Department of Labor Grant has trained 2,000 apprentices

Recent graduates from the Methodist Dallas Nurse Apprenticeship Program.

During National Apprenticeship Week from November 15-20, the DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation announced after two years of the Dallas College Department of Labor Apprenticeship Grant, training had been provided for approximately 2,000 apprentices in 21 occupations. The occasion marked the halfway point of the four-year grant, with the DFWHC Foundation working with nine North Texas healthcare partners during that span.

In July 2019, a $12 million Department of Labor grant was awarded to Dallas College to support training for 7,500 apprentices in critical health care occupations for providers in North Texas and across the U.S. Dallas College included a cash match of $4.2 million dollars which totals a $16.2 million grant project.

“By increasing the number of apprenticeships available, the healthcare workforce can be significantly increased while providing pathways to careers,” said Sally Williams, Workforce Center director at the DFWHC Foundation. “The grant develops apprenticeships that provide on-the-job training that is competency-based. The program will save employers money by eliminating the gap between graduation and job preparedness required in the real world.”

Dallas College partnered with the DFWHC Foundation to bring North Texas healthcare employers to the grant including Children’s Health, JPS Health Network, Medical City Healthcare, Methodist Health System, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Texas Health Resources, UT Southwestern, Acadian Ambulance Services and Capital Senior Living.

The apprenticeships being developed include nursing, medical office assistant, clinical informaticist, administrative resident, sterile processing tech, cardiovascular tech, critical care tech, respiratory therapist, biomed equipment tech, nursing assistant, EMT and LVN, among many others.

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