GRCC, Holland Home open training lab for Certified Nursing Assistant program

March 24, 2017, GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Grand Rapids Community College and Holland Home will open the training lab for a new Certified Nursing Assistant program with a March 29 ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Holland Home renovated a 1,200-square-foot former physician’s office into a training lab at its corporate headquarters, 2100 Raybrook St. SE, to be used exclusively for GRCC’s CNA students. The facility contains four patient beds and associated workstations, along with classroom seating for 16 students. Holland Home paid for the renovation expenses while GRCC provided the equipment for the lab.

In addition to their studies in the new lab, students will gain crucial clinical experience by working with Holland Home and other long-term health care employers’ staff and patients.

For GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender, the March 29 ceremony embodies another successful public-private partnership that benefits both students and the community.

"The CNA program was created to fill a need in the area's health care landscape," Ender said. "We couldn't be more grateful for the support -- with both the lab and staff time -- that Holland Home is giving us."

For Holland Home, this new program and on-site lab is an innovative solution to the nationwide shortage of CNA professionals.

“Holland Home is excited to create this training lab and contribute to GRCC’s effort to help train students seeking the certified nursing assistant designation,” said Holland Home President and CEO Mina Breuker. “This program helps everyone have access to skilled training that is very much needed in our community.”

The 112-hour CNA program was created with funding from the U.S. Labor Department's America's Promise grant competition. GRCC won one of only two grants awarded in Michigan in 2016, receiving $6 million. 

Julie Parks, executive director of Workforce Training, said GRCC developed the CNA program at the request of local employers. Holland Home stepped forward to help GRCC create the classroom and lab. GRCC can offer the complete CNA program for $300 per student because of the America's Promise grant. Comparable programs charge closer to $1,200, she said.

"The grant means we can reduce the cost barriers faced by some who aspire to health care careers," she said. "Our partnership with Holland Home means we can train our students in a state-of-the-art facility and prepare them to meet an urgent need in the area."

An open house and ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. March 29 at the Holland Home site at 2100 Raybrook. A brief ceremony will be held from 10:15-10:30 a.m.



Founded in 1892, Holland Home of Grand Rapids is Michigan’s largest nonprofit provider of senior services and was the first Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in the state.  Holland Home offers the full continuum of care and is the 55th largest nonprofit CCRC in the nation (source: Ziegler 150). Under the Holland Home brand are three residential campuses:  Breton Woods, Fulton and Raybrook. Community services include HomeCare of Holland Home, Helpers of Holland Home, Faith Hospice and its Trillium Woods hospice residence, Rehab Dimensions, Care Resources, Reliance Community Care Partners, and the Trillium Institute. Holland Home employs over 1,500 people and serves more than 4,000 daily. Holland Home's mission is to serve with love and compassion, commit to excellence, and follow Christ’s teachings and examples in all that we do.  For more information about Holland Home, please visit



Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.

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