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Welcome to the next generation of excellence and innovation…

The Health Support Specialist (HSS) Registered Apprenticeship program is quickly becoming the new standard of excellence – redefining how leading organizations and communities are preparing their workforce to serve older adults. HSS is guided by an understanding that the deep culture transformation we seek in older adult services starts with investments in a highly-trained and supported direct care workforce.

HSS represents a breakthrough in the traditional system of care delivery, creating opportunities for highly capable caregivers to advance in their lives and careers through cutting-edge skill training, rich on-the-job experiences, redesigned job descriptions, improved working environments, accessible career pathways and meaningful wage increases.

After all, a career in aging services isn’t just a job, it’s a calling – and each day thousands of dedicated caregivers are called by a mission of service to provide compassionate care to older adults. For these respected people – and future generations of direct caregivers – we invite you to explore this site and to join us in implementing this innovative career model and training curriculum in your community!


"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.





Special Thanks…

Health Support Specialist was developed in part through an innovation grant from HealthForce Minnesota – a Center of Excellence within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. The Center is a collaborative partnership of education partners, healthcare providers and the community, working to increase the number and expand the diversity of healthcare workers; integrate health science education practice and research; and build capacity for both education partners and the provider community to enhance care and services for all Minnesotans.

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