CFG Bank (CFGB) Thursday announced the launch of the newly-formed Jack and Nancy Dwyer Workforce Development Program with a $1 million donation to help resolve the effects of systemic poverty and inequality and help resolve the turnover crisis and burnout due to staffing shortages in the healthcare industry by creating a pathway to advance career opportunities in the nursing profession.
As part of this initiative, CFGB also announced a partnership with and $1 million donation to Living Classrooms, a nonprofit serving Baltimore and Washington, whose mission is to create safer, stronger and healthier communities for children, youth and adults.
The donation to Living Classrooms will be used in the renovation and new construction of the Living Classrooms Bauer Building located adjacent to the Foundation’s headquarters on Baltimore’s Harbor that will house the training for health care workers. The building is scheduled to be completed for July.
The Jack and Nancy Dwyer Workforce Development Program, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) training and entry-level job positions to unemployed and underemployed individuals who aspire to pursue a career in the healthcare industry.
The program will support job placement and retention of students at health care facilities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes, and provide proper training, while identifying goals to achieve over several years.
After achieving those goals, students will be awarded a scholarship to attend nursing school to achieve the ultimate goal of a Registered Nurse (RN) license.
The $1 million donation be used toward underwriting the initial CNA and GNA program curriculums, startup expenses and staff hires, as well as future programming and scholarships.
The Living Classrooms Bauer Building is an innovative workforce development hub that aims to build a bridge between unemployed and underemployed Baltimore residents and the region’s fastest growing careers. By partnering with employers and business leaders in the healthcare, manufacturing and shipping industries, Living Classrooms is developing hands-on training programs that also aim to remove barriers to rewarding careers.
The Bauer Building will house the CFG Bank Classroom and the Jack and Nancy Dwyer Classroom, which will be used for training programs that will establish a pathway to entry-level healthcare careers, such as CNAs and GNAs, facilitated through partnerships with area hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities. The new network of trainings will build on Living Classrooms’ three decades of workforce development programming in Baltimore and utilize a strong case management support system for each trainee.
This partnership between Living Classrooms and the Jack and Nancy Dwyer Workforce Development Program is the first initiative in furthering the program and curriculum.