12/22: UW System announces new COVID-19 student health care worker initiative

University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson today announced a new incentive for UW students with nursing skills and other health backgrounds to work on the front lines of Wisconsin’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The new variant threatens to overwhelm our health care system,” President Thompson said. “Our students have stepped up in the past, and this is another opportunity for them to gain valuable experience while helping Wisconsin combat the latest coronavirus wave.”

About 1,000 students will be eligible for the $500 tuition incentive for working in hospitals and other health care settings. Thompson announced that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services would provide $500,000 toward the incentive. UW System is working to secure additional funding to expand the program.

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This post was authored by Kevin Check on 12/22/2021.