April 27, 2020

Scholarships Available to Students Training to Be Certified Nurse Aides

With the rise of COVID-19, many individuals find themselves without jobs while the Happy woman at computerdemand for health care workers continues to increase. The Independence Center (The IC) hopes to address both issues by providing scholarships to 38 students in its Certified Nurse Aide Training Program (CNATP).

The scholarships are possible thanks to a $28,500 grant The IC recently received from the Colorado Springs Health Foundation (CSHF). Available on a first-come, first-served basis for students with training program start dates between June 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020, the scholarships will cover $750 of the program’s $950 all-inclusive tuition, leaving each student with a cost of only $200. (Note: Students who are already sponsored through a sponsoring agency are not eligible for this scholarship.)

Interested applicants can apply on The IC’s website at https://bit.ly/cna_scholarship. They will be required to complete a 500 – 1000 word essay on why they want to be a CNA and what they plan to accomplish as a CNA. The remaining $200 tuition payment is also required at the time of enrollment.

The IC’s CNATP, which is located at 711 S. Tejon Street in Colorado Springs, is a four-week long program approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. Students who complete the 104 hours of course work and clinicals are eligible to take the state board exam to become a CNA. Once training is completed, individuals can work for up to 120 days as a CNA before taking the exam, allowing graduates to get to work quickly.

“CNAs serve a vital role in the health care industry,” said Indy Frazee, Home Health Administrator for The IC. “They perform essential duties, in both hospital and home settings, that can help save lives.”

The funds from CSHF, which provides grants that target immediate health care needs and encourage healthy living, will help The IC address both local unemployment and the nationwide CNA shortage. Currently, there are more than 800 open CNA jobs listed on Indeed.com in the state of Colorado; almost 10% of those are in El Paso County. At the same time, nearly 300,000 Coloradans have filed for unemployment since mid-March. Newly trained CNAs will help alleviate pressure on the health care system while supporting their household and stimulating the economy.

“Colorado Springs Health Foundation is honored to support the work of The Independence Center,” said Cari Davis, Executive Director for CSHF. “Our grant to support the development of the CNA workforce is one way that we can help address the health care workforce shortage. COVID-19 presents the most recent example of how important these (and other) health care workers are to a healthy community.”

Individuals interested in more information about the CNA Training Program or the scholarships can call The IC at 719-648-1020.