Northern Light Health Continuing Care Lakewood Welcome Certified Nurses’ Aide Graduates

Northern Light Health Continuing Care Lakewood Welcome Certified Nurses’ Aide Graduates – Graduation held on Tuesday, October 30th!


Pictured Athena Briggs, WMCA Employment & Training Specialist; Robin Doody, NLH Talent Acquisitions Specialist; Lynn Pagliaro, R. N. Clinical Instructor; CNA graduates Billie Jo Ramsdell; Victoria Huff; Jessica Downs; Summer Ogden; Mary Ellen Goneau; Makayla Coyne (not available for photo-Susan Moody); Chris Miller, R. N. Class/Clinical Instructor; Monica Millhime, WMCA Employment & Training Business Specialist;  Shannon Lockwood, NLH Administrator and Patricia Shuck, R. N. Director of Nursing.  Photo courtesy of Jim Millhime.

Seven students successfully completed a collaborative program of 180 hours of Certified Nurses’ Aide training provided through partnerships with Western Maine Community Action (WMCA) at the CareerCenter in Lewiston and Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education in Waterville.  An eight-week On-the-Job Training Program (OJT) for 256 hours was also provided through grant funding  facilitated by Western Maine Community Action, a partner in the CareerCenter system.  Northern Light Continuing Care Lakewood (NLCCL) in Waterville, held a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, October 30th at the facility recognizing graduates as Certified Nurses’ Aides.  Patricia Shuck, R.N., Director of Nursing, welcomed administrators, staff, residents, family, friends, teachers and community partners to the pinning ceremony and presentation of certificates.   Commencement remarks were shared by Class/Clinical Instructor, Chris Miller, R. N. and Clinical Instructor, Lynn Pagliaro, R. N.; NLCCL Talent Acquisitions Specialist, Robin Doody; WMCA Employment & Training Business Specialist, Monica Millhime; and NLH Administrator, Shannon Lockwood.  The combined curriculum empowers students with the skills and knowledge essential to the specific job field.  “This graduation class is not only the result of the students’ dedication but also the best model of train to work where business, education, and workforce development collaborate, shares Patti Saarinen, WMCA/WIOA Site Coordinator serving Androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford, Kennebec and Somerset Counties.  OJT is an incentive based program providing 50% of a trainee’s wages during the duration of the program.  Students are empowered with the skills and knowledge essential to the specific job field.”  The integration of education and training is a best-practice model for success.


“The grant funding was very well spent.  Our new team members are vibrant and so well prepared,” shares Shannon Lockwood, NLCCL Administrator.  “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 the students are enthusiastic and excited about this rare and free opportunity to be paid to learn.”


“It’s exciting to open doors for individuals looking for a new career opportunity.   NLH Continuing Care Lakewood has done just that by partnering with Adult education and WMCA to train and certify new Certified Nursing Assistants. This is a win-win for all,” shares Talent Acquisitions Specialist, Robin Doody.

FMI on educational partnerships and opportunities call 207.753.9005 or visit https://www.facebook.com/WesternMaineCommunityAction/ or http://www.wmca.org/.