ELKINS — A local agency received a $1.5 million federal grant to provide short-term workforce training.
The Health Resources and Services Administration awarded the Randolph County Housing Authority $1,544,884 through its new Targeted Health Instruction of North Central West Virginia educational program.
“The Randolph County Housing Authority is delighted to receive this grant from HRSA’s Rural Workforce Program,” Jennifer Griggs, RCHA Support Services Program Manager, told The Inter-Mountain on Monday.
“Without the support of our network of partners in North Central WV, this grant would not have been possible. This workforce training is focused on providing short-term training, enabling a participant to quickly enter the labor market.
The Targeted Health Instruction of North Central West Virginia educational program will be available regionally in Randolph, Upshur, Tucker, Lewis, Webster and Barbour counties.
New classes that will be available under the program include Clinical Physician Assistant, Community Health Worker, Behavioral Health Technician, Billing and Coding, and Electronic Health Records.
“We are developing new classes to expand our offerings we had with Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College,” said Griggs. “We will also be developing a program with Davis & Elkins College for behavioral health technician and community health worker courses.”
The program will provide more than 250 people with access to medical training during a three-year grant period. The THINC program will also focus on training at least 80 people already working in the medical field with a desire to learn new skills and a non-entry level position.
“We are looking for course development so that people can start enrolling in the spring semester of 2023,” said Griggs. “These usually start in January, so at the moment we are using this period as a planning period to ensure that we have everything we need to meet the requirements, as well as the program so that students can start enroll for the spring semester Over the three-year grant period, our goal is to train at least 250 people.
Davis Health Systems, Youth Health Services, Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, Workforce West Virginia, and the Human Resources Development Fund are among the community organizations helping to bring classes to the state by being part of the RCHA network.
“Davis Health System is honored to be part of the Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Program,” Davis Health System Chief Medical Officer Dr. Catherine Chua said.
“This is a unique opportunity to invest in our healthcare workers. HRSA funding will support cross-education initiatives for existing health care workers and enable curriculum development and advanced clinical learning opportunities for students preparing to meet growing health care needs. Health of North-Central West Virginia.
Since the summer of 2021, the RCHA has been offering courses as part of its WORC program. Twenty-seven students have received medical certifications or other accreditations in various fields through the program.
“Davis & Elkins College is honored to partner with the Randolph County Housing Authority, Davis Health System and Youth Health Services to provide the educational component of training Community Health Workers and Behavioral Health Technicians for our area. “, Chris A. Wood, president of Davis & Elkins College, said.
“Courses offered by Davis & Elkins College will provide essential training and skills for participants to access good jobs and meet a community health need. By working in collaboration with our partner organizations, we are committed to improving both the opportunities and the quality of life in this community.
The RCHA is one of 31 community organizations nationwide receiving nearly $46 that was distributed by HRSA. The funds will be used to increase clinical and operational capacity in public health through workforce development.
For more information about the program, contact Griggs at 304-636-6495 (ext. 138) or by email at email@example.com.