$15 million grant to train low-income Missourians for health care jobs

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Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

The state of Missouri will use a $15 million federal grant to train low-income Missourians in St. Louis, Kansas City and 19 Mid-Missouri counties for health-related careers, Gov. Jay Nixon announced Wednesday.

The Central Region Workforce Investment Board, which includes Boone, Cole and 17 other Mid-Missouri counties, will receive $2.25 million of the federal funds. St. Louis and Kansas City, along with a handful of counties surrounding the cities, will receive $6 million each.

“Building on the success of programs like the Summer Job League, this initiative will help even more Missourians unlock their potential and pursue careers in health care,” Nixon said in a news release. “We will continue to invest in job training efforts throughout the state, so that all Missourians have the opportunity to get the training they need to move up the economic ladder and build a brighter future for their families and communities.”

The Missouri Department of Social Services joined with eight other state agencies to make classroom learning, on-the-job training and distance learning opportunities available in an effort to better prepare Missouri residents for healthcare jobs.

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