South Dakota Allied Health Training Consortium awarded $16.2 million grant for rural health care.

The South Dakota Allied Health Training Consortium (SDAHTC), a Southeast Tech led consortium group of the state’s four technical and two tribal schools, was recently awarded a $16.2 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to maximize the development and expansion of innovative training programs in partnership with local health care employers. This award provides the SDAHTC with the funding to create 25 training programs over the next three years.

Over that period, the consortium will implement strategies to expand and enhance education and training opportunities in health care courses and programs. Emphasis will be placed on serving rural communities and Native American reservations by increasing the number of adults earning certificates, degrees, and diplomas in two years or less; replicating innovative and effective methods for designing and delivering instruction that addresses specific industry needs; and improving the learning outcomes of participants.

Beginning in the Fall of 2014, Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) classes will be offered in the Chamberlain area. Health Information Services (Fall 2014) and Medical Coding (Fall 2015) programs will be offered in the Pierre area as well. In addition to the programs being offered in rural communities, two state-of-the-art simulation trailers are currently being constructed and are slated to be completed by late 2014.