The Federal Government have announced that six technical colleges and further education providers are the recipients of a $25 million grant to assist them in providing entry level medical and health care training. But what will this grant go towards and how will it benefit students in CNA training and individuals contemplating enrolling?
CNA Training Grants
Which education providers are set to benefit from the funding boost?
The United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration is distributing this record breaking educational grant between six different providers in Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina:
· Midlands Technical College will receive $8.3 million (the largest grant in the school’s history)
· Central Carolina Technical College will receive $3.4 million
· Florence-Darlington Technical College will receive $3.3 million.
· Wallace Community College
· Wallace State College
· Robeson Community College, Lumberton, N.C.
What courses will be funded by the grant?
This grant has been distributed to education providers to run 12 month courses for entry level medical positions such as:
· CNA training courses
· Phlebotomists training courses
· Rehabilitation technicians training courses
· Cardiac care assistant training courses
· Patient Care Technician courses
Who is the grant targeted towards?
The goal of this funding boost is to attract workers who have been made redundant from the manufacturing and transportation industry. The key individuals that schools will be targeting are those without prior qualifications that have been displaced due to outsourcing of their positions to foreign providers. Courses such as CNA training can help these individuals to gain new skills and employment in a growth industry. There are 7,000 displaced workers in the area surrounding the six selected schools.
What impact will the funding boost have on the CNA training courses provided?
The primary use of the funding will be to make use of innovative new 3D training aids that allow students to train on realistic life like mannequins that have computer controlled vitals. These human analogues breathe, blink and change color, reacting in real time to the student’s treatment. This new technology will be used in conjunction with workplace training and written theoretical learning.
The funding boost will enable the recipients to provide high quality CNA training at reduced fee.
How long will the grant last for?
The grant will be rolled out over a 4 year period, providing funding to all 6 institutions for the duration of this period in return for providing low cost, high quality training.
How many students will be enrolled in these courses and how much will they be expected to pay?
Midlands Tech along will be able to enrol 48 students per semester, CNA training will be offered at less than $1,800 for the entire course, which comes in at the lower end of the CNA training fee scale.
This Federal Government Entry level training grant will not only help to plug the gaping hole in the health care industry, but will also assist potentially thousands of unemployed workers to find employment through CNA training and employment. Hopefully this funding boost will be the first of many across the country in years to come.