A local health center was one of 22 statewide recipients of the Employer Innovation Fund.
Mahaska Health received the matching grant for $35,000. According to Iowa Workforce Development, the Employer Innovation Fund creates more opportunities for working Iowans to earn non-credit and for-credit postsecondary credentials leading to high-demand jobs in the state. Employers, community leaders, and others can apply by submitting a proposal for implementing a creative solution to their local workforce needs.
Mahaska Health identified sonography, respiratory therapy, and paramedic training as areas that have staffing needs. Executive Director of HR People and Culture Sarah Dickey told Ottumwa Radio News how the grant will be utilized.
“The grant helps us identify challenging to fill positions at the hospital, and identify individuals that are interested in these careers. We will assist with financial support in exchange for service with the hospital once they graduate or finish their certification or licensure program,” Dickey said. “This program helps us fill positions that healthcare providers across the State are struggling to find qualified applicants for. The goal for us to be able to fill these challenging positions with individuals that want a career in healthcare so we can continue to provide valued services at Mahaska Health to our communities.”
$244,200 remain in the Employer Innovation Fund. Applications are currently being accepted. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 17.