August 13, 2003

MEDIA CONTACT: Trent Stockton
PHONE: 410-955-8665

Graduation Time for Empower Baltimore Retention and Advancement Program the Johns Hopkins Hospital

Fifteen employees will graduate from the Empower Baltimore Retention and Advancement Program at a ceremony to be held on Thursday, August 14, at 12:00 Noon at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The program was initiated at Johns Hopkins to assist workers in entry-level positions with career advancement by providing four-week classes focusing on increasing motivation, recognizing potential, and developing interpersonal and customer service skills. More than 50 Johns Hopkins Hospital employees have graduated.

"The program is very effective at increasing the retention rate and work performance of employees in entry-level jobs while at the same time motivating them to overcome barriers to career advancement," says Kenneth Grant, vice president of general services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Sponsored by Baltimore City's Empower Baltimore Management Committee, the program is available to all entry-level employees and their managers, focusing on housekeeping and food services staff, and is designed to provide job readiness training and motivation to aspire low-income, low-skilled workers to pursue higher wage positions including such jobs as surgical technician and licensed practical nurse.

For more information about the ceremony, contact Trent Stockton at 410-955-8665


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