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Highland Community College to offer Basic Nursing Assistant class at Pinecrest Grove Community Center

Pinecrest Community has received a grant from the A. Charles and Lillemor Lawrence Foundation to fund a classroom at the Grove Community Center, Mount Morris, IL.

This grant allowed Pinecrest to purchase new computers and a large-screen television which will be used by Highland Community College to teach a Basic Nursing Assistant certificate program at the Mount Morris location. This program prepares students to enter the health care workforce. The program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible for the Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation in order to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).

The first class at the Grove Community Center, with a maximum of 8 students, will begin June 6 and end July 6. Classes/clinicals will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration is now open. Students may register for this class through Highland Community College.

An open house to showcase the new classroom space at the Grove Community Center, 500 Evergreen Lane, is scheduled for Tuesday, April 4, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend the open house to learn about this wonderful collaboration with Highland Community College, and the A. Charles and Lillemor Lawrence Foundation. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact Cassie Mekeel at with any questions about the course. To register for this course contact Admissions at 815-599-3414.

Scholarship opportunities for this program are available through the Ole Hiteman Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Ole Hiteman Memorial Scholarship is a renewable $1,200 scholarship to be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and room and board, at a community, 4-year college or vocational school. This scholarship is open to Ogle County residents with a preference given to Oregon and Forreston high school graduates, Contact Rob Urish at 815-734-4762 or for more information.



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