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MCTC Partners with Augustana Care

MCTC partners with Augustana Care to provide housing and job training for healthcare students experiencing homelessness

MCTC campusAugustana Care, a multi-campus residential community providing housing and healthcare for older generations, is partnering with Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) to offer housing and training for select students pursuing healthcare careers.

Ten students will be selected from a pool of applicants to work 20 hours per week with Augustana Care residents in exchange for significantly reduced rent in one of Augustana Care’s Minneapolis apartments. Participating students have their Nursing Assistant Registry certifications, and many are concurrently pursuing further healthcare education. All of the students selected identify as homeless or precariously housed. This could mean students are homeless, couch-surfing or living paycheck to paycheck without means to secure stable housing.

“The number one reason for dropping out of college is funding-related,” said Bob Muster, dean of Nursing and Allied Health at MCTC. “We’re partnering with Augustana Care to begin to address the very real problem of housing many of our students face.”

“This is a win-win situation,” said Susan Roberts, director of nursing at Augustana Care. “We’d like to be an example of how a business can partner with an educational institution to help individuals who are precariously housed, and as a result, help increase the registered nurse workforce and support students as they pursue a higher education.”

In order to qualify for the program, students must have their Nursing Assistant Registry certification—Minnesota’s equivalent of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) qualification. Many of the students in the partnership with Augustana Care are enrolled in MCTC’s Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide (NAHA) program.

“This program is so great, people wonder what the catch is,” said Dean Muster. “This is an example of how MCTC, industry and philanthropy can come together and create possibilities for our future workforce.”