The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $1,707,828 to Moraine Park Technical College through the Community-Based Job Training (CBJT) Grants Initiative introduced by President George W. Bush in 2004.
The CBJT grant will provide resources for Moraine Park and its partners in the new Regional Health Care Talent Development Partnership Project to engage in health-care training and capacity-building activities. This grant will provide opportunities for workers who are unemployed, underemployed, incumbent or dislocated, as well as for youth.
Partners include Moraine Park and the Wisconsin Technical College System, Cedar Community, the Fond du Lac Boys and Girls Club, Marian University, St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Washington County Boys and Girls Club, the Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington (W-O-W) Workforce Development Board and the West Bend Joint School District.
“It is exciting to receive these funds, which will enable more individuals to be successfully prepared for rewarding careers in the health-care field, and also enable Moraine Park to renovate the Nursing facilities at the West Bend campus and add a simulation lab,” said Dr. Gayle Hytrek, Moraine Park president. “We can be especially proud of our staff who made this possible, especially since there were 274 applications for this funding and only 68 awards were granted.” Moraine Park was one of three Wisconsin colleges chosen to receive grants; the others are Western Technical College and the College of the Menominee Nation.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Economic Modeling Incorporated, more than 1,700 additional registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants will be needed from now through 2018 in southeastern Wisconsin, which includes Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Washington counties, for a 19 percent projected growth rate.
“Through this grant, the partnership project expects to serve nearly 1,300 students and thus help to address the shortage of health care workers in our region,” said Kathy VanEerden, Moraine Park dean of health sciences.
The proposed training and capacity-building activities for the nursing programs at Moraine Park include five major strategies:
1. Expansion of course sections in the Nursing Assistant Program.
2. Increase faculty capacity through a high-tech clinical simulation lab and through faculty acquiring certification as Certified Nurse Educators.
3. Increase clinical opportunities through the simulation lab. This includes funding for the renovation of the nursing lab on the West Bend campus.
4. Increase exposure of youth and adults to health career ladders through partnerships with the Boys and Girls Clubs in Fond du Lac and Washington County, Cedar Community, St. Joseph's Hospital, the W-O-W Workforce Development Board and the West Bend school district.
5. Bolster remediation and retention services for the Nursing program through additional staff and faculty support for advising and tutoring services.
For more information about the grant, contact Kathy VanEerden at 262-335-5757.
Moraine Park Technical College instructors’ real-world experience makes them uniquely qualified to bring the future to you. With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, Moraine Park is one of 16 colleges that make up Wisconsin’s technical colleges. Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of formats — classroom, online and blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses are also offered. For more information about Moraine Park, visit www.morainepark.edu.