16 March 2010
By Marsha Danielson, Dean of Economic Development
Job Recovery Act Grant to Benefit Healthcare Workforce Education
The $4.5 million Job Recovery Act Grant recently awarded to SCC will help the Center for Business (CBI) and Industry train southern Minnesotans for jobs in growing industries, like the health care sector and other emerging industries.
The SCC Certified Nursing Assistant program will be expanded and additional credit-based course offerings will be planned through CBI to reach low-income workers and provide them with individualized training which includes supplemental tutoring and English language skills development.
Additionally, by partnering with the Health Education Industry Partnership, incumbent Certified Nursing Assistants will be eligible to participate in a new Health Support Specialist (HSS) Apprenticeship Program.
This new healthcare sector education program will comprise nine training modules which upon completion will garner a Registered Apprenticeship HSS Certificate from the State of Minnesota. If CNA students are not currently employed, they must obtain employment within three months of completing their training and complete 2,500 hours of on-the-job training to receive a Registered Apprenticeship HSS Certificate from the State of Minnesota.
For more information on either the Certified Nursing Assistant Program or the new Health Support Specialist program contact Joan Rasmussen.