A $3 million U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded to Rogue Community College will fund the development of new health care training programs, according to a news release.
Using the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant, RCC officials plan to create two- and one-year certifications students can earn. Grant dollars will go toward training certified nursing assistants in acute, dementia and restorative care; clinical lab assistants; and physical therapy assistants through a Lane Community College partnership.
The money also will help hire new instructors and boost the number of students served in existing programs, school officials said.
"This is a pretty big deal for local health care providers and will inject a lot of dollars into our local economy," John Osbourn, dean of RCC's School of Health and Public Service, said in the release.
RCC officials project the grant will go toward training 461 students over the next three years.
RCC was the only Oregon community college — and one of 27 colleges nationwide — to receive an individual grant for the Pathways to Allied Health Professions project.
RCC officials have been working over the last year to develop health care training that supports the region's health care workforce. The efforts have been headed up by the Rogue Valley Health Care Workforce Committee. Committee members include Asante Health System, Fairview Transitional Health Center, Providence Medford Medical Center, Rogue Valley Manor, Royal Gardens Health & Rehabilitation Center, Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics, and Valley Immediate Care, along with RCC, Southern Oregon University and the Job Council.
"This grant is a milestone for the college and one of the largest commitments in a single grant," RCC President Peter Angstadt said.
The grant is part of $500 million in federal grants awarded to community colleges and universities nationwide, intended for innovative training and education programs.
— Ryan Pfeil