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The Workforce Investment Board Receives a Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant

July 21, 2015


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The local and state demand for more medical assistants and other positions in hospital settings and physician offices will be met thanks to a $386,616 Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that the Workforce Investment Board of Stark and Tuscarawas counties has received.

The local Board will provide funding for eligible dislocated workers for both classroom and on-the-job training for medical assistants and other healthcare in-demand positions that are paid above the entry level rate of pay for the region.  The purpose of the National Emergency Grant is to assist states and local workforce board to provide in-demand career pathways for the dislocated workers.  The grant is designed to effectively and efficiently re-employ dislocated workers, so those eligible for the program must be dislocated workers who have been unemployed for at least 27 weeks, unemployment insurance claimants likely to exhaust their benefits or eligible veterans.

"We are pleased that our Workforce Investment Board will be able to develop a pool of skilled healthcare providers to meet current and future needs, by partnering with area hospitals and our local training partners," said Tuscarawas County Commissioner Kerry Metzger, Chair of the Local Elected Officials Board, overseeing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds for Tuscarawas and Stark counties.

Jennifer Meek Eells, Executive Director to the Board, explained that the typical length of training for medical assistants averages nine to twelve months through adult career and technical programs with an average cost for training and certification of $8,000.  "After this short-term classroom training, hospitals can then hire and train these individuals on-the-job, which can typically last two months," Meek Eells said.

"The cost for a hospital to train new medical assistants and create career pathways within the hospital averages about $2,500 which the on-the-job training contract will cover," added Meek Eells.

DOL recently issued funds to develop innovative job-training programs focused on regional and industry-specific collaborations.  Ohio was one of four states that received $7,000,000 which the was maximum amount allowable.


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