JANS – The Mississippi School of Health Services & Careers, in collaboration with the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) Works, announced the launch of a comprehensive healthcare career training program. This initiative, known as HOPE (Helping ex-Offenders Prepare for Employment), aims to provide valuable skills and opportunities for individuals reentering society after incarceration. The program has received substantial funding through various sources, including the Coronavirus State and Local Recovery Funds and the U.S. Department of Labor.
As a result of this strong partnership, the program was developed with a comprehensive curriculum that address the unique needs of individuals transitioning from incarceration to the workforce. Recently, fifteen graduates received certifications within Phlebotomy and Medical Billing and Coding during the MSSHSC and MDOC White Coat Ceremony. “We are super proud of these ladies and their tremendous accomplishment,” stated Eric Beamon, HOPE Coordinator for MS WORKS.
The funding for this program is equally noteworthy. MDOC Works, an initiative focused on providing employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals, has played a pivotal role in securing 100% funding through the Coronavirus State and Local Recovery Funds. This federal award, SLRFP0003, was granted to Accelerate MS by the U.S. Department of Treasury, underscoring the significance and recognition of this endeavor.
Additionally, the HOPE program has received financial support from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds. The Southcentral Mississippi Works, through a subaward, has contributed to the program’s success by providing vital resources and support to help individuals overcome barriers and obtain meaningful employment.
The healthcare career training program offered by the Mississippi School of Health Services & Careers is designed to equip individuals with the knowledge, skills, and certifications necessary to pursue rewarding careers in the healthcare industry. “Education and providing the opportunity to learn or advance technical skills within the healthcare industry is principal in the shaping and molding of our future healthcare services available of patients and our communities,” said Dr. Marcus A. Chanay, President of MS School of Health Services and Careers. Recognizing the growing demand for healthcare professionals and the untapped potential of individuals with a criminal record, the program aims to bridge the gap between training and employment.
Participants in the program will have access to a comprehensive curriculum that covers a range of healthcare disciplines, including medical assisting, phlebotomy, pharmacy technician, and more. By equipping individuals with comprehensive skills and knowledge, MSSHSC continues their mission to provide a robust curriculum to certify individuals for success within the healthcare industry.
Through these partnerships and funding sources, the program aims to expand its reach, positively impacting the lives of more individuals and strengthening the healthcare workforce in Mississippi and beyond.