Nursing Homes, Schools Partner to Offer Career Ladder Training & Opportunities

Nursing Homes, Schools Partner to Offer Career Ladder Training & Opportunities

November 23, 2021 Press Room

Buffalo, NY – Nursing home operators at the McGuire Group, VestraCare and RCA Healthcare Management/Absolut Care are partnering with local colleges to offer paid training and tuition assistance programs for individuals looking to start or advance their careers in health care.

“By partnering with the local schools, we’re able to design programs that offer outstanding classroom and clinical training while providing flexibility to accommodate our employees’ work schedules and other obligations,” stated Aaron Polanski, administrator for the three portfolios. “We’re tapping into different sources to meet the growing needs within the health care system. This allows our employees or students to get paid and go to school while climbing the career ladders within our organization.” Those interested
can text Aaron at (716) 713-7135 or email apolanski@mcguiregroup.com.


Current partnerships include:
The McGuire Group’s five local Western New York facilities and Absolut Care of Aurora Park in East Aurora have partnered with Trocaire College to offer free tuition to employees looking to become LPNs or RNs. The program begins January 24 and is designed to allow a balanced schedule for schooling and work with no loss of income. Once the employees graduate and pass their boards, they work for three years as an LPN or RN in exchange for the free tuition.

Absolut Care of Westfield in Westfield and Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk have partnered with Erie 2 BOCES to provide a paid four-week certified nursing assistant training program starting January 31. The program includes 120 hours of training and will take place Monday – Friday from 5 pm – 9 pm at Erie 2 BOCES in Dunkirk with a clinical rotation at one of the nursing facilities. Click to apply.

The McGuire Group’s five local facilities and Absolut Care of Aurora Park have partnered with D’Youville College to offer a paid certified nursing assistant training program starting on January 31. The program is full-time, 8 am – 4pm. Classroom and theory instruction will take place at the college with clinical rotations being held at select McGuire and Absolut facilities. Individuals will work as “helping hands” at the facilities until classes start. When the training is complete, and they have passed the New York State certification exam, they will join the float pool, rotating between various facilities. Click to apply.

Northgate Health Care Facility and Absolut Care of Gasport will be working with Orleans/Niagara BOCES to create career ladder opportunities for individuals in the Niagara County region.

Absolut Care of Three Rivers in Painted Post is partnering with Corning Community College for a four-week certified nursing assistant training program starting in February.

The health care organizations also have relationships with Buffalo Public School 197 MST and Buffalo Health and Science Charter School for student career development in health-related fields. The program involves creating work core and curriculums for career paths after high school.


The three portfolios of facilities provide nursing and rehabilitative care to more than 2,900 individuals and offer opportunities for RNs, LPNs, CNAs and support positions including: dietary, maintenance, activities, housekeeping and more. Learn more at: www.mcguiregroup.com, www.absolutcare.com and www.vestracare.com

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