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CWC, hospitals partners in $5 million health careers grant

Feb 29, 2012 - Staff

Wyoming workers seeking careers in health care got a boost from a federal grant awarded to the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) worth nearly $5 million, with Central Wyoming College playing a significant role in the process,

The grant, which was awarded through a competitive process, will allow training of 1,410 Wyoming workers over the next four years in occupations such as registered nurse, medical records technician, health Information technician and dental assistant.

DWS is collaborating with CWC and another partner, CLIMB Wyoming. Several health care employers and other educational institutions are also providing services, including Riverton Memorial Hospital and Lander Valley Medical Center.

Lynne McAuliffe, dean of workforce and community Education at CWC, said the timing of the grant announcement is ideal.

"It's very timely in that we will begin construction on our new Allied Health and Science Center in May, and this grant will allow us a rapid expansion of our allied health offerings, which will help ease our shortage of skilled health care workers for the state of Wyoming."

CLIMB Wyoming is a non-profit organization helping women enter higher-paying careers.

Training will target low-income single mothers with children at home, Native Americans, veterans and eligible spouses, unemployed workers, low-skilled workers, and those requiring training/education to advance into the health care field.

The grant total of $4,924,221 is through the federal H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant program. Program partners have pledged at least $1,739,200 in additional resources.