SVHC offers free paid training opportunity

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BENNINGTON — Over the past several years, Southwestern Vermont Health Care has trained hundreds of people to become licensed nursing assistants. Many have gone on to rewarding careers in the health system's skilled nursing facilities, in the hospital's inpatient units, or in the Emergency Department.

The training typically costs as much as $1,400. Those who enter SVHC's program agree to a 1-year contract, receive free training, and earn the starting hourly rate while they train.

"This is a great cost-effective way to begin a health care career," said Eileen Wood, a program recruiter and contact person. "LNAs earn good wages, gain valuable experience, and help others. It can be very satisfying."

Those who are interested apply and are hired at SVHC in the care assistant role. From there, they may be considered for a slot in the class and are provided with time off to complete the 3-week training and study for the state licensing exam.

"We have an excellent program with a good clinical foundation and lots of support for students," Wood said. "Most of our students, more than 90 percent, pass on the first attempt and advance to become LNAs."

The next training session is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13. Students should apply by Dec. 9 to be considered. All classes are held Monday through Friday at the Innovative Learning Center on the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Campus in Bennington. The training ends on Jan. 31, and the state licensing exam is on Feb. 14. Visit the "Current Openings" link at and search for "care assistant" to get started.

There will be more offerings of this class during 2020; Follow svmedicalcenter on Facebook for future dates. For additional information, contact Eileen Wood at 802-447-5457 or



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