By Cornelia de Bruin
Triplicate staff writer
A local agency has received nearly $400,000 of state grant money for training nurses.
Its $396,646 dollar share of $14.4 million handed out by the state's Employment Development Department will pay for nurse training and development assistance programs ¬ó a Rural Human Services program that began here six years ago and has trained 180 local workers in nursing careers. RHS announced the grant Thursday.
The funding pays for the bulk of tuition, books, uniforms, licensing and other training costs for workers, and will be spread over two years.
"It will result in over 60 nurses, nurse's aides and other medical staff going to work in Del Norte County," said Tim Hoone, director of the Workforce Center, part of Del Norte's One Stop Center for work and employer services in Del Norte County.
The agency is one of only two in Northern California to get part of the funding.
Hoone called the continuation of support "very exciting" and said he is "looking forward" to working with the partners involved in the project. Those include College of the Redwoods, Del Norte County Department of Health and Social Services, Sutter Coast Hospital, Del Norte Unified School District and Crescent City Nursing and Rehabilitation.
"Health care training is very important and we are dedicated to maintaining it in this community," said Grant Scholes, spokesman for Sutter Coast Hospital. "I'm glad to see others supporting it."
Added Hoone, "Each of the partners already contributes many dollars towards the training of nurses, certified nurse's aides and other health careers. These grant dollars build on this partnership and help fill in gaps of funding."