A White House Summit on Apprenticeships last week shone a spotlight on an apprenticeship model to promote greater access to healthcare careers. Laura Beeth, Fairview’s System Director of Talent Acquisition and chair of CCAP's workforce development work group was one of 100 leaders at the national summit, and she spoke to the gathering immediately after Vice President Joseph Biden. Beeth accompanied U.S. Senator Al Franken on the trip to Washington, where he was a keynote speaker, along with Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.
Beeth learned in Washington that Fairview will receive a $750,000 grant to support 150 nurses and other healthcare workers advance on career ladders through a Department of Labor apprenticeships grant. A key focus for the project is supporting two year degree nurses to obtain four year degrees and better wages, which the Partnership believes is a critical element to its goal of hiring more Central Corridor residents.