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Next Generation Nursing Initiative Receives Funding

ST. PAUL – Minnesota’s free nursing assistant training program will continue through 2023.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced a $2.4 million investment in the Next Generation Nursing Initiative, which provides Minnesotans with free training, books, uniforms, and more. Since December 2021, the initiative has trained more than 1,300 Minnesotans to work in nursing homes, hospitals, and veterans homes across the state.

Devinder Malhotra is the state chancellor of Minnesota. He says the program still meets a critical need in the state.

The Next Generation Nursing Assistant program is symbolic of the responsiveness of our colleges and universities to meet Minnesota’s critical workforce needs. I am very grateful for the hard work of our faculty, staff and students. We deeply appreciate Commissioner Olson’s leadership and our partnership with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education that made this program’s success possible.

The investment comes from the state’s COVID-19 Management Appropriations Fund and will fund the program through February 2023.

Patti CullenPresident and CEO of Care Providers of Minnesota supports the program.

With an unprecedented number of vacancies for nursing assistants in the long-term care sector, we are delighted to hear that there will be additional funding for barrier-free nursing assistant training through this initiative. We must do everything we can to prepare the next generation of professional caregivers to meet the growing demands of Minnesota’s aging population. We look forward to working with the administration to ensure newly certified practical nurses find meaningful employment in Minnesota nursing facilities and assisted living facilities.

The Next Generation Nursing Initiative offers classes online, in person, and in a hybrid format.

For more information on the program, Click here.

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