Urban League, health care providers to announce $100,000 worker training grant



MADISON, Wis. – Secretary Ray Allen announced Saturday afternoon that the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is awarding a $93,387 grant to the Urban League of Greater Madison and a consortium of the Madison region’s four largest health care providers. 

The money will allow the Urban League and the four business partners to train at least 100 low-income job seekers for new or better administrative jobs in health care paying from $13.25 to $22 an hour plus benefits, the Urban League said.

Trainees will receive up to 300 hours of training to prepare them for positions such as medical scheduler, health unit clerk, medical receptionist, registrar, patient services representative and other health care support roles.

The grant will come through the state’s Wisconsin Fast Forward grant program — a nationally recognized talent development solution to train and retain highly skilled workers.

The project will serve low-income unemployed and underemployed job seekers facing employment barriers such as individuals without a post-secondary degree, ex-offenders, individuals who have limited or inconsistent work histories and individuals with other barriers to obtaining or advancing their employment status. 

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