Thank you for your interest in the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Grant.
Governors State University has been awarded a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA).
This funding has been made possible through President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The grant will help provide training and placement services to unemployed, dislocated, and low-wage incumbent workers, enabling them to pursue healthcare careers.
GSU is serving as project coordinator, support service provider, and database manager for this project.
NOTE: The funds from this grant will not be directed to individuals.
The funds will support a coordinated system with a network of service providers who will provide intake, case management, training, support services, and resources for employment.
Latest Updates on the U.S. DOL Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Grant
They’ve got their work cut out for them, but they’re up to the task!
Representatives from the partner organizations involved in the Health Care Jobs for Chicago Southland project gathered as a group for the first time recently to discuss their plans for creating career pathways for south suburban unemployed, underemployed, dislocated, disabled, and low-wage workers in health care occupations.
Robert Bliese, Project Director, and Linda Samson, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at GSU and Interim Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, hosted the meeting at Governors State University.
Organization representatives in attendance at the inaugural meeting included:
Karen Biesboer, Maria Crews, C. Idonia Johns, and Paul Zaremba — Southland HealthCare Forum
Janet Davis — Robert Morris University
Genevieve Boesen — South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium
Jenny Delumo and Nicole Richmond — YWCA Metro Chicago
Eula Burge and Michelle Carr-Watkins — Proactive Community Services
Carol Alexander and Rose Murry — CAAN Academy of Nursing
Salim Al Nurridin, Martina Jones, Leticia Boughton, and Gwen Woodard — Healthcare Consortium of Illinois
Janell Corralez — SouthSTAR Services
Carol Morrison — GSU Family Development Center
Alicia McCray — Metropolitan Institute for Leadership in Education (MILE)
Project Team Taking Shape
Two grant-funded positions related to the Health Care Jobs for Chicago Southland Project have been recently filled:
Visit Meet Our Team for more information about our new Project Director and Assistant Project Director.
Strengthening the Region's Workforce
"Governors State University is proud to address the region's long-term employment issues through a network of community organizations," said Dr. Linda Samson, Interim Vice provost for Research and Graduate Studies and Dean of GSU's College of Health and Human Services. "GSU and its partners aim to design and implement a regional strategy for developing an able and agile workforce for the healthcare industry, focusing on occupations in nursing, allied health, long term care, and health information technology."
Continue to check this website for news and information about the DOL ETA grant.
Please understand that a program of this nature — involving the collaborative efforts of eight separate community service providers — will take some time to launch. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work as fast as we can with our community partners to get this program off the ground. Please be assured that the process is moving forward.