Healthcare Training Grant Awarded to Four Eastern Colorado Counties

For immediate release

Date: January 11, 2017
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003
Fax: (303) 318-8070

(Denver) – A $91,000 grant has been awarded to Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson and Lincoln Counties to provide training to residents, setting them on paths to a variety of careers in healthcare.

Efforts to expand and strengthen specific industries across Colorado go back to 2009 when workforce professionals and representatives from business, higher education and community-based organizations came together in an unprecedented public-private collaboration.  Calling themselves “sector partnerships,” they were established in 13 regions across Colorado, with each one identifying active or emerging industries that could strengthen the region.

In Eastern Colorado, four counties linked as Region 5 and identified healthcare as an emerging high-demand/high-wage industry in need of a trained and ready workforce.  To expand the industry and to better connect the unemployed and the underemployed with healthcare careers, Region 5 applied to the Colorado Department of Higher Education for a training grant.

The $91,000 grant that has been awarded will be provided over a four year period.  Local Workforce Centers will be key players in this initiative as they link their training services to business results and align themselves with the other stakeholders in building Eastern Colorado’s workforce.

To take advantage of this opportunity, applicants must prove they are currently living in Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson or Lincoln Counties and are enrolled in a healthcare training program approved by the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Applicants must be prepared to explain why they want to work in the healthcare field and commit to staying within the four-county area for at least two years after completion of their training and hire.  And because the grant dollars are intended to provide quality jobs for low-income and at-risk job seekers, applicants must meet specific income guidelines.

These grant representatives can provide more information about requirements:

Burlington Workforce Center Jennifer Beck 719-346-5331
Elizabeth Workforce Center Cynthia Rears 303-646-2783
Limon Workforce Center Melody Bolton 719-775-2387
Keefe Memorial Hospital (Cheyenne Wells) Carrie Rico 719-767-5661 X 2006
Lincoln Community Hospital (Hugo) Susan Peterson 719-743-2421
Lincoln County Economic Development Troy McCue 719-760-0305

Matching Funding

In Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson and Lincoln Counties, healthcare leaders are partnering with workforce professions and educators to address workforce shortages and provide a skilled workforce.  The grant dollars will go far in strengthening this vital industry across Eastern Colorado but matching dollars will make the impact even greater.

The Region 5 Health and Wellness Sector Partnership is seeking matching donations to make the grant dollars go further.  Even a modest gift can go far and individuals donating $200 or more will receive a tax credit.  Call Candace Payne at 719-348-5562 for more information.

Business donations can be sent to Your Community Foundation,  P.O. Box 9, Limon, CO 80828 (please note on the check: “To R5SH&WP” or “Region 5 SECTOR Health & Wellness Partnership.”  Businesses with questions should contact Dave Stone at 719-775-2346.

About the Region 5 Sector Health & Wellness Partnership
To learn more about Colorado’s industry-driven workforce development partnerships and how they are building talent pipelines, visit 

Region 5 is developing a far-sighted approach to address the pressing need for trained healthcare professionals.  Members of the Health and Wellness Sector Partnership include: Keefe Memorial Hospital, Kit Carson Community Health Services, Lincoln Community Hospital and Care Center, Peak Vista Community Health Centers, Centennial Mental Health, The Independence Center, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Lincoln County Economic Development/Small Business Association, Morgan Community College (serving Limon and Burlington), the Eastern Colorado Council of Governments/Prairie Development Corporation, the Colorado Workforce Development Council, the Colorado Rural Workforce Council, Eastern Region Workforce Centers (serving Limon, Burlington and Elizabeth) and Colorado Workforce Development Programs (the latter four are all a part of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

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Dave Stone of Your Community Foundation, the fiscal agent for the funds; Melody Bolton of the Limon Workforce Center and the conveyor of the Region 5 Health and Wellness Sector Partnership; and Troy McCue of Lincoln County Economic Development and Your Community Foundation.