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Southern Economic Development Region: Critical Skill Shortages Initiative
Healthcare Initiatives
Healthcare Initiatives
Manufacturing Initiatives
Regional Marketing
Cynthia Tested!
Beginning in November 2003, over 200 individuals from healthcare, community colleges, business, K-12 education, labor, economic development and workforce development throughout the 19 county Southern Economic Development Region (SEDR) participated in focus groups and consortia committee meetings to identify causes for the critical nursing shortage and to plan and implement projects aimed at decreasing the shortage in southern Illinois.
Reasons for Shortages
Initial Solutions
  • high student dropout rate in nursing programs
  • lack of career awareness & development
  • working conditions
    salaries & benefits
  • Establish a Mentor/Tutor Program specifically for nursing students
  • Implement a regional marketing effort to spotlight career opportunities in the 19 county region

Resulting from the efforts of CSSI participants, the SEDR applied for and was awarded a Healthcare Training Grant from the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity in the amount of $558,000 to support the following:

  • Mentor/Tutor Program specifically for Practical Nursing students and Associate Degree nursing students at all six community colleges within the SEDR (John A. Logan College, Rend Lake College, Southeastern Illinois College, Shawnee Community College, Frontier Community College, & Wabash Valley College). Each college will be able to provide 20 hours per week for mentoring services to WIA eligible nursing students. Mentors must be familiar with college nursing programs and they must have work experience as an LPN or ADN. In addition to mentoring, eligible students may also receive supportive services such as mileage reimbursement and daycare assistance to participate in the program
  • Regional marketing strategy to promote nursing careers in the 19 county region. A full-color supplement will be published each month in the Southern Business Journal to showcase local healthcare providers and to promote career opportunities within the region and the benefits of local nursing employment. Additionally, the supplement will spotlight local nursing graduates who have chosen to seek nursing careers in the region.
  • Healthcare Liaison to oversee the above projects and to sustain the regional partnership plan established to decrease the nursing shortage in the region.

Visit the Southern Business Journal Web site to view the current issue of the healthcare supplement or the Regional Marketing page to view past issues of the supplement.

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