A collaborative effort with Iowa Department of Workforce Development (IWD), the Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services, and a number of employment partners including Mercy Health Network, Mercy Health Network-Central Iowa, Dallas County Hospital, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, Bishop Drumm Retirement Center and Arbor Springs...
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This unique project will recruit, screen, and provide training and
support services to Limited English Proficient (LEP) refugees and
immigrants in Iowa to help them pursue careers, with progression, in the
health care industry. Two of the current project partners have been
involved in a collaborative effort since 2004 to educate, train and
assist LEP employees in completing their nursing assistant education.
The project is a partnership effort between Iowa Workforce Development, Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services, Mercy College of Health Sciences, and a number of health care employer partners. The project will serve nearly 300 individuals between fall 2010 and fall 2012 to enable them to prepare for certification in a nationally-recognized health care field and employment.
This project represents an innovative approach to meeting the staffing needs of the Iowa health care sector, while simultaneously opening a high-potential career path to the state’s newest Iowans. This project will directly address the needs for: qualified individuals to enter the health care profession; skilled personnel who are bi-lingual to best serve the growing number of new Iowans who do not speak English and who come from differing backgrounds and cultures; and for additional services to assist refugees and immigrants in overcoming the language and culture barriers that impact their ability to pursue their employment goals.
Mercy College to Collaborate on $3.4 million U.S. Department of Labor Grant
(Des Moines) – Mercy College of Health Sciences was informed on Friday that a $3.4 million competitive grant submission to the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration was funded to create new curricula models for the delivery of health care education to legal refugees and immigrants living in Iowa.
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