Job Skills Trainings
Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Training
St. Louis’ health care sites have a great and growing unmet need for qualified health care support staff. Because of this we are helping immigrants enter jobs in the health care field, which has many career ladders and opportunities.
In our CNA Program, we train immigrants for careers in hospital and nursing home settings. Fourteen-week classes are offered in winter and fall, and an intensive 8-week class is offered during the summer. Training is team-taught by state certified nursing professionals along with a qualified ESOL instructor. Classroom and lab sessions are offered at our training site at 4131 S. Grand Blvd. Clinical training takes place at Green Park Senior Living Community. The program is certified to operate by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.
To qualify for CNA training, applicants must be able to pass an English entrance exam. Low-income, work-authorized immigrants, including refugees, are eligible for enrollment. If applicants meet income and length of residence requirements, they can enroll without cost. Costs are underwritten by a variety of public and private sources, including the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) - Employment Training Section of the State of Missouri as well as the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) of the US Department of Health and Human Services .
Industrial and Alterations Sewing Training
Some refugees bring sewing skills with them and are eager to utilize this skill for self-employment or outside work. Several area employers hire the graduates for the program for their industrial sewing operations and some have small alterations businesses which attract these graduates. The course is 6 weeks long and is taught by an experienced instructor accustomed to working with immigrants and refugees. Students learn on professional machines and in the process learn terminology, measuring and fine motor skills needed to work in the field. The class is limited to 6 people per course, and morning and afternoon courses are offered.
Hotel Housekeeping Training
Some refugees come to the United States without work experience or transferrable vocational skills. The one week training program allows us to offer refugees and immigrants an opportunity to develop a skill for entry-level hotel housekeeping work. The program is designed to meet the needs of various area hotels to fully staff their housekeeping departments. It also provides many low-skilled refugees with a pathway to initial employment.
All classes are located at the Institute’s Training Center at 4131 S. Grand.
All three programs are certified to operate by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.
314-773-9090, ext. 229
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