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A $65,000 grant from the Buffalo-based Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York will set up a pilot project to regionalize allied health care programs and identify a remedy for a health care work force shortage.

The funding, combined with a $35,000 award from the state and $49,705 from the U.S. Department of Education, created a directorship of collaborative learning at Jamestown Community College. Tammy Smith of Jamestown was hired to fill that slot.

JCC will coordinate allied health professional training among other colleges, including Corning Community, Erie Community, Genesee Community and Monroe Community. Investigation of training needs and the most effective methods for delivery to rural college students is also part of the grant.

"We believe this innovative approach will reduce skill shortages in rural health care settings by providing the education rural residents need to acquire the skills where they live," said Gary F. Porter, JCC's dean of academic affairs.

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