According to the Michigan Department of Labor Market Information, an estimated 300 nursing assistant jobs are posted each year. Certified nursing assistants (CNA) are essential to patient care. The job is a sustainable lifelong career yet also a stepping stone to other health care jobs.

A new opportunity

With a shortage of health care workers, Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MTCI) and West Michigan Works! offer a 12-week CNA training program that helps get individuals working quickly. The program teaches students to care for patients in a compassionate manner and get hands-on experience in a nursing home.

The CNA program begins with a two-week workshop focusing on soft skills and terms used in CNA class work. Additional instruction time, custom curriculum and testing accommodations are available to set students up for success.

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Candidates must demonstrate emotional stability and an empathetic, caring attitude. They must be able to think critically, follow directions, perform well under stress and enjoy working with people. A skill assessment, drug screening and background check are required.

Called to serve

“I feel called to be a CNA and help patients who are in their end of life journey or with special needs,” said Trudy Brenner, program graduate. “A CNA is a major player in the care of a person. You see what’s going on with each patient, things that their doctor or nurse might not see.”

Applications for the next CNA training program are accepted through Friday, July 26. To apply, call Anne Palmer at 616-336-3791.