For the first time, Virginia Western Community College is offering a programed aimed at helping people obtain a license as a certified nursing assistant.
The new four-week training program is aimed at targeting not only people who are interested in that career path but those looking to begin the process of a health care related career.
“It’s a great way to get their foot in the door quickly in the health care field,” said Virginia Western spokesman Josh Meyer. “It allows students interested in working towards an RN to get a job while taking those classes.”
The program, which is being offered in partnership with the home care company Generation Solutions, also seeks to meet a need for CNAs in the region.
For $825 participants will take weekday courses from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Franklin Center for Advanced Learning & Enterprise in Rocky Mount. The classes began today.
“It is being done at the Franklin Center first because there is great need in that region and the Franklin Center has been clamoring for this type of training,” said Virginia Western spokesman Josh Meyer.
Plans are already being made for the community college to provide more license specific training programs like this one, Meyer said.
Additionally, Virginia Western is weighing the possibility of providing for-credit CNA training in the near future that would combine the CNA training and the Med Tech training that already exists, Meyer said.