West CAP Partners to Increase Nursing Workforce with Wisconsin Economic Development Grant | New

Governor Tony Evers visited River Falls on June 23 to announce more than $5 million in grants to help meet the growing demand for nurses statewide. Wisconsin’s community action association, WISCAP, has been awarded $4.8 million in the second round of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s Workforce Innovation Grant Program (WEDC), which aims to create solutions to Wisconsin’s healthcare workforce challenges.

Through the grant, ten WISCAP member agencies, including West CAP, are receiving funding to help low-to-moderate income people in 47 WI counties upgrade or retrain in high-demand nursing careers such as as CNA, LPN, Physician Assistant, and Registered Nurse Associate. As a member of WISCAP and a participant in the Workforce Innovation Grant, West CAP is committed to helping at least 10 low-to-moderate income program participants enroll in the training and to education for careers in healthcare personnel in its seven-county service area in western Wisconsin.

West CAP’s portion of the grant will be used to cover up to $25,000 per participant for tuition and nursing degree costs at Chippewa Valley Technical College or Northwood Technical College. Funding can also be used to cover the cost of books, transport, childcare during classes, etc. There are no work requirements, but participants must be of low to moderate income and reside in Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, or St. Croix counties to participate in the program through West CAP.

CVTC nursing student and former West CAP Adult Education and Intervention Program participant Carrie Kittleson shared some words on the initiative during the Governor’s press conference:

“When I arrived in West CAP I was homeless and living at the local women’s shelter. West CAP helped me find housing, they helped me pay for gas and books so I could earn my CNA, and they helped me set goals for my future. I have since completed my LPN and am now one semester away from graduating from CVTC-River Falls RN in late December.

This program will help people like Carrie who, with the right network of support and resources, can not only improve their own well-being, but also the well-being of thousands of Wisconsin residents who depend on the healthcare system. Full program details and how to apply will be shared on the West CAP website in the coming weeks. Visit https://westcap.org for more information or call West CAP at (715) 265-4271.

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