WORKFORCE TRAININGPREPARING DELAWAREANS
DELAWARE TECH’S RAPID WORKFORCE TRAINING PREPARES DEL AWAREANS FOR IMMEDIATE EMPLOYMENT
On Aug. 3, 2020, Gov. John Carney signed Executive Order #43 (E043) creating the Rapid Workforce Training and Redeployment Initiative to assist Delaware workers and their families who have lost jobs and income due to the COVID-19 crisis. Delaware Technical Community College was awarded the statewide grant for free healthcare training and started classes in October 2020.
“It was important to the College to react to the governor’s order quickly and provide the type of highquality training many Delawareans and the workforce needed,” said Paul Morris, associate vice president of Workforce Development and Community Education. The initiative has provided certifi cate training for 370 Delawareans in the following 11 diff erent short-term health care programs: certifi ed nursing assistant, patient care technician, certifi ed medical administrative assistant, hemodialysis technician, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy technician, dental assistant, medical assistant, medical insurance billing, ophthalmic assistant, and home health aide.
Delaware Tech off ered seven of the programs statewide at the College’s four campuses across the state. The College also worked with Polytech Adult Education in Kent County and Sussex Tech Adult Education in Sussex County as subcontractors to off er the remaining four programs. All programs will
be finished by the end of March 2021.
“All of our graduates from this initiative will be highly trained and skilled and prepared to enter the workforce immediately,” Morris said. “We are actively connecting these individuals with local employers.”
The Delaware Office of Work-Based Learning (DOWBL) is taking the lead on employer engagement and helping facilitate job-placement for program graduates. Interested employers should fill out the Healthcare Employer Survey https://dtcc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cIyHrtrwhevCoyp to help the
DOWBL identify the greatest needs and connect program graduates with employers.
Delaware Tech -- the First State’s only community college -- off ers academic, technical, community education, and workforce development comprising more than 100 associate degree, diploma and certifi cate programs. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Delaware Tech has four campuses across Delaware in Georgetown, Dover, Stanton and Wilmington. For more information about Delaware Tech, visit https://www.dtcc.edu.
PHOTO: Phlebotomy students Rytasia Briddell and Angela Melo inspect the labeling and integrity of several phlebotomy tubes during one of Delaware Tech’s Rapid Workforce Training and Redeployment Initiative courses