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- Status of Current Grant Funded Pilot Projects
- Eligibility Requirements
- Maine's Job Bank
- Maine's Job Bank Employer Reference Manual (PDF)
- Maine’s Health Care Grant – Regional Coordinators
- Region 1 – Aroostook & Washington Counties
- Region 2 – Hancock, Penobscot & Piscataquis Counties
- Region 3 – Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford & Somerset Counties
- Region 4 – Cumberland, Lincoln, Knox, Sagadahoc, Waldo & York Counties
Maine Health Care Sector Grant
The Maine Health Care Sector Grant (HC Grant) is a $4.9 million grant awarded to the Maine Department of Labor (MDOL). The HC Grant is funded by the Employment & Training Administration of the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The goal of the project is to increase the training, education and employment of credentialed health care workers in Maine. Grant activities will continue through June 30, 2013.
Overview of Grant Funding Objectives
A. Incumbent Worker Training
Upgrading the skills and credentials of incumbent health care employees is a major focus of grant funding. There are currently 619 incumbent trainees enrolled in grant funded training to advance their skills and credentials. Agreements are in place with 29 employers to backfill the openings created by their advancing employees with “new hires”.
Grant funds have been distributed to employers requiring cost assistance for employee training that will:
- Result in incumbent trainee attainment of credential by June 30, 2013 in high demand allied health occupation(s)
- Result in expanded clinical or training capacity in high demand allied health occupation(s)
AND that meet and document one of the following American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant required conditions per incumbent trainee listed:
- Training/credential will result in incumbent receiving a wage gain by June 30, 2013
- Training/credential will enable incumbent to move from part-time to full-time employment status
- Training/credential is a requirement of incumbent’s continued employment
Applications are currently being accepted through May 1, 2013 from health care providers requiring cost assistance for incumbent worker(s) that will result in incumbent trainee credential by June 30, 2013. Click here for an application.
B. Unemployed, Dislocated or Low-Wage Earner Training
Increase the number of unemployed or WIA eligible underemployed workers who advance their training and earn health care credentials and obtain employment in a high demand health care profession. Training funds are targeted toward trainees who will earn their nursing degree, allied health or Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) credential by June 30, 2013. There are currently 253 unemployed individuals enrolled in grant funded training activities.
Applications are currently being accepted to assist foreign trained healthcare professionals who are unemployed, dislocated or incumbent low wage workers obtain their healthcare and/or medical interpreting credentials/certification in the United States.
To be considered for funding, applicants must live in Maine, be at least 18 years of age, eligible to work in the United States and must hold or have held health care credentials in a foreign country.
Applicants may apply for funds to pay for one or more of the following:
- Study materials or course(s) to prepare for professional licensing exam
- Foreign credential verification fee
- Professional licensing examination fee
C. Expansion of Nursing Clinical Training Capacity
Reducing the clinical-training waiting list for admissible nursing students is a primary grant focus. Grant funding is being used to develop innovative projects that result in:
- an increase in the availability and flexibility of clinical training facilities
- an increase in the number of qualified RN clinical instructors
- training clinical instructors in the use of simulation equipment
- long-term, expanded capacity to provide clinical training in nursing
Applications are not being accepted at this time.
The Maine Health Care Sector Grant targets training for the following occupations:
- Clinical & Nurse Instructors
- Registered Nurses
- Certified Nurse Assistants
- Allied Health Occupations* in high demand by region
*Allied health occupations are defined as health professionals working in the health care sector, (excluding nurses, doctors and dentists), requiring specialized training. Allied health occupations identified as being in high demand in Maine include, but are not limited to the following professions: phlebotomist, medical lab technician, medical coding, radiology technician, respiratory technician, surgical technician, physical therapy assistant, occupational therapy assistant, and pharmacy technician. Demand for various allied health care professionals varies by region.
Allowable activities the grant funds may be used for include the following:
- Training/curricula development
- Tuition, books fees, and instructor costs - for classroom training
- Training materials and supplies
- Fees for technical or professional certifications
- On-the-job training (OJT) wage subsidies leading to permanent employment
- Related instruction costs for registered apprenticeship
- Internship programs leading to full-time employment
- Customized training leading to full-time employment
- Skill/career assessments
- Job search & placement assistance
- Career counseling
- Case management
- Comprehensive retention strategies
- Trainee support service
Career Pathways and Building Partnerships in the Health Workforce Sector
The grant also includes objectives to strengthen the health workforce sector. These include:
- improving access to information about health care career pathways and training options;
- building and strengthening partnerships between employers, educators, health professionals and others to help develop a skilled health care workforce in Maine.
The United Stated Department of Labor provides two powerful web based tools to assist job seekers find out more about the skills needed to be successful in various professions; whether or not specific professions are predicted to be in high demand; what a job pays and locate education providers and current job openings.
My Skill My Future is primarily designed for career changers and those wishing to advance their careers www.myskillsmyfuture.org
For those new to the workforce or for high school or college students; the My Next Move website makes it easy to explore a variety of career options www.mynextmove.org
The USM Muskie School of Public Service has been contracted with to do research and recommend career pathways and workforce planning models and tools specific to Maine. These will help inform and guide Maine workers into health careers that may be of interest to them and in demand by employers.
The Muskie school also provides support and coordination to the Maine Health Workforce Forum. Made up of employers, educators, health professionals and others, the Forum was established by the Maine Legislature to help inform and make recommendations to policy makers about the health workforce needs of the state. For information about the Health Workforce Forum go to: http://www.mainehealthworkforceforum.org
For your additional information:
Health Workforce Forum
Maine Health Care Sector Grant funds must be expended by June 30, 2013.
The Maine Health Care Sector Grant is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration and the Maine Department of Labor. This project provides equal opportunity in employment and programs.