CNAs honored by workforce training partners


WATERVILLE – Seven students successfully completed a collaborative 180-hour Certified Nursing Assistant training program delivered through Workforce Training Partnerships with Western Maine Community Action at the Lewiston CareerCenter and Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education in Waterville, according to a press release from Monica Millhime, WMCA regional employer deputy point.

Graduates include Deborah Bubar, Jessica Gyles, Kalynn Johnson, Crystal Rollins, Payge Shute, Trudy Turbide, and Colby Moody.

Northern Light Continuing Care Lakewood in Waterville hosted a graduation ceremony at the facility on March 11, recognizing the graduates as certified practical nurses. Desiree Knowles, Deputy Director of Nursing at NLH, greeted administrators, staff and workforce partners at the pinning ceremony and the presentation of certificates.

Opening remarks were shared by Chris Miller, RN Class / Clinical Instructor; Ryan Francis, administrator; Patricia Shuck, Director of Nursing, NLH; Monica Millhime, WMCA deputy regional employer point; Vicki Dyer, IAA; and Robin Doody, Talent Acquisition Specialist at NLH.

The classroom / clinical curriculum, in addition to on-the-job training supported by WMCA / WIOA funding directly follows graduation. Students acquire the skills and knowledge essential to their specific field of employment.

“Working in the healthcare industry is both stimulating and rewarding. Training students to be ready to handle all aspects of the job requires caring and knowledgeable trainers. We are grateful to our partners at Northern Light Health for their commitment to students. said Patti Saarinen, coordinator of the WMCA / WIOA site serving Androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford, Kennebec and Somerset counties, according to the statement.

“It’s exciting to open doors for people looking for a new career opportunity. This is exactly what NLH Continuing Care Lakewood did by partnering with the WMCA and Adult Education to train and certify new certified practical nurses. It’s a win-win for everyone, ”Doody said.

The next course starts on June 22. For more information, email Doody at [email protected] before May 1st.

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Milton S. Rodgers

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