On Wednesday, the Department of Labor announced $500 million in grants to community colleges and universities across the U.S. to help develop and expand workforce training programs, including programs related to health care and health IT, Healthcare IT News reports.
The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative, which is administered by DOL and the Department of Education.
As part of initiative, each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will receive at least $2.5 million for community college career training programs.
A total of 297 schools will receive grants as individual applicants or as members of a consortium. The grants include:
- 27 awards totaling $359,237,048 to community college and university consortia; and
- 27 awards totaling $78,262,952 to individual institutions.
Health IT-Related Programs
Some of the grant recipients planning to use the funds for health IT-related programs include:
- Bellevue Community College in Washington state, which will receive about $11.8 million to provide health IT career training to veterans and their eligible spouses;
- Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York, which received $3 million to support a health informatics specialist certificate program; and
- Palm Beach State College in Florida, which received $3 million to enhance online health IT training courses.
A full list of the grant recipients planning health care and health IT-related programs is available from Healthcare IT News (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 9/20).