Workforce Investment Board Receives Grant

The Sheldon Foundation has awarded the Workforce Investment Board Inc., in conjunction with Chautauqua County Health Network, a grant to support building a health care talent pipeline for the local region.

In addition to working with local school districts to create awareness of health care careers at the high school level, the program will also offer an internship component for college students.

“This is our third year being able to offer internships specifically in the healthcare field to increase awareness and interest of our local job opportunities.” said Kate Piazza, E-Net coordinator and co-facilitator of the program.

The Workforce Investment Board and Chautauqua County Health Network are seeking college level applicants interested in gaining more experience in health care while also being interested in having a career locally.

“Internship programs are a great opportunity for college students to gain experience, but this specific program is also a great opportunity to start building connections with our future workforce,” said Kate Geise, Workforce Investment Board executive director. “We have a need to fill health care jobs locally, and we need to start building relationships between students and employers now.”

The program will place interns at host organizations for six weeks, but the timing is flexible based on students’ availability and employer need. Current college students or recent graduates interested in health care careers can visit www.chautauquaworks.com and click on the ENET tab to find instructions on how to apply.

Businesses interested in working with an intern can call Kate Piazza at 487-5175 or email kpiazza@chautauquaworks.com.