Wednesday, September 9, 2009

LifeBridge Health Wins Award for Workforce Development

One of the many benefits of working at LifeBridge Health is the ability to take advantage of workforce development programs. In addition to tuition assistance, LifeBridge Health employees have access to basic math and reading/writing courses, plus career coaching. The goal is to help employees prepare for a return to school to earn a degree.

In the past two years, 63 people have taken one or more of the workforce development classes. LifeBridge Health has retained 87 percent of the employees who have taken the courses, and 25 percent have gone on to continue their education. Interested participants take a reading and math assessment and are then paired with the appropriate class. Pictured at right are recent School at Work program graduates.

In recognition of the success of its workforce development programs, LifeBridge Health was chosen as a Baltimore Regional Employer Award in the category of "Creating Success in the Current Economy." The awards ceremony is November 10. Winners were selected by a panel, made up of representatives from the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board and the Baltimore County Workforce Development Council.

"I'm proud and excited," says Anita Hammond, Workforce Development Coordinator. "By getting the word out, I hope that we get more people to take advantage of our programs."

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