Chaffee County’s First Class of Nurses Aide Students Celebrate Program Completion
On June 1, 2017, eight Chaffee County residents launched the first Nurse Aide training class offered at Colorado Mountain College Buena Vista. On July 27, just two months later, all eight students participated in a certificate ceremony to celebrate their successful culmination of the Buena Vista nurse aide training program.
The students completed ten intensive weeks of lectures, laboratory simulations, and a clinical practicum working with residents and certified nursing aides at Columbine Manor, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Salida. They are now eligible to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment exam and seek employment as Certified Nurse Aides.
Their hard work is already paying off. Columbine Manor offered a position to Mallorie Blackmon, pending the completion of her training. Blackmon also recently completed the Colorado Mountain College high school equivalency preparation course and will be taking the exam soon.
“I was ready to make some changes in my life,” says Blackmon, a resident of Salida, CO, “and I am very excited to start on this new career path.”
Other students in the class are also planning to seek employment as Certified Nurse Aides or continue their studies in a registered nurse training program.
Certified Nurses Aides (CNAs) are in demand, region-wide. Colorado Mountain College and Columbine Manor collaborated on the creation of the Nurse Aide program in order to meet the high demand for Certified Nurse Aides in Chaffee County and surrounding areas.
“We hope to continue to serve our community,” says Amy Dennis, Coordinator of Academic Services for Colorado Mountain College Chaffee County, “and provide relevant professional and educational opportunities for residents to live, learn and work in Chaffee County.”
By completing this intensive, fast-track program, students are eligible to sit for the state National Nurse Aide Assessment exam to become a licensed Certified Nurse Aide in a variety of healthcare settings.
The next Certified Nurse Aide training course offered in Buena Vista will start September 11, 2017. To enroll, students must be at least 17 years old at the start of class. For more information, please call CMC’s Chaffee County Academic Center at 719-395-8419.