North Seattle Community College (NSCC), in partnership with the Seattle Community College District and Seattle Vocational Institute, recently received word that the group's application to the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration for a three-year Community-Based Job Training Grant has been awarded 2009 CBJTG funds in the amount of $1,919,441. The project, Expanding Access to Health Care Careers, will establish three new programs at NSCC and one at SVI.
At North, a new Nursing Assistant Academy will offer several short skill modules for existing Nursing Assistants to help them access advanced training which will lead to higher wages and expanded employment options. The Academy will also provide a compressed pathway to train incumbent home care aides as Certified Nursing Assistants.
In addition, the grant supports the expansion of NSCC's part-time entry-level Phlebotomy program which will be taught using the Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (I-BEST) model, pairing basic skills instructors with professional/technical instructors strengthening literacy and workforce skills at the same time.
A new NSCC Anesthesiology Technician program will be one of the first offered west of the Mississippi and will contribute to the establishment of national training standards in this growing field. All three proposed programs are designed as part of specific career pathways which not only provide advancement opportunities for incumbent workers but also help address the healthcare industry need to improve worker retention across the board.
[March 17th, 2009]