Whitney Benefits has gifted Sheridan College with a grant to fund a part-time instructor for the college's Certified Nursing Assistant program.
The three-year grant is worth more than $185,000 and will assist in implementing, revising and evaluating the college's certified nursing assistant programs. The new faculty member will teach in both formal classroom and at clinical sites.
College officials estimate that 250 certified nursing assistants are employed throughout Sheridan and Johnson counties, with a turnover of about 50 percent in long-term care facilities each year. Certified nursing assistants are called CNAs, and Trudy Munsick said they are an important dynamic of health care. Munsick is dean of health sciences at Sheridan College.
She said the CNA program has a track record of success. Many of the students earn good jobs right after graduation, she said. She added that Whitney Benefits' continued support for the college's nursing program ensures that the program will remain top-notch far into the future.