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State Grant Funds Training Healthcare Workers in Worcester

By Tom Marino | February 26, 2024
Last Updated: February 26, 2024

WORCESTER – Governor Maura Healey allocated over $1.1 million for workforce training to Worcester to train for in-demand jobs in healthcare and behavioral health.

Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Lauren Jones announced the funding on Friday, which includes $16.3 million in grants from the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF) to nine organizations across Massachusetts, including the City of Worcester and the MassHire Central Region Workforce Board.

The grants aim to train 1,860 individuals in roles such as Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Nurse Assistant, and Mental Health Peer Support Specialist. Initiatives will focus on upskilling unemployed, underemployed, and current workers for roles like Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Nurse Assistant, and Mental Health Peer Support Specialist.

According to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, the funding for Worcester and MassHire Central Region Workforce Board will provide training and placement services to prepare 368 unemployed and underemployed participants for Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomist, Cardiovascular Technologist & Technician, Clinical Medical Administrative Assistant, Certified Nurse Assistant, and Home Health Aide positions.

They will partner with Reliant Medical Group, Notre Dame Health Care, Sunrise Senior Living, UMass Memorial Health Alliance – Clinton Hospital, and Christopher House of Worcester.

The other eight organizations receiving funding are:

  • Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Inc., Pittsfield: $2,227,173
  • Boston Private Industry Council, Inc., Boston: $972,673
  • City of Salem/MassHire North Shore Workforce Board, Salem: $2,413,205
  • City of Lowell/MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board, Lowell: $2,251,600
  • MassHire Cape & Islands Workforce Board, Hyannis: $1,921,783
  • MassHire Greater New Bedford Workforce Board, New Bedford: $2,660,220
  • MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board, Inc., Springfield: $1,271,342
  • MassHire Metro South/West Workforce Board, Marlborough: $1,459,242

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