NextStep, a Seattle, WA-based health care education and job placement company, raised $2.5m in funding.
Backers included ZOMA Capital and ETF@JFFlabs, along with existing investors Springrock Ventures and JAZZ Venture Partners.
This company intends to use the funds to accelerate growth in Colorado, where it already trains and places new certified nursing assistants (CNAs) at over 70 facilities of employer partners, and their expansion into other states.
Led by Chris Hedrick, CEO, NextStep is an innovative health care education and job placement company that trains and places workers displaced by automation and artificial intelligence with respected long-term care providers, benefiting both. Its certified nursing assistant (CNA) program gives learners the opportunity to start a new, rewarding career and provides employers a solution to their workforce needs.
The company reaches job seekers who have been left behind by traditional education models and provides them with blended-learning CNA training at no up-front cost. Graduates are then placed with NextStep’s respected employer partners, whose critical staffing shortages are relieved.