High Growth & Emerging Industries (HGEI)

The HGEI grant will serve over 1,700 individuals by training: additional nurses per cycle via program expansion; pharmacy technicians and certified nursing assistants by expanding current programs; allied health participants through new programs; substance abuse counselors by expanding program; and occupational therapists assistants through new programs.

Expansion of the Crowder College Nursing program to the Cassville Campus is directly related to the need for qualified personnel and trained individuals willing to move to a rural community.  The Nursing Program is designed to prepare graduates who can demonstrate entry-level competencies as registered nurses, to provide a foundation for continued learning, and to provide a multiple entry program where licensed practical nurses can enter with advanced standing or students may enter with no previous nursing education.  The Nursing Program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.  Graduation from the nursing program does not guarantee eligibility to write the licensure exam.  Eligibility is determined on an individual basis by Missouri State Board of Nursing based on the Missouri Nursing Practice Act section 335.066 (1-14).

Health SpecialistsExpansion of the Allied Health Programs include: (i) the Certified Nurse Assistant Certificate,  (ii) Pharmacy Technician Certificate,  and (iii) Health Care Specialist degree.  All of these Allied Health Programs are offered at various Crowder College campus locations.  Health Science is the quickest growing section of the job market with opportunities at every level to excel in a rewarding career.


Occupational TherapyA brand new Allied Health Program is the Occupational Therapy Assistant degree beginning March 2013 on the Neosho Campus.  The OTA Program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Developing Program Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association.  Once accreditation of the OTA Program has been obtained, its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.  After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.


This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded under the President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.  The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor.  The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.