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Thank You for Attending the July 27 IRAP Information Session

Sept. Update: $10K Available for First 20 IRAP Adopters

Dallas College and the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) have announced that the first 20 adopters of an Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) will be eligible for up to $10,000 per location (grant funding permitting).

HASC strongly encourages members struggling with recruitment and retention to take advantage of this free* time-limited opportunity. Funds can be used at your discretion to administer, incentivize or promote the program to either hire candidates or develop current employees for health care culinary services, sterile processing, MRI technician, facilities management and supply chain positions.

To qualify for the $10,000 per location incentive funding, organizations must meet the following requirements within eight weeks of their initial meeting with the IRAP team (and while funding is available):

  • Set up organization in the Dallas College procurement system
  • HR rep and program director(s) meet with Dallas College to discuss IRAP requirements and fill out/sign the employer MOU
  • Identify apprentices and process paperwork (application, work eligibility documents, etc.)
  • Identify preceptors/mentors
  • Preceptors attend Dallas College training (one hour as pre-work plus a two-hour virtual live session)
  • Co-host orientation for apprentice and preceptor (one-hour virtual live session)

Once the enhanced funds have been used, organizations will be eligible to receive $3,000 in support per location through June 2023 while funding is available.

For more information, please see the following resources:


Thank you for attending our July 27 virtual information session on Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs), in partnership with Dallas College, the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) and Workcred. IRAPs combine a paid work experience with an educational component, resulting in an industry-recognized credential. Health care training areas include culinary services, sterile processing, MRI and supply chain, with more programs underway.

HASC encourages members to take advantage of this special opportunity, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The initiative can help you upskill and retain current health care staff, as well as recruit new employees for hard-to-fill roles that require specialized knowledge and experience.

If you are interested or have questions about program enrollment, please contact Amy Mackenroth, Dallas College, at [email protected]. For further assistance, please contact Soyinka Allen, HASC.