The Kansas Department of Commerce is pitching in to enable enhanced healthcare education and training opportunities for Wichita medical assistants.
The initiative, called “Paving the Way for Medical Assistants,” is a Jobs and Innovative Industry Skills Training (JIIST) Grant for $185,750 awarded by the Kansas Department of Commerce to Wichita Area Technical College. The award will fund the redesign and repackaging of WATC’s Medical Assisting curriculum into modular and portable credentials to best meet student, employee and industry needs.
Additionally, the grant will offer opportunities for customized training programs. Via Christi Clinic employees will be able to develop skills and broaden their career pathway opportunities. Kimberly Shank, Chief Operating Officer of Via Christi Clinic, expressed her enthusiasm for the announcement.
“This important grant will help educate and train medical assistants in our community,” Shank said. Patients, healthcare providers and our community will benefit from a more educated and skilled workforce.”
WATC’s healthcare training track record influenced the selection committee’s decision.
“The committee was pleased with WATC’s strong industry involvement, support of the Career Pathways initiative, involvement with the Local Workforce Investment Board and good lattice work design of career occupations,” said Kathy Hund, Director of Workforce Education and Training for the Kansas Department of Commerce.
WATC offers associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of completion via several healthcare and dental education programs offered at its Southside Education Center campus.