Jefferson State’s Birmingham Workforce Retraining Initiative will focus on serving low-income women, dislocated workers, new entrants to the workforce, and incumbent workers for good jobs in a high-demand healthcare occupations aligned with regional and community economic development strategies.
The Initiative is aimed to help women, minorities, low-income adults, and low or mismatched skilled adults access and complete occupational training that can lead to increased employment and higher earnings. The Initiative will connect the targeted population to advanced training and/or employment, through comprehensive activities in-demand occupational skills training, mentoring, and wraparound supports.
Fifteen scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants enrolling in in-demand healthcare training programs, including Administrative Medical Assistant, Clinical Medical Assistant and Sterile Processing Technician.
This project was funded in part by a grant from Cawaco RC&D. Learn more about Cawaco RC&D here.
These training programs are from two weeks to 10 months depending on the occupation and are offered day and night in both traditional and non-traditional classroom settings. The training, both didactic and hands-on training, will provide skills that lead to proficiency in performing actual tasks and technical functions require by these targeted occupations.
The emphasis on preparing participants for in-demand healthcare occupations helps to ensure that jobs will be available. The training has a strong linkage between occupational skills training and work-based learning, which is critical to not only participants enrolling in training, but also completing training, obtaining a credential, and gaining employment.
Cawaco RC&D is a nonprofit organization that connects Central Alabama communities to the resources and partnerships needed to drive economic development in an environmentally sustainable way.