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Students Build a Career in Healthcare Thanks to Walmart

Woman Learning to Bandage a Wound at a Red Cross First Aid Class
I couldn’t have done it without the Walmart Foundation.

The Walmart Foundation’s recent $3.5 million grant to the Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training (NAT) Program will help fund training for 2,500 students over the next two years. The generous grant is part of their ongoing partnership with the Red Cross. Since 2012, the Foundation has given $7 million to support the Red Cross NAT program.

NAT teaches students how to provide quality care for residents in long-term care facilities, hospitals, home health care and hospice settings.

With over 100 years of experience preparing individuals for nursing careers, the Red Cross is thankful for the Walmart Foundation’s support. Their contribution has allowed so many deserving, driven and compassionate individuals to graduate from the Red Cross NAT program. Below are a few of their stories:

Breanna Connors, a Massachusetts resident, recently graduated from the Red Cross NAT program and is grateful for the help from the Foundation. She acknowledges that without the Walmart Foundation’s generosity she would not have been able to afford the tuition. Since her successful completion of the program, Connors passed the state licensing exam and is currently working in the nursing field.

“I couldn’t have done it without the Walmart Foundation,” Connors said. “Thank you for your generosity and allowing for a better future for myself and my family.”

Destiny Lewis is from California and was unable to afford the tuition until the scholarship opportunity presented itself. The aid made available as a result of the Foundation’s support has helped her tremendously and provided a stepping stone for her future goals. She hopes to become an RN and eventually a nurse practitioner. Lewis credits both the Red Cross and the Walmart Foundation for changing her life for the better.

Alexis George, another graduate of the NAT program, had a long journey before joining the program. After experiencing family trouble in the weeks leading up to her program’s start date, George found her classmates and instructors to be beyond understanding and helpful. Despite her troubles at home, she attended her NAT classes at night while also working full time. George’s work ethic is a testament to the individuals in the Red Cross NAT programs across the country.

“This class really did change my life and I want other people who can’t afford the class to be able to get a scholarship and better themselves,” George said.

Simanmao Vee de Leon always wanted a career that would cater to helping others and the scholarship helped her begin this path. She is grateful that the scholarship allowed her to focus on her studies rather than stress about how she would pay for the course. Leon is continuing her education in the nursing field and hopes to join Hospice and become and LVN before 2016.

PROGRAM DETAILS Day classes are available and students learn the nationally developed curriculum in a hands-on environment. The training meets or exceeds state standards. Through lectures, DVDs, role playing and laboratory practice, students learn skills such as vital signs, bathing, dressing and positioning. Graduates are prepared to pass state tests and be successfully employed. Training requirements for the Certified Nurse Assistant varies from state to state. For more details, including how to register for training, visit

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