$14.7 Million in Grants to Promote Health Care Jobs

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Four youth-serving organizations will share in $14.7 million in Recovery Act grants to support health care training and virtual service-delivery to promote career opportunities in the health care sector,  the U.S. Department of Labor announced Wednesday.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said in a statement that the grants are meant to give organizations the “required tools” they need to inform and train individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the health care field, one of the fastest growing in the U.S. economy.

 “Many community-based organizations offering career guidance services lack the required technology to get the job done, and our goal is to increase their capacity through these grants,” Solis said.

These are the grantees, grant amounts and their projects:

American Association of Community Colleges (AACU), $6.6 million, Health Care Career Central.  The project involves providing web-based services designed to help individuals, including youths, explore health-care careers and employment and training options in the health-care sector. Project partners include the National Association of Workforce Boards, the American Council on Education and Jobs for the Future.

Goodwill Industries International, $3 million, Good Prospects. The project will operate in 84 cities, counties and communities within eight states: Tennessee, Arizona, Maine, New Hampshire, Virginia, California, Louisiana and Illinois. The project will work with various populations, including at-risk youths and ex-offenders, as well as non-English speaking populations.

The International Association of Jewish Vocational Services, $2.9 million, Virtual Career Exploration Gateway Project.  The project will operate in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Louisville, Ky.; Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and the states of New Jersey and New York. The program will serve various populations, including youths aging out of foster care, homeless individuals and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients.

SER-Jobs for Progress National Inc., $2.2 million, Coaching to Care Initiative.  It will operate in Fresno and Garden Grove, Calif.,; Miami; Chicago; Wichita, Kan.; Fall River and Roxbury, Mass.; Detroit, Camden, N.J.; Allentown, Pa., Fort Worth, Houston and Waco, Texas. The program will serve economically disadvantaged and minority populations.