Central Georgia Technical College has been awarded a $2.6 million federal grant to create and expand its online training programs.
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the continuing grant to Central Georgia Tech, one of 57 grant recipients nationwide, according to a news release. The money is expected to help eligible Trade Adjustment Assistance workers, veterans and other adult students obtain certification thats necessary for health care careers.
I commend the Department of Labor for its commitment to increasing access to targeted training for Americas workers, U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Ga., said in a statement announcing the grant. Skills training programs and partnerships with educational institutions will strengthen the American workforce and contribute to long-term economic growth.
Amy Holloway, vice president for academic affairs at Central Georgia Tech, said the grant will be used to target veterans, unemployed residents and displaced workers whose jobs moved overseas.
By leveraging our existing partnerships with local health care providers and our local chambers of commerce, we can create affordable, short-term training programs that target the needs of health care employers and help transition these individuals back into the workplace, Holloway said.
According to the release, the grant will help put in place the Central Georgia Healthcare Workforce Alliance, a network that provides training for careers in health services/health sciences. The money will be used to expand support services, such as tutoring, and to upgrade instructional technology infrastructure so that healthcare training can be provided across Central Georgia Technical Colleges 11-county service area.