Building Brighter Futures is an initiative funded through a federal grant procured by the St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation from the Health Resources Services Administration. It will support health-care job training at the Langan Allied Health Academy on St. Joseph's Downtown Reading Campus, which focuses on the largely Hispanic population in Reading's inner city.
This project will be funded through a multi-year grant of $700,000 and will recruit from the population around the inner-city locale to train students for careers in healthcare. It is a collaboration with Berks Technical Institute (BTI) and the Literacy Council of Reading/Berks and will recruit and train qualified nursing assistants and home health aides.
"Our model is innovative and comprehensive. It is expressly designed to both meet the urgent and unique needs of our community," says Joseph Reichard, president of BTI. He said the model emphasizes: foundational healthcare competencies; strategies, skills, and support services to promote greater job readiness and academic/career path progression; and language and literacy enrichment.
He said students' practicums, externships, and job placements will be at a wide range of nursing and rehabilitation facilities, as well as home health and adult day care sites, in the city and the suburbs.