WCCC Students Complete CNA Training

April 27, 2018

The most recent graduates of WCCC’s CNA program, all of whom passed the state test. Front row, left to right: Kelsey Pike, Jamie Stuart, Instructor Maureen Hayward, Gloria Prickett, Tasha Holzworth and Traci Neptune. Back row, left to right: Dawn Francis, Katlyn Lewey, Falon Eales, Jessica Moreside and Mariah Kirshman.

Ten students have recently completed Washington County Community College’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, giving them excellent qualifications to immediately begin working in a field with high growth projections over the next decade. After completing the 180-hour training program, the students were able to sit for the state’s CNA certification exam and to become registered on the State of Maine CNA registry.

The students that completed the program are Falon Eales, Dawn Francis, Tasha Holzworth, Mariah Kirshman, Katyln Lewey, Jessica Moreside, Traci Neptune, Kelsey Pike, Gloria Prickett, and Jamie Stuart. Veteran instructor Maureen Hayward provided the students with extensive experience and knowledge. Students were instructed in medication administration, medical procedures and examinations, and sterilization techniques, among other necessary skills suitable for their roles. All of the students successfully passed the state exam and are now eligible to work in their chosen field.

The CNA program is a very popular program that is in high demand with students. Based on the national projections for job growth, it is easy to see why: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CNA positions are projected to grow by 11 percent between 2016 and 2026, which is faster than the average rate of growth for all occupations. The rate of growth is directly related to the aging population, something that particularly affects Maine – routinely ranked as among the oldest states in the nation.

To find out more about WCCC’s CNA program, contact Nichole Cote at ncote@wccc.me.edu.