The Red Cross Partners with Walmart to Train Tomorrow's Nurse Assistants

February 3, 2015

Servicing the United States from two vastly diverse sectors, Walmart and The Red Cross have teamed up to provide training for women from low socioeconomic backgrounds.  

On January 28th, The Walmart Foundation announced a $3.5M grant for The Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training (NAT) program that will fund the training of 2,500 NAT students over the next two years.  Since 2012, The Walmart Foundation has granted The Red Cross $7M to support the Nurse Assistant Training program, empowering the lives of thousands of women nationwide. The NAT supports Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative of providing over 200,000 low-income U.S. women with access to job training, education, career counseling, and mentoring.

“The Walmart Foundation aims to improve the lives of underserved women and understands the role job training plays in unlocking  economic  mobility, “ explains Julie Gehrki, senior director of the Walmart Foundation. “That’s why we are very proud to partner with the Red Cross to help provide training to thousands of women seeking a meaningful career in healthcare.”

Though the majority of NAT graduates come from low-income households, through the NAT program, participants learn the skills necessary to become Certified Nurse Assistants and enter the medical field without burdensome training and education costs. The continued support of The Walmart Foundation makes this program and its life changing capabilities possible.

“The goal I achieved from this program was obtaining a lifelong buildable skill. This course, with my prior job skills, will open many doors to employment that will keep me and my children in our home and [give us a] stable lifestyle,” said Recent NAT graduate, Jody Gabriel.