NORFOLK -- Seven colleges and three hospitals in the area received a $5 million dollar grant from the US Department of Labor.
The Peninsula Council for Workforce Development (Greater Peninsula Workforce Investment Board) in partnership with Opportunity Inc. received the grant and will dole out the money to students. More than 330 people from across the metropolitan area will receive training under the grant for jobs, averaging $43,000 per year.
Senator Mark Warner helped push it through Washington with a letter to the members of the department.
Eastern Virginia Medical School is one of seven schools in Hampton Roads that received the money. More than 300 hundred students will be awarded scholarships up to $10,000 dollars.
At EVMS, it will pay for students to train on simulated patient mannequins. The idea is to educate new students and further train those who are already in the field. For example, a licensed nurse can apply for a scholarship to become a registered nurse. They will then be placed in sections of the medical industry that need the workers.
Training will occur across more than 20 specialties including dental hygiene, health information technology, lab technology, physical therapy, registered nursing, physician assistance, radiologic technology, and respiratory therapy.