Oct. 19, 2012, 9:50 p.m.

Program OK'd by WCCC, funded by federal grant

The Wyoming Community College Commission approved Laramie County Community Colleges’ new health information technology program on Oct. 19. The program will be supported by a recent grant the college received as part of a consortium of schools.

Grant received from US Department of Labor

LCCC received a $350,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in September. The grant was received under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCT) grant program, which is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education.

LCCC was part of a Colorado-led consortium of institutions, which received a total of $14,171,229 and was headed by Pueblo Community College. Other members of the consortium were Kodiak College, Otero Junior College, Red Rocks Community College, Montana State University–Great Falls College of Technology, Flathead Valley Community College and Lake Area Technical Institute.

Grant to help displaced workers

“In general the grant itself is intended to create programs and capacities within this consortium to help individuals, specifically displaced workers, to re-enter the workforce through health care occupations,” Dr. Joe Schaffer, LCCC president, said.

These programs have a heavy focus on distance delivery, on stackable credentials and similar qualities. “The real intend of this program is to help individuals who have been unemployed due to the recession to get the education they need to re-enter the workforce and be successful,” Schaffer said.

Grant will fuel Health Information Technology program

The grant money will go toward LCCC’s health information technology program that offers two certificates and one associate of applied science degree. The credentials are stackable, which means the two certificates can be applied toward the degree if students wish.

“We were really excited about this program and the grant because the overall interest of it fits with where LCCC wants to take the health information technology program,” he said.

In addition to supplies, the grant will help will go toward staff time and curriculum development to help transition the program to an online environment. “There is a need for us to serve the entire state of Wyoming because we are the only community college actually offering this,” Schaffer said. “The grant will help us fast track it to an online delivery and serving the state, our students and meeting the intentions of the grant.”

The U.S. Department of Labor noted: “Many of the courses in these programs lattice so that students can more easily change their area of focus to a different allied health program and be able to apply their prior learning. As appropriate, partners will develop new lab exercises to provide students with the opportunity to conduct science experiments online.”

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