Apply for Workforce STAT

Workforce STAT will begin recruiting again in Fall 2017. Check back for more information and apply online.

For more information contact Quinneil Simmons at 401-444-8965 or email

Workforce STAT features a series of interconnected education and training and support services. It was designed by and for Rhode Island’s growing health care industry, and will meet health care industry needs by transforming - in an accelerated manner - a group of unemployed and underemployed, entry-level Rhode Islanders into a prepared, focused, well-qualified certified nursing assistant (CNA) workforce to care for patients.

Program graduates have opportunities to secure employment and advance over time to successively higher levels of educational and employment in the high-demand health care industry.

About the Program

Workforce STAT participants are provided with:

  • A free eight-week CNA course offered by Homefront Health Care and leading to state-administered exam and licensure
  • Followed by a paid five-week internship at Homefront Health Care 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 successful completion of the program

Training and Education Strategies

Three cohorts of students complete a 16-to-18-week program consisting of: 

  1. A Rhode Island Department of Health-approved CNA training and education course; and
  2. A Lifespan (hospital-based) CNA Internship featuring experiential learning and work-readiness activities.

Program graduates earn a Rhode Island CNA license and Lifespan work readiness credentials. Workforce STAT staff recruit, train and place up to sixty (60) participants.


To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Own a registered vehicle
  • 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

Program Recruitment

Program recruitment occurs through:

  • Rhode Island’s youth center network
  • NetworkRI
  • Community-based organizations 

Support services are embedded into the program design to ensure participants’ success.

Workforce STAT has graduated nearly 200 program participants, of whom Lifespan has hired almost 50 percent. 

More Information

For more information contact Quinneil Simmons at 401-444-8965 or