How is the Anoka County FastTRAC Health Care Pathways Program Helping Feed the Demand?

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 12:48pm.

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The FastTRAC Health Care Pathways Program and its graduates of Anoka County are finding a lot of success is waiting for them. You might be asking yourself – just what is this program?

What is This Program?

This is a program that has one goal in mind – to help students earn a total of seven college credits in addition to a credential to be a Certified Nursing Assistant. This is one of the eight programs across the state that has received the Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Award in 2014.

When and Why Did This Program Start?

It was in 2011 that this program first started when the county’s job center received a grant thanks to the Department of Employment and Economic Development. Thanks to the funding, the training center was able to team up with a few other colleges in order to offer this program to anyone who had an interest in it.

Who is This Program For?

This program is geared towards adults who have a low income. The Economic Assistance program refers more than 50 percent of the adults to partake in this program to it. Students can start the program by completing a total of 100 hours of preparation at one of the nine area school districts with the Metro North Adult Basic Education.

Will This Program Help The Demand?

There are high hopes that this program will make a difference in the demand for nurses in the area. The biggest reason people believe this is because of the difference in cost. Low income adults can actually afford to go to this school and learn what they need to in order to become a nurse. It provides an opportunity that otherwise was not available to a portion of the population in this county.

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