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Mission Success: Special Healthcare Training Grant Means Hundreds of New Jobs in NH

Posted: November 17, 2015

Recognizing a growing need for trained workers in New Hampshire's healthcare market, Manchester Community College obtained a federal grant to help train unemployed and under-employed residents to get jobs in area clinics, hospitals and health-related businesses. In just over three years, more than 140 graduates of the program have already secured work in the field. In the coming months, another 75 students will receive their training certificates and be ready to fill job vacancies.

"This reflects the mission of Manchester Community College and we are thrilled with the collaboration between the state, the federal government and many healthcare providers who helped us shape this incredibly successful program," says Susan Huard, President of Manchester Community College. "The H-1B ICU Healthcare Skills Grant is providing the exact training hospitals, doctors' offices and healthcare providers need right now."

A total of 257 students are using the grant for job training. Mamdouh Elzayat, a local resident who recently emigrated from Egypt, used the program to land a full-time job as a medical interpreter at Boston Children's Hospital. "I could not have gotten this job without the training program," says Elzayat. "I applied for the grant in 2014 and met with a Career Coach/Job Placement Coordinator at Manchester Community College. She spoke with me about the different programs. I was very interested in the Medical Interpreter program and was also advised to study for a Community Health Worker Program as well. The grant paid for the two programs that I studied. Without this assistance, I would not have been able to study these courses."

Organizers of the grant program say the reason it is successful is due to the collaboration of the healthcare industry and educators to ensure the training program teaches the precise skills needed right now. The program provides pre-screened employees who are ready to hit the ground running. "These graduates can meet the expectations and requirements of employers because the program reflects current job needs," explains Huard. "Our most successful programs are the result of teamwork between educators and industry leaders."

To date, 75 businesses around New England have hired graduates of MCC's job training program. They include Elliot Hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock, New London Hospital, New Hampshire Hospital, the NH Veterans Home, Hillsborough County Nursing Home, Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services, Parkland Medical Center, Catholic Charities, Genesis HealthCare and dozens more.

There are six New Hampshire hospital partners that contribute to the training program to ensure graduates have the skills needed in today's healthcare workplace. The program was made possible through the federal grant funding. The H1B-ICU Healthcare Skills Training Grant is a $4.99 million grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.

Due to the success of the grant, the program's been extended through November 2016, to fund additional short-term education and training programs at area schools including MCC, as well as NHTI, Lakes Region Community College, Rivier, LNA Health Careers and SNHU. For more information, go visit the H-1B ICU Healthcare Skills Training Grant.