August 28, 2009 - - Graduating its fifth class since its inception in 2007, the Healthcare Career Advancement Academy boasts its most successful class yet. Of the 27 graduating students, 19 are now enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC); six plan on joining the Learn and Earn CNA training program at the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging; one will attend a respiratory therapy course at another community college; and one will attend Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training at LAVC.
Contextualized training to help individuals move into healthcare careers or health related training has been the key to successful completion and placement of these individuals. As the program has developed, more and more healthcare industry partners have come to the table to lend their support, their direction, and their vision for students. This recent graduation welcomed Mission Community Hospital, Accredited Home Care Services, and The Los Angeles Jewish Home to provide encouragement and direction to the student body. The program is expanding and developing, the healthcare partners are becoming more committed, and the students are more focused and intentional in their passion to work in the health care industry.
In addition to foundational skills in math and English for health careers, students met with project partners that included Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, and Comfort Keepers. They also learned of available services through WorkSource Center partners to help them with career planning and goals.
Student comments following the program were extremely positive. "It helped me not to procrastinate,” reported one student. Other comments included "The training helped me in all areas of my life." ”It boosted my confidence.” "The staff helped me set and accomplish my goals.” "I learned to never give up – life is what you make of it.” "The classes helped me with my outlook on life.“ "I...feel confident to take the next step!"
"The mission of the program is to be a solid first step on a pathway toward success in the burgeoning healthcare field," explained Doug Marriott, project director. "We hope students will continue to move forward to meet their educational and career goals and serve others in their chosen profession."
The CAA graduating class (click picture for larger image).