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Westfield State University to offer a Phlebotomy Technician Program, a Self Defense/Tai Chi course and a Virtual Voiceover course this fall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2019
CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523

WestfieldThe College of Graduate and Continuing Education has several non-credit course offerings during the fall 2018 semester on the Westfield State University campus, including a Phlebotomy Technician Program, a Self Defense and Tai Chi course, and Virtual Voiceover course.

Phlebotomy Technician program begins Tuesday, October 1

The College of Graduate and Continuing Education will offer a Phlebotomy Technician program on Tuesday and Thursday nights, October 1 through December 12, 2019, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on the campus of Westfield State University. In addition to these scheduled evening classes, the course also includes three full-day Saturday sessions on October 12, November 2, and November 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Taught in partnership with Condensed Curriculum International, this program will prepare students to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and they will develop comprehensive skills to safely perform venipunctures.

Classroom and lab work includes terminology, anatomy and physiology, blood collection procedures, specimen hands-on practice, and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods. Students who complete this program may pursue the National Health career Association (NHA) Phlebotomy Technician Exam.

The cost of this program is $1,799, which includes the required textbooks and materials. Students may also complete a 40-hour clinical externship for an additional $100 fee. To register online for this program, visit

About Condensed Curriculum International
Condensed Curriculum International has partnered with non-profit colleges and universities on instructor led healthcare programs since 1993. It partners with more than 450 colleges, offering nearly 3,000 courses annually, including both in-class and eLearning healthcare programs geared toward national certifications and clinical externships.

Self Defense and Tai Chi course begins Wednesday, October 2

The College of Graduate and Continuing Education will offer an adult Self-Defense and Tai Chi course on Wednesday nights, October 2–November 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the campus of Westfield State University.

Taught by local instructor Lenny Burlingame, these eight highly interactive sessions are great for anyone looking to get a taste of martial arts. The Self-Defense section will allow students to gain a sense of confidence when finding themselves in an uncomfortable situation. Through Tai Chi, students will learn techniques and practices meant to improve flexibility, balance, muscle tone, joint mobility, and mental awareness.

The cost for the Self-Defense or Tai Chi sections alone are $60 each or $105 for both. To register online, visit

About the instructor
Lenny Burlingame began studying body movement arts through martial arts training in 1982. He has trained, studied, and taught in several external and internal martial arts over the past 35 years. The main focus of his training over the past 26 years has been in the internal arts of Tai Chi Chuan, Bagua, and Qigong. Burlingame earned a 2nd degree black belt in Kenpo Karate and a black belt in Arnis.

Virtual Voiceover course begins Tuesday, October 8

The College of Graduate and Continuing Education will offer a live online Virtual Voiceover course on Tuesday and Thursday nights, October 8–17, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the campus of Westfield State University.

Taught by actor and voiceover artist Mike Jablon, this exciting course is full of techniques designed to offer a foundation in the world of voiceover. Through four highly interactive two-hour sessions, participants in this course will build their self-confidence as a voice actor while receiving feedback from an industry professional. The new online format allows students to enjoy this course from the comfort and convenience of their own home.

The cost of this course is $120. To register online, visit

About the instructor
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Mike Jablon is an actor and voiceover artist. He earned an A.S. in broadcasting and telecommunications from Mount Wachusett Community College and a B.S. from the mass communications film program at Emerson College. As a voiceover talent, he has worked for global companies such as Tyson Foods, MassSave, Poland Spring, and Nestle. He also enjoys lending his character voices to numerous projects. As an on-camera actor, he was “Binders Gast” in the Brad L. Coley gothic thriller, East of Acadia, “Sam” in the Eric Joslin dramatic film, Shoestrung, and “Milo Redding” in Jeremiah Johnson’s compelling film, Among Wolves. Mike also returned to the theatre and took the stage as “Bill” in George Masselem’s production of Our Capital. Most recently he can be seen as “Ezekiel” in Comedy Central’s Time Traveling Bong. In addition to working as a full time actor, Mike is also the audio/visual technical director at Lau Lapides Company, a full service coaching and production company for actors in Boston, NYC, and Miami.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

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