*Update* Pine Tech to Receive $4.2 Million
Pine Technical College is poised to receive $4.2 million from stimulus funding for training.
The money is part of nearly $1 billion in Recovery Act awards to help health care providers advance the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology (IT) and train workers for the health care jobs of the future. The announcement came on Friday by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
Pine Tech put together a consortium several years ago which includes the major medical facilities across the region, including the Kanabec Hospital, the Burnett Medical Center, and the Pine Medical Center.
Pine Technical College President Dr. Robert Musgrove says the money will be used for training to move the consortium forward in preparing the region’s health care work force.
Dr. Musgrove says there are about 300 students enrolled in the health services programs at Pine Tech. This includes, nursery, health science, and Certified Nursing Assistant training.
According to Musgrove, the enrollment for the health services programs are at the limit, but he says this grant will help expand the programs.
Minnesota is receiving $47 million of the $1 billion, including $9.6 million for the State Department of Health.
“The Recovery Act’s investments are making a positive difference in the lives of America’s working families,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis in a released statement. “The investments announced today will ensure thousands of workers across the nation can receive high-quality training and employment services, which will lead to good jobs in healthcare and other industries offering career-track employment and good pay and benefits.”