, nationally. These partnerships allow us to create blended learning opportunities that include the delivery of online content and hands-on experiential training opportunities that include externships with HDO’s willing to invest time and energy into building a talent pipeline consistent with their unique requirements.
Investing in education is among the most consequential and important decisions one will make. For too long, return on investment has been viewed through a traditional lens, based on factors such as the aesthetics of a brand, the winning record of a sports team, or the recognizability of a mascot. We believe these factors are much less important than the career readiness and ultimately, the employability of our graduates. To ensure we have equipped our students with the right skills, we partner with companies, nationally, to collaborate and innovate in the delivery of healthcare technology management education and training.
The best example of our collaborative approach involves our work with Medical Imaging Solutions (MIS) Group, with whom we have partnered to develop imaging training designed to be embedded in our BMET certificate and degree programs. For our students, training that would otherwise cost thousands of dollars, is now fully integrated into their training at a much lower cost, as a result, students emerge with the skills necessary to work in a broader range of capacities within healthcare, and a result, are much more employable and valuable to the companies hiring them.
Similarly, partnering with like-minded educational institutions, including small regional colleges like Southeastern Community College, in Iowa, and much larger institutions like Charter College and Purdue University, have led to significant advancements in the quality of programming offered by CBET and our partner colleges and universities. Approaching education collaboratively, has truly been a game changer for our college, our academic and industry partners, and most importantly, the students we serve.
Lastly, one of the most exciting efforts involves partnering with secondary education to reach high school students interested in STEM-related fields. We feel strongly that solving the workforce issues involves pushing outreach efforts into secondary classrooms where young adults are exploring STEM-related career fields. As a former Army JROTC instructor I can personally attest to the fact that we have a generation of technically savvy and talented young adults ready to handle the challenges of tomorrow, we need only to introduce them to the exciting career field of Healthcare Technology Management.