Learn how to begin a career in health care at online informational event

By August 17, 2020 News

Certified Nursing Assistants and Medical Assistants in demand locally/Tuition assistance available

FORT MYERS, Fla. (August 14, 2020) – Cypress Cove, Hope Healthcare, Lee Health, NCH Healthcare System, Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida, Shell Point Retirement Community, Cape Coral Technical College, Fort Myers Technical College, iTECH – Immokalee Technical College, Lorenzo Walker Technical College and Career Source SWFL – all FutureMakers Coalition partners – are teaming up to hold an online informational event where interested participants can learn about essential careers as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Medical Assistant (MA).

The free event will be held on Thursday, September 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. online through Zoom. To register for the event, please visit https://bit.ly/33XavwQ.

Potential students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.

Anyone interested in getting a start with a career in healthcare is encouraged to register for the online event. The goal is to find interested students and help them get their tuition and related fees paid for so that they are ready for a new career in just one year. The event is open to current high school students that meet eligibility requirements.

Careers in healthcare continue to be in high demand and Certified Nursing Assistants and Medical Assistants benefit from tremendous opportunities with leading organizations that offer high wages as well as benefits such as insurance, vacation and tuition assistance for continuing education. They are also careers that offer growth, hands-on training, and intimate time caring for patients in a hospital or a nursing home.

According to Lee Health, they currently have 95 CNA positions open and 20 MA positions needing to be filled. NCH currently has 25 CNA and 15 MA openings. Other employers are also seeking CNAs and MAs for open positions.

“It feels good to go home and say I helped someone today; I made them feel good today,” said Dershay Brown, a certified nursing assistant with Lee Health. “As a CNA you can go into LPN, you can go into RN, you can do home health. I’m able to sit down with my patient and actually talk to them, and they feel good about it afterward.”

Representatives and recruiters will be online to discuss MA and CNA qualifications, tuition assistance and scholarship opportunities with prospective candidates.

All participating organizations are drug/tobacco-free workplaces and equal opportunity employers.

The FutureMakers Coalition is a regional collective impact initiative that has been designated a Talent Hub by Lumina Foundation in partnership with The Kresge Foundation to support local efforts to increase educational attainment. Formed in 2015 around existing regional collaborations, the goal of the FutureMakers Coalition is to transform the workforce by increasing the number of Southwest Florida residents with degrees, certificates and other high-quality credentials by 2025. The Coalition is committed to creating a cradle-to-career pathway to ensure success for traditional students and adult learners. The FutureMakers Coalition was one of Lumina Foundation’s 75 national Community Partners in Attainment and is a member of the Lumina Community Network. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation provides backbone/administrative support to the FutureMakers Coalition.