The Tennessee Board of Regents project “A Prescription for Healthcare Training in Tennessee” (RX TN) is designed to improve opportunities for Trade Act Adjustment (TAA)-eligible workers and others in healthcare related training while at the same time meet the needs of the state-wide healthcare employers and industry. TAA-workers are dislocated employees that lost their jobs as a result of the work going off-shore.
Roane State Community College, on behalf of all the Tennessee Community Colleges and Technology Centers, led the development effort and submitted this grant on May 22, 2012 to the U.S. Department of Labor. Grant awards were made September 2012. This proposal is closely aligned with the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010 and Lumina grant work already in place and was developed by a strong team of representatives from the community colleges and technology centers across the state. Roane State was awarded the grant on behalf of the Tennessee Board of Regent Community Colleges and Technology Centers in the amount of $12.6M.
The project contains a strong Student Support Prescription component designed to serve all TAA-eligible workers and others to prepare for and make good decisions in selecting healthcare training as well as being successful once they start training to complete and obtain employment. This will include Completion Coaches, prior learning assessment, career aptitude, career exploration, academic planning, diagnostic skills assessment/college readiness testing and components to address deficiencies, learning support remediation and supplemental instruction, digital literacy and more.
While the Student Support Prescription component is designed to serve students across the healthcare career lattice at Tennessee Community Colleges and Technology Centers, the proposal also contains Training Prescriptions to address specific occupational training components that are currently not available or need enhancement/expansion to meet the needs of employers and industry in specific regions and across the state. The occupational training areas addressed are AAS Degrees in Surgery Technology, Allied Health, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Health Informatics, LPN to RN Mobility and short-term/non-credit certification in Phlebotomy, ECG Technology, Patient Care and Emergency Medical Dispatch.
Over the first three years, RX TN is expected to serve more than 3,900 students resulting in 2,275 students earning degrees or certificates. The fourth and final year of the grant is reserved for a strong evaluation component and tracking of students entering and retaining employment.
RX TN Evaluation Q&As - Revised February 15, 2013
RX TN Evaluator Bidders Conference - February 8, 2013
RX TN Evaluation Plan - Revised January, 2013
RX Tennessee is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. This project is funded by 100% federal funding in the amount of $12.6M. Roane State Community College is a TBR and AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action, 276 Patton Lane, Harriman, TN 37748 (865) 882-4679, firstname.lastname@example.org.