Obama administration grants helped NICC ramp up health instruction

Initiatives that occurred during former President Barack Obama’s administration resulted in sustained support for training and education programs at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) and other Midwest campuses, according to a news release from the college.

Grants from the federal Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training program, as well as the Bridges2Healthcare program, allowed NICC to expand opportunities for students.

The college received $2.4 million in grant funding as a result of the initiatives, much of it in 2015. NICC worked with other colleges and technical schools from Minnesota and Wisconsin, which in total won grants totaling $12.7 million, according to the release.

The idea behind the Bridges2Healthcareers program was to train students for high-growth occupations in the health care industry.

As a result of the grants, NICC added health simulation labs at its Calmar and Peosta campuses and was able to better train students in medical assisting, pharmacy technician, certified nurse aide, emergency medical technician, paramedic, nursing and respiratory therapy.

The college also used $75,000 in grant funds to upgrade and modernize its Dubuque Center, the release stated.

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