OHA awards $50,000 grant to Nursing Pathway Program at WCC

For Immediate Release

Posted: Jul. 26, 2010

OHA awards $50,000 grant to Nursing Pathway Program at WCC

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has awarded a grant in the amount of $50,000 to Windward Community College’s Employment Training Center (ETC) Health Programs for students enrolled in the 2010-2011 program year.

The grant will support the enrollment of qualifying students into the Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA) course at Windward Community College, which is the first step in the CNA to LPN to RN Nursing Pathway Program. Upon completion of the eight-week course, students receive support to take the American Red Cross (ARC) certification exam in preparation for securing employment as a CNA. These students will then have the opportunity to pursue higher education by continuing in the Pathway Program that is based on Native Hawaiian traditions. Students may then apply to LPN training and ultimately, have the opportunity to earn an associate of science degree as an RN.

“This generous grant award affords us the privilege of recruiting students into our program who really need the tuition support,” said Dr. Jamie Kamailani Boyd, coordinator of Health Programs at WCC.

Tuition, uniforms, books and the American Red Cross CNA exam fee will be provided to qualifying students accepted into the Certified Nurses’ Aide course as a result of the grant. Case management support and job search training services will also be provided.

The CNA to LPN to RN Pathway Program functions to meet the employment training needs of at-risk populations – persons who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, academically underprepared, underemployed, unemployed or hard-to-employ.  The Pathway Program provides opportunities for employment training, job searching and higher education for those who must overcome barriers to accessing more traditional forms of education and training.

For more information about the CNA to LPN to RN Pathway Program, call 235-7328.

For more information, visit: http://etc.hawaii.edu/CNA.