U.S. Secretary of Labor discusses Rx Tennessee grant at Roane State

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Roane State Community College hopes to help more than 1,500 Tennesseans earn healthcare credentials in the next few years.

A $12.5 million Rx Tennessee grant will go to a group of schools headed up by Roane State. That's all of the Tennessee Board of Regents community colleges and Tennessee technology centers.

Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis was at Roane State to discuss the importance of the grant. She says the money will help folks here get successful and sustainable jobs in healthcare.

"I think community colleges play a pivitol role right now in the workplace, and they are the most affordable-- they're local and they're accessible. That has been a big secret for the last few decades, that we haven't seen more emphasis at the community college level," said Solis.

The four-year grant will help the colleges offer more training for healthcare careers. It will also support students as they complete their degrees.

Rx Tennessee is part of a U.S. Department of Labor initiative.

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The U.S. Department of Labor secretary, Hilda Solis, will be in Oak Ridge on Wednesday to highlight a program at Roane State Community College.

Roane State is leading a statewide initiative called the "Rx Tennessee" training program. It helps students prepare for health care careers through training that meets the needs of employers across the state.

The Department of Labor provided $12.5 million in grant money for the program.    

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