UW-Green Bay’s Wisconsin Caregiver Academy Works to Provide Virtual Training to Caregivers

Green Bay, Wis.—Not that long ago, CNAs and other caregivers, including home health care aides and resident assistants were required to attend in-person classes to receive their credentials through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).

Soon after the (DHS) announced the launch of its “WisHealth Careers” multimedia campaign encouraging Wisconsinites to enter the healthcare field at the end of November, UW-Green Bay’s Wisconsin Caregiver Academy pivoted, making online training available for caregiving staff.

The WisHealth Careers campaign is hoping to bring attention to the need for thousands of healthcare positions around the state—all served by training provided by Wisconsin Caregiver Academy—and now fully online.

DHS regulates and mandates core training for caregivers working in assisted living facilities, and Wisconsin Caregiver Academy is accredited and approved to provide this training. Courses required include medication administration, standard precautions, fire safety and first aid. In addition, courses are available in client groups, or types of patients requiring specialized care, and special tasks like resident rights. All courses are available onlineindividually or with bundle pricing.

“At the University, we are committed to compassionate care for Wisconsin residents,” said Kerry Winkler, program specialist for Wisconsin Caregiver Academy. “We understand the pandemic makes it more difficult for facilities to gather staff together for training, so with the approval of DHS we developed a collaborative solution of online training.”

To learn more about Wisconsin Caregiver Academy or the online training, visit the website at www.uwgb.edu/wicare.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

About UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement
The Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement focuses its mission on creating educational opportunity and access for all ages, encompassing K-12 student programs, personal and professional development and customized training to meet the needs of a progressive economy. The division develops, collaborates and executes responsive solutions for diverse communities statewide, all of which reflect a deep commitment to inclusion, social justice and civic responsibility.


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