CNM to Receive Nearly $2 Million Grant for Healthcare Programs

October 1, 2014 -- CNM is receiving $1,983,778 from a federal grant that will be used primarily to train community health workers, like a recently initiated Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) certificate program that prepares people to provide dental services in underserved communities.
July 16, 2015

The grant is part of a national $450 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program co-administered by the US Department of Labor and Department of Education.

A consortium of 11 two-year New Mexico colleges, called the Skill Up Network (SUN), led by Santa Fe Community College, has been awarded $15 million of that money to 1) expand and improve the delivery of healthcare career pathways; 2) increase attainment of degrees, certifications and industry recognized credentials; and 3) align education and workforce systems resulting in improved employment outcomes.

“Each school selected areas where they felt there is a need and could develop partners,” said Diane Burke, dean of the Workforce Training Center and CNM liaison to the New Mexico consortium. “We saw a need for community workers – medical personnel who can work in underserved communities -- and decided to pursue that as our grant activity.”

Targeted industries are allied health, health information technology (HIT) and emergency medical services (EMS).

In addition to CNM, the other New Mexico schools receiving part of the grant funds are San Juan College, Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell, Eastern New Mexico University – Ruidoso, New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, University of New Mexico – Taos, UNM Valencia County, UNM – Los Alamos, UNM – Gallup and Mesalands Community College.

The project will build on activities developed over the past three years of funding by TAACCT.