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“The EARN grant was a great testament to the true beauty of what BACH does,” said Deborah Rowe, a BACH board member and regional director of Genesis Healthcare Corporation, a long-term care entity.
Most recently, BACH convened a group to develop a potential apprenticeship model in healthcare, with representatives from healthcare providers (BACH members), local and state government, community organization and two community colleges. The group’s work led to an application to the U.S. Department of Labor for funding to support this initiative. As of 2015, BACH continued to support career coaching in Baltimore hospitals, and its Career Mapping tools were expanded, becoming useful tools for employees, employers and workforce development entities.
Over time, BACH also established the BACH Fellows Program, which provides rising high school seniors a six-week, career-building workshop and paid work experience in a hospital setting. The initiative is designed to help allied health students focus their careers and plan a path to college or the work place. In addition, a program for new entry- level workers has started, leveraging partners like the nonprofit Caroline Center in East Baltimore.
BACH was created with a concentration on area hospitals’ hiring needs and the job opportunities they offered. Within a few years, BACH had expanded its focus to include other healthcare organizations, including long- term care facilities, recognizing that they faced similar issues and offered other job opportunities.
BACH developed a career map for employees in the long-term care field and identified paths that lower-skilled employees could take and move into better-paying positions.
In 2014, BACH received a grant from the state of Maryland through the Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) program, which supports strong workforce programs that are aligned to meet the needs of employers. The state grant allowed BACH to partner with the Center for Urban Families, a local nonprofit, to expand its work and serve more 300 individuals during the first year of funding. As of July 2015, 92 people had gained employment and more than 100 had completed technical training to prepare for positions such as Certified Nursing Assistant and Patient Care Technician.