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Partnership Grant Will Prepare SDNB Students for Nursing Careers

The School District of New Berlin (SDNB) is one of 30 organizations and the only K-12 school district in Waukesha County to receive a Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Fast Forward Grant to prepare high school students for the future though training in high-demand career fields.

The grant will allow SDNB to reinstate a dedicated on-site Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program for the benefit of its students, local health care providers and the community.

Waukesha County Technical College will provide an instructor and LindenGrove-New Berlin, a skilled nursing facility, will sponsor the on-site CNA lab, the resources needed for students to complete their clinicals, and an intent to hire students once they have passed their State CNA exam. The program will serve up to 20 students each year.

“The School District of New Berlin is working hard to ensure all students are college and career ready,” said Superintendent Joe Garza. “Part of this work includes offering our students exposure to the careers and industries they may work in some day.

“We are thankful to LindenGrove, WCTC and the Department of Workforce Development for partnering with us to create an exciting learning opportunity for students who are interested in the health science and human services fields,” Garza said.

LindenGrove’s involvement gives students access to a fully equipped CNA lab, conveniently located on-site in the School District of New Berlin. That on-site location helps students better coordinate busy school course schedules that can be a barrier to work-based learning.

The program will help provide qualified workers who are well-educated in the complexities of caring for an aging population, LindenGrove-New Berlin Administrator Michael Zimmerman said.  “We have always found that new hires coming from WCTC’s programs have the right skills and knowledge to provide the necessary care to our elderly residents, shortening the learning curve,” he said.

SDNB students have shown interest in this career. Nine SDNB students are pursuing their CNA this summer with plans to be placed in a Youth Apprenticeship program at area health care providers. These students will be gainfully employed as a CNA their junior and/or senior year of high school and can use that experience to inform their post-secondary education investment and work in their field while they continue their education.

Demand for nursing jobs “will be huge in the next five to eight years” with the large number of nurses retiring, said Denine Rood, WCTC Vice President of Learning. “It’s very important for our business and industry sector to create a new pipeline to create a workforce.”

The nursing program is one of many ways WCTC is helping high school students gain knowledge and skills in their fields of interest while earning college credits. WCTC also partners with SDNB on dual enrollment academies that give students college credits and experience in fields such as information technology, welding, tool and die and printing and publishing.

The Fast Forward investment is part of Governor Scott Walker’s Blueprint for Prosperity, a comprehensive agenda to provide tax relief and invest in worker training in Wisconsin.

"Transforming education is a core part of my administration's focus," said Governor Walker. "The Blueprint for Prosperity will increase opportunities for hundreds of high school students across Wisconsin to pursue training in high-demand fields like manufacturing, information technology and construction. We will continue to prioritize efforts that prepare students for family-supporting jobs here in Wisconsin."

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