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Nicolet to offer evening Nursing Assistant classes in Eagle River, Laona; tuition assistance for income-eligible students

Aug. 9, 2016

Nicolet College will offer new evening Nursing Assistant classes this fall in Eagle River and Laona that will have tuition assistance for students who meet certain income eligibility requirements.

“These classes are perfect for individuals looking to start a rewarding career in health occupations,” said Nicolet College Dean of Health Occupations Lenore Blemke. “The added advantage is that once students graduate, they have the option of using this certificate as a stepping stone to more advanced credentials that lead to becoming a registered nurse.”

Nursing AssistantStudents will start the semester with eight weeks of classroom instruction and finish with four weeks of hands-on clinical instruction at a local facility.

Classes in Eagle River will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with classroom instruction at the Northland Pines High School.

Classes in Laona will run Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Laona High School.

Fall Semester classes start Sept. 1.

With the three-credit Nursing Assistant technical diploma being the first step to earning a Nursing degree, Blemke noted that many Nursing Assistant graduates land entry-level jobs in the field and also continue taking classes for the associate’s degree in Nursing.

“This way students make money, they get valuable work experience, and they take classes that will get them even farther ahead in life,” she said. “It’s a great recipe for success.”

Nursing Assistants are commonly employed in long-term care facilities, hospitals, community-based residential facilities, and home health agencies.

Blemke said demand is high for those with a college credential in the health occupations with job placement rates for Nicolet graduates commonly in the 90 to 100 percent range.

According to the college’s 2013-14 Graduate Follow-up Report, the median annual starting wage for Nursing Assistant graduates was $22,219 and almost twice that at $41,493 for those graduating with the two-year associate’s degree in Nursing.

Individuals interested in seeing if they qualify for full tuition assistance, or would like to register for classes regardless, should call the Nicolet College Welcome Center at (715) 365-4493, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4493; TTY 1-800-947-3529 or 711.

For those who qualify, free tuition assistance is being made possible by a donation administered by the Nicolet College Foundation.

Click here for more information about Nicolet’s offerings in the health occupations.

Instruction related expenses are 100% funded as part of a TAACCCT Round IV $19.9 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. This program is an equal opportunity program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.