New Health Care Training Program Launched

We’re excited to offer this training & scholarship opportunities for those interested in starting a healthcare career.

The local American Red Cross is expanding its health and safety training to include a Nurse Assistant Training program in La Crosse. The state-approved program prepares students to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in the state of Wisconsin. Classes will be offered throughout the year with the first course beginning March 14, 2014. All courses will be at the Red Cross office located at 2927 Losey Boulevard South, La Crosse.

The comprehensive 120-hour course curriculum includes a classroom, lab and practical learning experience that offers future healthcare professionals the necessary knowledge and skills to provide quality care for elderly or sick individuals in nursing homes, hospitals and at home. Course topics include taking individual vital signs, assisting patients in pain, helping people stay independent; understanding human development & medical terms; improving communication & sensitivity skills to launching a career as a nurse assistant.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the number of jobs for Certified Nurse Assistants in Wisconsin is projected to grow by 38 percent during the 2008-2018 time frame, with an average of 1,000 job openings each year. “We are seeing significant growth in the healthcare industry due to an aging baby-boomer population, which increases the need for certified nurse assistants, home health aides and registered nurses,” said Paulene Kipke, Certified Nursing Assistant Training Manager. “We’re excited to offer this training & scholarship opportunities for those interested in starting a healthcare career.”

The Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training program is also available in Altoona, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Waupaca and Woodville, Wisconsin. Program details are available at or by calling Tanya Christianson at 715-902-1035 or via email at

Open House & Proclamation

The Board of Directors, Chapter leadership and special guests will host a kick-off event on Thursday, March 6th from 11:30a.m. – 1:00p.m. At Noon, our program will include a Mayor’s Proclamation for March is Red Cross Month, a State Farm check presentation and multiple scholarship announcements! Tours of the classroom and lab space will be available and the statewide program manager Paulene Kipke and local teachers will also be on hand.

The American Red Cross has trained and engaged America’s nurses in its life-saving mission for more than 130-years. Last year, the Red Cross taught health and safety skills to nearly 12-million people nationwide, including 336 Nursing Assistants throughout the State of Wisconsin.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit