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Pine Rest Academy for Nursing Students

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

Skilled Nursing

Healthcare Industry

Organizations Involved

Occupations Impacted

Nurses, general; Other technicians and technologists

Workforce Development Focus

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

Workforce Issue Addressed

Attracting individuals to work in a healthcare profession; Providing a benefit or incentive that encourages individuals to pursue a healthcare profession; Providing educational opportunities for healthcare professionals to become more specialized in their occupation


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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