Wisconsin healthcare workers will receive $5 million in grants

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Governor Tony Evers announced Thursday that more than $5 million in grants will be distributed to health care workers in Wisconsin.

Grants will be awarded to the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for training efforts to support long-term solutions to Wisconsin’s health problems.

“Prioritizing programs that help ensure a strong future for our healthcare workforce has never been more important, and I am delighted to announce funding to support two essential programs that not only help individuals find jobs successful in the industry, but ensure we have the manpower to also train the next generation of healthcare providers,” Governor Evers said.

This announcement comes as Governor Evers proclaimed National Practical Nurses Week in the state of Wisconsin earlier this week. It builds on the governor’s previous efforts to support nursing assistant training for more than 160 Wisconsin National Guard members to help relieve the state’s long-term care facilities.

In this round of grants, WISCAP will receive approximately $4.9 million to help low-income people enroll in training and education for healthcare careers. UW-Green Bay will receive up to $376,000 to fund a co-clinical instructor program that will expand nursing faculty capacity through a new clinical placement collaboration between local healthcare employers and their nursing program.

These scholarships are funded by the Workforce Innovation Grant Programwhich has been awarding grants since December 2021.

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