The Lee Education & Employment (L.E.E.) Program
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The L.E.E. Program offers a free, 7-month Medical Office Skills job training program that covers subjects including medical and dental terminology, Microsoft Office computer applications, medical front office operations, customer service, basic billing & coding and electronic medical records. Also included is one year of case management with a L.E.E. Program Coordinator, resume writing and interview skills training, as well as additional training necessary to prepare for entry into a medical front office career.
The L.E.E Program is designed to rapidly produce a substantial increase in work earnings for low-income working individuals by teaching the skills needed to work at the front desk of a doctor's office, a medical facility, or in medical records. Eligible applicants are Lee County residents, age 18 or over, who provide proof of earned income, a high school diploma or G.E.D. and who pass a criminal background check and basic entrance assessment.
Eligible participants receive paid tuition, books, supplies, and may receive assistance with childcare during class and other support services. Students begin a search for full-time medical office employment prior to graduation.
Two sessions per year are offered; April and October. Classes are taught at Fort Myers Institute of Technology on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The L.E.E. Program was honored in May, 2002, with a Public Service Excellence Award bestowed by the Public Employees Roundtable in Washington, D.C.