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STLCC Receives Grant to Train Health Information Technology Workers

April 20, 2010

As one of 17 institutions participating in the Midwest Community College Health Information Technology Consortium, St. Louis Community College will receive $817,194 in funding to train 300 healthcare workers over a two-year period.

The consortium, led by Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, is part of a nationwide effort to respond to the mandates of the HITECH Act requiring that all U.S. citizens have an electronic medical record by 2014. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is providing funding for the initiative.

The grant will allow STLCC to develop and deliver short-term training for six different roles in the health information technology field. The non-degree training programs will take no more than six months to complete and provide individuals with the skills needed to help integrate electronic health record information systems at hospitals, doctor's offices and other medical facilities.

The future healthcare workers can choose to be trained in jobs such as clinician/practitioner consultant, implementation support specialist, and technical/software support staff.

“We welcome this exciting opportunity to work with Cuyahoga Community College and its partners to help prepare the Midwest work force to meet the demands of the future,” said Rod Nunn, vice chancellor for workforce and community development. “Health care plays a vital role in the St. Louis economy, and workers trained through this program will be instrumental in jumpstarting our region’s transition to electronic medical records.” 

At STLCC, the program will be a joint effort between the Health Information Technology department of the Forest Park campus and STLCC’s Division of Workforce and Community Development. Classes will be held primarily at the Forest Park campus and are expected to begin this fall.