Clare, Mt. Pleasant MediLodges get state grants for training

Clare, Mt. Pleasant MediLodges get state grants for training

$3M Going PRO Talent Fund awards put MediLodge workers on track to career success

MediLodge facilities in Clare and Mt. Pleasant are among several in Michigan that received state grants to train healthcare workers.

Michigan Going PRO Talent Fund grants are designed to help businesses put employees on paths to higher paying jobs so they won’t leave for greener pastures, and offer support and training for healthcare workers throughout Michigan.

MediLodge of Clare received two PRO Talent Fund grants this year totaling $79,620, which MediLodge of Mt. Pleasant was awarded two grants totaling $42,056, according to the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

MediLodge, which operates skilled nursing and rehabilitation services at 50 locations in Michigan, has received 95 Going PRO Talent Fund grants since 2021 to support the training of nearly 1,000 workers, preparing them to provide “vital healthcare services to Michiganders throughout the state,” according to LEO.

Workers who completed training last year received an average wage increase of roughly 8 percent six months after training, according to LEO.

“The Going PRO Talent Fund helps businesses put their employees on paths to better-paying, in-demand jobs so they can keep expanding right here in Michigan,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “MediLodge is a textbook example of how the Going PRO Talent Fund works.

“With $3 million in Going PRO grants, they have bolstered their workforce, improving our state’s health care system and ensuring Michiganders can access the critical services they need. Let’s keep growing workforce development programs to lower costs and help more people and businesses ‘make it’ in Michigan.”

Administered by LEO, the Going PRO grant program helps ensure employers have the talent they need to grow and stay competitive by providing awards to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly hired employees.

MediLodge provides skilled nursing long-term care and short-term rehabilitation services.

Having the ability to offer a full continuum of healthcare services requires a large, highly-skilled staff of dedicated workers, and that’s where the Going PRO Talent Fund – which supports training that leads to a transferable, industry-recognized credential – comes in, according to Heidi Lowe, talent acquisition project director for MediLodge.

“The support we receive through the Going PRO Talent Fund helps us achieve our training and retention goals, so we are better prepared to take care of our elderly population throughout Michigan,” Lowe said.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training is the first step in a career pathway for healthcare workers, with many choosing to further their training toward becoming a registered nurse and progressing into management positions such as unit manager and director of nursing.

Sandra Woodall, a MediLodge CNA, said the training she received, with support from the Going PRO Talent Fund, helped put her on a path to success.

“Since I completed my training and became a CNA, I’m able to provide more for my family,” said Woodall, who works at MediLodge of Milford in Livingston County. “More importantly, it has opened new doors and gives me opportunities to grow my career in healthcare.”

“We know the Going PRO Talent Fund delivers results, and we’re excited about the success MediLodge has seen through participation in the program,” said LEO Director Susan Corbin. “This innovative program helps us ensure Michiganders have a path to good-paying jobs and businesses have the resources they need to stay competitive in today’s economy.”

Earlier this year, Going PRO Talent Fund initiatives, with support from the Michigan Works! network, enabled MediLodge to form a strategic alliance with the U.S. Department of Labor in creating registered apprenticeships for 110 nurses and CNAs across its 50 MediLodge locations in Michigan.

“We not only implemented a CNA apprenticeship program, but we also created first-of-their-kind apprenticeship programs in the United States to develop the clinical skills of our nurses along their career path to become Unit Managers and Directors of Nursing,” Lowe said.

 

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