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NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) – Fort Berthold Community College in New Town plans to work with the Three Affiliated Tribes to train staff for the Elbowoods Memorial Health Center being built on the Fort Berthold Reservation.

The college this fall started a registered nurse program, to go along with existing practical nurse and certified nurse assistance programs.

In January, the college will offer emergency medical technician training. Officials also are working on offering other training in the future, such as for paramedics and for workers in medical records and electronic billing.

Ground was broken for the $20 million health center in late October. The Army Corps of Engineers is to complete it in late 2011, after which it will be turned over to IHS.

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