November 14, 2019
In Baltimore, Living Classrooms is piloting a new job training program to support Johns Hopkins in their efforts to retain employees in entry-level positions at Bayview Hospital that generally suffer from high turnover rates. Modeled after the successful partnership with Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC, the program will focus on building basic job readiness skills among unemployed adults living in the Baltimore Target Investment Zone and a pipeline of talented and prepared employees for the hospital system.
The first cohort of students are wrapping up five weeks of classes that focused on developing interpersonal skills, computer, resume, and interview skills, hospital terminology, and financial literacy. The students are now equipped with the skills they need for successful employment and will be completing interviews at Bayview (among other locations) in the coming week. The students range in age and experience from 19-year-old Perkins Homes resident, Rhyona, who was referred by our POWER House community center after having left her last job in July, to 59-year-old Savon who learned of the program through her local senior center and is looking to get a few more years of work in before she retires.
I’ve enjoyed coming to class and have learned a lot,” said Savon, 57. “I liked that they help you get ready for interviews.”
Meanwhile, Kenicia, 27, is a certified medical receptionist who experienced some personal barriers that prevented her from continuing in her last job. “I felt blacklisted after what had happened to me and now I feel like I have another chance,” she said. Kenicia has two pending job interviews at medical centers in Baltimore City.
Regardless of their level of knowledge entering the program, each of the students have found value in the lessons they’ve learned, particularly when it comes to managing their credit and finances. Rhyona has found the practice of coming to class every day, a lesson in and of itself. “They [the class] helped me get back on the right path, to show up every day and be held accountable for myself,” she said.