The University of West Alabama will offer the Certified Nursing Assistant Program for people, ages 16-21 who have finished high school or earned their GED, but lack the skills needed for long-term employment.
The short-term training program combines classroom learning with work experience to prepare participants for jobs at health-care facilities in west Alabama. Program officials expect 48 students from Choctaw, Greene, Pickens and Sumter counties to participate in the program over the next 12 months.
This program is a win-win, for participants and for west Alabama health-care providers. Students learn skills to qualify for careers in a high-demand profession, and health-care providers get a ready pool of qualified workers to provide quality patient care at their facilities.
Nursing assistants work under the supervision of a licensed nurse to assist patients with daily tasks such as eating and bathing.
According to the university, the demand for nursing assistants will grow 21-35 percent over the next decade because of increasing demand for long-term care for older Americans.more
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