Workforce Development Training partners congratulated Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) graduates during a pinning ceremony at the Togus Veterans Administration campus in Augusta.  Pictured front row seated (l-r); CNA graduates Savannah Vinton-Mullens; Haylie Witham; Brittany Turner; Pamela Metten; and Tara-Lynn Hanes.  Standing (l-r): Monica Millhime, Tracye Davis, Isabelle Markley, Tiffiny Rooney, Myles Robert, Rebecca Corcoran, and Michael Emery.  Photo courtesy of Helen Emery, AACE.

On Wednesday, June 12th, five local area residents Savannah Vinton-Mullens, Haylie Witham, Brittany Turner, Pamela Metten, and Tara-Lynn Hanes, graduated from Togus Medical Center in Augusta as Certified Nursing Assistants.  The event celebrated the completion of the collaborative partnerships among Augusta Adult & Community Education, Western Maine Community Action (WMCA), Lewiston CareerCenter, and Togus Veterans Administration.

Michael Emery, Augusta Adult & Community Education Director Intern, welcomed administrators, staff, residents, family, friends, teachers and community partners to the pinning ceremony and presentation of certificates.   Commencement remarks were shared by Tracye Davis, Togus Medical Center Director; Amy Gartley, Associate Director of Patient & Nursing Services; Rebecca Corcoran, WorkReady Instructor; Monica Millhime, WMCA Regional Employer Assistant Point; and Isabelle Markley CNA Instructor.  Tara-Lynn Hanes, Pamela Metten and Brittany Turner where were presented highest grade awards.  Student speaker, Tara-Lynn Hanes, thanked the workforce partners for their collaboration for this “once in a lifetime opportunity for training and an upward mobile career path.”

The course, valued over $2,600  per participant, was no cost for income eligible candidates with funding provided by WMCA.  Candidates successfully completed 110 hours of classroom and lab and  90 hours of clinicals; and 30 hours of academic and employability skills training.  The combined curriculum empowers students with the skills and knowledge essential to the specific job field.  “The C N A training cohort is a reflection of what true partnership means.  Business, education, state and federal training providers, and community partners  working together allows for innovative approaches to workforce development.  We are proud that our design model meets both employer and job seeker needs while still being efficient in terms of cost and time.  We have entered a new phase for job training and this project is proof that it works.” shares Patti Saarinen, WIOA Program Coordinator, WMCA – Central/Western Maine CareerCenters.  FMI on work-driven/educational partnerships call 753.9032 or visit https://www.facebook.com/WesternMaineCommunityAction/ or http://www.wmca.org/