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YouthBuild Benton Harbor

Healthcare Industry

Michigan Works!

Organizations Involved

YouthBuild, Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, USDOL, United Way of Southwest Michigan, Bridge Academy of Southwest Michigan

Occupations Involved

Nursing Assistants

Workforce Development Focus

Increasing number of healthcare workers

Workforce Issues Addressed

Attracting individuals to work in a healthcare profession


YouthBuild Benton Harbor is a program that offers vocational training for 16-24 year old students who lack high school diplomas and financial resources in a non-residential, community-based alternative education program. The vocational training is not specific to healthcare, but participants can earn their CNA certification. Participants in the 6-8 month program receive a daily stipend, connect with apprenticeships and/or employment and can earn their GED or high school diploma. The program is sponsored by Michigan Works! of Berrien, Cass and Van Buren, U.S. DOL and United Way of Southwest Michigan.

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