April 20, 2022

New Training Program Offers Preparation for Careers in Healthcare Industry

Tacoma, WA – WorkForce Central is launching the first of two healthcare-related training cohorts, with the first beginning Monday, April 25. The Introduction to Healthcare Employment and Apprenticeship Program (IHAP) will offer paid training for Tacoma job seekers to prepare them for multiple pathways into the healthcare industry.

This program offers insight into the healthcare industry in two phases. The first phase, which is three weeks, provides basic knowledge, expectations, and career pathway opportunities. Participants will end the first phase with Basic Life Support training and CPR/First Aid certification. Both certifications can be used in a variety of employment opportunities if participants decide to stop after Phase 1. The second phase, which is four weeks, focuses on Certified Nursing (CNA or NAC) training and clinical work. This phase will prepare participants to take the state CNA exam for certification.

Classes are taught online with in-person labs, giving participants the flexibility to learn from wherever they have internet access and participate in hands-on learning activities. Daily online classes span 3-6 hours Monday through Friday each week, and 4-hour in-person labs will be held on weekends. The program also includes 40 hours of clinical work experience.

A learn while you earn model, training stipends are available for City of Tacoma residents who are eligible.

“I am excited for the opportunity this program gives our residents to find in demand jobs within our healthcare system that are well paid and fully benefited.” says Mayor Victoria Woodards. ” By supporting stipends for an earn and learn model for the participants, we are removing barriers that may prevent some from engaging in this opportunity and proving the effectiveness of this model for other pathways.”

Participants of this no-cost training can take part in additional study groups before taking the Washington State CNA exam. After passing the test, they are assisted with the next steps, including introduction into employment, apprenticeship, or additional education.

“Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in Pierce County,” says Katie Condit, CEO of WorkForce Central. “We’re pleased to be able to facilitate this critical program with the hope of filling good jobs with our local healthcare employers.”

The IHAP program is a partnership of WorkForce Central, the City of Tacoma, Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium, Seattle Jobs Initiative, Clover Park Technical College, and the Tacoma Housing Authority.

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