October 05, 2015

SEDALIA—State Fair Community College is one of 13 Missouri colleges that worked with the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) to help 4,251 students statewide access training and gain the skills needed to enter the health care industry.

Through the MoHealthWINs program, SFCC received $931,000 of a $19.9 million federal grant managed by MCCA. With those funds, the college helped 303 students achieve 781 industry-recognized credentials. Of those 303 students, 259 found employment after completing the program.

The MoHealthWINs grant, which ended this year, provided funding for students to receive training in four career pathways: health informatics, therapeutic services, diagnostic services, and support services. With grant funds, SFCC was able to train students to become Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Medical Technicians, Phlebotomists, Sonographers, and certified Radiologists in Computed Tomography, Quality Management and Mammography.

“The MoHealthWINs grant has been a tremendous benefit to State Fair Community College and our students,” said Dr. Joanna Anderson, SFCC president. “Grant funding enabled the college to create courses and programs in five allied health majors and provide tuition assistance to students in those programs. We also piloted an intrusive advising model, which was very successful and has now been scaled up campuswide with our Student Success Navigation program. Best of all, we are preparing students for excellent careers in high-demand health professions.”

Statewide, 80 percent of the MoHealthWINs participants who completed their programs of study are now employed.

More than 229 businesses and agencies became industry partners to MoHealthWINs colleges. These businesses provided input on the design of the academic programs, offered internships and hands-on experience for students and in many cases offered employment opportunities upon graduation.

“The grant bridged the gap between industries searching for qualified workers and workers seeking training for well-paying jobs,” said Rob Dixon, president and CEO of MCCA. “Each college reached out to local industry partners to learn their employment needs and designed curricula that provided the academic background to fulfill them. Additionally, innovations introduced by MoHealthWINs are helping the colleges improve completion rates, developmental education and digital literacy for their students.”

The federal funds were provided through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program. The program targeted Trade Act Assistance workers, veterans, unemployed, underemployed, and low skilled workers.

MCCA managed the grant for Missouri’s 12 community colleges and one state technical college. Two further rounds of the TAACCCT grant program— MoManufacturingWINs and MoStemWINs—are now underway. To learn how they are impacting the state, visit www.MCCAtoday.org.

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