Recovery training funds available for healthcare IT jobs

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the San Diego Workforce Partnership awarded funds to UC San Diego Extension to provide no-cost training to Workforce Investment Act eligible individuals.

The training offered will assist in preparing students for current and emerging San Diego jobs in the healthcare information technology (HIT) industry.

The San Diego Workforce Partnership is providing $400,000 in ARRA funding for this effort over the course of the next two years with the plan to train individuals for emerging jobs such as healthcare integration engineer, healthcare systems analyst, clinical IT consultant, and technology support specialist. In response, UC San Diego Extension has created a new HIT program to train 100 individuals to obtain skills for these higher demand jobs.

For more information on ARRA funded training San Diegans should contact their nearest One Stop Career Center. For Career Center locations visit


“Jobs and needs in the healthcare information technology field are a critical component of plans for positive change in the healthcare industry,” says Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor of public programs and dean of Extension. “Although much of the anticipated reform for the US healthcare system revolves around financial incentives and risk, achieving the cost efficiencies necessary to support that reform depends on more aggressive application of information technology to daily healthcare operations.”