Grant helps train unemployed for careers in health care | Schools
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Midlands Technical College is among several in the Southeast receiving a $25 million dollar grant to train unemployed workers for careers in health care.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration will help students earn credentials for a job in the health care industry within one year.
The colleges will recruit displaced workers and other interested students with no previous healthcare experience to train for new certificates that utilize high-tech simulators and virtual reality technology.
Midlands Technical College will receive $8.3 million to administer the grant and implement its local program.
“There is a critical need in the Midlands to get entry-level workers into the pipeline for healthcare careers,” said Dr. Marshall (Sonny) White, Midlands Technical College President. “The BOOST program at MTC will have a positive impact on thousands of students, many in rural areas with high unemployment, to obtain enhanced training at early stages and set them up for success.”
In creating the BOOST consortium and program, Midlands Technical College consulted directly with major healthcare employers, who expressed the need for significantly more entry-level workers. However, many academic allied health programs do not focus on providing entry-level credentials. BOOST is geared specifically toward meeting the needs of these employers while creating new career pathway to good-paying jobs for displaced workers and others.
Students can earn certifications including: CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), Phlebotomy, EKG, Cardiac Care, Patient Access Associate, Sterile Processing, Rehabilitation Technician and Patient Care Technician.
“For several years, middle-wage, low-skill jobs that have provided family-sustaining wages to workers who may not have a high school diploma have been disappearing,” said Dr. Martha Hanks, Chair of the Department of Health Sciences. “Increasingly, though, the new ‘middle-skills’ jobs replacing them require postsecondary credentials – and since 2002, 45 percent of the jobs growth in the middle-skills occupations came from demand for healthcare workers.”
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