New CNA partnership between VA and Western Colorado Community College

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — Training students to become a nurse and work in a hospital.

The VA of Western Colorado has announced a new partnership with Western Colorado Community College.

The goal? Teach students the skills they need to become a certified nursing assistant.

Organizers with the school say the VA is a special place for students to build a relationship.

Kristina Mathwig with Western Colorado Community College, says, “working with the veterans is a real privilege and honor and I know the clinicals the students have done here, they come back with so many stories, and they just really bond with veterans.”

The course is five weeks long and will take up to ten students.

WCCC will educate and prepare students who are interested in the CNA workforce.

Officials at the VA say this new program will help students learn about the VA and its significance in the community.

Jaime Crosby with the VA, says, “building our community, getting young people in here to learn about military culture, our veterans, our VA way and really partnering with our community to do that.”

Mathwig added, “it gives them a taste of the VA culture, the veterans, the floors, the facilities, and the people.”
The new program will start on August 23rd.

In order to apply, you must be 18 years old and have a 2.0 cumulative GPA in all coursework.

For more information on the program, please email julie.gingerich@va.gov and jaime.crosby@va.gov.

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