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. The GoodSTART Program also includes a customer service credential.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

 

To comply with requirements at our Clinical site,  Goodwill’s CNA Training program is requiring all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of training. Proof of vaccination will be required by the first day of class. If you have questions please contact Elizabeth Rose, erose@goodwillgr.org or (616) 794- 6659 to discuss.

Upcoming Trainings

To apply for an upcoming class, please select from the dates below and register for an enrollment session.

January 17, 2023 - April 12, 2023

Days: Tuesday – Thursday
Time: 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Clinical: 7:00am – 3:30pm April 4th – April 11th

If you are interested in enrolling in this class, please REGISTER HERE to join us for an enrollment session at the Goodwill Employment Center, located at 3777 Sparks Dr. SE Grand Rapids, MI

February 13, 2023 - April 5, 2023

Days: Monday – Thursday
Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm
Clinical: 7:00am – 3:30pm March 22nd – April 5th

If you are interested in enrolling in this class, please REGISTER HERE to join us for an enrollment session at the Goodwill Employment Center, located at 3777 Sparks Dr. SE Grand Rapids, MI

March 27, 2023 - May 17, 2023

Days: Monday – Thursday
Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm
Clinical: 7:00am – 3:30pm May 3rd – May 17th

If you are interested in enrolling in this class, please REGISTER HERE to join us for an enrollment session at the Goodwill Employment Center, located at 3777 Sparks Dr. SE Grand Rapids, MI

July 5, 2023 - August 24, 2023

Days: Tuesday – Friday 
Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm
Clinical: 7:00am – 3:30pm August 10th – August 24th 

If you are interested in enrolling in this class, please REGISTER HERE to join us for an enrollment session at the Goodwill Employment Center, located at 3777 Sparks Dr. SE Grand Rapids, MI

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.

Meet Our Staff

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Program Manager

My name is Elizabeth Rose, and I am the program manager for the GoodSTART program. I have worked in workforce development for over 6.5 years. During those 6.5 years, I have taught employability skills and customer service skills. I have helped participants remove barriers, find training or schools that worked best for them, and helped participants reach their goals while obtaining jobs they love.

I was born and raised in Grand Rapids. I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Special Education. I am married and have a son who keeps me busy and on my toes! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love coffee, pizza, laughter, and being outside.

My favorite part about the GoodSTART program is the dedication my staff and I have for each participant we work with. We want to help you and make a difference in your life! Our mission is “Changing lives and communities through the power of work.” We take our mission very seriously. We will be with you along the way. Helping you better yourself, remove barriers, gain credentials, find employment, and reach your goals.

We cannot wait to have you a part of GoodSTART program where you will learn, grow, and develop your skills!

Rachel

Rachel

Career Coach

Hello, I am Rachel! I am a Career Coach for the GoodSTART WIOA Youth Program since August 2021.  

I am a proud graduate of Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in family studies and child development. My past work experiences have included all age groups and families. Whether that be teaching prevention classes, recruiting, coaching youth programs, or facilitating life skills for families. I love teaching and engaging with individuals. To see their success and accomplishment warms my heart.  

My favorite thing about the GoodSTART WIOA Youth Program is we expand beyond the CNA skills. This program allows you to learn quality customer service to gain a nationally recognized credential and you will also learn a variety of professional skills. All 3 areas are important parts of reaching the best version of yourself.  

I have always believed people deserve the necessary resources to thrive and that is why Goodwill is such an awesome place to be. Goodwill strives to remove barriers and to help people succeed in not only their career but their life as well. 

Danielle

Danielle

Career Coach

My name is Danielle, and I am a Career Coach for the GoodSTART WIOA Youth Program.  

I graduated from Ferris State University where I earned an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. With these degrees, my goal is to work with people and help them change their life’s circumstances for the better. Before Goodwill, I had a variety of different roles working with people. My most recent role was working with at-risk youth.  

My favorite thing about the GoodSTART WIOA Youth Program is how much the program has to offer to the participants. Not only are our participants gaining a Certificate in CNA, they are also gaining knowledge in other trainings, skills, and real life experiences that will be useful in any job they choose to obtain or maintain. I also love how the staff are there every step of the way to help the participants with whatever life throws at them. It is difficult to commit to 6 weeks full time but trust me once you’re in the program, the amazing Goodwill staff will guide you and help you every step of the way through this amazing program. 

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Questions about the GoodSTART program?

Call (616)794-6659