The province has created over two dozen new nursing seats in Neepawa to help address staffing shortages in rural Manitoba.
Premier Wab Kinew made the announcement on Monday alongside Advanced Education and Training Minister Renée Cable at the grand opening of the new Neepawa Training Centre.
The Town of Neepawa developed the new facility as a rural training hub to generate more skilled workers in the region.
“Neepawa is a thriving community, home to young families and global businesses,” said Kinew. “Our government is committed to working with post-secondary institutions like Assiniboine Community College and amplifying the work president and CEO Mark Frison has done to connect more rural Manitobans with rewarding careers in health care."
Assiniboine Community College has partnered with the Neepawa Training Centre to offer a two-year practical nursing diploma program as the first program hosted by the facility.
The training of the first group of up to 25 nursing students will equip them with the requirements to become licensed practical nurses in Manitoba.
Premier Wab Kinew says this collaborative work advances the Manitoba government’s mission to help more Manitobans receive the quality health care they deserve while offering the local community options to build rewarding nursing careers.