The Niagara Falls Housing Authority will launch new practical nurse training classes in January as part of an inaugural collaborative program with the Orleans / Niagara BOCES and the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.
The NFHA launched the training program to provide employment opportunities for residents of the NFHA and to address the continued need for healthcare workers at the NFMMC, Niagara Falls and the region. Through the training, NFHA residents will be linked to a career – and tangible employment – with high potential for professional mobility in a recession-proof industry with continued demand. Training as a licensed practical nurse is a quick way to enter the health care field and can serve as a springboard for multiple career paths in the industry. Typically, immediate employment as a CNA is available upon certification.
The Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of the Western New York State Blue Fund selected the health care training program as one of 12 major health projects they are funding in the west this year. of New York State, highlighting it as an example of workforce development in the health sector. and it is expected to increase over the next 25 years, as the number of adults over 65 in need of long-term care increases by 70%. A global shortage of healthcare workers will continue over the next few years. 94% of nursing homes are in desperate need of staff right now.
The NFHA training program will be held at the Orleans / Niagara BOCES Workforce Development Center at 606 Sixth St. in Walnut Street.
It will run four days a week for six weeks and will include classroom training and a clinical component at the NFMMC as well as preparation for the NYS CNA certification exam. Participants will receive free lessons, free books and materials, allowances for uniforms, transportation and childcare, and a bonus paid upon completion of the program.
COVID vaccination is required to participate in the program, per NYS regulations.
Recruitment for the classes has started. To participate in the program or for more information, call Kathy Dix at 716-731-6800 Ext. 4445.