Code of the District of Columbia

§ 32–1693.02. Establishment of the Nurse Education Enhancement Program.

*NOTE: This section was created by emergency legislation with identical permanent legislation that will become effective in December, 2021.*

(a) The WIC shall establish, in collaboration with the University, the University of the District of Columbia Foundation, Inc., and direct care worker training grantees, the DC Nurse Education Enhancement Program for the purpose of training District residents to obtain an occupational credential and employment in nursing care occupations. The WIC shall be responsible for providing funding for the Program consistent with the memoranda of understanding executed pursuant to § 32-1693.05 and the direct care worker training grants authorized pursuant to § 32-1693.06.

(b) The Program shall provide industry-informed, BON-approved training that leads to certifications required for nursing care occupations at no cost to eligible District residents, who, under the Program, may receive the following financial assistance to pursue Program training:

(1) Payment of tuition, to the extent charged;

(2) Payment of academic costs, including books, supplies, and membership fees; and

(3) A monthly stipend to be used toward living expenses and transportation for Program participants pursuing WDLL courses or certification as a CNA, HHA, MA-C, or a CNA to HHA bridge program, through a direct care worker training grantee.

(c) Program training shall be offered at the University's campuses and satellite locations and at community training provider sites located in the District.

(d) Program training shall be approved by the BON.

(e) Program marketing and public education shall be provided by the University and community training providers to attract residents to the Program and for the duration of the Program.

(f) The University shall review the recommendations and implement relevant sections of the Healthcare Occupations Report developed by the Healthcare Workforce Partnership pursuant to § 32-1684(e), to maintain and enhance course offerings to meet the workforce needs of nursing care occupations in the District.