Dwyer Workforce Development


Training the Health Care Workers of the Future in East Baltimore

Dwyer Workforce Development hopes to train over 700 people in Maryland by year’s end

Pastor Donte Hickman at Southern Baptist Church knows addressing crime and redeveloping East Baltimore create pathways for better lives.

“My hope is that the culture of violence and murders we see will become abnormal again and people will be able to live healthier and safer in communities of their rearing,” said Hickman.

Dwyer Workforce Development, a nonprofit and health care career training program, is partnering with Southern Baptist Church to put a resource center inside the Southern Streams Health and Wellness Center. The groups talked about the plans and signed a memorandum of understanding at a press event Wednesday afternoon. The wellness center is one of several projects in the East Baltimore Revitalization Plan adopted by the city in 2018.

Dwyer Workforce Development provides free certified nursing assistant training and job placement to Dwyer Scholars, many of which come as referrals from East and West Baltimore, according to CEO Barb Clapp. The nonprofit’s mission is in direct response to widespread shortages of health care workers.

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