Northwest Technical College student nurse Shantel Northbird has over ten years of experience in higher education. From the hallways of Indiana’s University of Notre Dame to the biology labs of Bemidji State University, Northbird is now excelling as a nursing student at Northwest Tech and was recently appointed to the college’s new American Indian student mentor position.
After spending a decade working in the business sector of Ukraine, Northwest Technical College student Olha Finnelly was drawn to the high-paced and versatile working environment of nursing. She packed her bags, moved to Bemidji, Minnesota, and began her journey to become a nurse.
Thirteen Cass Lake-Bena high school students have completed a nursing assistant course taught by Northwest Technical College faculty. The course was offered as part of the Sanford CARES partnership, which launched in June 2019. Sanford CARES, which stands for Collaborative Alliance for Regional Healthcare Educational Services, aims to address the Bemidji community’s continued need for skilled health care employees through a partnership between Bemidji High School, NTC, Bemidji State University and Sanford Health.