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CareerEdge offers free CNA training program

The fast-track program for certified nursing assistants will begin April 30.

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  • | 5:00 a.m. March 9, 2024
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CareerEdge, a workforce development initiative of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, has partnered with Suncoast Technical College to offer a free certified nursing assistant fast-track program to begin in April. 

The effort supports STC’s mission to help prepare the next generation of nurses while providing an opportunity for individuals to gain foundational knowledge and join the health care industry.

The curriculum for the program will be a condensed version of STC’s Certified Nursing Assistant program, beginning April 30 and concluding June 6. 

Classes will be held 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at STC’s main campus at 4748 Beneva Road. Sarasota Memorial Hospital will host the participants for clinical training during the last two weeks from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The program will also include CareerEdge’s Bridges to Careers soft skills training, in which participants learn additional aspects of professionalism.

Applicants will interview with CareerEdge staff. Eligibility requirements include a GED or high school diploma, residency in Sarasota or Manatee counties, application by Friday, March 29, and passing background and drug tests.

Participants are responsible for their application fee, certification exam fee, fingerprint testing and drug screening — all reimbursable upon passing the exam. Participants must also complete a medical clearance, provide proof of certain immunizations and coverage of those related expenses.

The program is limited to 15 participants. More information is available at

Funding is made possible by CareerEdge Funders Collaborative and support from the local health care business community.


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