Home Care Aide class offered in Morton

Centralia College East is now offering a Home Care Aide Certification course to provide the training and education needed to be successful as an in-home care provider or for employment in long-term care facilities.

The seven-week course begins Oct. 1 and continues through Nov. 15. The class meets from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

“The course has built in support for students who are returning to school after a long break or who might need extra help with study skills, notetaking, test-taking, and other academic skills.,” explained Lynn Schinnell, program manager at CCEast. “It will be taught by two teachers – one who focuses on the nursing content and one who focuses on the academic support.”

Students do not need a high school diploma or GED to qualify for the class.

Scholarships are provided by an Upskill/Backfill Rural Health Care Demonstration Project grant, in partnership with Pacific Mountain Workforce Development, Centralia College East, Morton General Hospital, and Heritage House Assisted Living and Memory Care.

To qualify for a scholarship, students must first attend a free two-hour Know Before You Go Workshop at Centralia College East. The purpose of the workshop is to help students understand the demands of an entry-level nursing position, as well as the character traits needed be successful.

Students may choose one of the following workshops: 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Sept. 6, or Saturday, Sept. 8, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.

The workshops are free but pre-registration is required by calling 360-496-5022. For those interested, but unable to attend on any of these dates, call to see if other arrangements might be possible.

For those interested in other health care careers, CCEast offers several other options. A Nursing Assistant Certification (CNA) course will be offered starting in January. CCEast also offers many of the prerequisite courses for the Medical Assistant and the RN degrees. Upskill/Backfill scholarships are also available for these health care careers. Fall quarter classes begin the week of Sept. 17.

For more information contact CCEast at 360-496-5022.

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