DLLR Offers $1.5 Million for Marylandís Healthcare Workforce
Funds for Nursing and Allied Health Fields Available
BALTIMORE - The Governorís Workforce Investment Board, a division of
Marylandís Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation,
announces $1.5 million in grant funds are available as a result of
the Maryland Healthcare Workforce Initiative. The grant addresses critical
workforce shortages in Marylandís healthcare industry by
increasing Marylandís capacity to train more nurses by funding
scholarships to educational institutions and healthcare employer
incumbent worker-training programs.
"The need to expand Marylandís healthcare teaching capacity is crucial," says DLLR Secretary James L. Fielder, Jr.,
Ph.D. "The Maryland Healthcare Workforce Initiative will
quickly increase the number of nursing faculty and registered nurses graduating from Maryland schools."
The initiative includes ďTeach for the Health of
It,Ē which provides $800,000 to partnerships of healthcare and
educational institutions that develop a plan to assist interested
and qualified registered nurses to obtain teaching credentials and
teach in Maryland nursing programs. Scholarships to help nursing
students complete their education are also available through the partnerships.
An additional $700,000 is available to healthcare
employers to fund incumbent healthcare worker programs to upgrade
workers skills in specific healthcare related areas. Training
activities result in workers acquiring transferable skills or
industry-recognized certification or credentials, leading to
potential career growth and increased wages. Upgrading the
skills of workers encourages promotion, creates more job
opportunities and improves worker retention by increasing the
skill level of the workforce.
"Teach for the Health of It and Incumbent Worker Training
are innovative programs, which focus on the urgent needs of the
healthcare industry," says Governorís Workforce Investment Board Executive Director Robert Seurkamp. "The Maryland
Healthcare Workforce Initiative received national recognition and
serves as a model to address workforce development needs in other industries."