NEW: CNA to LPN Program for Long-Term Care Facility Employees

Finger Lakes Community College announced a new program, which began Monday, July 17, allowing Rochester Regional Health certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to take classes and become licensed practical nurses (LPNs) while earning an income to support themselves and their families. The one-year program includes 23 participants who are employed at Rochester Regional Health long-term care facilities. A total of 90 employees applied.

As part of the program, each student must work 20 hours and attend classes 20 hours per week. Rochester Regional, RochesterWorks!, Finger Lakes Works and the American’s Promise grant will cover tuition and income support. In addition to providing job search and training services, RochesterWorks and Finger Lakes Works will also provide support services such as transportation.

Classes will be held at Hill Haven with clinical work taking place at Hill Haven or Unity Living Center on Genesee Street. The Rochester Educational Opportunity Center will assist with training and curriculum to prepare the students for the license practical nurse certification exam.

For more information on eligibility requirements call the Finger Lakes Community College Professional Development and Continuing Education Department at (585) 785-1660 or email