The Austin Community College District (ACC) will provide specialized job training for St. David’s HealthCare through a $1 million grant awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission. The training will help hundreds of healthcare workers upgrade their skills for in-demand jobs.
“Our Skills Development Fund grants serve everyone well,” says Ronny Congleton, TWC Commissioner Representing Labor. “Workers get the specialized training they need, and the communities benefit from a more highly skilled workforce. The Texas Workforce Commission is proud to support this valuable partnership between ACC and St. David’s HealthCare.”
The grant will be used by ACC’s Continuing Education Division to deliver 20,000 hours of individualized training programs for more than 700 St. David’s HealthCare workers.
“During a time when there is still a great need for experienced nurses and allied healthcare staff across the country and here in Central Texas, providing advanced clinical and nursing leadership education is critical to delivering exceptional patient care,” says David Huffstutler, St. David’s HealthCare president and CEO. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to partner with the Austin Community College to better prepare healthcare workers for a career in this field.”
Trainees include nurses, cardiovascular technicians, respiratory therapists, and pharmacy technicians, among others.
“A strong, knowledgeable healthcare workforce benefits the entire community,” says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president and CEO. “We’re developing custom pathways to preserve and enhance the pipeline of highly skilled workers.”
Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 300,500 jobs throug
hout the state since its inception in 1996.