Goodwill celebrates the graduation of its summer 2010 Healthcare Training class

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goodwill-california Goodwill  Graduation Summer 2010 Healthcare Training ClassGoodwill, Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County, recently held a ceremony to honor Goodwill’s Healthcare Training Program graduates at Goodwill’s Main Facility.

In all, 14 students received their certificates of completion for Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide. The fourteen graduates were: Theresa Churchill, Dwaine Cox, Crishandra Foster, Trinichia Jordan, Kelise Lily, Christian Meza, Jose Molina, Aronisha Newton, Noe Regalado, Ruthale Rucker, Erica Sharber, Brenda Teters, Kenyetta Thompson, and Victor Wahome.

The Healthcare Training Program program provides classroom and clinical training, and prepares students to qualify for the state of California Certified Nursing Assistant exam, Home Health Aide, and other healthcare related tests. Accredited units may be earned toward the LVN and RN programs at Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach.

The graduates were celebrated for their 18 weeks of hard work in completing the program by Ben Espitia, Director of Goodwill’s Workforce Development, and Employment Services Coordinators, La Vont’e Jackson and Marquise Brown. Additional adulation to the class was given by guest speaker, Sharon Cruse, CEO of Purple Reign Life Skills, and Goodwill President/CEO, Janet McCarthy-Wilson, who, in addressing the grads said, “It makes me so proud to know that you, like so many other Goodwill Graduates, started and completed this program because of what we do here at Goodwill.” She further acknowledged how important the loyal donors and volunteers are in making the work of Goodwill possible.

Special recognition was given to Frank and Lisa Chapman, who were in attendance, and received a plaque presented in honor of their generous and long time support of the Goodwill organization.

So, with the support of family, friends and extended community resources to sustain them, the members of the 15th Graduating class of GoodwillSOLAC’s Healthcare Training Program move forward to the future, ready to embrace a world of new challenges and opportunities.

Funded by the Alco Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Foundation, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Community Hospital of Long Beach, Long Beach Community Action Partnership, Long Beach Unified School District Regional Occupational Program, Los Angeles Workforce Founders Collaborative, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network and the Goodwill Board of Trustees who graciously underwrite the Goodwill Healthcare Training Program.

Goodwill serves the people of southern Los Angeles County as a community resource providing training and employment placement services to individuals with barriers to employment. Last year, GoodwillSOLAC provided services for more than 7,000 people, trained more than 1,000 and placed 162 people in competitive employment.

Visit the Goodwill website to learn more about the programs and our mission and find out how you can support people in your community who need a hand up, not a hand out.

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