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  • Workforce S.T.A.T. (Solutions, Training and Teamwork) Program

  • The Workforce S.T.A.T. program is designed, in partnership with Homefront Health Care, to meet the needs of the health care industry by transitioning – in an accelerated manner – a group of unemployed or underemployed entry-level Rhode Islanders into a prepared, focused, well-qualified Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) workforce. Upon completion of this 4-month program, participants earn their Rhode Island CNA license, BLS certification and work readiness credentials. Program graduates may be considered for future employment at a Lifespan affiliate or Homefront Health Care facility.


    Governor's Workforce Board

    The spring session will be offered at Newport Hospital and will take 16 to 18 weeks to complete.

    • Spring Session:
      February 23 - April 17, 2015
      Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • Internship Schedule:
      April 24 - June 12, 2015
      Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Program Description

    The Workforce S.T.A.T. Program participants are provided with:

    • A free 8-week CNA course offered by Homefront Health Care leading to state-administered exam and licensure
    • Followed by a 6-week internship at Lifespan consisting of 96 hours of advanced CNA training and structured work-readiness workshops
    • Practical work experience and networking opportunities to prepare for a successful future
    • Mentorship under professional career experts
    • The possibility of employment upon completion of the program


    Participants must:

    • Be at least 18 years of age
    • Be underemployed/unemployed Rhode Island resident
    • Be able to pass a BCI (criminal background check)
    • Read at a seventh grade level, and have earned either a high school diploma or a GED certificate
    • Possess a willingness to learn along with the ability to attend all classes, internship hours and workshops.
    • Be interested in pursuing a career in health care

    How to Apply

    At this time we are no longer accepting applications. Please check our webpage in June to see if we will be offering additional classes.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Galimah Baysah at 401-444-8965 or email