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Crossroads Receives Innovation Award for CNA Training Program

We are pleased and very grateful to announce that Crossroads Rhode Island has been granted a Governor's Workforce Board Innovation award. The award was given to 16 agencies that provide job training to help Rhode Islanders get back to work. This grant will enable us to train 40 low-income or homeless adults to become certified nursing assistants (CNAs)!

Our CNA training program has graduated 107 classes of individuals. Our graduates are prepared to enter the workforce with the proper training and experience necessary to begin their careers. We recently had a chance to catch up with Yakellin Garcia, a CNA graduate from our 81st class.

We are pleased and very grateful to announce that Crossroads Rhode Island has been granted a Governor's Workforce Board Innovation award. The award was given to 16 agencies that provide job training to help Rhode Islanders get back to work.

This grant will enable us to train 40 low-income or homeless adults to become certified nursing assistants (CNAs)!

Our CNA training program has graduated 107 classes of individuals. Our graduates are prepared to enter the workforce with the proper training and experience necessary to begin their careers.

We recently had a chance to catch up with Yakellin Garcia, a CNA graduate from our 81st class.

Yakellin graduated from the CNA program in the fall of 2011. She visited Crossroads recently as a Career Day recruiter on behalf of her employer, Cherry Hill Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Yakellin remembers her time as a CNA student at Crossroads as both challenging and encouraging.

"The class was a little challenging because there was a lot to memorize and take in...my teachers and instructors had so much faith in me, so I didn't give up," she said.

Yakellin has been a CNA at Cherry Hill for three years. She specializes in caring for long term patients, and is not only the lead CNA on her floor, but was also named CNA of the Year there. She also has an active role on Cherry Hill's Retention and Recruitment Committee.

Yakellin is passionate about her role, and encourages people thinking about pursuing a career as a CNA, as long as they are passionate about it as well.

"Don't just do it for the money, do it because you really care," she says. "A lot of patients will depend on you."

In the future, Yakellin plans to continue her education and pursue a career in Criminal Justice.

"No obstacles that I've faced stopped me from getting to where I wanted to be, and I'm not done yet," she said.

If you would like more information on the CNA Training program and other Education and Employment Services at Crossroads, visit our website.



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