Lutheran Senior Services has begun offering a federally recognized paid apprenticeship program in Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training at its CNA Training Academy in Town & Country. Administered through the U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Apprenticeship and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Registered Apprenticeship Advantage Program will offset most of the cost of training for nearly 100 new CNAs over the next 18 months and provide trainees a nationally recognized Certificate of Apprenticeship. The Urban League will help recruit candidates into the training program.
CNAs are in high demand at Lutheran Senior Services, providing basic nursing care services for Long Term Care residents at its nine Life Plan Communities. To help fill this demand, in 2016, the organization helped sponsor the creation of the CNA Training Academy at Mason Pointe in Town and Country to offer training for existing employees of the Senior Care Network, an alliance of eleven long term care organizations including Lutheran Senior Services. Today the Academy offers CNA training to interested candidates from outside Lutheran Senior Services at their own cost.
“This Apprenticeship program will offer skilled job opportunities to those who otherwise could not afford to attend college to obtain this certification on their own,” said John Kotovsky, Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Senior Services. “It adds even more value for our students through the nationally recognized Certificate of Apprenticeship that they receive upon completion of their training and represents an important milestone in attaining improved skills and competencies that can boost their career advancement opportunities. This is a win-win partnership, and we look forward to working with the Urban League and the U.S. Department of Labor as we develop our workforce and serve the needs of older adults in our community.”
The CNA Training Academy offers an 8-week course that combines 75 hours of classroom training and 100 hours of on-site clinical training. The training is rigorous and is governed by the Missouri Department of Education, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Students must pass the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services’ certification test for CNAs.
For more information on the CNA Training Academy, visit www.cnatrainingacademystl.com.