Nursing Assistant Initiative Extended to February 2023 | Ready, Set, FAFSA! Upcoming Fall Financial Aid Webinars

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September 19, 2022

Next Generation Nursing Assistant Initiative Extended to February 2023

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After meeting the initial goal of recruiting and training 1,000 new nursing assistants, the Next Generation Nursing Assistant (NA) initiative has been extended and will be offering more free training and certification opportunities throughout the state until February 2023. The $2.4 million initiative, announced by the Office of Governor Tim Walz on Sept. 1, provides any interested Minnesotan with a tuition-free pathway toward a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification, including free training, books, uniforms, and cost of certification exam. 

Successes of the Program

Since December 2021, 1,370 Minnesotans have become certified nursing assistants, strengthening the state’s health care workforce pipeline. The NA initiative has raised awareness about the importance, value and necessity of the nursing assistant profession, along with reporting significant participant progress and bridging participant and employer connections. Click here to view the full Nursing Assistant Initiative Monitoring Report.

New Fall Class Sections Available Now!

Free CNA class opportunities will be added throughout the fall 2022 and winter 2023. Check out the OHE CNA webpage for up-to-date information as classes will be added as they become available. 

Ready, Set, FAFSA! Upcoming Financial Aid Webinar Series For College-Bound Students and Families

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Are you or someone you know applying to college this year? We can help! Join us for a fall series of college and financial aid webinars created specifically for students and families to help them prepare for the college-going process. 

Ready, Set, FAFSA Details:

  • Tuesdays at 7pm; Starting September 27th through October 25th
  • All sessions will be approximately one hour long with a short presentation from financial aid experts.
  • Interpreters will be available in Spanish, Hmong and Somali.
  • Participant questions will be answered live in the chat.
  • Students who attend these sessions will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 scholarship!

Get all your FAFSA questions answered by attending our fall webinar series! Space is limited - so register today! Click here to complete webinar registration.

David J. Tomassoni ALS Research Grant Program - Request For Proposals Application Period Open

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The David J. Tomassoni Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Research Grant Program has opened its grant application period and is currently accepting proposals  to accelerate ALS research.

Named after the late Minnesota Senator, the David J. Tomassoni ALS Research Grant was instated to provide funding for translational research that leads to the prevention, functional improvement, and curative efforts for people with ALS. Tomassoni was diagnosed with ALS in 2021 and passionately advocated for research into the rare disease. In his final term as a Senator, he successfully authored and passed the legislation that provided $25 million in one-time funding to support ALS research and caregiver resources.

In consultation with the Minnesota Department of Health and the ALS Association, OHE is accepting proposals to accelerate research into ALS knowledge, prevention, and treatment. Eligible grant applicants must be lead institutions/organizations located within Minnesota and fall into one or more of the following categories: research facilities, universities, and health care systems located in Minnesota. 

Click here for more information on the David J. Tomassoni ALS Research Grant. Letters of Intent to Submit are mandatory and are due October 7, 2022. Eligible applicants will receive an invitation to submit a full application no later than October 21, 2022.

Proposals are due by 4:30pm CST on December 16, 2022.


Free Webinar Series - Parenting in College: The Whole Family Approach

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Join us for a FREE, virtual three-part series focused on parenting students in Minnesota!

These sessions are created for parenting students, campus leaders, student support staff, social workers, childcare providers, and stakeholders who are interested in contributing to an environment for student parents to succeed in higher education.

Participants will learn from leading experts about strategies to support parenting students, how to create meaningful change at both the individual level and across complex systems, and build an understanding of how parenting students fit into the broader discussions around equity in higher education. Sessions will center the voices of parenting students, while also providing insights and strategies gleaned from research, best practices, and skilled higher education practitioners. Click to view the webinar flyer OR click to complete your registration.


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