Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Missouri receives $20M health worker training grant

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCUR) - Missouri has received a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to train more than four thousand underemployed adults in the health services sector.

Governor Jay Nixon led the effort to bring the funds to the state’s twelve or so community colleges. Deborah Goodall is with Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City and says the grant will help equip adults with high demand health care skills.

"As health care records become digitalized, you need a different type of worker – someone who not only understands medical terminology and health care side, you also need someone who understands IT systems," Goodall said.

Goodall says among other things, the grant will help schools expand their curriculums, create training opportunities that better cater to working adults, and provide residents with academic scholarships.

Elana Gordon, KCUR


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