$150K Grant Helps Train Low-Income Students for Healthcare Jobs

A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics study reveals that the healthcare and social assistance industry will make up approximately 26 percent–or four million–of all new jobs through 2018.

Joliet Junior College is working to train workers to fill those jobs, thanks to a $150,000 Workforce Development grant that will better prepare low income residents and recipients of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) for a career in the healthcare industry.

The grant will fund the Health Careers: Skilled Workers, Strong Earnings Project a component of the college’s Healthcare Bridge program. The goal of the project is to advance the Healthcare Bridge program that prepares individuals for a career in the healthcare field by offering occupational training including Pharmacy Technician and Certified Nursing Assistant.

Participants in the program will have the opportunity to work with local healthcare employers by job shadowing and career activities.

“The goal [of the program] is to deliver committed, enthusiast and engaged participants to our local healthcare employers,” said Kelly Lapetino, JJC workforce skills manager.

The grant was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services Health Professions Opportunity Grant through the Workforce Boards of Metropolitan of Chicago.

The program is a collaborative effort between the JJC Workforce Development, Corporate and Community Services, Division of Adult and Family Services and Allied Health/Nursing.

Potential participants go through a required three-step eligibility and selection process consisting of an informational session, an assessment and interview.

Informational sessions are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. and the last Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. Appointments are required.

For more information and to make an appointment, contact Kelly Lapetino at (815) 280-1416.

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