Grant-funded program provides training to 349 individuals for healthcare careers in its first year
Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone Career Resource Center, a training and job creation program created as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, today released results from its first year of operation. From August 2010 to August 2011, the Career Resource Center served 525 eligible participants in five Middle Tennessee counties and helped 349 people begin new job training in healthcare and allied healthcare fields, which puts the program ahead of schedule to meet its goals. In addition, the program has already started placing qualified candidates in new healthcare jobs.
“In a time of widespread unemployment and economic hardship, it has been rewarding to see the early, positive impact that programs such as the Centerstone Career Resource Center are having in our communities,” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone. “Individuals who were hardest hit by the economic decline are gaining renewed hope and promising futures thanks to the educational opportunities and support that programs such as ours provide.”
Centerstone Career Resource Center was established in 2010 by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Centerstone was one of 55 organizations in 30 states awarded funding to create a program that would offer healthcare education opportunities, job training, employment placement assistance and support services to unemployed and underemployed workers. The organization received a three-year, $5 million grant to serve 600 people in five Middle Tennessee counties that were most negatively impacted by the economy, including: Bedford, Coffee, Lawrence, Marshall and Maury.
“In our first year, the Centerstone Career Resource Center was focused on enrolling potential participants and getting people into training and certification programs, and we’re well ahead of schedule on these training numbers,” added Vero. “For the next two years, not only will we continue to enroll participants, but we will be focusing much of our efforts on job placement and matching newly trained people with local employers. We look forward to expanding our presence as a trusted resource in Middle Tennessee for employers in need of well qualified, readily available workers.”
Since opening the doors at its locations in Columbia and Tullahoma, Tenn., the Career Resource Center has already begun employing some trained workers with healthcare organizations such as Vanderbilt University Medical Center, St. Thomas Hospital and Maury Regional Hospital, among others throughout Middle Tennessee. After a successful first year, the program is on schedule to accomplish goals set forth by the grant, having placed 38 qualified candidates thus far.
For more information about Centerstone’s Career Resource Center, to find out if you are eligible to enroll or if you are an employer seeking qualified job candidates, please visit centerstone.org/careerresourcecenter or call 888-519-5190.
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 50 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves nearly 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357.