Navy Veteran Scott Rodriguez
Scott Rodriguez, a US Navy veteran, is a recent program graduate now helping to fill the skills gap in Alaska.
An electronics technician aboard submarines, Scott found that he had an innate talent for problem solving and wanted to translate his abilities into helping others. Biomedical technology was a perfect direction.
Scott and his wife Andrea were living in Beaumont, Texas. He was working for a biomedical repair services company but wanted to forward his career opportunities, and decided to expand his skills by applying to the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Technology Program™. He was accepted Scott Rodriguez and spent the next five months in intensive training, commuting home on weekends. Scott’s ability to apply what he learned in the classroom to the laboratory equipment was impressive.
Immediately upon graduating in January, Scott, an admitted adventurer, was offered a job with Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. Scott and Andrea (and their two dogs) jumped at the opportunity, and moved to Sitka, Alaska where Scott focuses on repairing and maintaining imaging and anesthesia equipment for several hospitals, primarily Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. They have both become avid nature photographers and love the beauty and ruggedness of Alaska.
He admits that working in a hospital system in Alaska has its challenges, “It takes longer to obtain supplies and parts. There are vast distances between hospitals and there is a shortage of biomedical equipment technicians. Not everyone wants to move to Alaska,” Scott laughs and adds, “The experience and skills I gained in the General Myers Veterans Program allowed me to come to Alaska and immediately fill a void, to hit the ground running.”
Scott’s ultimate goal is to give back to his veteran community and to work for the VA. For the foreseeable future, he and Andrea love living in Alaska and Scott feels, “really good about the work I do here.”
Graduates of the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Technology Program™ have found employment with healthcare organizations such as Baylor Scott and White Health, DaVida Dialysis, Becton Dickinson, Aramark Healthcare, and with military contractors overseas. “Veterans make great employees! They are team players dedicated to service,” says General Richard B. Myers, USAF Retired, 15th Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “We are proud to offer this opportunity to these deserving young men and women.”
The five-month program takes place at the MediSend Biomedical Equipment Technology School™ located in in Dallas, Texas. Acceptance depends upon qualifications and availability of scholarships/funding. Under most circumstances, there is no cost to the veteran. For more information, go to www.veteransbiomedicaltraining.org or you can reach Nick Hallack, CEO at 214-575-5006, extension 112.