JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Project OnRamp is available through all seven colleges of DCCCD:
Brookhaven • Cedar Valley • Eastfield • El Centro • Mountain View • North Lake • Richland
Current Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) can train at no cost to become Patient Care Technicians, with the opportunity to continue training to become medical assistants or insurance billers and coders. The program provides up to 184 hours of classroom instruction with completion in less than six months.
There is no cost to participants. Those who qualify for the program will receive up to $2,200 to cover tuition, books, uniforms, immunizations (if needed), a criminal background check, employment placement tools and the certification exam.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. has identified an initial set of best-in-class partner organizations for New Skills at Work, and Project OnRamp is part of the firm’s initiative in Dallas. The program is aimed at closing the skills gap through training individuals without university degrees. JPMorgan Chase is one of the top employers in the metroplex with 242 branches and 13,500 employees in North Texas.
To train CNAs to advance into higher-paid positions, filling workforce need in Dallas County. Although CNAs are in high demand, salaries do not provide a living wage at an average of $9 per hour or $18,720 annually. Patient care technicians can earn up to 20 percent higher salaries.
JPMorgan Chase Foundation provided a $500,000 grant for DCCCD to train up to 160 students over two years. JPMorgan Chase is committing $5 million toward workforce training in Dallas as part of its unprecedented five-year, $250 million global New Skills at Work initiative.
Project OnRamp programs have been initiated through all of the colleges of DCCCD’s continuing education divisions. The program enrolled its first students in September 2014.
Most students work in addition to life commitments, making a traditional class schedule challenging. The flexibility of noncredit courses has allowed the colleges to offer evening or hybrid courses.
Adding back-to-back schedules and creating standardized processes allow students to complete training and move to higher-skilled positions as quickly as possible. The JPMorgan Chase Foundation and DCCCD are collaborating in building relationships with the health care sector, developing curriculum, providing opportunities for interview preparation, and increasing community-wide program awareness.
North Texas is well positioned to succeed in the world economy, but one significant challenge holds us back: we don’t produce enough skilled workers for jobs our employers are eager to fill.
DCCCD Health Careers Resource Center
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