Waterville – Six local students graduated as Certified Nurses’ Aides at a ceremony held at Thomas College in Waterville on Wednesday, January 18.  Patty Shuck, R.N., Director of Nursing at Lakewood Continuing Care Center, welcomed administrators, staff, residents, family, friends, teachers and community partners to the pinning ceremony and presentation of certificates.   Commencement remarks were shared by instructors Chris Miller and Desiree Knowles; Administrators, Megan Stiles and Shannon Lockwood; WMCA/CareerCenter Employment & Training Business Specialist, Monica Millhime; Waterville Adult Education Director, Hannah Bard and Professional Development Instructor, Kathleen Lewia.

Students successfully completed a collaborative program of Work Ready provided by Waterville Adult Education and an On-the-Job Training Program (OJT) through grant funding provided by Augusta/Lewiston Career Centers and Western Maine Community Action.  OJT is an incentive-based program providing 50% of a trainee’s wages during the duration of the program.  The curriculum empowers students with the skills and knowledge essential to the specific job field.

Pictured (l-r): front row – Development instructor, Kathleen Lewia; Classroom instructor, Chris Miller, R.N.; Shannon Lockwood, Administrator; Desiree Knowles, R. N. Clinical instructor; Megan Stiles, Administrator; and Tami Thibodeau, Public Relations/Marketing. Second row (l-r): Students Chelsea George; Courtney Fraser; Alexandria Hansen; Patty Shuck, R.N. Director of Nursing; Zachary Fontana-Howe; Darren Gilbert; and Gloria Weeks. Photo courtesy of Monica Millhime.

“This is grant funding was very well spent.  Our new team members are vibrant and so well prepared” shares Shannon Lockwood, Lakewood Administrator.  “Each person made a very important life decision when they committed to this program.  We are so proud of them and can’t wait to see what they accomplish!”

An Orientation for the next Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training will be held on Tuesday, February 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Lakewood Continuing Care Center, 220 Kennedy Drive, Waterville.  Maine citizens who are unemployed or under-employed may qualify for a Work Ready training offered through the Augusta and Skowhegan CareerCenters in partnership with Lakewood, Waterville Adult Education, and Western Maine Community Action.  Work Ready offers a customized, paid, on-the-job training upon successful completion leading to employment as a CNA for evening, weekends and every other weekend and some holidays shifts.  Register online at http://midmaine.maineadulted.org or call 873.5754.  FYI on work-driven educational training opportunities and partnerships, contact the nearest CareerCenter or email monica.millhime@maine.gov.