St. Paul Elder Services announces participation in ‘earn and learn’ grant program

KAUKAUNA, Wis. (Aug. 17, 2022) – St. Paul Elder Services (SPES), a community dedicated to enriching the life experience of the individuals they serve, is proud to announce its participation in the WisCaregiver Careers Program, a Wisconsin workforce development initiative helping to address the shortage of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in nursing home facilities. 

The ‘earn while you learn’ program offers a streamlined path for those looking to enter the healthcare field by connecting potential employees with nursing home employers who will pay for CNA training, testing and offer retention bonuses. 

SPES is among fewer than ten participating facilities in the Fox Cities and one of 255 connected facilities in Wisconsin.  

“Our hope is that this program will be the catalyst for job seekers to enter the healthcare field,” said Sondra Norder, president/CEO at St. Paul Elder Services. “The COVID-19 pandemic hit our industry hard, and we know people might be shying away from opportunities in healthcare. This program offers the foundational healthcare skills needed to create a career and even prepare to advance.”

WisCaregiver Careers applicants are eligible for: 

·         Free CNA training

·         Free CNA certification testing

·         $500 retention bonus after 6 months of employment, full-time or part-time

“Our CNAs can work full-time, part-time or a casual schedule that allows them to care for their own families while also caring for our residents,” said Norder. “The job of a CNA is so important because they are the frontline caregivers who leave a lasting impact on our residents and their families.”

Those interested in learning more about job opportunities with SPES through the WisCaregiver Career program should visit

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