AmeriCare Plus Corporate Partnership
In June, 2017, administrative staff from AmeriCare Plus (Bill Hurt, Vice President, Kim Hurt, Director of Operations, and Jaclyn Hostetter, Staffing Director) met with DARS Business Development Manager, Nate Mahanes, and WWRC's Health Occupations Instructor, Pam Moore, among other WWRC staff to discuss how AmeriCare might connect with exiting graduates in their localities for employment. Both Bill and Kim sit on numerous advisory bodies in the healthcare industry, and Bill is the President of the Virginia Association of Personal Care Providers. A focal point of the visit was a meeting with the Health Occupations Instructors who facilitated a meeting with AmeriCare staff and WWRC Health Occupations consumers.
During the meeting, it occurred to the AmeriCare Staffing Director that while not all twenty Health Occupations consumers in attendance had their Certified Nursing Assistant license yet, approximately half of them currently held the prerequisite Personal Care Aide (PCA) Certification, which more than qualified those consumers to work for AmeriCare in numerous "hard-to-fill" positions. This story continues with remarkable results as the AmeriCare Staffing Director worked with the Health Occupations class instructor to process several applications for consumers who expressed an interest in working for AmeriCare. Following a criminal background check and application review, AmeriCare hired five WWRC consumers from the Health Occupations classroom. Numerous shifts were scheduled by AmeriCare as soon as the consumers were hired.
AmeriCare was contacted by one of their customers who had been cared for by one of the WWRC consumers hired by AmeriCare to provide in-home care. The customer relayed that he didn't know where AmeriCare had found such a wonderful employee, but he had no complaints and hoped she would provide services in the future. These consumers are gaining valuable experience and earning a small income while they continue gaining skills and credentials through vocational rehabilitation. Skills gains and credentials, as well as the business engagement with AmeriCare, are all key measures of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act.
AmeriCare assignments are typically in local Assisted Living Centers or In-home Care applications. AmeriCare has indicated that they would like to not only keep an ongoing relationship with WWRC's CNA trainees who have PCA Certification for part-time work, but also maintain an active relationship with Nate Mahanes and other relevant Business Development Managers to build a pipeline relationship for their workforce.
See also Promotional and Marketing Materials/Photo Gallery for details about AmeriCare's award to one of WWRC's CNA Training Program participants who is currently working weekends at Americare while completing her training. A success story with a twist! See also Promotional and Marketing Materials/Podcast Gallery for Odessa's heart-warming and courageous vocational rehabilitation story -- in it, you will hear how she overcame her fears, gained skills and credentials, and now moves into the talent pipeline with AmeriCare. Also meet AmeriCare's Jacklyn Hostetter who discusses the amazing partnership with WWRC in the August, 2017 podcast feature!