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Friday, July 25, 2014

WCC Offers Certified Nurse Aide Training in Chelsea

In March, the United Methodist Retirement Communities will partner with WCC to provide basic nursing assistant skills training to residents of Chelsea and surrounding communities. Classes for the three-week program begin March 15, and a mandatory orientation will be held March 8.

This is the first time WCC has offered the complete class—classroom, lab, and clinical instruction—at one off-campus location. The four-credit class will cover the basics in nursing assistant protocol, with emphasis on quality bedside care. Graduates will receive a certificate of completion in basic nursing assistant skills training, which prepares them for employment in a variety of health care environments, from nursing homes to hospitals, where they will work as a certified nurse aide.

“I'm pleased that our staff members have the opportunity for personal development on campus,” said Karen Case, director of health services at UMRC.

“We began our planning about a year ago, and throughout the process the administration and staff at UMRC have been welcoming and enthusiastic,” said Granville Lee, WCC’s dean of health and applied technologies. “The UMRC is a recognized leader in senior residential and health care services. There is a lot of room to expand the partnership to include more educational opportunities.”

“Working with WCC on this opportunity has allowed UMRC to move forward with our commitment to lifelong learning and education for our employees, residents, and the community,” said Todd Hanselman, director of human resources at UMRC. “We are very pleased to have a quality partner like WCC for this program.”

Clara Hopp, a WCC nursing assistant graduate who’s a resident care assistant at Towsley Village, which is part of UMRC, said: “The nurse aide program at WCC prepared me for many different situations, giving me confidence on my first day. I feel I am well equipped to continue my education in the nursing field.”

The basic nursing assistant skills class will run March 15-April 2, and the class size is limited to 16. The mandatory orientation on Monday, March 8, will be from 10:00am to noon, and both it and the class will be held in the Kresge Rehabilitation Center, 805 W. Middle St., Chelsea. For more information, contact Renee Stark at 734-973-3358 or .

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