Middlesex Community College’s Academy of Health Professions was recognized as a successful workforce development program by Gov. Deval Patrick in his 2012 State of the Commonwealth address. The next Academy of Health Professions session begins Monday,

Feb. 6, and registration is still open.

“I believe community colleges are uniquely positioned to help close (Massachusetts’) skills gap and get people back to work,” said Patrick. “Some are already making impressive contributions to workforce development. Middlesex Community College for example runs an Academy of Health Professions in Bedford and Lowell tied to industry growth in Merrimack Valley.”

MCC’s Academy of Health Professions offers short-term training and college credit programs to prepare students for entry-level careers in health care fields. Programs offered include certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Receptionist, Medical Office Administration and Phlebotomy.

Level 1 evening and weekend classes begin Monday, Feb. 6. Level 2 courses (for those with previous experience in a health care field) begin Monday, April 16.

For more information about MCC’s Academy of Health Professions, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu.