A health care consortium of Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic, and Vibra Specialty Hospital of Dallas has partnered with El Centro College to custom train 728 health care workers using a $1+ million Skills Development Fund grant. Those trained will include registered nurses, health care support workers, and office and administrative support personnel. Upon completion of the training, staff members will earn an average hourly wage of $27.31.
“By identifying training needs, we are able to help workers upgrade their skills while developing a more highly educated workforce,” said Jacquelin Villa, RN, MSN, education manager/hospital clinical informaticist at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake. “This collaboration is a boom to the community because a skilled employee is a productive employee. And that translates to a long-term benefit for patient care.”
The Skills Development Fund is one of Texas’ premier job-training programs providing training dollars for Texas businesses and workers. The Fund, which is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, provides financial support to a business, consortium of businesses, or trade unions that have identified a training need and then partnered with a public community or technical college to fill the specific needs. Businesses work with college partners to submit proposals, develop curricula, and conduct training. The Skills Development Fund pays for the training, the college administers the grant, and businesses create new jobs and improve the skills of current workers.
In fiscal 2010, the Fund created or upgraded 26,718 jobs, which paid an average hourly wage of $26.07. These grants assisted 207 Texas employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature appropriated $90 million to the Skills Development Fund for use in 2010 and 2011. Employers seeking additional information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the Texas Workforce Commission website at www.skills.texasworkforce.org.
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