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September 11, 2012

Healthcare Jobs for Chicago Southland: Scholarships and Support Services for CHHS Students Now Available!

A Unique Opportunity: Deadline: September 28, 2012

Health Care Jobs for Chicago Southland is offering a unique opportunity for students enrolled in Governors State University’s College of Health and Human Services. As steady job growth is predicted in the healthcare industry, $250,000 has been set aside to assist existing health and health science students with scholarships and supportive services that encourage development and preparation of a well-trained, able and agile health care workforce.

Eligible students will be awarded $500 scholarships that may be used toward tuition, fees, books and/or graduation expenses. Scholarships are issued on a first-come, first-served basis while funding is available. U.S. Military veterans receive priority status.

More than Just a Scholarship

As you prepare for success, we understand that financial assistance is only one piece of the puzzle. To further assist you, we have designed the program to provide comprehensive support services in addition to the scholarship funds.

Support services include:

• Free childcare at GSU’s on-campus Family Development Center (as long as the individual is a student, and throughout the first 90 days of employment);
• Life skills and economic empowerment coaching (based on individual need);
• Resume writing, interview preparation, and job placement services (upon completion of degree or certificate program);
• Job readiness training (up to 36 hours, if needed).

Note: All scholarship recipients are required to complete a 30-minute orientation with Health Care Jobs for Chicago Southland staff and attend a one-hour Job Developer Assessment session/meeting.

How to Obtain Your Scholarship Application Packet

To obtain an application packet for the Health Care Jobs for Chicago Southland Scholarships, click on the link below:

Health Care Jobs for Chicago Southland Application Packet

Or stop by the College of Health and Human Services Grants Office, located at Hantack House, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Hantack House is located on the western edge of the campus).

More Information on Health Care Jobs for Chicago Southland

As many industries experience lay-offs and job losses, the healthcare industry remains a critical driver in regional economies across the nation. Employment growth in the healthcare sector continues to be driven by significant increases in demand for healthcare and assistance because of an aging population and longer life expectancy. In addition, projected retirements for current healthcare workers will necessitate a pipeline of skilled individuals ready to enter health care occupations. [U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration]

Governors State University’s Health Care Jobs for Chicago Southland is an equal opportunity program, awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) with funding made possible through President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The funds support a coordinated system of networks that provide vocational training, case management, job placement, and other supportive services to unemployed, dislocated, and incumbent workers, enabling them to pursue healthcare careers. The project focuses on the suburbs south of Chicago – Cook, Will, Kendall, Grundy, and Kankakee counties. GSU’s partner agencies include:

• CAAN Academy of Nursing, Matteson
• Family Development Center at GSU
• Proactive Community Services, Hazel Crest
• Robert Morris University, Chicago & Tinley Park Campus
• South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium, GSU Campus
• Southland Health Care Forum & Southland Health Careers, Chicago Heights
• SouthSTAR Services, Chicago Heights
• YWCA Metro Chicago - South Suburban Center, Chicago Heights

Partner agencies are long-standing organizations in the region with considerable experience in workforce development, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the needs of healthcare and healthcare-related fields and industry. Governors State University provides overall coordination and leveraging of partners’ capacity to develop, articulate, and coordinate health career pathways. This network of providers offers expertise in recruitment, intake, assessment, employment and education training, job placement and retention and case management services of eligible individuals. Educational outcome will vary from short-term certificate programs to degrees, Associate, Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral; all recognized and needed by healthcare employers. The desired outcome is that program participants become employed in a healthcare job and continue their advancement in education and healthcare employment opportunities in this region through bridging skills and development of career ladders.

This workforce solution is funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the institution that created it. Internal use by an organization and/or personal use by an individual for non-commercial purposes is permissible. All other uses require the prior authorization of the copyright owner.

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