Health Care programs provide much needed training

Tour of MCC Health Science Institute
Tour of MCC Health Science Institute

Metropolitan Community College is one of 13 Missouri colleges that worked with the Missouri Community College Association to help 4,251 students statewide access training and gain the skills needed to enter the health care industry.

Through the MoHealthWINs program, Metropolitan Community College received $3.1 million of a $19.9 million federal grant managed by the Missouri Community College Association. With those funds, the college helped 888 students achieve 2892 industry-recognized credentials. Of those 888 students, 433 found employment after completing the program.

The MoHealthWINs grant, which ended this year, provided funding for students to receive training in four career pathways: health informatics, therapeutic services, diagnostic services and support services. With grant funds, Metropolitan Community College was able to launch programs in Health Informatics, Support Services / Maintenance Technician, and Nursing.

“To say that MoHealthWINs has been a success is an understatement,” Mark James, chancellor of Metropolitan Community College said. “It has been a phenomenal win-win for the college, the students, industry and the economy. We are using what we have learned to continue improving our ability to prepare students for meaningful employment.”

Statewide, 80 percent of the MoHealthWINs participants who completed their program of study are now employed.

“Students come to us prepared to work, not only with the talents they have learned, but with compassion and care. When they demonstrate ‘book smarts’ as well as the ability to truly care for patients, it’s wonderful,” said Kasey Irelan of Phoenix Home Health Care.

More than 229 businesses and agencies became industry partners to MoHealthWINs colleges. These businesses provided input on the design of the academic programs, offered internships and hands-on experience for students, and in many cases offered employment opportunities upon graduation.

“The grant bridged the gap between industries searching for qualified workers and workers seeking training for well-paying jobs,” Rob Dixon, president and CEO of the Missouri Community College Association said. “Each college reached out to local industry partners to learn their employment needs and designed curricula that provided the academic background to fulfill them. Additionally, innovations introduced by MoHealthWINs are helping the colleges improve completion rates, developmental education and digital literacy for their students.”

The federal funds were provided through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program. The program targeted Trade Act Assistance workers, veterans, unemployed, underemployed and low skilled workers.

The Missouri Community College Association managed the grant for Missouri’s 12 community colleges and one state technical college. Two further rounds of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program are currently underway. To learn how MoManufacturingWINs and MoStemWINs are impacting the state, visit www.MCCAtoday.org.