Feb. 27, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College's Sterile Processing Technician Registered Apprenticeship Program received a statewide award today during a ceremony in Lansing.
GRCC received a 2019 Impact Award from the Michigan Works! Association. The awards recognize significant economic accomplishments and showcase the impact of new jobs, transformational training and talent pipeline development.
The Sterile Processing Technician Registered Apprenticeship Program – the first of its kind in the state --was created with funding from the U.S. Labor Department's America's Promise grant competition. GRCC won one of only two grants awarded in Michigan in 2016, receiving $6 million.
Sterile processing technicians decontaminate, assemble, package and distribute reusable medical equipment.
Linda Witte, program developer and manager of health programs for GRCC Workforce Development, said the state award celebrates GRCC's partnerships with area employers and West Michigan Works!
"We designed this program with our area employers to make certain that our graduates are prepared with the skills they need," she said.
“This is another example of GRCC being responsive to the employer community and also being responsive to individuals, for whom apprenticeships are a way to gain skills and good jobs without any college debt,” said Julie Parks, executive director of Workforce Training.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.