US Senator Al Franken toured Century College's Orthotics and Prosthetics lab on Monday, June 23, and met with College and community leaders to discuss the worker shortage in this growing field. Senator Franken's visit highlights the College's efforts to address the nationwide "skills gap".
Century College was recently awarded a $4.6 million grant from the US Department of Labor for the Orthotic, Prosthetic, and upcoming Pedorthic programs. "Senator Franken's visit provided a wonderful opportunity to showcase the College's successful efforts to address educational needs in the O & P field," noted Kathy Bell, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health. "And the new grant further enables us to provide specialized training and new program development in a high-demand area."
Century's Orthotic and Prosthetic programs are celebrating 40 years as one of the few O & P departments in the nation. The program also boasts excellent job placement—as long as graduates are willing to relocate. Graduates are employed at hospitals, private clinics, and manufacturing facilities.
Dean Kathy Bell discusses O & P issues with Senator Franken,
while Century student Randy Nelson looks on.