Posted at: 01/21/2013 5:46 PM
Updated at: 01/21/2013 11:17 PM
By: Travis Dill
Getting a higher education can be hard for high school graduates in Two Harbors, according to Principal Brett Archer. He said a new nursing assistant program will remove barriers to that education.
“It takes away those roadblocks from driving here to the nearest college is a roadblock for a lot of students,” Archer said. “We've taken way those roadblocks by bringing the training here, by bringing college here.”
It is possible because of a partnership with a local hospital and assisted living facility.
The training will take place at Lake View Hospital in Two Harbors, and students will get experience with patients at Ecumen Assisted Living just a couple blocks away.
Blaine Gamst is the executive director at Ecumen Scenic Shores. He said Ecumen has a demand for certified nursing assistants and it made sense to draw on local talent.
“It's a win-win for Two Harbors if we can keep people local working in our own community,” Gamst said.
The training will start next month. Archer said for now the program will be offered to high school graduates that may have other responsibilities.
“By offering our classes in the evenings and on weekends they can still work their job, they can still support those that count on them and they can get the training to get into a nice career track job,” Archer said.
And Gamst said the job opens the door to more opportunities.
“It's really a great career step for any career in health care,” Gamst said.
This partnership between business and education won't just help young people in Two Harbors. Archer said it will help strengthen the community.
“Jobs provide for healthy families, and healthy families provide for a good school,” Archer said.
The organizers want to find 20 people for the first round of the program. Anyone interested can attend an informational meeting at the Two Harbors High School at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.