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New college grant tailored to the healthcare field

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

In today's economy it's the perfect training scenario, that's what school leaders at Three Rivers Community College say about the program.

It's tailored towards the healthcare field and it's all possible through a $1.1 million federal grant.

The program will help train students to be certified in a variety of jobs in the healthcare field.

Those jobs that are out there in the Heartland right now, and are demanding a skilled set of workers.

Certifications range from 16 to 150 classroom hours. Curriculum includes remedial skills if needed. Learning can also be applied towards advanced degrees.

Dr. Wes Payne, vice president for student learning, feels this is the perfect opportunity for someone who wants to begin, or transition into a job in the health care field quickly. And then, work towards a long term career in healthcare.

"This is a really unique program that allows people who are in need of additional training who are looking for a career to give them a living wage," said Payne. " (And) to start at the level they are at educationally. And, move them through a program that will allow them to be employable."

The funding is part of $500 million in grants through the US Department of Labor for community colleges aimed at workforce development.

It's a 3 year grant that also creates 4 new positions at Three Rivers.

Work is underway now to get the program started as soon as possible.

If you are interested in being a part of it, you can contact Three Rivers Community College for more information.

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