The American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region is offering grants for students interested in training for entry-level healthcare careers through the American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training (NAT) programs in St. Paul, St. Cloud and Duluth, thanks to a grant from the Walmart Foundation.
“The grant funding will help equip students and give them a career pathway into a fast-growing healthcare profession, while also strengthening communities that would benefit from having more trained Certified Nurse Assistants,” says Phil Hansen, CEO of the American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region.
The Red Cross training program supports the goals of Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative, one of which is to help 200,000 U.S. women from low-income households access job training, education, career counseling and mentoring to increase their employment opportunities.
“Walmart is making it possible for St. Paul, St. Cloud and Duluth area residents to get a solid foundation and a head start in the healthcare field through our Nurse Assistant Training,” adds Hansen. “This grant funding will make an impact because many would like to take the course, but cannot afford to do so.”
Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training instructors teach students the skills required to become Certified Nurse Assistants basic care, such as feeding, dressing, bathing and monitoring patients. The instruction prepares students for state certification exams so they can work in long-term care facilities and private homes. The program also offers graduates placement support and an emphasis on professionalism, punctuality and a commitment towards work.
The American Red Cross has trained and engaged America’s nurses in its life-saving mission for more than 130 years. Last fiscal year, the Red Cross taught health and safety skills to nearly 12 million people nationwide, including more than 88,000 people across the Northern Minnesota Region.
People in interested in the program can call 612-872-3259 for class schedule and registration information. More information can also be found on the region’s NAT page online.