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The WorkPlace Abstract

Published: May 19, 2016
Audience:
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
Types:
Grants Abstract
Tags:
Abstracts, HPOG Grantees

Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

The WorkPlace

Southwestern Connecticut Health CareeRx Academy

Location: Bridgeport, CT

OTHER GRANT INFORMATION

Five-Year Project Period: September 30, 2015 - September 29, 2020

Annual Award Amount: $2,783,264

Type of Organization: Nonprofit with 501C3 IRS Status (other than Institution of Higher Education)

Service Area: Fairfield County and a portion of New Haven County in Connecticut

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, veterans, and persons with disabilities

FIVE-YEAR QUANTIFIABLE PROJECTIONS

Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 1,500

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 1,275

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 750

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 675

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 1,350

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 1,215

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 911

ABSTRACT

The WorkPlace’s Southwestern Connecticut Health CareeRx Academy (Academy) is a broad partnership of healthcare providers, employers, educators, trainers, and community-based organizations that work together to train and prepare TANF recipients and other low-income individuals for employment in healthcare occupations. As the regional Workforce Development Board, the WorkPlace’s partners include the Connecticut Department of Social Services; case managers who provide services to Jobs First Employment Services clients under TANF; and the Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, with whom the grantee is working to develop a “pre-apprenticeship” while viable apprenticeship concepts in health care are being developed (none currently exist in the state). The program provides occupational skills training (OST), job-readiness training and life skills, direct or referral-based supportive services, and job search and placement assistance. Education and training activities include OST along two lattices: patient care (offering training in several occupations and at multiple levels of certifications/degrees) and medical office work. 

The Academy works with the region's colleges and other training providers to design and offer education/preparation for various occupations: Registered Nurse (BSN and ASN), Radiologic Technologist, Surgical Technologist, Patient Care Technician, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide, Dental Assistant, Medical Records and Health IT Tech (Medical Reimbursement Specialist, Certified Professional Coder, Electronic Medical Records Specialist), and Medical Secretary (Medical Office Specialist and Medical Office Manager). Supportive services include academic supports, case management, child care, transportation assistance, and tuition assistance. All participants have a support team that includes a career counselor, life coach, peer mentors, employer specialist, and trainers. Program hallmarks include a newly designed model of enhanced supports integrated directly into the career readiness training sequence. Participants new to healthcare professions complete a 2-week series of Contextualized Learning Workshops. Participants needing more preparation to be work ready complete a new job-readiness education program adapted from the STRIVE program, customized for healthcare workers.

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Last Reviewed: April 24, 2019