Couple Opens Medical Training Center
Former MPS facility at 69th and Appleton becomes Standard of Excellence training center for entry-level medical jobs.
A vacant school in Milwaukee’s Dineen Park neighborhood now houses a growing medical training academy.
Standard of Excellence Education & Training Center, led by Rosland Anderson and Henry Anderson, now occupies the 10,649-square-foot building at 6914 W. Appleton Ave. Milwaukee Public Schools vacated the building, formerly used for its Milwaukee School of Entrepreneurship, over eight years ago.
The husband-and-wife duo held a socially-distant ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday afternoon alongside their half-dozen employees.
“The trainee who comes here is scalable, even if they start on the ground floor,” said Henry, the chief operating officer.
The entry-level, state-sanctioned certification provided is for community-based residential facilities (CBRF) like group homes. It’s a one-week program that costs approximately $750.
The offerings scale to phlebotomy training, which provides certification on drawing blood, processing specimens and other lab procedures. One of the rooms in the building features desks with dummy arms to practice on. The six-week program costs $3,200.
The company also provides certified nursing assistant (CNA), cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator training (CPR/AED) and mobility transfer training, the last of which includes a lab with a bed to show how to move patients.
Standard of Excellence also provides a one-day training session on healthy eating practices for diabetics.
The business opened in March 2013 and relocated to Appleton Ave. from 9235 W. Capitol Dr. The couple, which operates a sister company to provide staffing and another to provide the necessary insurance, gradually expanded their service offerings.
The couple purchased the building from the city for $120,000 as part of a $250,000 investment in overhauling the facility.
“This didn’t happen overnight,” said Henry. “We had plenty of help.” The couple thanked the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation, Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation and area alderman Michael Murphy for their support.
What’s been the biggest challenge? “Like everybody’s challenge, money,” said Rosland. She said COVID-19 has also impacted their business and how they do training.
According to city assessment records, the three-story building was built in 1966. Under state law it was offered for sale exclusively to K-12 education operators for a period of two years. MPS acquired the building in 2001 for $550,000 after renting it for the prior five years.
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