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Pine Rest Academy for Nursing Students

Healthcare Industry

Skilled Nursing

Organizations Involved

Pine Rest, Davenport University, Cornerstone University, Montcalm CC, Ferris State, GVSU, Grand Rapids CC, Calvin University, Hope College, MSU, University of Detroit Mercy

Occupations Involved

Nurses, general; Other technicians and technologists

Workforce Development Focus

Increasing number of healthcare workers AND improving the quality of healthcare workforce

Workforce Issues Addressed

Attracting individuals who have not yet entered the workforce / labor force to work in a healthcare profession; Addresses a barrier to going into a healthcare profession


The Pine Rest Academy for Nursing Students is an initiative by Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids to increase the number of psychiatric nurse technicians working in their facilities. Nursing students who participate in Pine Rest Academy receive up to $10,000 in tuition assistance per semester for four semesters toward a nursing degree program (up to $40,000 total). In return, the nursing students agree to work at Pine Rest during nursing school and for 2 years after being licensed. During nursing school, students only work 4 shifts every 6 weeks. Participants must be accepted into a nursing program at one of 10 Michigan universities. Current psych techs working at Pine Rest can also participate in the program.

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