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Marbridge Foundation Launches Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Apprenticeship Program to Empower Texans

Brian Hernandez
Sep 18, 2023
Posted by: Brian Hernandez

Marbridge Foundation Launches Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Apprenticeship Program to Empower Texans

The Marbridge Foundation has taken a significant step toward empowering Texans and strengthening the local healthcare workforce with the launch of its Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Registered Apprenticeship Programs during a signing day event hosted by Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA). 

This pioneering program represents a crucial turning point in the region’s career advancement and community empowerment approach. By partnering with WSRCA, the Marbridge Foundation has forged a dynamic pathway for Central Texans to acquire nationally recognized nursing credentials, unlocking a spectrum of promising career prospects within the dynamic healthcare industry.

We're proud to partner with the Marbridge team on this exciting initiative to build an "Earn While You Learn" workforce training pipeline to meet the growing demand for healthcare professionals. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the Marbridge Foundation for this momentous achievement.

Healthcare Registered Apprenticeships have emerged as a powerful force in workforce development due to their proven effectiveness and adaptability. Anchored in the Registered Apprenticeship model, which is meticulously tailored and endorsed by the U.S.Department of Labor, this approach is a testament to the synergy between training and industry demands. Aligning workers with ever-evolving business needs creates a seamless pathway toward impactful and rewarding careers. This framework embodies the essence of the proven “Earn-While-You-Learn” model, allowing participants to gain valuable experience through paid on-the-job training while concurrently benefiting from curated, job-related instruction. The culmination of this process results in attaining nationally recognized skills standards, which in turn drive progressive career development and wage growth.

Their unique capacity to foster a win-win scenario for individuals and businesses sets healthcare registered apprenticeships apart. Participants not only gain hands-on experience and a solid educational foundation but also step into the workforce with credentials that resonate across the industry. Meanwhile, businesses reap the benefits of an agile and customized training strategy, enabling them to cultivate a pipeline of fresh talent and upskilled employees. Apprenticeship fuels their operations’ growth and enhances the healthcare sector’s competitiveness. As the healthcare landscape evolves, registered apprenticeships stand as a beacon of adaptability, responsiveness, and mutual prosperity—a model that bridges the gap between education and industry needs, paving the way for enduring success.

Success stories are often born out of collaboration, and the Marbridge Foundation's CNA Registered Apprenticeship Program is a shining example of just that. This venture wouldn't have been possible without the unwavering support of key partners like the Texas Workforce Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship, the Texas Nurses Association, and the Texas Health Care Association. Together, they have played a crucial role in expanding healthcare apprenticeship opportunities in Central Texas, opening doors to a brighter future for aspiring healthcare professionals.

The launch event was graced by a lineup of remarkable speakers who shared their insights and enthusiasm for this groundbreaking program. Among them were:

  • Paul Fletcher, Chief Executive Officer, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area: Paul emphasized the significance of workforce development in rural areas and the positive impact this program will have on the local community.
  • Albert Treviño, Commissioner Representing Labor, Texas Workforce Commission: In a video message, Commissioner Treviño underscored the commitment of the Texas Workforce Commission to support initiatives that lead to sustainable employment opportunities.
  • The Honorable Ruben Becerra, Hays County Judge: Judge Becerra highlighted the importance of local government support in initiatives that empower the workforce and boost the regional economy.
  • Joyce Batcheller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAONL, FAAN, President, Texas Nurses Association: Joyce's address shed light on the critical role nurses play in healthcare and the need for skilled CNAs in the field.
  • Kevin Warren, President & Chief Executive Officer, Texas Health Care Association: Kevin shared insights into the healthcare industry's demand for skilled professionals and the benefits of apprenticeship programs.
  • Mark Sherry, Vice President of Human Resources & Workforce Development, Baylor Scott & White Health: As an Apprenticeship Ambassador with the SHRM Executive Network, Mark spoke about the partnership between healthcare institutions and apprenticeship programs, emphasizing the importance of hands-on experience and continued innovation.
  • Lee Price, Texas State Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship: Lee discussed the federal perspective on apprenticeship programs and their role in building a robust workforce.
  • Scott McAvoy, President & Chief Executive Officer, Marbridge Foundation: Scott expressed his pride in the foundation's efforts and its commitment to empowering Texans through education and job opportunities. He highlighted the history of the organization and the dedication of the Marbridge team to making a lasting impact on the lives of its residents.
  • Lora Williams, RN, Owner-Operator, Williams Career School of Excellence: Lora emphasized the importance of quality education and training in producing skilled healthcare professionals and commended the Marbridge Foundation for its commitment to excellence.
  • Duncan Murray, Villa Director, Marbridge Foundation: Duncan shared his personal insights as a leader within the Marbridge community, highlighting the transformative effect of the CNA Registered Apprenticeship Program on the lives of residents and staff alike.

This CNA Registered Apprenticeship initiative is set to produce a range of positive outcomes:

  • Increased Employment Opportunities: Aspiring healthcare professionals in Central Texas now have a clear pathway to enter the workforce while gaining invaluable hands-on experience. The "Earn While You Learn" approach not only provides financial stability but also accelerates their career development.
  • Strengthened Healthcare Workforce: The program's focus on producing skilled CNAs directly contributes to enhancing the quality of care in healthcare facilities across the region. A stronger healthcare workforce translates to better patient care and improved health outcomes.
  • Community and Regional Growth: By investing in local talent and providing opportunities for skill development, the Marbridge Foundation's program contributes to the economic growth of the region. It bolsters the Central Texas healthcare sector, making it more robust and competitive.
  • Partnership Synergy: The collaboration between the Marbridge Foundation, government agencies, healthcare associations, and educational institutions showcases the power of collective effort. It demonstrates how partnerships can lead to innovative solutions and create a positive impact on the community.

The launch of the CNA Registered Apprenticeship Program by the Marbridge Foundation is a testament to the organization's commitment to enhancing the care of its residents and strengthening the healthcare workforce in Central Texas. With the support of dedicated partners, this initiative is poised to make a lasting difference in the lives of residents and Texans pursuing careers in healthcare.

As the program progresses, we can look forward to a stronger healthcare sector, increased employment opportunities, and a community that thrives on the shared values of education, collaboration, and empowerment. 

Congratulations to the Marbridge Foundation on this effort. Together, we're building a world-class workforce for Texas.

For comprehensive information about local training programs, including pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship, please explore WSRCA’s Upskilling Toolkit.

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