U.S. Labor Department announces grant to help health care workers

(WTNH)–The U.S. Labor Department has just announced a major grant to help retrain health care workers and get them back to work.

‘Capital Workforce Partners’ has received a $ 6.7 million grant from the feds to help retrain out of work LPN’s, RN’s and help healthcare IT techicians update their knowledge of the fast changing field and get back to work.
The grant should help about 300 people in all.

“Eighty-five percent of them will be people who are long term unemployed, mostly people who’ve either been in health care or related fields and have not be able to get back into it,” said Sheldon Bustow who is Chairman of Capital Workforce Partners and director of new business development at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain.

The other 15 percent will people currently employed but in need of training updates to keep up with the fast changing technology.

“Our health care system is undergoing a transformation right now where we’re using information to make care more affordable and better quality,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) in making the announcement.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District) added, “There were twenty states that got grants, 23 grants given, two for the state of Connecticut.”

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