Wisconsin’s community action association, WISCAP, received grant funds through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC) Workforce Innovation Grant Program to tackle Wisconsin’s healthcare workforce challenges.

Through the grant, West CAP is able to help low to moderate-income individuals up-skill or re-skill into high demand nursing careers such as CNA, LPN, Medical Assistant, and Associate Degree Nurse. Funding is available to cover up to $25,000 per participant toward the cost of tuition and fees to obtain nursing-related credentials at either Chippewa Valley Technical College or Northwood Technical College.  Funding may also be used to cover the cost of books, transportation, childcare while in class, etc.  There are no work requirements, but participants must be low to moderate income and reside in Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, or St. Croix counties to participate in the program through West CAP.


Help low to moderate income students up-scale their nursing skills to fill urgent vacancies in the Wisconsin nursing workforce.


  • Household income at or below 80% of the County Median Income
  • Reside in West CAP service area (Pierce, Pepin, Polk, St. Croix, Barron, Chippewa, and Dunn counties)


For those in training for Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse, RN Associate Degree, or RN Bachelor Degree if they can be completed by June 30, 2025, and plan to get a job in Wisconsin upon graduation

Carrie Kittelson
West CAP Program Participant
2022 CVTC Nursing Graduate

How Nursing Skills may be able to help:

  • Tuition expenses
  • Additional assistance with transportation costs to attend classes or clinicals
  • Childcare needed while student is in school related activities
  • Required supplies needed for classes


The Nursing Skills Program is designed to be an on-going partnership with the client, not a source of one-time assistance. It is expected that participants will:

  • Maintain regular contact with staff
  • Inform staff of changes (address, phone, income, household members, etc)
  • Complete and return all forms as required
  • Participate in follow-up surveys during and after exiting the program
  • Look for a job in Wisconsin

Questions? Please contact:


Adult Education Programs Coordinator

Direct: 715-900-2148 | Mobile: 715-410-4735
Fax: 715-265-7031

Stephanie manages the the Adult Education Programs, including the Adult Literacy program, the Skills Enhancement program, and the Nursing Skills program. She actively recruits adult learners and volunteer tutors for this program in an effort to give low income individuals a higher quality of life. She has a broad network of collaborations including area technical colleges, public libraries, and community partners to make this program a success.

Stephanie has over 20 years of experience in student instruction, literacy and ESL service experience, and educational assessments.

Contact Stephanie if you are interested in learning more!