Christian Living Communities has partnered with the Community College of Aurora, Worklife and Arapahoe Douglas Works to offer team members, their families and friends the ability to obtain a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license at little or no cost.
The class helps CLC stand out in this difficult employment market and creates a pipeline of highly vetted and committed CNAs.
The program is funded in part by the Kellogg Foundation and Dept. of Labor through a grant that “raises the floor” with sustainable wages and career growth opportunities for families with children under 13.
Of the 26 individuals who initially expressed interest, nine were accepted into the first CNA college credit class which began on June 5. Of those nine students, three are current CLC team members, three are former CLC employees who now work for our dining partner, Bateman, and three are friends or family of CLC team members. The class, which meets in the evening three days a week from 6 to 9pm, continues for ten weeks. Most of the students work full time.
Students will begin taking their clinical rotation at the end of this month at Clermont Park and the Suites of Someren Glen.
What differentiates this class from other CNA classes is the supportive power of the group. Students start and end the class together. If anyone is struggling, the group is there to lift them up. Residents and co-workers also support and encourage them to persevere.
Beyond the obvious advantage of career growth for CLC team members and creating a source of applicants for open positions, our strategic hope for this partnership is facilitating a college experience for those who haven’t had that opportunity. Becoming a CNA increases the long-term earning capabilities for the students and serves our mission by providing residents with courageous and committed care partners.