New Kentucky Nurse Aid Apprenticeship Program Registers Inaugural Class

Kentucky Nurse Aid Program RegistrationLEXINGTON, KY (April 27, 2007) Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC), Pine Meadows Health Care, and the Kentucky Department of Labor held an official registration ceremony April 20, 2007, for the inaugural class of the Nurse Aid Apprenticeship Program.

The first healthcare apprenticeship registered in the state, the Nurse Aid Apprenticeship Program is designed to address the current nursing shortage. The program will include peer mentorship, specialty module training, and computer-based instruction that participants can complete on their own time. Graduates of the apprenticeship will be awarded a nationally recognized certificate of completion from the Department of Labor for Advanced-Geriatric Specialty. This will entitle them to an increase in wages and serve as a bridge to the next phase of their nursing career pathway.

Presenters at the program included Laura Fraebel, BCTC Coordinator for the Kentucky Nursing Career Lattice Program. Fraebel explained that the plan is to offer the apprenticeship program statewide through other Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges. Additionally Jeff Wiley, Kentucky Department of Labor praised Pine Meadows Health Care and Bluegrass Community & Technical College for collaborating and offering this apprenticeship and opportunity for further education to employees.

Pine Meadows officially registered forty-one employees for the apprenticeship program following the presentation.