Thursday, September 25, 2014

Training Program growth strengthens MCH

The MCH Training Department is going through a time of transition and growth in an effort to help MCH develop an agency wide training program, an important goal in the current strategic plan. The expansion of the training program will build on the strong foundation of training that has been offered by staff members John Warren and Stormy Cole, along with other MCH staff, in recent years.

With the addition of new staff last summer, the Training Department is developing a comprehensive training program to help enhance the professional development of employees in all departments at MCH. The training staff is seeking input from employees throughout the agency to ensure new training opportunities meet specific needs and interests of staff.

The training staff (pictured at left, from left to right) includes John Warren, director of training; Kristi Michaelis, staff trainer; Miranda Traylor, who provides training support in addition to her role as direct care recruiter; Stormy Cole, staff trainer; and Jean Wright, staff trainer.

As part of this effort, the training staff is evaluating documentation and records management, new employee orientation, and training needs in the areas of state licensing and COA requirements, risk management, MCH policies and procedures, management and supervisory skills, technology, and special interest training that addresses current issues or needs.

MCH staff will receive more information in the weeks ahead about new training opportunities. For information about training, please call a member of the training staff or stop by their offices located on the second floor of the Johnson Student Center.

Friday, September 12, 2014

MCH Students Participate in Dual Credit Courses

From left to right: Steven, Seleehom, Elizabeth,Vincenzo, Kelli, Cedric, Rachael, Jade, Andrew, Betty Morrow

This school year the University of Texas-University Charter School (UT-UCS) Methodist Children’s Home (MCH) in Waco has 11 students from the Waco campus and Boys Ranch who will be participating in the dual credit program. This program provides our high school juniors and seniors the chance to enroll in courses that will earn them both college and high school credit.

“These students all had a 3.0 or higher grade point average, in addition to having passed the college readiness test in order to qualify to take the dual credit classes” said Betty Morrow, school coordinator.

Six students are taking dual credit courses at McLennan Community College (MCC) in Waco. These students are taking courses in sociology, psychology, U.S government, philosophy and introduction to health profession/essentials of medical terminology on the MCC campus.

The other five students are taking classes through Texas State Technical College (TSTC) while attending the Greater Waco Manufacturing Academy (GWAMA) half a day.  These classes include robotics, electronics, engineering design and advanced welding.

“Students may enroll in academic courses, which apply toward a bachelor’s degree or they can choose workforce courses, which provide training for a particular profession,” Morrow explained. “Dual credit students typically can earn one semester of college credits per year.  The GWAMA students will earn advanced workforce certificates and also have guaranteed job offers from area business after high school graduation. All of the students get benefits like access to college resources, free tuition, and experience with college expectations and campus life.”

Congratulations and good luck this semester!