College CNA Program Goes On The Road

The needs of a local business, prospective employees and CCC aligned to create a successful and local job training initiative.

Nehalem Valley Care Center, a 50-bed nursing home in Wheeler, identified a need for additional Certified Nursing Assistants and contacted CCC’s Director of Nursing Laurie Choate for assistance. With guaranteed support for a class of ten, Choate and adjunct faculty member Brenda Penner organized an “on the road” version of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program and received state authorization to conduct the majority of training at the Nehalem Valley Care Center with several related lab sessions at the CCC main campus. Students receive the same training that is provided at the main campus.

Students from Tillamook County had a cost-effective solution for CNA training. Not only did they receive financial support from a prospective employer, they were able to achieve their educational goal close to home, saving significantly on transportation expense. For some students, the program represents another step toward a nursing degree; for others it enhances skills in the care-giving field in which they are already engaged.

Brenda Penner, who serves as the instructor for this creative opportunity notes, “The students have worked hard and successfully to complete 75 hours of class, lab, and exams over the last 7 weeks to be ready to complete their clinical hours. The 9-credit class demands focus and discipline in addition to the students' busy lives involving work and families. It's been rewarding to see this group evolve and learn”.
Following completion of all classroom work and a ten-day practicum at the Nehalem Valley Care Center, successful students will receive a certificate of completion and application for state board certification. Certification exams will be taken at CCC in late June. As a Certified Nursing Assistant, students will be prepared to deliver routine patient care to residents of long-term care and other facilities.

For more information, email Laurie Choate or call 503-338-2436.

Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

Two women in lab classroom.

Adjunct faculty member Brenda Penner oversees CNA student Kristen Persons as she practices assisting a patient into their gown after receiving a bath as part of her CNA training during a lab session at CCC’s main campus.

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