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CONTACT: MARTHA DEACON
OCTOBER 15, 2007
(615) 741-2257
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GOVERNOR AWARDS GRANT TO
NASHVILLE CAREER ADVANCEMENT CENTER
$110,000 GOES FOR HEALTH CARE TRAINING

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $110,000 to the Nashville Career Advancement Center to be used for training in various health care positions.

The money is from the Statewide Activity Grant for Skills Shortages and will fund staff positions and mentorship stipends for health care training.  The training targets low-income participants who will be trained in a variety of positions, including rehabilitation technician, phlebotomist, pharmacy technician, and patient care technician.  The training will be conducted at St. Thomas and Baptist Hospitals.

“I am pleased we can provide this grant to the Nashville Career Advancement Center to help address worker shortages in the health care field, which will benefit numerous Middle Tennessee employers,” said Governor Bredesen.

 “I am proud to award this grant money to enhance training opportunities in health care occupations,” said Commissioner Neeley.  “The grant will enable low-income and underemployed participants to learn skills in health care leading to full-time jobs with long-term retention.”

“I am thankful Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley have awarded the grant to help increase the number of people who can be trained to perform various health care-specific occupations,” said Senator Thelma Harper.  “This will help our area’s medical employers get the help they need.”

“I know this grant will benefit our area’s health care industry,” said Representative Brenda Gilmore. “Skilled workers in the health care field are in critical demand. My appreciation goes to Governor Bredesen and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development for awarding this grant to the Nashville Career Advancement Center.”

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