The Workforce Development and Continuing Education department at Texas State Technical College, in partnership with Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, is the recipient of a Skills Development Fund grant for customized job training. The $301,238 Texas Workforce Commission grant currently provides technical skills training for 155 Valley Baptist Medical Center employees. Customized raining will continue for one year for positions such as certified nursing assistants, registered nurses and nurse managers.
The training focuses on health care and social assistance topics. This includes personal leadership, quality management, trauma care, pediatric care and nurse’s aide skills. Valley Baptist Chief Nursing Officer Steven Hill calls this grant a blessing to his staff and the community they serve.
“We are excited to have received the funds that will help us train our frontline staff,” said Hill. “TSTC’s training is invaluable and, although classes have only begun, we can already see how it’s benefiting our staff and our department. We will reap the benefits of this grant for years to come.”
Additionally, Valley Baptist employees will receive professional board certifications after completing certain tranings. This includes trauma and pediatric care after resuscitation, trauma nursing core course and emergency pediatric training.
“These additional certifications not only give our health care professionals an enhanced skill set, but also give our community a higher level of care,” said Hill.
TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez says the economic impact these types of grants have on the state is large.
“This particular grant has a $307,000 economic impact,” he said. “And because of training like this, our unemployment rate is decreasing and partnerships are growing because we all understand what it takes to improve our workforce.”