State grants help train health care staff in rural Wisconsin
MARSHFIELD – Marshfield Clinic Health System will partner with Wisconsin technical colleges and universities to provide health care training after it was awarded grant funds from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
These grants create opportunities for students and current health care workers with the desire to learn new skills. More importantly, it will improve access to quality care in rural areas of Wisconsin.
“The assistance from the State of Wisconsin is welcome to train healthcare workers who are vital to the care we provide to patients throughout Wisconsin,” said Dr. Matthew Jansen, internal medicine physician and medical director of the Health System’s Division of Education. “Knowing that their education will be paid for may be the impetus a person needs to continue their education in a very rewarding industry.”
2019 Allied Health Professional Education and Training Grant
This $245,092, two-year grant is a consortium between the Health System, Mid-State Technical College, Chippewa Valley Technical College and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.
The Health System and the technical colleges will provide matching funds or in-kind services to train 36 employees or non-employees to be medical assistants.
2019 Advanced Practice Clinician Training Grant
This $50,000 grant will provide rural rotational experiences for University of Wisconsin-La Crosse physician assistant students. It also will provide clinical and didactic experience to newly licensed physician assistants and nurse practitioners within the Health System. The goals of both programs are to provide to the participants and serve as a recruitment and retention tool for our rural locations.
Marshfield Clinic Health System will also be involved in a two-year Workforce Advancement Training Grant that was awarded to the consortium of Mid-State Technical College, Chippewa Valley Technical College and Wisconsin Indianhead College. This grant will train up to 30 Health System employees as certified nursing assistants. There will be a three-credit nursing assistant training program at each campus.
CNAs are critical to the Health System’s team-based approach to health care and the training will help overcome a shortage of CNAs in Wisconsin.
For more information about these programs, contact Heidi Kramer, Recruitment & Retention manager, at 715-389-3869 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
Local Companies Combine Efforts to Provide Career Exploring in Engineering to High School Students
Several companies in the La Crosse Area are working together with the Gateway Area Council to provide a hands-on, interactive program to explore careers in Engineering. The La Crosse County Solid Waste Department and Trane, along with SEH Consulting, Wisconsin DNR, Davy Engineering, Dairyland Power, Mathy Construction, Torrance Casting Inc., the City of La Crosse and Marshall Technical Services combine to provide 15 evening sessions throughout the school year. At each session, a professional from a local firm leads an activity that allows students to explore an engineering field such as: Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Product Development, Design Considerations, Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering. The different sessions cover concepts such as Gas Systems, Electrical Power, Product Development, Road Design, Project Management, Robotics, Energy Planning, Sustainable Energy, Chemical Balance, and Fluid Power. Where do the Explorers meet and how often? Meets twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, from 6 – 8pm, starting on Tuesday, October 22nd at the La Crosse County Landfill Office at 3200 Berlin Drive La Crosse WI 54601. How much does it cost? There is an annual fee of $37. Scholarships are available. What are the requirements? Students need to be currently enrolled in high school, complete an application by parent/guardian, and be able to attend at least 10 out of the 15 sessions. Capacity is 20 students. Parents of the Explorers from last year appreciated this program saying, “Great program! Gave students a realistic view of what engineers do in different areas of engineering. Thanks for being so flexible with school activities. Excellent organization. If only all activities that my child participated in were this organized.” The High School Students enjoyed last year’s program, saying, “It has given me an appreciation for the different types of engineering.” “It opened my mind to new opportunities. ”This program is open to all local area high school students – boys and girls welcome! For more information, go to www.GatewayScouting.org/Exploring or Contact Elizabeth Kramer, Exploring Chairperson at email@example.com
University Wisconsin Eau Claire
Author, educator and literary critic Bill Deresiewicz to be Forum speaker Oct. 16
Once an Ivy League professor himself, Deresiewicz has spent the last decade writing and speaking about what he sees as the disadvantages, dysfunctions and disservice to society of an elite education in the U.S. Full story.
Researcher shares expertise to help Wisconsin schools better support struggling students
Dr. Jennifer Muehlenkamp, a psychology professor and expert on nonsuicidal self-injury, helps staff in Wisconsin schools develop protocols for dealing with NSSI behaviors. Nearly 20% of middle and high school students engage in these behaviors. Full story.
11th Annual Schneider Disability Issues Forum to host author, mental health advocate
Kelly Jensen will speak on her most recent book, "(Don't) Call Me Crazy," and strategies for opening conversations about mental health during this year's Schneider Disability Issues Forum at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Auditorium. Full story.
Security Financial Bank
SFB to Close on Columbus Day to Volunteer in Community
In celebration of Columbus Day, Security Financial Bank (SFB) will be closed on Monday, October 14, 2019. But SFB employees won’t be sleeping in during the federal holiday. Instead, employees are using the day as an opportunity to volunteer in the communities they serve.
“It’s part of SFB’s mission to invest in the communities we serve. Columbus Day is a perfect opportunity for our employees to give back to various organizations and help to continue to make our area a great place to live,” explained Paul Rudersdorf, SFB president and chief executive officer.
SFB has locations in five cities throughout western Wisconsin as well as a corporate office in Eau Claire. About 100 employees will be volunteering in the following locations:
Eau Claire Branch – SFB employees will be volunteering at the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre.
Durand Branch – SFB employees plan to clean veterans’ markers at Forest Hill Cemetery and also will volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul’s and the Durand Area Food Pantry.
Bloomer Branch – SFB employees will paint the ice rink and visit residents at the local nursing home.
River Falls Branch – SFB employees will volunteer at Turning Point.
Ladysmith Branches – SFB employees will be volunteering at the Rusk County Senior Center.
Corporate Office – SFB employees be completing various projects for the Beacon House, Beaver Creek Reserve, Hope Gospel Mission, Trinity Equestrian Center, Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA Sports Center.
For more information on SFB, visit www.sfbank.com or call 888-254-0615.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.