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The University of West Alabama’s Division of Economic Development and Outreach received funding to host their Career Pathways for Youth: Certified Nursing Assistant Program for another year. Young adults between the ages of 16 to 24 that have a high school diploma or GED and are currently out of school are encouraged to apply for the 2017-2018 Program Year. (CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION PACKET.)
“I loved this program,” said Kierra Hudson, a Perry County resident and participant in UWA’s CNA program. “This program helped me much more than just allowing me to earn CPR certification and a CNA certificate. It showed me I can make my dreams come true. It also showed me I have more potential than I give myself credit for. This is a really good program and I advise anyone to just give it a try.”
Participants who complete the program will be qualified to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment, which certifies individuals to work as nursing assistants in nursing homes, group homes, hospitals and other health care facilities. 23 participants from Greene, Marengo, Sumter, and Perry counties have completed the program are several are already working in entry-level health care positions in West Alabama.
In addition, participants will take the ACT WorkKeys assessment to obtain National Career Readiness Certification as well as receive their CPR certification and training in essential job readiness skills such as communication and financial literacy.
“There is a demand for qualified CNAs in our region and the state of Alabama,” said Dr. Tina Jones, Executive Director of UWA’s Division of Economic Development and Outreach. “We are fortunate to be able to collaborate with UWA’s Division of Nursing with this program. Their facilities combined with quality teaching will provide our participants with a great opportunity to receive hands-on instruction in a real world environment.”
This free program is possible through funding made available to the State of Alabama from the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The grantor is the U.S. Department of Labor and the program is administered by the Alabama Department of Commerce, Workforce Development Division, AWDA Section.
Interested individuals should pick up an application and eligibility requirements at the Division of Economic Development and Outreach office located at the University of West Alabama, Kelly Land Hall, or go to www.centerforblackbelt.org to download an application. To inquire by phone, call Jordan Mahaffey, program coordinator at (205) 652-3828 or email her at email@example.com.