Healing the nation’s sick, injured and infirmed has grown into an industry that provides 11 million jobs for Americans. Moreover, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that jobs in healthcare will increase 26 percent by 2008, which translates into 2.8 million new jobs.
According to the Princeton Review, for those interested in a career in healthcare, the choices are unprecedented in our nation’s history.
Arizona is in sync with the national norms for healthcare job growth. According to the Arizona Department of Economic Security, healthcare is, indeed, the fastest growing state industry. With the demand of healthcare services increasing up to 56% over the next six years, the healthcare industry will be the #1 producer of jobs by 2014. With this unprecedented demand comes the unprecedented challenge to produce a skilled workforce.
From the employer perspective, recruiting and retaining qualified workers is a daily challenge. From the worker perspective, how to successfully enter into the healthcare industry, oftentimes, is an elusive process.
A solution to these workforce challenges has emerged at GateWay Community. Through a grant funded by Civic Ventures and MetLife, GateWay is actively partnering with employers in the care giving industry to build a Direct Care/Caregiver Workforce. This workforce development partnership will not only produce caregiver and direct support professionals to fill the growing labor gap, but will also provide the entry-level point for workers to launch a variety of other healthcare into related careers in nursing, other healthcare professions, for example medical radiography, physical therapist assistant and respiratory care, social work and/or a professional care giving with a specialization in such areas as physical disabilities, eldercare, dementia, and/or developmentally disabled. The specific program that is the product of this workforce partnership is: The Caregiver Career Development & Placement Program …. Putting compassion in action.
Marc Katz, President of Hearts of Joy Senior Care, Inc. says, “Partnering with GateWay gives us a competitive advantage in seeking out individuals who are looking to make an impact on our community today. By offering this program at GateWay, we are opening up an opportunity to students and community members who may be considering a healthcare career path. Care giving is the most rudimentary step in entering into the healthcare industry.”
The Caregiver Career Development & Placement Program is designed to get a person started in an exciting professional healthcare career as quickly and easily as possible. The key components of the program include: streamlined career assessment, career planning, an orientation and core training which consists of: the principles of Caregiving, First Aid and CPR. Each person who successfully completes the key components of the program with be assisted with an individualized career plan and job placement with an employer who will honor the individual career plan and the need for Mike Endredy, General Manager of Synergy Homecare in Mesa stated, “GateWay Community College has a track record for producing well-qualified personnel to enter the workforce. It is very satisfying to know that GateWay has begun to offer caregiver training for anyone who is interested in the healthcare field. This will help bring more qualified individuals to the field of care giving and as a result, I am glad to be partnered with GateWay Community College on this project and look forward to working with them for a long time.”
For many, becoming a part of an industry that is all about “making a difference” in the world is the key in experiencing job satisfaction and growing both personally and professionally. To ensure that a person is a good vocational fit for the healthcare environment each person is career assessed and assisted with designing his/her own individualized career plan. Other unique elements of the Caregiver Career Development and Placement Program include and orientation process and training program. During orientation students will be introduced to industry employers and will be informed about what criteria are needed be employable in the care giving profession Training for the entry-level caregiver will be a total of 40 hours. The curriculum was developed through the Arizona Department of Economic Security Division of Aging and Adult Services and is designed to establish a continuity of care for caregivers and direct support professionals. The first class is scheduled to begin on Nov 30 2007 at the Community College campus on 40th Street and Washington Street in Phoenix.
To supplement the caregiver training, on-going forums have been scheduled to enable all interested persons to explore more career options in this profession. The next forum is: Physical Disabilities & the Elderly. It is scheduled on November 8/2:00pm – 3:30pm in the South Building/Room 1316. All scheduled forums are open to the public and are free.
The intrinsic values of compassion and caring are the necessary components for workers in the healthcare industry. Are you someone who:
• Wants to make a difference
• Enjoys helping others
• Would like to design a career path for success
• Wants to be in demand by healthcare employers
Please come check out the Caregiver Career Development & Placement Program at GateWay Community College and get started on a professional career path in health care today. This might be the right time to put your compassion in action!
For More Information Contact:
Barbara Savage Project Coordinator/Vivic Ventures Encore Career Grant Project GateWay Community College 108 N. 40th Street Phoenix, Az 85034 Phone (602) 286-8153