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KCCD Receives $5 million Grant to Help Students Complete Health Careers

Kern Community College District (KCCD) will receive $5 million of a $20 million grant to train Bakersfield College, Porterville College, and Cerro Coso Community College students for high-demand health careers jobs, KCCD Chancellor Sandra Serrano recently announced.

KCCD colleges won the grant in collaboration with a consortium of California community colleges. The Central California Community College Consortium, led by West Hills Community College District, submitted the only grant proposal to be funded in California. The three-year, $20 million grant is part of $500 million in grant funds to community colleges around the country. The grant monies support partnerships between community colleges and employers to develop programs that provide educational pathways to readily available, high-paying jobs.

“These grant funds will build upon KCCD’s recently focused efforts to increase student success and college completion in our service area,” Chancellor Serrano said. “This funding will help us prepare students with the skills and competencies they need to be successful—and to do so in a shorter time period to better respond to local workforce jobs in highest demand.”

For more information, please visit www.kccd.edu.

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