Eight licensed practical nursing students at Northwest Technical College have won $5,000 forgivable loans and part-time employment from Sanford Health to support their educations.
Sanford Health provides loans to help students cover tuition expenses and offers them part-time employment while they take classes at NTC. In return, the students can work in full-time LPN positions at Sanford Health after graduating—and after two years, the full $5,000 tuition loan is forgiven.
The recipients are:
- Taelor Boyce grew up in Bemidji and graduated from Baptist High School in 2016 before enrolling in NTC’s practical nursing diploma and health science programs. She is interested in becoming a pediatric or oncology nurse.
- Tanya Clemenson is interested in pursuing a physician assistant or nurse practitioner degree after she completes NTC’s practical nursing diploma program. The Bemidji resident is currently working as an exercise specialist and has worked at Sanford Health since January 2010.
- Kimberli Corson plans to become a pediatric nurse after completing NTC’s practical nursing diploma program. The Laporte, Minn., resident has worked at Sanford Health as a patient access specialist since January 2015.
- April Denny is enrolled in NTC’s practical nursing diploma and health science programs. The Shevlin, Minn., resident has worked as an environmental services aide at Sanford Health since February 2016. She is interested in becoming a psychology nurse.
- Benjamin Hovestol is enrolled in NTC’s health science and practical nursing diploma programs. The Bemidji resident has worked as a personal care assistant at WoodsEdge since January 201 7 and plans to become a pediatric nurse.
- Harris Moses graduated from St. Mary University in Winona, Minn., with a degree in political science before joining NTC’s practical nursing diploma program. He is interested in becoming a pediatric nurse, emergency nurse or a physician assistant.
- Vincent Obaigwa is from Keyna and has worked as a certified nurse assistant since coming to the United States. He is interested in becoming a registered nurse after completing NTC’s practical nursing diploma program.
- Mary Pratt, who has been working as a patient care assistant at Cedar Cottage in Bemidji since 2014, is enrolled in NTC’s practical nursing diploma and health science programs. The Bemidji resident is interested in specializing in wound, hospice or geriatric nursing.
About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 28,000 employees, including more than 1,300 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.
Northwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, is an open, inviting technological learning organization. For more than 40 years, the college has valued life-long learning and the worth and dignity of all people. The college serves 900 students with a high-quality education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. NTC offers nearly 60 degree, diploma and certificate programs in areas such as business, health, human and protective services and environmental and industrial technology. Classes are offered on the Bemidji campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State.