Midlands Technical College is one of six colleges receiving a $25 million federal grant to accelerate the training of displaced workers for jobs in healthcare. It is the largest grant in Midlands Tech’s history.
The Columbia-based college will lead a group of six colleges, all in the South, in offering an accelerated one year program for thousands of displaced workers and other students for entry-level healthcare jobs. Central Carolina Technical College and Florence-Darlington Technical College will also participate in the program.
Dr. Marshall (Sonny) White, President of Midlands Tech, says the grant will help the school prepare persons for important jobs. “There is a critical need in the Midlands to get entry-level workers into the pipeline for healthcare careers. This program will have a positive impact on thousands of students, many in rural areas with high unemployment to obtain enhanced training at early stages and set them up for success.”
The Colleges will recruit displaced workers and other interested students with no previous healthcare experience to train for new certificates that utilize high-tech simulators and virtual reality technology.
The program will be funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.