Idaho colleges get funds to train workers in nursing, cybersecurity

Three Idaho colleges will receive nearly $900,000 in worker training grants from the Idaho Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The College of Western Idaho, the University of Idaho and North Idaho College will use the money to improve the skills of workers in cooperating with their employers, which must put up 25 percent in cash matches for the grants.

•  The College of Western Idaho got $232,000 to start a program for nurses who provide care before during and after surgery. The community college, which serves Ada and Canyon counties, hopes to certify 60 nurses by May 2017. Saint Alphonsus Health System, St. Luke’s Health System and the West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell are providing a combined $58,000 cash match.

•  The University of Idaho got $463,000 to start a cybersecurity professional and technical education training program in August on its Coeur d’Alene campus. The program will offer short-term training and certification for information-technology professionals. The program is expected to enroll 31 students. Idaho Power Co., Kootenai Health, Fatbeam and Highpoint Medical Inc., are providing a combined $154,584 match.

•  North Idaho College got $202,500 to start a program offering American Association of Psychiatric Technicians certification for mental-health assistants and certification programs for patient-care coordinators and restorative-care assistants. The program will have 135 participants over two years. The Northwest Hospital Alliance is proving a $50,625 cash match.

The jobs must pay at least $12 an hour and include employer-assisted health insurance.