On Thursday, April 6, the University of Maryland Workforce Initiative hosted How to Get a Job at a Hospital. This evening workshop was co-sponsored by the Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare.
Baltimore has over 15 hospitals that hire thousands of people every year. Potential employees understand that these positions are good, have benefits, and are stable, but these jobs often seem out of reach. The workshop presentation was designed to help people navigate the job application process, identify how to get the support they need, and avoid scam training programs that waste their time and money but don’t lead to certifications or hospital jobs. In addition to the presentation, several community organizations attended to let community members know about their services including:
Bon Secours Community Works
This nonprofit affiliated with the Bon Secours Health System provides a number of support services for community members including GED classes with child care, a Mayor’s Office of Community Development Community Jobs Hub and a free CNA/GNA training program.
Maryland Legal Aid
This organization provides free case search and expungement services for community members who meet certain income requirements. For those who don’t meet those requirements, they still provide assistance at low cost.
Turn Around Tuesday
Started by Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD), this free, weekly workshop is a support group and training program in one. Plus, BUILD’s relationships with area hospitals makes Turn Around Tuesday a great option for community members who demonstrate they are job ready and hospitals looking for talented employees from their neighborhoods. This program takes place on the Westside at Macedonia Baptist Church every Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m.
This free information technology-training program pays young people to learn entry-level skills and provides a paid, six-month internship. Located at Baltimore City Community College’s Liberty campus on the Westside, YearUp is a great option for those pursuing health care IT careers.
Participants enjoyed the quick but informative presentation. They also enjoyed the chance to speak with representatives from our community partners. Lastly, many were first-time visitors to our UMB Community Engagement Center and learned about its programming.