OBJECTIVE: Create and sustain a healthcare career pathway, which will initially impact 300 individuals.


2018

STATUS MARCH 2018:

  1. Identify
  2. Develop
  3. Implement
  4. Objective Met

STATUS JUNE 2018:

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  2. Develop
  3. Implement
  4. Objective Met

STATUS SEPTEMBER 2018:

  1. Identify
  2. Develop
  3. Implement
  4. Objective Met

STATUS DECEMBER 2018:

  1. Identify
  2. Develop
  3. Implement
  4. Objective Met

 


2017

STATUS MARCH 2017:
Ozarks’ Promise is a tuition-free healthcare training program. It was awarded to the City of Springfield in partnership with OTC. The program will provide tuition for 372 individuals over the next four years and is projected to begin in late 2017.

  1. Identify
  2. Develop
  3. Implement
  4. Objective Met

STATUS JUNE 2017:
As of June 2017, the program has 21 active participants enrolled in classes at Ozarks Technical Community College. In addition, two CNA co-horts, a Behavioral Health co-hort and an ASN hybrid co-hort are slated to begin during the second half of 2017. Since opening the application to the public in February 2017 the program has collected over 250 applications from perspective participants. Of the 23 America’s Promise grants awarded throughout the country, Ozarks’ Promise is the only program currently in the implementation phase.
The Ozarks’ Promise program also is working to solidify an Advisory Committee to help in the steering of the grant and to begin formulating sustainable, industry recognized career pathways. This committee, made up of private and public sector employers, will be tasked with pulling together industry data and opportunities from local educational institutions to begin developing comprehensive career pathways options for anyone interested in the healthcare field. These pathways will feature stack-able credentials and numerous on and off ramps for participants, leading to increased economic mobility for healthcare professionals throughout the region. The committee is still being formed, but is expected to hold its first meeting in Fall of 2017.

  1. Identify
  2. Develop
  3. Implement
  4. Objective Met

STATUS SEPTEMBER 2017:
We have officially planned a date for the first meeting of the Ozarks’ Promise Advisory Committee. This committee is scheduled to meet on December 5, 2017 to discuss career pathway models for the Healthcare sector in the Ozark Region.The Missouri Hospital Association will have representatives at this meeting to share the work they’ve been doing with career pathways models, and how their models can be adapted to fit the needs/opportunities for the workforce in the Springfield area. Private industry, public sector, and educational partners make up this committee. A report on this meeting will be included in the next entry.
To date for the Ozarks’ Promise grant, 10 individuals have earned their CNA certifications. There are 20+ individuals currently enrolled in the Behavioral Health Support program at OTC and 21 ASN students began classes earlier this week. This federal grant will provide tuition-free training to 372 people over the next 3 years in CNA, BHS, and ASN certifications. This program has now received over 400 applications from potential participants, well ahead of the goal for this point in the grant.

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  2. Develop
  3. Implement
  4. Objective Met

STATUS DECEMBER 2017:
The Missouri Career Center is starting a new effort in February 2018, Change 1,000. The effort will increase soft skill training to increase employment for 1,000 individuals in 3 years. One of the targeted sector will be healthcare.

  1. Identify
  2. Develop
  3. Implement
  4. Objective Met