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Jeremiah’s Hope Academy and Jefferson County WIA Team Up for Youth

November 16th, 2012

The Jefferson County Workforce Investment Act Youth program has selected St. Vincent’s Health System’s Jeremiah’s Hope Academy (JHA) as one of a select few groups to partner with to assist youth in achieving their education and employment goals.

“Being a part of Jeremiah’s Hope Academy helped encourage me to want more and do more for my life,” explained Gabrielle Scott, a July graduate of the training program affiliated with St. Vincent’s Health System. Gabby, as she is known by family and friends, entered JHA with the support of the Jefferson County Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program. She is now a Certified Sterile Processing Technician and employed full time.

One challenge that often arises for recent high school graduates is the difficulty that young people face in finding purposeful work when they enter the adult work force. While college is not an option for many, everyone deserves the opportunity to find meaningful work in a setting that treats all persons with dignity.

St. Vincent’s Health System’s Jeremiah’s Hope Academy (JHA) is a licensed postsecondary school that provides training in seven entry-level healthcare careers. The education and training meets eligibility requirements for graduates to sit for national certification examinations. JHA has teamed with the Jefferson County WIA Youth program to provide a way for out-of-school youth, ages 18-21, to receive the training they need to become employed in one of the in-demand healthcare jobs in the Greater Birmingham area.

“The Jeremiah’s Hope Academy was truly a blessing from God. It was an awesome journey that was worth completing.  I tell all my friends they need to go to Jeremiah’s Hope!”

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