WILMINGTON — Novant Health is now offering full scholarships for students pursuing their certified nursing assistant certification through Sankofa Training & Wellness Institute, which opened in December.
The scholarships will cover tuition for students attending the 19-day intensive; those receiving the money are required to successfully earn their certification and accept employment with Novant Health.
“We are pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to students to receive their training to become a certified nursing assistant,” Novant New Hanover Regional Medical Center Chief Nurse Executive Amy Akers said in a press release. “What’s so exciting about this program is that we are both helping individuals in our community advance their career opportunities while also building a new pipeline to support needed members of our care team at the hospital.”
Sankofa, led by registered nurse and educator Suprena Hickman, gears its programming toward attracting, educating, training, and employing African Americans and other minority talent to enhance diversity in the medical profession. The program has earned the North Carolina Community College System’s certification for health and wellness programming.
Sankofa’s next CNA training program, which accepts up to 20 students, begins on May 16, with classes running Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM. To register for classes, or to learn more about the scholarship, visit http://www.sankofatraininginstitute.com/.
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