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STLCC Awarded HIT Grant for New Career Training

September 17, 2010

Three hundred health care and information technology students and professionals will be retrained over the next two years in a new grant program designed to increase the number of health information technology (HIT) workers in Missouri. 

St. Louis Community College was awarded $817,194 to administer the grant as a member of the Midwest Community College Consortia component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ HIT Workforce program. The two-year grant became available last April as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. It has a dual purpose: to help transition the nation to electronic health care records, and help transition laid-off health care and information technology professionals to new careers.

Classes start Sept. 28 for the short-term certificate programs in HIT. However, admission is competitive and selective. Qualified applicants will be given tuition assistance, but must have experience in IT (project management, technical support, software development, networking, etc.) or health care (health information management, clinical practitioner, practice manager, medical records, medical billing, etc.). The 12-credit-hour courses will begin and end in six months or less. Much of the training will be online and self-directed.

The project’s goals are:

  1. To train current health career and IT professionals to become HIT professionals equipped to implement, support and integrate electronic health care information systems into diverse health care practice settings with an emphasis on small primary care physician offices, community health centers and rural health centers.
  2. To train current health career and IT students to become HIT professionals equipped to implement, support and integrate electronic health care information systems into diverse health care practice settings.

STLCC is the only Missouri college with this curriculum and one of 17 midwestern colleges chosen for this grant project.

To apply, resumes should be sent electronically to ktalbot1@stlcc.edu or mailed to Kevin Talbot, St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, Room D-213, 5600 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110-1316.