Southwestern Vermont Health Care offers free paid training opportunity

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care offers free paid training opportunity

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 3:16am -- tim

Prospective students should apply by December 9 to join the  first class of the new year.

Vermont Business Magazine Over the past several years, Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has trained hundreds of people to become licensed nursing assistants (LNAs). 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.

“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.”

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.

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, January 13, 2020. Students should apply by December 9 to be considered. All classes are held Monday – Friday at the Innovative Learning Center on the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Campus in Bennington. The training ends on January 31, and the state licensing exam is on February 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

About SVHC:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center provides exceptional care without discriminating on the basis of an individual’s age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559.

Source: BENNINGTON, VT—November 26, 2019—Southwestern Vermont Health Care