An information session to learn more about an upcoming “Nurse Aid Training Diploma Program” in Corry from Healthcare Ventures Alliance (HVA) of Erie is scheduled for Friday afternoon at the Corry Higher Education Council.

Individuals can stop in anytime between 12:30 to 3 p.m., but should allow themselves enough time to watch a short video describing the nurse aid profession, designed to help determine if they would be suitable for the job.

“This is one of those short-term, relatively inexpensive programs that can immediately put someone in a living-wage job,” said Steve Bishop, executive director of the Corry Higher Education Council. “Healthcare Ventures Alliance is very experienced in these matters and has many connections in the field for future employment.”

The three-week program will be run at the Corry Hi-Ed on weekdays from June 4-25, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the required practicums to be held at Corry Manor Nursing Home. Program completers will earn their state-approved diploma as a nurse aid, and can then take the state examination. Those who do so and then become employed by a long-term care provider are eligible to be reimbursed for the cost of the program by that employer. Dislocated workers can also use their training funds to participate in the program.

“Anyone who’s ever thought about becoming a nurse might also find this to be a low-cost way to get their feet wet and be sure the field is for them before spending a lot of time and money on a nursing program,” Bishop added, noting the total cost of the program is $1,553.

He also noted the information session is scheduled well in advance of the program start because there are certain program requirements that need to be taken care of in advance.

Registrations are required for the information session, by calling either the Hi-Ed at 664-9405 or Jennifer Agnello at HVA, at 833-1609, extension 100. More information about the program is available either from Ms. Agnello, or by visiting the HVA website at

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