KCC offering free CNA training for eligible Battle Creek residents

CNA students train using manikins in a CNA Lab on campus.

Kellogg Community College is seeking applicants for a Nursing Assistant Training Program starting Feb. 19, 2024, offered at no cost for Battle Creek residents who meet income guidelines.

The training program, offered through KCC’s Innovative Accelerated Credentialed Training (iACT) initiative, will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays from Feb. 19 through May 2 on campus at 450 North Ave. in Battle Creek.

KCC’s Nursing Assistant Training Program prepares students to take the Michigan Nursing Assistant Test to become Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). Students also receive AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider and AHA Heart Saver First Aid training, as well as workplace essential courses in demand with area employers.

The program training includes:

  • Workplace essential courses and technical training in health care
  • Career coaches to help with goal setting, academic advising, barrier removal and job placement
  • Financial literacy training
  • Built-in work-based learning activities
  • Exposure to health care programs and careers
  • Industry recognized credentials
  • Preparation for the state’s Nursing Assistant Test
  • AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider training
  • AHA Heart Saver First Aid training

Students can also earn the following credentials through their coursework:

  • AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Certification
  • AHA Heart Saver First Aid Certification

Trainees will also earn 10 college credits as part of their training, including three for completing NURS 105: Nursing Assistant Training and four for completing OIT 130: Office Procedures/Keyboarding 1.

Workforce Solutions Program Manager Tricia Griggs said CNA training can open job opportunities for successful completers at facilities including hospitals, nursing homes and residential and hospice care facilities.

“It is a growing job market, it provides an enriching experience for those who want to help people, and it is an idea for people who like variety in their daily workday,” Griggs said. “The skills learned from the CNA training are tracking vital signs, including blood pressure, temperature and pulse, and assisting with patient personal care such as bathing, feeding, walking, changing bed linens and communicating effectively with patients.”

Deadlines & Eligibility

Individuals interested in participating in the Nursing Assistant Training Program offered via KCC’s iACT initiative must contact KCC at 269-565-2828 or complete the information form online at kellogg.edu/iact by 5 p.m. Jan. 19. Interested individuals are encouraged to sign up soon, as spaces are limited and fill up quickly.

The program is open at no cost to Battle Creek residents who meet income guidelines. Participants must be at least 18 years of age, provide a high school transcript or GED, complete the Accuplacer Next Generation test and be able attend the training for extended hours daily for the duration of the program. A criminal history background check will be run prior to the start date.

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