Community Economic Development

Job Skills

The SENCA Job Skills Program provides applicants financial assistance in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant.  Classes are offered through Southeast Community College and are approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.  Students learn basic nursing skills and will then be able to work in long-term care facilities, hospitals, home health care, hospice or mental health facilities.  Click here to see a full program brochure.

How Does it Work?

The Job Skills Program works on a revolving loan fund concept.  The students sign a promissory note to repay the tuition costs.  SENCA then uses the recouped money to offer additional classes to help more individuals attain certification.  Care facilities who hire the student often pay off the loan for them through the Medicaid Program.

What are the Benefits?

The program benefits both the employer and the student.  Employers get well-trained, responsible staff and the students gain the needed skills to find meaningful employment.

 Income Eligibility Guidelines

Applicants must be under 200% of the poverty level for the current year.  This means that for a single individual, you must make under $24,600 and for a family of 4, under $49,200.  Tuition cost is based on a sliding fee scale with 100% of poverty being free, 150% of poverty contributing 25% of the cost; and 200% of poverty contributing 50% of the cost.

 Requirements to Participate

Each applicant must be at least 16 years of age and be able to pass a criminal background check.   Applicants also must agree to sign a promissory note for the cost of the class, based on the skidding fee scale, and agree to 90 days of follow-up case management services upon completion of the class.

Please click here to download an application.

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