Texas health workers will soon be able to apply for and receive more than 1,000 administrative jobs in the new fiscal year, including positions in health and human services.
Under the new rules, applicants must be at least 18 years old and must be fluent in English.
The agency says the jobs won’t be posted until mid-September.
Under a previous set of rules, those with less than a high school diploma were not eligible to apply.
Texas health care administrator Scott Womack, left, and his wife, Kathy, hold up the new Texas Health Care Administration intern program.
The new program was created in January, after the health care agency hired the first Hispanic-American to be an administrator.
Womack said it will help students of color and low-income Americans gain access to higher-paying jobs.
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“This will be a wonderful opportunity for a lot of people who have been excluded from the process of being able to get into a career that they have a lot more options in,” Womak said.
The administration said applicants will also be required to provide a statement of eligibility, including the school they attended.
The requirements are not limited to a single-year degree.
Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and have no criminal record, drug or alcohol abuse or a history of mental illness.
The program also will be limited to one full-time student per year, which will be up from the current two.
Applicant interviews will be held online, but not via phone or face-to-face.
Applicances will not be available to the public.
They will also not be open to public comments until Oct. 31.