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Senator Murray Announces Over $4.7 million in Community-Based Job Training Grants for Seattle and Pasco

Oct 20 2005

Grants will fund career training in healthcare industry for more than 600 Washington residents

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) today announced more than $4.7 million in United States Department of Labor (DOL) community-based job training grants for two colleges in Washington state. Murray, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) and Senate Appropriations committees, has been a strong advocate for funding for worker training programs.

"I'm very pleased to have been able to secure this funding to strengthen our workforces, both in Seattle and Pasco," Murray said. "Now is the time to invest in creating the skilled, well-prepared workforce that will keep our state competitive in the future, and this funding will help greatly in those efforts."

Seattle Grant

The Seattle grant will be awarded to Seattle Central Community College in the amount of $2,762,496 and will train over 500 program participants. This grant will be used to build capacity within the community college and workforce development systems to better meet the training needs of the local healthcare industry in the areas of nursing, dental hygiene, and health care support services.

The project will recruit and hire high-quality instructors, expand clinical training opportunities to provide realistic learning experiences for students, provide English as a Second Language, and basic skills to improve student retention and completion rates, and replace outdated clinical instruction equipment.

Pasco Grant

The Pasco grant will be awarded to Columbia Basin College in the amount of $1,992,675, and will train 124 program participants. The funding will be used to develop a healthcare Radiologic Sciences Training Program, featuring online curriculum, certifications, and training equipment.

It will also provide outreach and recruitment to K-12 schools, participants, and to the general public. Students completing the training programs will receive an A.A.S degree in Radiologic Sciences and/or certification in seven specialized areas.