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Whatcom Community College to get $500,000 in medical program grants

Medical assistant program coordinator Ann Hayes talks to her class in September 2013 at Whatcom Community College’s health building, on Cordata Parkway north of the main campus. The college will get more than half a million dollars in grants to pay for new programs related to health care.
Medical assistant program coordinator Ann Hayes talks to her class in September 2013 at Whatcom Community College’s health building, on Cordata Parkway north of the main campus. The college will get more than half a million dollars in grants to pay for new programs related to health care. Bellingham Herald file

Whatcom Community College will get more than half a million dollars in grants to pay for new programs related to health care, the college said.

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is issuing the grants, which total $535,963. One grant of more than $269,000, funded through the board’s Hospital Employee Education Training program, will train certified nursing assistants in acute care, behavioral health, working with aging populations and medical terminology. WCC is the lead agency with five other partners on the grant.

WCC will also take a share of more than $169,000 on another grant to create a fast-track program that would train licensed mental health specialists in chemical dependency.

A third grant of more than $96,000 will train graduates in areas such as billing and helping patients with health care decisions.

All programs are expected to be implemented before 2018, said WCC spokeswoman Mary Vermillion.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan

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