$24M to address health worker shortages

March 13, 2004 at 12:04 PM

BALTIMORE, March 13 (UPI) -- Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao has announced a $24 million initiative to address health care worker shortages in the United States.

The President's High Growth Job Training Initiative awarded its first grants of $3 million to The Johns Hopkins Health System and $1.5 million to the state of Maryland.

"Today we are announcing the kickoff of a new $24.4 million initiative to help train workers for jobs in the high growth health sector of our economy," Chao said Friday at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

The Johns Hopkins Health System grant will fund training for about 500 current workers to provide GED and diploma preparation and upgrade training for positions experiencing critical worker shortages.

Maryland's Governor's Workforce Investment Board will fund scholarships for nurses who pursue credentials to teach at the college and university level.

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