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Michigan Works Launches Health Care Worker Training Initiative

Published Friday, November 29, 2019
Michigan Works Launches Health Care Worker Training Initiative

A new effort is being launched by Michigan Works to train more workers to be in the Health Care Field in Southwest Michigan.

The goal is to train more than 100 Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Personal Care Assistants through July of next year via an Apprenticeship Program.

Michigan Works Vocational Training Manager Rick VanIttersum tells WSJM News there is a great demand for new Health Care Workers: “Future projections show about (1,900) openings for Certified Nursing Assistants, or (14%) growth, through 2028 in our three counties, Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren,” VanIttersum said. “That’s roughly (190) annual openings each year.”

Michigan Works is using a Federal Grant of more than $224,000 for the new Healthcare Apprenticeship Consortium.

It has several partners to find those who are interested, including Lake Michigan College, Southwestern Michigan College, the Van Buren ISD Technology Center, the Michigan Career and Technical Institute and the Michigan Rehabilitation Service.

There are also a number of private partners, Michigan Works Officials said - businesses looking to train Workers through the program.

VanIttersum notes the Health Care Industry in Southwest Michigan accounts for about 10,000 jobs, or about 10% of the workforce.

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