McHenry County Local News

Harvard students to receive health care training after McHenry County College receives grant

Students Jacob Reid (left) of Crystal Lake and James Harrison of Huntley transport a patient during a simulation lab at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake Saturday, March 25, 2017.

McHenry County College recently was awarded a state job training and economic development grant, which will be used to provide opportunities for Harvard-area students to enroll in health care credential programs, the college said in a news release.

The grant will provide $375,000 to be used for training in basic nursing, electrocardiogram technician, phlebotomy technician and clinical medical assistant programs, according to the release. Completing each program leads to an industry-recognized credential.

The program’s objective is to place at least 24 people in the stackable health care career path within 24 months. These stackable credential programs allow students to follow the full progression or earn an individual credential, providing immediate entry into the local workforce, according to the release.

McHenry County College and the McHenry County Workforce Network also will assist students with career planning. A student success coach will be available to provide additional support to students entering the program.

Supportive services will include coaching, referrals, mentoring and job placement. Students also will have access to externships and internships.

For more information on the program, email or call 815-479-7879.