GoodSTART WIOA Youth Program

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Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids offers nurse aide training to out-of-school youth ages 16-24 to prepare for the certified nurse aide exam and find a rewarding job in the health care industry. The 200 hour training consists of classroom instruction, clinicals, and work experience with residents at a long-term care facility in Grand Rapids, MI.

Employability skills are incorporated into our training to ensure that you are not only successful in completing the program but successful in obtaining a job after. Career coaching and mentoring from a state of Michigan registered nurse is provided, as well as individualized job placement, and retention services.

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Upcoming Trainings

If you are interested in enrolling in our CNA Training, click here to apply.

Our enrollment team will process your application to determine eligibility and connect with you about the next steps. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Click here to see a full list of our upcoming CNA trainings.


Hear about the GoodSTART program

GoodSTART Success Story

JaShanti shares her story of how Goodwill’s GoodSTART program helped her overcome her fears and launch into a career she loves. 

Our Facility

Lab and clinicals take place in person. Lab work is completed at the Goodwill Employment Center, located at 3777 Sparks Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. The clinical portion of our training is completed at a long-term care facility in the Greater Grand Rapids area.

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