The Department of Labor is giving $3.4 million to Wiregrass Georgia Technical College to develop its health care programs.
It's known as the REACH Project, or Regional Education and Careers in Health Care, and is designed to train, recruit and assist those interested in such fields as nursing, paramedics and pharmaceuticals.
Because of the aging population, professors say there's a growing need for more health care workers.
"The baby boomers will be retiring from those health care provider jobs and we need to train future employees to take those roles," said REACH Project Director Judy Hesters.
Students enrolled in the program will have the opportunity to intern with the more than 79 local hospitals, nursing homes and doctors' offices affiliated with the project.
And it targets 20 counties in southern Georgia.
Anyone interested in the program should call (229) 333-2108.
You can also apply in person on January 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brooks Hall Magnolia Room.
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