TCC secures $500,000 to provide free healthcare certification to local residents

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Tallahassee Community College has received a $500,000 grant from Sunshine Health to expand its healthcare certification program, providing free training to residents of Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties.

“I’m finally going back to school and I’m thrilled,” said Catarina Martin. She moved to the United States from Guatemala and said she always wanted to work in the medical field. “I didn’t have enough money to pay for the lessons,” Martin said.

Now, Martin is enrolled in TCC’s Sunshine Health Works program to eventually become a registered nurse.

The Sunshine Health Works program started in 2021 as a pilot project, called Gadsden Connect. The initiative was created to help reduce the unemployment rate in Gadsden County, but with new funding it has been extended to all three counties.

“Through this initiative, we were able to create these programs that would allow local residents to stay in their yard and pursue a career at the same time,” said the Vice President of Workforce Innovation of TCC, Dr. Kimberly Moore. “Opportunities that would not only allow them to have a boost, but also provide an independent lifestyle for their families.”

TCC offers certifications for practical nurses, home health aides, medical administrative specialists, and participation in the LPN to RN transition program. You must have a high school diploma or GED, and the program is free for residents.

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