CCV/BMH partnership leads to hospital hires

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CCV/BMH partnership leads to hospital hires

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 3:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community College of Vermont (CCV) and Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) have teamed up to provide a direct pathway to hospital jobs in environmental services. At a graduation ceremony last Tuesday at BMH, certificates were awarded to nine participants in the new Environmental Services Training Program, eight of whom have been offered employment at the hospital.

The program was developed in response to a critical need for qualified staff, and is the result of a collaboration led by CCV and BMH that also includes the Department of Labor, the Vermont Association of Business Industry and Rehabilitation (VABIR), Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) and Creative Workforce Solutions. Bill Norwood, BMH’s vice president of human resources, says the hospital is proud to be part of this partnership. “Collaborating with local agencies and organizations in order to expand and empower our local workforce is a priority for us.  We are pleased to be able to offer training opportunities that will allow people in the area to increase their skills, improve their job prospects, and become a part of a team that aims at career growth.”

Solasia Graves-Trotman, left, receives a certificate for completing the CCV/BMH Environmental Services Training Program. (Also pictured are CCV's business and community outreach manager Mike Keogh, center, and course instructor Duncan Hilton.) Courtesy photo.

The nine-week training included five weeks of paid onsite work experience at the hospital, and completers have been offered full-time, part-time, or per diem employment. A number of participants also earned CCV credits, an OSHA certification, the Governor’s Career Readiness Certificate, and training in infection control.

“We are very pleased to see these first students complete the training and move into good jobs as a result,” said CCV president Joyce Judy. “CCV plays a major role in supporting workforce development across Vermont, and we are especially proud of our strong partnership with Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. We have worked together to train employees in some of their highest need departments, and this has a powerful impact for students, for the hospital, and for the greater community.”

CCV and BMH have joined forces since 2014 to provide training for medical assistants. The College to Careers program allows students to earn their Clinical Medical Assistant certification in just fourteen weeks, with guaranteed employment at the hospital upon successful completion of the course. The program’s third student cohort will finish their training in December.

CCV is Vermont’s second largest college, serving over 6,000 students each semester. With 12 locations and extensive online learning options, our students don’t have to travel far from their communities to access our degree and certificate programs, workforce, secondary and continuing education opportunities, and academic and veterans support services.

Founded in 1904, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) is a licensed, 61-bed, not-for-profit community hospital located in southeastern Vermont, serving a rural population of about 55,000 people in 22 towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The BMH medical staff includes board-certified providers in primary care and many other specialties, with a shared mission of providing exceptional health care delivered with compassion and respect. The Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Health System includes the BMH Medical Group, a multispecialty group practice of primary care and specialty care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Over 110 active volunteers assist BMH’s 600 employees in caring for our community.

Source: CCV