Workforce Training Partners Honor Certified Nursing Assistants


Pictured (l-r):  Ryan Francis, Northern Light Health  (NLH) Administrator; Hannah Bard, Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education, Director; Keri Robichaud, Western Maine Community Action (WMCA), Employment & Training (ET) Specialist; Deborah Bubar, CNA graduate; Myles Robert, WMCA, ET Specialist; Jessica Gyles, Kalynn Johnson, Crystal Rollins, Payge Shute, Trudy Turbide, Colby Moody, CNA graduates; Patricia Shuck, NLH Director of Nursing; Christopher Miller, NLH Class/Clinical Instructor; and Desiree Knowles, NLH Assistant Director of Nursing; Vicki Dyer, NLH LPN;  and Robin Doody, NLH Talent Acquisition Specialist.   Photo courtesy of Monica Millhime, WMCA.

Seven students successfully completed a collaborative program of 180 hours of a Certified Nurse’s Assistant training provided by workforce training partnerships with Western Maine Community Action at the CareerCenter in Lewiston and Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education in Waterville.  Northern Light Continuing Care Lakewood in Waterville, hosted a graduation ceremony at the facility on Wednesday, March 11th  recognizing graduates as Certified Nurses Assistants.  Desiree Knowles, NLH Assistant Director of Nursing welcomed administrators, staff and workforce partners to the pinning ceremony and presentation of certificates.   Commencement remarks were shared by Class/Clinical Instructor, Chris Miller, R. N. Class/Clinical Instructor; Ryan Francis, Administrator; Patricia Shuck, NLH Director of Nursing; Monica Millhime, WMCA Regional Employer Assistant Point; Vicki Dyer, LPN; and Robin Doody, NLH Talent Acquisition Specialist.   The classroom/clinical curriculum, in addition to an On-the-Job training supported through WMCA/WIOA funding directly follows graduation.  Students are empowered with the skills and knowledge essential to their specific job field.  “Working in healthcare is both challenging and rewarding.  Training students so that they are prepared to handle all aspects of the work requires caring, knowledgeable trainers.   We are grateful to our partners at Northern Light Health for their commitment to the students.”  shares Patti Saarinen, WMCA/WIOA Site Coordinator serving Androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford, Kennebec and Somerset Counties.

“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 WMCA and Adult Education to train and certify new Certified Nursing Assistants. This is a win-win for all,” shares Talent Acquisitions Specialist, Robin Doody.  The next class begins June 22.  FMI email Doody at rdoody@northernlight.org by May 1.

FMI on educational partnerships and opportunities call 207.713.7045 or visit https://www.facebook.com/WesternMaineCommunityAction/ or http://www.wmca.org/.