NextStep is proud to offer CNA training in Colorado, Oregon and Washington. We'll be launching CNA programs in more states soon!
NextStep was born out of an awareness of two crises in the United States — a shortage of caregivers to support an expanding older generation and growing under- and unemployment due to structural economic factors and inequitable opportunities. Cofounders Chris Hedrick and Charissa Raynor saw an elegant solution — build a community that supports and trains caregivers and offers long-term care providers access to a reliable network of highly qualified Certified Nursing Assistants.
Two years later, the NextStep community is growing in size and results. We’re solving the staffing shortages of over 75 respected long-term care providers in three states by connecting them with new NextStep-trained CNAs and experienced NextStep Plus+ vetted caregivers. We also upskill our employer partners’ existing staff. Our graduates — nearly half of whom were unemployed prior to participating in the NextStep program — see a 59.43% increase in lifetime earnings on average.
We know NextStep’s model works, and we’re ready to expand. In the months to come, our focus will be on making a national impact on unemployment and access to care as we grow our community of front-line healthcare workers and employer partners across the country.
Village Capital and Johnson & Johnson Impact Ventures awarded NextStep the 2020 Startup Showcase Frontline Health Worker Prize for creating the most unique product that is solving a major pain point for frontline health workers and/or the patients they serve.Learn More
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Dave Ross of Seattle's Morning News talks with NextStep CEO Chris Hedrick about the caregiver crisis and how NextStep's tuition-free, blended-learning CNA-training approach reaches job seekers left behind by traditional education and recruiting.
NextStep, a digital health care training company, announced last week that the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has approved its certified nursing assistant (CNA) training program.
NextStep, a Seattle startup which uses its technology platform to retrain displaced workers for roles in the healthcare industry, has raised $2.5 million in new funding.
The pandemic has created a perfect storm of challenges, including safely caring for more patients and addressing high long-term unemployment. With thoughtful recruitment and training approaches, these two problems can help solve each other, ensuring that our society’s most vulnerable members are cared for and those unemployed due to the pandemic find a new, rewarding career path.
By partnering with employers, Hedrick says, training providers can help people who would not otherwise be able to afford, or even consider, a career in health care, get started.
NextStep, a growing company that helps displaced workers retrain for in-demand healthcare jobs, today announced that it has approval from the Colorado Board of Nursing to provide free, online training and job placement for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) students, who have been displaced from school as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here in Colorado, billions of dollars have been spent on unemployment, but one business is trying to get people back to work in a field that could use the support.
Education isn’t the only industry to see experimentation en masse with distance learning. Chris Hedrick hopes that his Seattle-based startup turns heads at a time of heightened demand for health care jobs—particularly, certified nursing assistants and caregivers—as the job market turns grim for service and hospitality workers.
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Learn more about the CNA life and get details about how to enroll in NextStep’s training-to-placement CNA program.