Rural Investment in Healthcare (COW Grant)

Are you interested in developing skills in healthcare? We can help you get the training and financial assistance you need. The Collaboration of Wisconsin Rural Investment in Community Healthcare (COW RICH) grant aims to upskill individuals who are interested in specific healthcare fields to get them the training they need. As part of the grant, individuals must intend to work in rural counties due to the large labor shortages in these areas. Individuals do not need to go to school or live in these counties currently. They only need to intend to work in them after graduation. Bay Area Workforce Development Board specifically serves the counties of Oconto, Menominee, Lincoln, Langlade, and Waushara. Individuals do not need to live in these counties to participate. Those in surrounding counties are eligible as long as the individual is interested or willing to work in a rural community.  

Find out more information about the COW Grant.

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Healthcare Occupations

Training and employment services will focus on the following healthcare occupations:

  • ADN Registered Nurse
  • Home Health Aide
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical and Clinical Lab Technician
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Social & Human Services Assistant
  • Phlebotomist

Rural Counties

Rural Counties with Healthcare Professional Shortages:

  • Adams
  • Barron
  • Clark
  • Dodge
  • Fond du Lac (West Side)
  • Green Lake
  • Langlade
  • Lincoln
  • Marquette
  • Menominee
  • Oconto
  • Price
  • Rusk
  • St. Croix (East Side)
  • Taylor
  • Waushara
  • Wood

Contact Us

For additional information, please contact any one of the staff listed below.

 Kate Owens, Regional Employer Services Coordinator