DeKalb Medical Earns Workforce Development Award
June 22, 2015
(DeKalb County, GA)
DeKalb Medical earned the Community Workforce Development Award presented by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce for providing services that meet the growing needs of the community through engagement, educational and training opportunities as well as hiring underemployed and the unemployed community residents. Additionally, DeKalb Medical provides on the job training and continues to actively engage key educational institutions and agencies to further develop workforce training programs.
Through a partnership with DeKalb Workforce Development, DeKalb Medical provides its employees with opportunities for educational advancement through the ADN to BSN program which helps registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing, earn a bachelor of science in nursing degree. The Workforce Innovation Grant has helped those who have been unemployed for an extended period of time with job placement within the system; and the Work Experience program – an eight-week training initiative that gives recent medical assistant graduates work experience, currently has an 87 percent hire rate.
“This is a great honor,” said LeRoy Walker, Vice President of Human Resources for DeKalb Medical. “We are proud of the work being done to advance workforce development in DeKalb County. It is essential to maintain a strong workforce if we want to maintain a viable economy; and as one of the largest employers in DeKalb County, it’s important that we do our part to provide opportunities to help our community succeed.”
Moving forward, DeKalb Medical plans to enhance the workforce services they provide to ensure employees continue to grow. From partnerships with companies that support healthcare workers with student loan repayment as well as the implementation of a home owner, down payment assistance program through the Development Authority of DeKalb – DeKalb Medical is making strides as a top employer in the community.
“Career advancement is a top priority for DeKalb Medical,” said John Shelton, CEO of DeKalb Medical “By training a strong workforce in house, our goal is to create longevity and commitment to our system that will keep our employees happy and here for years to come.”
Visit DeKalb Medical’s newly designed careers page at http://careers.dekalbmedical.org
to find out how you can join this progressive team.