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Free health careers training available at NIACC

MASON CITY - Free health careers training is available at NIACC, the college said this week.

MASON CITY – Free health careers training is available at NIACC, the college said this week.

North Iowa Area Community College is offering free health care training opportunities. Choose from eight health care careers: Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) or CNA Refresher, Medication Aid or Manager, Phlebotomy, IV Therapy, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), or Advanced EMT.

These short-term certificates range in length from four weeks to a full semester, and are FREE for Iowa residents age 18 and older. NIACC has programs that can assist with tuition/books, uniforms, testing fees, and transportation costs. Navigators assist students by monitoring progress, problem solving, and finding employment after training.

Patti Hanson, Dean of Continuing Education at NIACC. “These classes provide excellent training with a focus on helping people get into the workforce more quickly and filling the demand for trained health care professionals.”

Hanson continued, saying, “This also allows those unsure of returning to school a chance to slowly ease into a learning environment, and often times students will expand their original goals, transferring to a two-year degree program.”

Space is limited.  To learn more about this training option and the free supports, contact Pathway Navigators – Melanie 641.422.4078 or Angela 641.422.4312. Navigators will walk you through the application process. Applications will be taken until each class is full; deadlines apply.

For more information about health care training options at NIACC visit Interested in other short-term training options and supports/assistance available to help you with your goals, visit

North Iowa Area Community College, founded in 1918, is a nationally-recognized, two-year college located in central North Iowa. With approximately 3,000 career and transfer students, the College has been recognized by the Aspen Institute as a leading community college in the nation. NIACC welcomes students from across Iowa, Minnesota, the nation, and the world.

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