News Release

Published on Monday, July 14, 2014

Western Technical College will offer a four-day Bridges 2Healthcare (B2H) Academy that introduces career options in the healthcare industry. Thanks to funding from a Department of Labor grant, the academy is being offered at no cost to participants. In addition, a six-day Personal Care Worker (PCW) workshop will also be offered. Both events will be held on the Independence campus located at 36084 Walnut St. The B2H Academy will be held Aug. 4-7, from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Pre-registration is requested by Thursday, July 31. The PCW workshop will be held Oct. 1-3 and 6-8, from 8:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. Pre-registration is requested by September 23.

The 30-hour B2H Academy will provide an introduction to several different healthcare career options, training, and employment requirements. The Academies are offered as a way for individuals to make an informed decision on whether a healthcare career is a good match for them and if so, what paths they may follow to attain such a career. Participants are expected to commit to the full Academy and will receive a certificate upon completion.

The 40-hour PCW workshop will provide certification for entry level employment opportunity in healthcare setting. Many Personal Care Workers go on to expand their education in many areas of the healthcare industry such as Nursing Assistant, Respiratory Care, Nursing, Physical Therapy Assistant, and more. Participant are expected to commit to the full workshop and will receive a certificate upon completion. A Spanish-speaking interpreter will be on hand to assist.

Representatives for both events will be on campus Wednesday, July 23, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to answer any questions and to assist with registration.

For more information or to register, contact Ray Heidel at 608.789.6216 or or Lori Hines at 608.789.6277 or

This workforce solution is partially financed through a $12,695,868 grant from the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. This “Bridges2Healthcare” Grant was awarded to a consortium of seven colleges in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCT) program.