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Waubonsee to Use Grant to Recruit Men for Health Information Technology Careers

Waubonsee Community College recently received a $2,200 New Look grant to research the reasons men may choose a career in the traditionally female-dominated health information technology field, with the ultimate aim of recruiting more men into the profession. Sponsored by the Illinois Community College Board, the grant was awarded through the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support.

Waubonsee will use the money to provide more information to its career counselors and students regarding the job outlook and duties of health information specialists. A site visit to a local medical facility will also be included.  

New Look grant awards are designed to support nontraditional careers — that is, an occupation where one gender comprises less than 25 percent of those employed.