Drake State responds to shortage of local health care professionals with nursing program

October 15, 2021

Huntsville, AL – In response to the increasing workforce demand in North Alabama, Drake State Community & Technical College is partnering with Honor Health Careers (HHC) to enroll HHC’s CNA employees in Drake State’s nursing program. HHC will sponsor and provide support to the employees from initial enrollment all the way through completion of their practical nursing certificate. The program is one example of Drake State’s Rapid Recovery Plan for Workforce Development.

A Memorandum of Agreement for the program will be signed Monday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. at Drake State’s S.C. O’Neal Sr. Library and Technology Center, third floor.

HHC employs Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA) at Tut Fann State Veterans Home. Drake State will enroll Tut Fann employees in each fall and spring semester. This program will provide Tut Fann employees a pathway to healthcare careers as well as enhance the quality of care for the residents. The employees, as LPNs, can expect to see an increase in earning potential as well.

“Community and technical colleges will continue to play an integral role in reigniting our economy by equipping people to fill high-wage positions in a variety of fields including health care, advanced manufacturing, and automotive,” said Drake State President Dr. Patricia Sims.

Many healthcare facilities are pivoting to add to their LPN workforce. Drake State is responding to the demand for healthcare providers, especially shortages in long-term care and acute care, and is ready to enroll for all of its Health Sciences programs.

For more information contact nur@drakestate.edu or (256) 551-3156.