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Trident Workforce Investment Board Prepares One Stop Career System Students for Careers in Healthcare

Charleston, SC, November 12, 2009 --( The Trident One Stop Career System held its 30th graduation ceremony recognizing the thirteen students who completed the Community Healthcare Training Program (CHTP) taught at the Trident One Stop Career Center (TOSCC) in North Charleston. The CHTP is sponsored by the Trident Workforce Investment Board with funding from the Workforce Investment Act.

Jeff Hinman, Workforce Specialist; Paul L. Connerty, Executive Director, Trident Workforce Investment Board; and Cassandra B. Jamison, One Stop Career System Director, each welcomed the students, congratulated them and their families on their achievements and accomplishments, and encouraged them to continue their education and advancement in the healthcare field. “You are part of an elite group and have received marketable skills in an advancing industry. Let this be your first step in a rewarding healthcare career.”

Keynote speaker, Terri Thompson, RN, Assistant Director of Nursing at National Healthcare Corporation, where the students completed their clinical training, encouraged them to take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities available to them. “Be proud of what you do. Be kind to your patients, their families, and co-workers. Build relationships. Be compassionate. A good attitude is contagious. Go out and be a shining star.”

Neffertitie Pruvates, a graduate of the 24th CHTP class, now employed at East Cooper Medical Center, thanked instructor Diana Walsh, RN, and Jeff Hinman, Workforce Specialist, for her opportunity to graduate from the class, “I learned a lot, but you learn something new every day when you are working. You have been given a good foundation. Be humble and learn everything you can. Keep going. I want to get my RN degree and you can, too.”

The graduates were then presented their certificates and a stethoscope.

Diana Walsh, RN, BHS, MED, CHTP Healthcare Instructor, closed the ceremony by wishing them much success in their careers and personal lives, “there are so many opportunities and doors open to you. Keep moving forward and may this be the beginning of a long journey in your medical career.”

After graduation, students take the Nursing Assistant Certification Exam given by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Community and Facility Services. Upon successfully passing the exam, they can enter the healthcare field as Certified Nurse Assistants or Patient Care Technicians. With continued training, Community Healthcare Training Program graduates can become Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses.

The One Stop staff continues to support CHTP graduates after graduation. The week after each graduation, the One Stop hosts a Healthcare Career Fair so that area healthcare providers can meet and interview graduates for positions in their facilities.

“The Trident Workforce Investment Board is committed to the Community Healthcare Training Program and has expanded funding to support an additional program offered at the Berkeley Campus of Trident Technical College. The first class at this site is scheduled for August 2009,” said Paul L. Connerty, TWIB Executive Director.

In the 8-week course, students are taught basic nursing and personal care skills that include patient care and hygiene; safety and emergency procedures; infection control; residents’ rights; feeding methods and elimination procedures; skin care; transferring positioning and turning methods; dressing and ambulating; range of motion exercises; signs and symptoms of common diseases; and how to care for cognitively impaired persons. They also receive instruction on phlebotomy, blood glucose monitoring, EKG, and CPR certification.

Since its inception in January 2007, more than 325 students have completed the program. The CHTP program has almost 93% completion rate, and 97% of the students who took the NACES certification exam, passed it. 91% of the students are employed.

Students that are eligible for the program receive training at no cost with funding from the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).

The mission of the Trident Workforce Investment Board (TWIB) is to develop the region’s workforce by providing high quality workforce development programs and services to its customers. To accomplish this mission, it created a market driven and user-friendly workforce system investing workforce funding to recruit, prepare, and train workers with the skills needed to support existing industry and attract new industry to the tri-county region.

The TWIB provides funding for the Trident One Stop Career System. The Trident One Stop Career System is a nationally recognized workforce development system staffed by some of the best trained workforce professionals in the nation. The Trident One Stop Career Center is located at 1930 Hanahan Road in North Charleston. Satellite Centers are located in Moncks Corner, Summerville and Charleston. For more information on available services and programs or to find the center nearest to you, call 843-574-1800 or TTY 711. An Equal Opportunity Employer Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available, upon request, to individuals with disabilities.

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Susan Jeanne Mertz
(843) 821-3283

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