From the Organization:

The Registered Apprenticeship Program at Columbine Health Systems has afforded us highly motivated and conscientious Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). Dakota is a wonderful example! While our Apprentices work as CNAs, each Apprentice also completes training with various departments in the facility from Maintenance to Social Services and Admissions to Health Systems Information and everything in between.

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience how we all come together at Columbine to provide person-centered care! The broader perspective that Apprentices gain helps to grow a stronger, more engaged team member. It is our hope that by sharing this wealth of experiences with our Apprentices that they will find their “perfect fit” in healthcare and move on to provide great care in our community for years to come.

Yvonne Willemann, LPN

Staff Development Coordinator/Nurse Manager

From the Student:

Working through the Columbine Health Systems apprenticeship program was a game changer. Not only did I get a head start into a long-term medical career, but I was also given the opportunity to learn about all the aspects that go into healthcare. Being able to earn my Personal Care Provider certification and my Certified Nursing Assistant certification, all while finishing high school, prepared me for going into the next phase of my life.

Now I have a full-time job and have the prior knowledge to jumpstart me into college for an associate degree in Medical Assisting. The support I have had throughout this program has been phenomenal and I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in healthcare and needs more guidance.

Dakota, Columbine Health Systems Apprentice