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Nov 10, 2014

Board of Regents to Provide Training for Ready to Work Partnership Grant

Board of Regents Collaborates with Capital Workforce Partners on U.S. Department of Labor Grant for Healthcare and Health IT Careers

The Board of Regents for Higher Education is collaborating with Capital Workforce Partners in a $6.7 million U.S. Department of Labor Ready to Work Partnership Grant for its “Re-Employment Alliance for Careers in Health” (REACH) project to lead workforce training in healthcare and health IT careers in the region.

Asnuntuck, Capital, Manchester and Tunxis Community Colleges; Central Connecticut State University; and Charter Oak State College will provide training, curriculum development, job readiness preparation and tutoring support. Through this grant, the participating colleges will receive $625,000 in student tuition support, $50,000 for tutoring, and $10,000 for developing contextualized math curriculum for the LPN program at Charter Oak State College. Initiatives include developing a math refresher course, tutoring for IT students, tuition for two-year IT certificates, the development of nurse specialties, and nursing tuition support to meet the needs of Connecticut’s healthcare institutions.

“This Ready to Work grant will ensure that the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities are equipped to provide training and job placement services for workers in the growing health care industry,” said Board of Regents President Gregory Gray. “This initiative can help provide Connecticut residents with the skills and training they need to excel, and will help encourage these talented individuals back into the workforce.”

Other partners in the grant include: Metro Alliance for Careers in Health, Bristol Hospital, Eastern CT Health Network (EHCN), Hartford Hospital, Johnson Memorial Medical Center, VNA Healthcare, Inc., and SMC Partners; the One-Stop CT Works/American Job Center Network.

The Ready to Work Partnership Grant is part of $169,771,960 in grants awarded to 23 partnerships by the U.S. Department of Labor to help long-term unemployed Americans find work. The grants are part of the Ready to Work Partnership initiative to support innovative collaborations between employers, nonprofit organizations and federal job training programs to help connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.