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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
JUNE 29, 2007
(615) 741-2257

 

GOVERNOR AWARDS NURSING GRANT TO UPPER CUMBERLAND AREA
$224,187 TO UPPER CUMBERLAND HUMAN RESOURCE AGENCY FOR LPN TRAINING

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $224,187 to the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency in Cookeville, Tennessee . The money will address the needs of 36 participants who will be given the opportunity to enroll in the Licensed Practical Nurse training at the Tennessee Technology Center in Livingston.

"I am pleased to award this grant to the Upper Cumberland Resource Agency to assist Tennesseans in pursuit of careers in nursing," said Governor Bredesen. "These students will help fill the nursing shortage in this area’s medical facilities and improve Tennessee’s healthcare industry."

"I am proud to award this grant money to assist students in fulfilling their dreams," said Commissioner Neeley. "Healthcare is a demand occupation with shortages across the state and the nation."

"I am thankful Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley have awarded the grant to train workers in the healthcare industry," said Senator Charlotte Burks. "This will help our area’s medical employers get the help they need from newly licensed workers in our area."

“This grant will benefit our area’s healthcare industry,” said Representative Henry Fincher. “And the participants will get a valuable skill to further their careers. My appreciation goes to the Governor and Department of Labor for awarding this grant to our area.”

"I commend the state for awarding this grant to benefit Upper Cumberland residents and employers." said Representative Charles Curtiss.

“We are honored to accept this grant to help these students with their training,” said Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency Executive Director Phyllis Bennett. “Our gratitude goes to Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley for their continued support of our agency. The efforts of the Tennessee Tech University staff is reflected in the successful placement rate of these students.”



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