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MEND's program training strategy builds upon traditional educational certificate/degrees attainment and combines it with work-based learning models such as on-the-job training, internships, and paid work experience. You will be supported in a network of your peers with the Greater Milwaukee National Association of Hispanic Nurses. Individuals recruited to MEND are provided with career information and a skills and interest assessments, to assist participants in their focus of career pathways and supportive services that will best fit their goals and needs. 

Are you interested in starting or advancing your nursing career? No matter where you are in your healthcare career path, MEND can offer YOU support. MEND’s career pathway has multiple entry points, so whether you are just starting your healthcare career, or have a preexisting CNA, MA, LPN, or RN looking to take the next step in your career, you can get financial assistance. Individuals who have already begun a career in healthcare are eligible to upskill to allow for career advancement.

If you are a current nursing student looking for support, you must be attending either Marquette, UW Milwaukee or MATC in order to qualify for the program. If you are an MATC student, you must be post petition. 

Nursing Career Pathways:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Medical Assistant

Recognized Postsecondary Credential(s) Offered: 

  • Bilingual Spanish-English CNA courses
  • Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Technical diploma
  • Associate degree in nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Supportive Services: 

  • Childcare / Dependent care
  • Academic fees
  • Work uniforms
  • Transportation
  • Books
  • Licensing exam fees


  • Unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers
  • 17 years of age and older, not enrolled in high school
  • Resident of Milwaukee County
  • Eligible to work in the United States

Want to get your CNA certification or become a Medical Assistant?

We are currently accepting new applications for the Bilingual CNA and Medical Assistant tracks.

Apply Here

Are you a current nursing student at Marquette, UW Milwaukee or MATC?

MEND can offer support including tuition assistance, assistance with fees, childcare, transportation and more.

Apply Here

Please reach out to or call 414-270-1728 with any questions.

DOL Nursing Expansion Grant Program

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2342 North 27th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53210

Phone: (414) 270-1700Fax: (414) 225-2375

Deaf, hearing or speech impaired callers may reach us by the Wisconsin Relay number 711.

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