Isothermal Workforce Grant pays for short-term training 

Published 12:04 pm Monday, December 19, 2022

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A new grant will pay for residents of Rutherford and Polk counties to get short-term job certifications. 


“We are pleased to announce the Isothermal Workforce Grant, which will help students pay for these workforce certifications that are not always covered by conventional financial aid,” said Dr. Greg Thomas, vice president of Academic and Student Affairs. “These are high-demand jobs in healthcare, transportation and human services that pay well and can provide a great opportunity in our community.”

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The programs starting soon include: Pharmacy Technician starting January 4, Massage Therapy starting January 21, Healthcare Billing and Coding starting February 1, and Professional Truck Driving starting March 1. Programs for certificates in Phlebotomy, EMT and Paramedic Technician will be scheduled soon. 


The money for the new grant program comes from Isothermal’s institutional scholarship funds and was approved earlier this month by the college’s board of trustees. 


For information about signing up for any of these programs, contact Dee Spurlin at or 828-395-1416.  


Submitted by Michael Gavin