ACCC, WIB Training Program for Out-of-School Youth Honored
August 3, 2005A program run by Atlantic Cape Community College, in collaboration with the Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board (WIB), was selected from more than 100 organizations nationwide to receive a first place Recognition of Excellence Award from the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. The initiative provides free allied health care training for out-of-school youth.
The WIB was honored for innovative techniques and collaboration with business, industry and essential partners in workforce development to solve the education, training and hiring challenges of serving at-risk, out-of-school young adults. ACCC nominated the WIB for the award, which it received at the Workforce Innovations 2005 Conference in Philadelphia in July.
The Allied Health Advancement Program enrolled more than 50 out-of-school youth who gained valuable healthcare credentials such as EKG and phlebotomy certifications. Participants who completed the program found employment with partnering hospitals, including AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital and Shore Memorial Hospital, who helped train the youth for entry level positions in the healthcare industry.
The program is unusual in that the training is free, trainees are paid for their time in the classroom and on-the-job training, and their transportation, uniforms, textbooks and day care needs, if any, are provided. Students receive 14 weeks of classroom and on-the-job training.
“Our goal was to design a program that provided the local healthcare industry with highly demanded entry-level healthcare workers, while at the same time providing meaningful employment opportunities for at-risk out-of-school youth,” said Earl Axelson, Chair of the WIB Board.
The Assistant Secretary of the Employment & Training Administration, Emily DeRocco, initiated a Recognition of Excellence process in 2004 to honor programs of the nation’s workforce investment system that demonstrated admirable performance in various categories.
“This year’s Recognition of Excellence honorees exemplify the workforce system’s capacity to develop new approaches for equipping workers with the skills necessary to compete in the global economy,” DeRocco said. “These projects and the people behind them offer examples of success that colleagues in education and job training can replicate to meet workforce needs throughout the country.”
Officers of the WIB Board include Earl Axelson, chairperson; Eric Reynolds, vice chair; ACCC President Peter Mora, treasurer; and Peggy Quinn, secretary.