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CTE Funding Spotlight: Health Paraprofessionals Skills Training and Workforce Development Grant

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June 25, 2014

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CTE Funding Spotlight: Health Paraprofessionals Skills Training and Workforce Development Grant

The Health Resources and Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced a request for applications for the Skills Training and Health Workforce Development of Paraprofessionals grant, provided through the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). The program seeks to train and expand the health paraprofessional workforce to meet the employment needs of communities through existing certificate training programs that provide a pathway to an associate and/or bachelor's degree, as well as community partnerships to support job placement with an emphasis on rural and underserved areas.

Grantees will be expected to expand the health paraprofessional workforce by supporting education and training that result in a certificate or license. The funding is to support students in community, technical, and tribal colleges and universities who are seeking to obtain formal training in a health paraprofessional field. Certificate training program areas may include care coordinators, community health workers, dental assistants, home health aides, medical assistants, patient navigators, outreach workers, and other health paraprofessionals.

A total of $2 million is expected to be available for 10 to 15 grantees.  The project period is three years, and applicants may apply for up to $200,000 per year. Applications must be submitted by July 16, 2014. The full notice and application packet are available here.

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