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$4.8 million grant to train more health care workers in Snohomish County


Edmonds College is a partner in a $4.8 million grant received by Everett Community College from the U.S. Department of Labor to train more than 700 students to become nurses and other health professionals.

Dale Carnell
Everett Community College registered nursing graduate Dale Carnell.

Everett Community College news release

Everett Community College and its partners have received a $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to train more than 700 students to become nurses and other health professionals.

"We extremely pleased," EvCC president David Beyer said. "This funding strengthens our ongoing efforts to address our region's nursing shortage, giving more students the opportunity to train for high-demand jobs. As a result, our region's health care providers will be able to hire more of the skilled employees they need to care for patients in our communities."

The grant expands EvCC's registered nursing program, allowing the college to offer an evening program. Evening classes are scheduled to begin in October 2010.

The expansion will help meet the high demand for nurses and nursing training. EvCC currently is forced to turn away two qualified applicants for every student accepted into the program.

The grant also funds an English as a Second Language welcome center lab, to provide English language training to health care professionals. The center will prepare qualified health care professionals who need English language skills for jobs in the United States.

In addition to registered nursing, funding also expands programs to train students to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), phlebotomists, medical assistants, nursing assistants (nursing assistant, certified), medical lab technicians and clinical lab assistants.

EvCC's grant partners include Bellingham Technical College, Cascadia Community College, Edmonds College, Shoreline Community College, Whatcom Community College, Providence Regional Medical Center, Stevens Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Snohomish County Workforce Development Council, Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council and the Northwest Workforce Council.

"We are excited to continue our partnerships with our region's leading health care providers, educators and workforce development authorities," Beyer said.

The Community-Based Job Training grant is for 2010-2013. This was the only grant awarded in Washington state during the fifth and final round of awards from the federal Community-Based Job Training Grant program.

Overall, the U.S. Department of Labor announced $125 million in grants to 41 community colleges and other educational organizations June 29.

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