Health Care Money Coming To Aid In Education

Governor Bev Perdue is scheduled to meet with administrators at Pitt Community College Friday morning to talk about the Health Information Technology Consortium.

It's a 70 million dollar federal program to get people educated and then working in the healthcare profession.

The US Department of Labor estimates a shortfall in the next five years of 50,000 qualified health IT workers required to meet the needs of hospitals and physicians as they move to adopt electronic health care systems.

The HIT Consortium was developed to prepare workers within six months to begin careers in six critical health IT areas.

This money has been allotted to only five institutions in the country.


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  • by Derek Location: Greenville on May 22, 2010 at 06:21 AM
    Wow, if that is the best you can do, I suggest you stop watching soap operas OSOC. I know several of the administrators at PCC and they are excited about this program. Several of my friends graduated from there and they had a great time at Pitt. So I guess you have no faith in those graduates? Thanks for your support to the new grads OSOC, I can tell you don't have children.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 21, 2010 at 04:30 PM
    Derek, that is the most bleeding heart progessive liberal comment you have made yet. You really do drink the koolaid! So, you smpathize with the enemy combatants that want to kill you and me, since we are not sensitive to there feeling? I am guessing, you should be sensitive to BP for trying to stop the oil leaking into the gulf since they have feelings too...I just want to cry...wait, I think I am going to throw up again.....buuuuuurrrrrracccckkk, sorry, it must have been that crock I ate from lavon earlier, sorry, really. I came from a complex family that taught...well, normal values like, work for what you believe, be diligent, hold values, don't do drugs, worship god, defend you nation and help those that cannot help themselves. Welp, guess, I still believe in the American way and not the socialist way. Now go pray to Mao, light a candle and hope...oh, and go look up the Shore Bank....Obama? Hmmm, hmmm, hmmm, the comrad is corrupt!
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on May 21, 2010 at 01:11 PM
    Children of people who will benefit from this program, right OSOC?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM
    First off, the government is not your friend, trust me, don't believe me? Don't pay your taxes. There are already programs that pay unemployed to go back to school, finally, you are paying for it, just like everyone else who pays taxes. SYG, then let the hospitals pay for the training, afterall, they charge for everything else and training is part of working at one. So why burden taxpayers with another free gimme? Sorry, against it. Stop taking federal money..its not theirs, its our childrens children if you had noticed the debt yet.
  • by SYG on May 21, 2010 at 08:55 AM
    This money will actually help those who are ALREADY in the workplace learn more about the implementation of Electronic Medical Records and the healthcare industry. This is not for new students off of the streets. This is for those who already have a job............ just to clear up the confusion.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on May 21, 2010 at 07:26 AM
    Do some research on the type of program that this money is going to fund OSOC. You will see that Pitt is among very few colleges that will receive money for this program. Investing in their future, right? I am not sure if you've been around recently, but its really hard to send someone to school with high unemployment and tapped out Financial Aid. I believe in the old fashioned way too, thats how I put myself through school. But sometimes its always good to get a little help from a friend too.
  • by Tyrone Location: Greenville on May 21, 2010 at 06:50 AM
    70 million down 1 trillion left to spend. I sure hope we have a good hangover after blowing the remaining 1 trillion.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 21, 2010 at 06:18 AM
    Derek, actually, I expect students and their parents to support their own way. I know its old fashioned, however, that is how most of Americans do it.
  • by hope Location: NC on May 21, 2010 at 06:15 AM
    Derek, I too hope they can, at the very least, READ! If so, in some instances, they will learn more at the local library than they ever will in an NC classroom.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on May 21, 2010 at 05:43 AM
    I hope the prospective students that will benefit from this program can read the comments on this blog. I guess you all don't expect much from these students in the future. Its a shame, really.
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