$290,000 in Healthcare Training Dollars Awarded to Regional Healthcare Industry Partnership
The healthcare industry is an industry in need of employment and training assistance. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nine healthcare job occupations of the 20 occupations with the fastest employment growth are medical jobs. By the year 2014 health services employment is projected to increase dramatically with over 4,700,000 new health care jobs nationwide. Health care occupations in our GROW* region are projected to increase sustainably from 2008 to 2018, from 40,350 jobs in 2008 to 50,231 by 2018. Both the current and potential number of jobs in the GROW area exceed national averages indicating high demand for workers in health professions.
Throughout a series of meetings and surveys that took place over the past four months as part of the Healthcare Sector Convening grant, employers were able to identify areas of training need and general concerns about their own workforce development. Common themes within the discussion were:
Hiring challenges due to an aging workforce, retention of current employees, finding professional candidates in rural areas, and poor employee work ethic
Generally recruitment and retention as well as skill-set development and proper organizational fit are problems for many of the employers
Specialized training needs not met including certified medical assistants, Alzheimer's/Dementia specific training needed, trained Dental Assistants, and customer service and management training
Technology needs and the funding to obtain state-of-the-art equipment needed
Silos in the healthcare industry and finding a strategy to work more as partners throughout the region
Technical colleges producing certified nursing assistants that are not ready for the personal care worker / home health care field
The Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board has submitted and received a $290,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to provide training for incumbent and unemployed workers in a variety of healthcare specific topics including: Nursing Continuing Education, Dental Assistant Training, Critical Core Health Skills, Dementia Specialist Training, Medical Coding - Certification CPC Prep, Medical Coding - Overview, Medical Terminology, Customer Service, Microsoft Office, Supervision & Management in Health Care, Lean for Health Care, Alzheimer's/Dementia Workshop Series, Certified Medical Assistant Update, Customer Service Seminar, Managerial Training Seminar, Front Line Service Seminar, Certified Nursing Assistant Training Course.
Partners in this grant include Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and Northcentral Technical College, CEP, Inc. and a number of healthcare employers throughout the region.