Walmart Foundation grants the Red Cross $3.5M for the nurse assistant training of students who can’t afford to pay for the program. Its primary role is to help women who want to be in the health care field. There are lots of cna aspirants in the country but financial shortage hinders them to take the program. The grant is a part of the Walmart’s way of giving back to the community by filling out the shortage of certified nurse assistants.
The American Red Cross will help 2,500 students receive training for entry-level healthcare careers through the Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training (NAT) program thanks to a $3.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation. The program equips students and helps give them a career pathway into the fast-growing industry, while also helping communities alleviate a shortage of adequately trained Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs).
The $3.5 million grant for the training, which primarily will help women below the poverty line, is the first credential-specific training grant Walmart has awarded as part of their Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative.
“Walmart is making it possible for so many who have the desire and aptitude to work in the healthcare field to get a solid foundation and a head start through our Nurse Assistant Training,” said Joseph Alfonso, Senior National Director, Nurse Assistant Training Operations, American Red Cross. “As many as 10 times the number of annual graduates from our program would like to take the course but cannot afford to do so.”
The Red Cross training program supports the goals of Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative, one of which is to help 200,000 U.S. women from low-income households access job training, education, career counseling, and mentoring to increase their employment opportunities. More information on this initiative can be found at corporate.walmart.com/women.
“Walmart is excited to help bring Red Cross training to more women who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity due to financial barriers,” said MiKaela Wardlaw Lemmon, Senior Director of Women’s Economic Empowerment at Walmart. “By joining forces with the Red Cross, we are helping them to earn average wage increases of about 20 percent and to find jobs that provide health insurance for themselves and their families. This program will help us meet our goal of empowering women in the U.S. and around the world.”
Red Cross NAT instructors equip students with the skills required to become CNAs and provide basic care such as feeding, dressing, bathing and monitoring patients so they can work in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living, hospitals and in-home health care. The program also offers graduates placement support and a distinct emphasis on professionalism, punctuality and a commitment towards work.
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You may inquire at the nearest Red Cross station from your place to know the possible scholarship that you can avail. Northland and Central Minnesota Red Cross station also offers 65% scholarship grant.
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