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Professional & Workforce Training and Gracepointe Crossing Form Partnership for Students

Professional & Workforce Training of Anoka-Ramsey Community College/Anoka Technical College and GracePointe Crossing, a Cambridge care center, have formed a new partnership to educate Certified Nursing Assistant students at the care center.

“This partnership will create a better learning environment for our students, forge a stronger presence in the community and save money for the college,” said Jessica Stumpf, the college’s interim president. “This is a marvelous opportunity for everyone involved – the colleges' Professional & Workforce Training division, the care center, the community and the students.”

Laurie Sykes, GracePointe’s campus administrator, said, “We’re happy to help serve the community by housing the colleges' Professional & Workforce Training Certified Nursing Assistant program. With the aging population, it is very important that we educate more students to do this critically important work.”

Training of certified nursing assistants at GracePointe will begin July 1 in a space of the of the care center which is conducive to the educational needs of staff and students. Previously, Professional & Workforce Training rented space for its Cambridge-based Certified Nursing Assistant program, an 80-hour noncredit training program, in the old courthouse. Each year, Professional & Workforce Training serves about 300 students in the certified nursing assistant program in the Cambridge area.

“This partnership offers a clear advantage for our students to train in a clinical setting,” said Jamie Barthel, executive director of the aligned colleges' Professional and Workforce Training department. “When it’s time for students to do their on-the-job clinical experience, many of them will be able to do it right there. And, now instead of viewing a slideshow about how a lift works, students will be able to walk upstairs and see how a lift is used to help safely move patients.”

Certified nursing assistants, also known as CNAs, provide basic nursing service under the supervision of a licensed practical nurse (LPN), or a registered nurse (RN). CNAs can work in any healthcare setting such as a hospital, nursing home, community center, hospice, school or outpatient facility. Their duties include observing patients, reporting health issues to the supervising nurse, helping residents with personal care and monitoring vital signs, among other things.

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