Workforce training partners honor 7 CNAs

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 WMCA.

Northern Light Continuing Care Lakewood in Waterville hosted a graduation ceremony on November 15 at their facility where graduates were recognized as certified practical nurses. Patricia Shuck, Director of Nursing, welcomed administrators, staff, residents, family, friends, teachers and community partners to the pinning ceremony and the presentation of certificates. Opening remarks were shared by Class / Clinical Instructor, Chris Miller, RN Class / Clinical Instructor; Ryan Francis, Deputy Administrator; Monica Millhime, deputy point of the regional employer WMCA; Vicki Dyer, IAA; and Desiree Knowles, RN Assistant Director of Nursing.

The classroom / clinical study program, in addition to an on-the-job program after graduation, enables students to acquire the skills and knowledge essential to the specific field of employment.

“Working in the healthcare industry requires not only technical skills, but also patience and compassion. Working with partners who understand the needs and can guide students through all aspects of the job makes the training meaningful. We are very grateful to our partners at NLCCL for the excellent work they are doing, ”said Patti Saarinen, coordinator of the WMCA / WIOA site serving Androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford, Kennebec and Somerset counties, according to the statement.

“The grant funding was very well spent. The new members of our team are dynamic and so well prepared, ”said Shannon Lockwood, administrator of NLCCL, according to the press release. “There are many ways this program ensures that we find the right people with the right skills and the right personality for this profession. We are grateful for the opportunity to benefit from this grant and students are excited and excited about this rare and free opportunity to be paid to learn.

“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 Adult Education and the WMCA to train and certify new Certified Practical Nurses. It’s a win-win situation for everyone, ”said Robin Doody, talent acquisition specialist.

The next course starts on January 27th. For more information, email Doody at [email protected] before January 3.

For more information, call 753-9005 or visit or

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