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Free pre-healthcare, nursing course offered

Through District 206 Community Education, the Alexandria Area Adult Basic Education (ABE) Consortium is partnering with Rural MN CEP and Alexandria Technical College (ATC) to offer a free pre-healthcare/nursing course at ATC this winter. Since this nine-week course is being offered at no cost to the first 20 qualified applicants, early registration is recommended. Registration deadline is February 12.

The pre-healthcare/nursing course will be held at ATC on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning February 22 through April 28. The course will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Financial assistance for transportation and/or childcare expenses incurred to attend these classes will be available through Rural MN CEP.

The pre-healthcare/nursing curriculum, jointly developed by ATC and ABE, is meant to be a bridge between certified nursing assistant (CNA) and licensed practical nursing (LPN) training.

The curriculum includes medical terminology, basic nursing skills, job shadowing, reading, writing and math for healthcare occupations, as well as information on college nursing programs and healthcare career options. This is an ideal class for someone planning to further their education in nursing or another healthcare field.

Since the program builds the academic, technical and soft skills of the participants, those who complete the class will not only be better prepared to take college coursework, they will also be better equipped healthcare employees.

To register or for information, contact Sandy Schroepfer, Alexandria ABE coordinator, at (320) 762-0627 or by February 12.