Jobs to Careers: Promoting Work-Based Learning for Quality Care

The Foundation's program, Jobs to Careers: Promoting Work-Based Learning for Quality Care, was designed to establish systems that train, develop, reward and advance current frontline health and health care workers to improve the quality of care and ensure the quality of services provided to patients and communities.The partnership seeks to address four crucial needs of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and other low-wage, frontline long-term care workers: (1) clinical skills; (2) basic literacy skills; (3) basic job readiness skills; and (4) awareness of skill-building, wage increase, and career advancement opportunities. The project incorporates four strategies to provide CNAs and other frontline workers with skill and career development opportunities: (1) culture change workshops to foster work environments that support skill development and career advancement; (2) work-based learning (WBL) activities with staff mentors, skills assessment, learning objectives, written materials and workplace and classroom-based demonstration of proficiency; (3) a mentor training program that develops supervisors, reinforces the learning of frontline workers, and extends advancement opportunities to higher-level staff; and (4) complementary training opportunities to address the full spectrum of workers' skill development needs. Examples of systems changes to support the program are: (a) WBL that supports both staff and employers; (b) the creation of Community College WBL Certificates; (c) job-related rewards for workers who earn certificates; and (d) a tool kit to guide facilities through the culture change process and WBL implementation. Key partners include: (1) CWP (the Harford region workforce investment board and lead organization); (2) four long-term care facilities (the sites of WBL, mentor training, and culture change activities); (3) three community colleges (design and support WBL curricula); (4) Charter Oak State College (connect training to college credit); (5) the Capitol Region Education Council (deliver mentor training); (6) B&F Consulting (facilitate culture change); (7) the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (assist with project evaluation); and (8) the 1199 Training and Upgrading Fund.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $425,000.00

Awarded on: 1/7/2008

Time frame: 1/15/2008 - 6/30/2011

Grant Number: 56490


Capital Workforce Partners

1 Union Place
Hartford, 06103-1490


Alex B. Johnson
Project Director