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Hospital Workers Go Back to School

This fall, 18 hospital and nursing home workers are continuing their education at CCBC. Currently working in patient safety, food service, security, and other positions, participants are studying to become CNA/GNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants/Geriatric Nursing Assistants). Through two courses at CCBC’s Randallstown campus, they will learn to work in a variety of clinical settings under the supervision of a nurse.

In addition to learning how to assist patients with activities of daily living, such as eating and personal grooming, participants will learn basic nursing skills, including taking vital signs.

Upon successful completion, participants will be prepared to apply for Maryland state certifications, which will qualify them for higher wage positions.

As a workforce intermediary, BACH screens participants and connects them to the training, which is funded by EARN, the State of Maryland’s workforce training initiative. But BACH’s involvement doesn’t stop there. Participants will receive help with resume writing and job applications.

“There are more CNA/GNA jobs than there are qualified applicants,” says Executive Director Karen Heyward-West. “This training is an opportunity for growth and career advancement. It’s a win for employees as well as employers.”