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Nearly $20 million in two grants will be given to Chippewa Valley Technical College to be distributed among the state’s 16 technical schools to help students in the healthcare industry and others wanting to start a career.

The grants were announced Monday at the White House, and are a part of $450 million in job training grants.

“Congress authorized these grants as part of economic recovery legislation several years ago. Our technical college system as a whole decided we should present a united front and have all the technical colleges work together in seeking the grant money,” CVTC President Bruce Barker said.

CVTC and the Massacoit Community College in Massachusetts were the largest recipients of the grants in the nation.

The largest grant that CVTC will split up to all of the Wisconsin Technical College System schools is for $15 million and is an Advancing Careers and Training for Health Care grant. The largest amount, $1.5 million, will go to Milwaukee Area Technical College.

CVTC will get $722,178 that it will use for programs for the nursing-associate degree program. The money will be used to add staff and class sections so more students can taken classes. Part of the money will also go for the medical office receptionist program.

Barker said the grant will help CVTC serve about 150 more students in the program.

CVTC will also split among the 16 technical schools $3.8 million of the grant for simulation learning and technology in healthcare programs.

The second grant, for $5 million, will be used to help students stay on a path toward their careers. The money will be used for training, staff development and research that will aim for a unified approach for keeping students on the correct path, eliminating duplicative courses.

CVTC has campuses in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Menomonie, Neillsville and River Falls, and serves an 11-county area in west-central Wisconsin....

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