Driscoll Children's Hospital, Del Mar College partner for $345,600 Job-Training Grant

DATE: February 3, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Givens
PHONE: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN ⎯ Driscoll Children’s Hospital has partnered with Del Mar College to provide job training using a $345,600 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend area.

“This partnership focuses on managed health care skills training needed to support this industry demand in the Corpus Christi area,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “We are pleased to make this grant to Driscoll Children’s Hospital and Del Mar College, which will provide personalized care for children and youth with disabilities.”

This grant will be used to provide customized training for 192 specialized coordinators and technicians for the State of Texas Access Reform (STAR) Kids program. STAR Kids is the first Medicaid managed care program for children and youth with disabilities. The program was developed for children and youth diagnosed with health conditions that include multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, blindness and more.

Trainees will receive training in neonatal/pediatric patient care skills, health assessments and orientation to STAR Kids. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average wage of $26.86.

Since its inception in 1996, the Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 342,428 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,238 employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature allocated $48.5 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2016-17 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at www.texasworkforce.org/skills.

Del Mar College contact: Associate Director of Media Relations Melinda Eddleman, 361-815-4111, meddlem@delmar.edu

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