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The Alaska Hospital & Healthcare Association (AHHA) is committed to working alongside our member hospitals and nursing homes to tackle the growing shortage of Certified Nursing Aide (CNAs) across the state. This page contains program information, tools, and resources to support you in efforts to recruit, train, and hire CNAs for your facility. If you have questions or need further support, please contact Nikki Holmes, AHHA's Director of Healthcare Workforce, at

CNA Earn & Learn Program

Recruiting, Training, and Hiring CNAs for Alaska

AHHA recently received a grant from the State of Alaska's Department of Labor and Workforce Development to expand current efforts supporting the recruitment, training, and hiring of CNAs. The funding will support a "work first" model where facilities hire a CNA trainee and pay their wages while the employee works to become a certified nursing aide. Participating facilities will be reimbursed up to $4,000 for each hired employee to help defray the costs of becoming a CNA, including wages, training, books, supplies, finger printing, background checks, testing, and certification fees. Facilities can utilize their own training programs or send trainees to an outside program.


AHHA will lead a multi-channel communications campaign to support facility recruitment, using social media, digital and print advertising and marketing strategies to promote statewide CNA training and employment opportunities.

How It Works

  • Facilities will hire a person into a CNA trainee / unlicensed nurse aide role (ideally a paid position to reduce the obstacle of not having income while in training) and then help to arrange for a background check, first aid/CPR certification, and CNA clinicals/training and exam.

  • Facilities may request reimbursement up to $4,000 of eligible expenses for each hired employee.


How to Participate

The program will officially launch in September, 2022 and will run through June, 2023.

The following forms are required for participation:

Instructions for filling out the STEP Participant Application Form:
Most of the questions are straightforward, but there are a few questions on page 2 in the Eligibility Assessment and Eligibility Criteria sections that require specific answers:

> Needs the training to remain a self-sufficient wage earner? Please answer Yes.

> Are you employed? Please answer Yes if you are employed by the facility that is training you.

> Are you an Alaska Resident who has resided in the state for the past 30 days and plans to remain in the state indefinitely? The answer should be Yes.

> Have you worked in a position that contributed to Unemployment Insurance in Alaska or another state with similar provisions sometime in the last five years? Please answer Yes.

> If the CNA trainee has received even one paycheck, they have contributed to unemployment insurance.

> In need of training to improve the prospect of obtaining or retaining employment? Please check this last box in the Eligibility Criteria section.

Click here to watch a recording of an informational webinar held August 31 - password: G1hzG#77.

If your facility is interested in participating, please contact Nikki Holmes, AHHA's Director of Healthcare Workforce, at or (907) 646-1444.

The State Training and Employment Program (STEP) is administered by the Alaska Department of Labor and

Workforce Development, Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) and funded by a set-aside from the

Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. The purpose of STEP is to enhance the quality and make Alaska job

training and employment assistance easily available to employers, employees, and future workers.

This "CNA Earn & Learn" project is STEP funded at 100%.



We encourage facilities to join us in sharing messaging and take part in the campaign to reach people who may be interested in becoming a CNA.  Below are flyers, graphics, and social media posts for you to download and use across your platforms. 


If you have questions or any difficulty accessing the files, please contact Jann Mylet at

CNA Champions

We are looking for CNAs who are willing to share what they like about their work and who want to encourage others to become a CNA.  Please nominate one or more CNAs at your facility using this short form and we will reach out to schedule a short interview with them to grab quotes for use on this website, on social media, and in advertising materials. CNAs who take part in the interviews for the "CNA Champions" campaign will receive a $50 Amazon gift card in appreciation of their time and participation! 


Social Media Posts


Right-click on the images below to download and share them on instagram or facebook with one of these sample messages:

Message # 1:
Interested in a rewarding career in healthcare? Become a Certified Nurse Aide today and get paid while you complete training. Visit for more info and to find open positions. #alaskanurse #cna #nursingschool #alaskahealthcare 


Message #2:

Fast-track your career in healthcare. Become a Certified Nurse Aide today! Visit for more info and to find open positions. #alaskanurse #cna #nursingschool #alaskahealthcare #certifiednurseaide


Message #3:

Want a career in healthcare but don’t know where to start? Become a Certified Nurse Aide today and get paid on-the-job training. Visit for more info! #alaskanurse #cna #nursingschool #alaskahealthcare #certifiednurseaide

Message #4:

Get Paid to Train -  For a limited time you can get paid while you complete training to become a CNA. Visit for more info! #alaskanurse #cna #nursingschool #alaskahealthcare #certifiednurseaide

Facebook Graphics
Instagram Graphics

Download Promotional Flyers
(8.5x11" pdf files):

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