Applications open for apprenticeship program to build nursing workforce

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — Applications are open for an apprenticeship program to recruit and train workers to fill some of the most-needed jobs in healthcare. Lutheran Medical Center and SCL Health collaborated with the U.S. Department of Labor to offer the Success Through Apprenticeship Readiness (STAR) program.

Starting in August, the STAR program will begin preparing individuals for careers as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) through a blend of experiential and classroom-based learning, all while earning a paycheck. The CNA's in training simultaneously work at Lutheran Medical Center to complete all levels of the apprenticeship program.

To review qualifications and to formally apply, click hereTuition costs $1,800, and the goal is to hire apprentices on at Lutheran and SCL Health.

The STAR program is expected to take 6-9 months to complete, but participants have a maximum of 24 months to achieve all competencies from the date of enrollment. Training will include 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and 144 hours of job-related education. Red Rocks Community College is the academic partner for a portion of the classroom instruction.

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