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TCC invests $500K to help bridge gap between local worker shortage, employers

Posted at 5:26 PM, Aug 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-18 23:18:28-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tallahassee Community College is putting half a million dollars behind its commitment to development training.

TCC's Workforce Connections initiative will focus on getting more students into the medical field, one currently strained by the challenges of the pandemic.

College leaders reached out to local partners and found an immediate need for nearly 140 medical assistants. It's a trend mirrored in the positions available at Tallahassee Orthopedic clinic.

"We are looking for appointment schedulers, front office staff, people who check patients in, we are looking for clinical support, we are looking for athletic trainers, we are looking for mid-levels, we are pretty much looking for everything from the bottom to the top," said Bonnie Solomon, HR director at Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic.

The college's 150-hour Clinical Medical Assistant program will put students on one of the fastest tracks possible to attaining the certification needed in many of those positions.

And the incentive isn't just for students. TCC's Vice President for Workforce innovation Kimberly Moore said, "We sweetened the deal by also making this available to employers. We're doing up to a 50 percent scholarship match for employers who want to include their workforce."

That match applies to any situation in which a trained and hired employee receives a raise increase or promotion.

Classes for the program begin as early as Sept. 4.

People interested in the training can register in one of the upcoming classes listed below. Additionally, individuals who require assistance with covering the cost of the training can apply for a Workforce Connections scholarship by contact 1-833-TCC-JOBS or

Employers who would like to participate in the Workforce Connections initiative can call 1-833-TCC-JOBS or email

For more general information on the initiative, you can click here.