High Desert Nursing Program Expanded

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(Best Syndication News) The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors expanded the Victor Valley College nursing program this week.

An additional $160,000 will be allocated, according to David Zook. Zook, the spokesperson for First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, tells Best Syndication that the funding is provided by the federal Workforce Investment Act and is administered through the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Department.

“Health care will continue to be a growth industry far into the future and this funding will enable the High Desert to meet that need with local workers,” said Mitzelfelt.

The state unemployment rate is currently 11.8 percent, but the high desert unemployment rate is much higher.

“With unemployment near 20 percent in some areas of the High Desert, providing education for residents to develop long-term, high-paying careers is a key component to sustainable economic growth,” Supervisor Mitzelfelt said.

The program will provide funding for an addition 20 students. There is a growing need for health care professionals in the High Desert, according to Zook. He says that 76 percent of the students who completed the program are currently working in local hospitals.

By: Dan Wilson

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