Become a nursing assistant at no cost | Commissioner Olson completes statewide tour

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October 31, 2022

Free training, new career: Become a nursing assistant at no cost to you

Be part of the next generation of Minnesota's health care workers

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Enroll in a free program today and get started on your nursing assistant certification! With additional funding secured for the Next Generation Nursing Assistant initiative, any interested Minnesotan can receive training, books, uniforms and take their certification exam at no cost. Reliable transportation and technology needs can also be covered.

Click here for additional information and find a program near you. New class sections will be added through February 2023. Please note: The webpage will be updated regularly as classes become available.

Have you completed your training? Get certified!

After you've completed your nursing assistant training, be sure to register to take your Nursing Assistant Knowledge and Skills tests. Click here for more information and to find a testing center near you.

Commissioner Olson completes statewide tour

Commissioner Olson at his visit to White Earth Tribal and Community College

Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) Commissioner Dennis Olson completed his statewide tour at the conclusion of this month. Throughout October, Olson has been traveling across the state, from Winona to Moorhead, meeting with campus administration and student leaders to learn and discuss the current state of higher education in Minnesota.

Over the past two weeks, Olson's visited with Concordia University - St. Paul, University of Northwestern - St Paul, Bethel University, Macalester College, University of St. Thomas, Hamline University, St. Catherine University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota State University - Mankato, Minnesota State University - Moorhead, Leech Lake Tribal College, Red Lake Nation College, and White Earth Tribal and Community College. These conversations will help inform agency recommendations for Governor Walz's budget proposal this upcoming legislative session.

Commissioner Olson at his visit to White Earth Tribal and Community College, touring the campus

Parenting in College - Register for final Nov. 10 session of webinar series

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Join us for the final session in the three-part webinar series focused on parenting students in Minnesota! On Thursday, Nov. 10, participants will share any lessons learned from their own experiences and discuss how to keep momentum strong in their efforts to bring about change.

Explore ways to build, enhance, and maintain collaborations that create a strong future of success for parenting students.

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.
Click to view the webinar flyer OR click to complete your registration.


Apply now for Minnesota Student Teacher Grants - Deadline approaching for spring semester

Are you an aspiring teacher who is anticipating student teaching this spring? You may be eligible to receive up to $7,500 for your student teaching experience.

Apply now for the Minnesota Student Teacher Grants. The program provides postsecondary financial assistance to future teachers during one term when completing a required 12-week (or more) student teaching experience. Priority deadline for Spring/Summer 2023 is November 4, 2022. Find out if you are eligible and apply online.


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