The Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance has struck a partnership with University Community Hospital in Tampa, Rue Education in Clearwater and the National Education Alliance.
The new venture allows licensed practical nurses at UCH to enroll in a two-year educational program to become registered nurses for little to no cost. It aims to stimulate an increase in health care providers within Tampa Bay.
TBWA will provide training assistance through its Competitive Edge Award program. This will include distance-learning and online classes so that students can work around their work schedules.
NEA has provided $22,500 in funding thus far, while TBWA has contributed $76,000, said Erin Glover, spokeswoman for TBWA. Rue Education is expected to match NEA’s contributions.
Thus far, 14 nurses from UCH have enrolled in the program, which allows for up to 15 students.
“Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance works with businesses to develop highly skilled talent for the Tampa Bay region,” said Renee Gilmore, TBWA president and chief executive officer, in a release. “This partnership is a perfect fit for us because it will produce a greater number of health care professionals in the community.”
TBWA operates four career centers in the Tampa Bay area. It connects businesses with job candidates and offers work force development services, including employee recruiting, training, targeted career fairs and hiring events, workshops and business seminars, and retention support. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)