SVHC Offers Free Paid Training for Licensed Nursing Assistants
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SVHC Offers Free Paid Training for Licensed Nursing Assistants

Prospective students should apply by Sept. 14.

BENNINGTON, VT—August 19, 2020—Over the past several years, Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has trained hundreds of people to become licensed nursing assistants (LNA). Many have gone on to rewarding careers in the health system’s skilled nursing facilities or in the hospital’s inpatient units.

“This is a great, very cost-effective way to begin a health care career,” said Susan Lewsey, one of the program’s recruiters. “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,” said Jessica Woodward, also a recruiter. “Most of our students, more than 90 percent, pass on the first attempt and advance to become LNAs.”

The next training section begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, October 12 at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington. The training schedule is Monday – Friday. Prospective students should apply to the care assistant position by September 14 to be considered.  Visit the “Current Openings” link at and search for “care assistant” to get started.

For additional information, contact Susan Lewsey at or Jessica Woodward at

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.

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