The Greater Philadelphia Healthcare Partnership’s January IP meeting dove deep into the topic of employer-driven, credentialed workforce training for the healthcare sector – results of the 2017 Employer Training Needs Analysis were unveiled, and guest speaker Sandy Mead of MedCerts delivered a fascinating and informative presentation on the future of online training.
The meeting opened with IP Director Susan Thomas’s review of the Partnership’s quarterly and year-to-date achievements in training, programming and fundraising. Year to date, GPHP has recorded 120 training completions in areas including IV Therapy, CPR and First Aid, Communications, Advanced Nurse Aide, Medical Coding and Workforce Readiness, as well as healthcare Apprenticeship and On-the-Job Training placements. Newly-awarded and newly-announced grants include two partnerships with SEIU Healthcare – a US Department of Labor technical assistance project for healthcare Apprenticeship development, and a JP Morgan Chase Foundation Apprenticeship capacity-building grant – and two Early Childhood Education grants, one of them in support of a groundbreaking new Registered Apprenticeship leading to an Associate’s Degree.
Results of the 2017 Employer Training Needs Analysis, conducted electronically over the past month, were also presented to the assembled partners. GPHP will offer its partners clinical skills, soft skills, medical office and management training. As in previous years, respondents stressed the importance of communication, customer service, team building, and related skills.
January’s featured guest speaker was Sandy Mead, Director of Admissions-WIOA at MedCerts. Founded in 2009 by the principal owners of New Horizons Great Lakes, MedCerts was established to serve as the development, production and delivery vehicle for online healthcare certification training offered by New Horizons. Today, MedCerts is recognized as a proprietary school in five states, and as an authorized WIOA Eligible Training Provider in 29 states, providing comprehensive, expert-led online video training programs leading to national certifications in healthcare and IT. Ms. Mead’s presentation focused on the importance of partnering to evolve, adapt, innovate and change – as employers and workforce development provider organizations are pushed to do under the federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA).
MedCerts offers “Foundation Health-care Certificates” in Medical Office and Patient Care career pathways, resulting in nationally-recognized credentials. Their online learning platform is designed to enhance students’ chances of success – both short-term (completing the program in which they have enrolled) and long-term (successfully achieving their career goals). To learn more about MedCerts programs and program eligibility, please visit www.medcerts.com.
GPHP’s next meeting will be held at 8:30 AM on April 26th, at the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund’s Breslin Learning Center (10th Floor Land Title Building, at 100 South Broad Street). The meeting will focus on Simulation Training, with special guest Amy Cowperthwait of Simucare.
The Greater Philadelphia Healthcare Partnership (GPHP) offers our partner organizations free to highly-discounted employer-driven healthcare and human services training – on-site, off-site, or co-located, and “off the rack” or customized to meet our individual employer partners’ unique training needs. We offer skills training for incumbent workers, as well as subsidizing structured on-the-job training for new hires, and Registered Apprenticeship programs for incumbent workers or new hires.
If you’re interested in learning more about GPHP or any of our projects, please contact GPHP Director Susan B. Thomas at 215-568-2220, ext. 5102, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find us online at www.greaterphilahealthcare.org, or connect with us on Facebook (/GreaterPhilaHealthcare) and Twitter (@PhilaHCPartners). We hope that you will join us for April’s meeting.