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Central Lakes College President Larry Lundblad (right) joined Dan Swenson, CEO of CentraCare Health System at Long Prairie to sign a $178,406 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Grant through which CLC will train 279 employees at the facility. The third signer was Paul Moe, executive director of MJSP and the Workforce Development Division of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Moe said the three-year grant project will incorporate “Transforming Care at the Bedside” principles throughout CentraCare. Other objecives are to better serve the Hispanic population and medical management of specific staff-created projects to sustain a patient-centered energy. Nurses, emergency medical technicians, medical technicians, and medical transcriptionists will learn techniques to improve quality and safety of patient care using a national program developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project’s total value is $423,312 based on a $238,343 private-sector match (including in-kind), $6,563 from CLC and the $178,406 from the people of Minnesota. This the 19th MJSP grant since 1998 for CLC, said Rebecca Best, dean of workforce, regional and economic development. Eloise Thorson, customized trainer at CLC, is project coordinator.

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