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Cherry Health Partners with GRCC to Address Need for Skilled Health Care Workers

Grand Rapids Community College was awarded a $6 million federal grant that will allow the college to work with its community partners to provide a pipeline of much-needed skilled health care workers, officials announced Thursday, Nov. 17.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded more than $111 million to 23 regional partnerships in 28 states through the America’s Promise competition. Grant awards ranged from $1.8 million to $6 million to strengthen and expand regional workforce partnerships.

The Southeast Michigan Community Alliance also received $6 million.

“West Michigan’s health care employers have been struggling to fill positions ranging from entry-level to highly skilled jobs,” said Bill Pink, dean and vice president of GRCC’s School of Workforce Development, about the grant applied for over the summer.

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