Training program

Birmingham receives $10.8m grant for training program

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration awarded the City of Birmingham a grant of approximately $10.8 million to establish a health worker training program for traditionally underserved communities , according to the Birmingham Mayor’s Office and the EDA.

The grant, which is funded through the American Rescue Plan’s Good Jobs Challenge, will fund the creation of the Region Health Partnership: a staff training program for health care workers designed to create “high-quality health care jobs quality for traditionally underserved communities, including women and people of color. “, according to the EDA.

“The Biden-Harris administration is committed to creating career opportunities that allow more Americans to get quality, in-demand jobs,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said in a statement released Thursday. “This EDA investment will help provide women in the Birmingham area with the services and support they need to complete their training and be placed in quality healthcare careers.”

Over the life of the grant, which is expected to last three years, the partners plan to train and place more than 1,000 job seekers in high-quality healthcare jobs, according to the mayor’s office. Birmingham.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin praised the “close collaboration” between city and county officials, as well as the region’s five largest healthcare employers, in a statement on Thursday.

Other partners include the Birmingham Business Alliance; Central Six AlabamaWorks! ; Innovate Birmingham; Prosper; Greater Birmingham Regional Planning Commission; STRIVE; and Women’s Foundation of Alabama, according to the mayor’s office.

“We are honored to receive the Good Jobs Challenge grant. This is truly a collaborative effort between the city and our partners to improve workforce development in our region,” Woodfin said Thursday. “These funds from the Biden-Harris administration will go a long way in our commitment to building a more equitable and inclusive economy designed to serve the people.”

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