Partnership Creatively Supports Nonprofit’s Efforts to Disrupt Traditional Approach to Solving Healthcare Workforce Staffing Crisis & Unlock Access to Free Healthcare Training for Underserved Texans
The Jack and Nancy Dwyer Workforce Development Center, Inc. (“Dwyer Workforce Development” or “DWD”), an innovative 501(c)(3) nonprofit and healthcare career training program, and Oak View Group (OVG), today announced a multi-year strategic community partnership with Oak View Group and its Red River Rising community platform in Austin, TX. Red River Rising focuses on three main pillars – empowering local musicians, preserving the downtown music district, and addressing housing security. The partnership also recognizes DWD as the official community partner of Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, and will leverage the venue’s audience and platforms to increase awareness of DWD’s mission to provide comprehensive support to individuals who lack opportunity and aspire to pursue a career in the healthcare industry, alleviate a severe healthcare workforce shortage, and improve the lives of seniors.
The partnership includes prominent exterior and interior signage advertising, robust community partnership programming and donation opportunities, social and digital campaign inclusion and features, and exclusive benefits for DWD Dwyer Scholars, partners, and team members.
The agreement is part of a larger partnership with Oak View Group, which aligns with DWD’s national footprint and mission impact. In addition to ACL Live at the Moody Theater, DWD has also engaged in a community partnership with OVG owned and operated CFG Bank Arena, based in Baltimore, Maryland.
“Dwyer Workforce Development is thrilled to partner with OVG and ACL Live at the Moody Theater, making our mark on the live music capital of the world and all those who live and work here,” said Barb Clapp, Dwyer Workforce Development CEO. “DWD’s mission is to provide career opportunities for underserved populations and solve the healthcare workforce crisis. Through increased brand awareness with Red River Rising, this unique partnership will expedite that mission, elevating our brand and efforts in front of incredibly large audiences each year. We’re grateful for the generosity of our founder, Jack Dwyer, and CFG Bank for their donation, that made this partnership possible.”
Dwyer Workforce Development was founded by Baltimore-based CFG Bank owner Jack Dwyer and his family in 2021. DWD expanded its efforts to Texas in 2023, launching partnerships with Austin Community College and other higher-education institutions across the state to provide tuition-free Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certifications for its Dwyer Scholars, job placement after completion, and continued education opportunities for those who want to elevate their nursing career.
DWD also provides its Scholars with need-based wraparound services, such as financial support for housing, childcare, transportation, and more. Dwyer Scholars are paired with case managers who work closely with them to identify career ladder goals to achieve over several years.
“This is the second partnership we have established with Dwyer Workforce Development primarily because we now have firsthand knowledge from our Baltimore partnership at CFG Bank Arena about how much they actually help improve the lives of our most vulnerable populations,” said Dan Griffis, President, OVG Global Partnerships. “Dwyer committed to us to expand the reach of its mission through innovative campaigns and unique programming and that is exactly what they are doing. We will gladly sing their praises to anyone and everyone who will listen. They are an amazing community partner.”
Through this partnership, DWD will develop relationships with nonprofit and workforce development organizations; garner donations to support mission advancement, further national expansion, and development of Dwyer Scholar Healthcare Villages; connect with business and community leaders; recruit Dwyer Scholars; expand incentive programming for Dwyer Scholars; and more.
Across Maryland, Texas, and Florida, DWD has recruited, trained, and placed over 2,000 Dwyer Scholars, with an impressive 70% success rate of Scholars who graduate, become certified and secure employment. In 2024, DWD anticipates recruiting, training, and placing over 3,275 Dwyer Scholars in Maryland, Texas, and Florida. Learn more about Dwyer Workforce Development at www.dwyerworkforcedev.org.
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About Dwyer Workforce Development (www.dwyerworkforcedev.org)
The Jack and Nancy Dwyer Workforce Development Center, Inc. is a unique 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to provide comprehensive support to individuals who lack opportunity and aspire to pursue a career in the healthcare industry, alleviate a severe healthcare workforce shortage, and improve the lives of seniors. Dwyer Workforce Development was established in 2021 by Jack Dwyer, his wife, Nancy, and their daughters, Emily, and Kelsey. A businessman, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Dwyer owns Capital Funding Group, a full-service provider of comprehensive financing solutions for healthcare facilities nationwide, and CFG Bank. With his presence in the industry and commitment to changing the lives of others, Dwyer is re-defining what it means to give back by creating new career opportunities for those who lack opportunity, reducing healthcare staff shortages, and improving senior care, all in one.
About Oak View Group (OVG)
Oak View Group (OVG) is a global sports and entertainment company founded by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff in 2015. OVG’s mission is to be a positive disruption to business as usual in the sports, live entertainment, and hospitality industries. OVG is world-renowned venue developer with 10 major new arenas either open or under development including: Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center; UBS Arena in Belmont Park, NY; Moody Center in Austin, TX; Acrisure Arena in Greater Palm Springs, CA; and CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore, MD; as well as arena development projects for Co-op Live in Manchester, UK; Anhembi Arena in São Paulo, Brazil; FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, ON; a New Arena and entertainment district in Las Vegas, NV; and a New Arena in Cardiff, Wales. OVG360 is a full-service venue management, hospitality solutions, and venue services company servicing arenas, stadiums, performing arts centers, culture institutions, and convention centers world-wide. More information at OakViewGroup.com, and follow OVG on Facebook, Instagram, X, and LinkedIn.