Congratuations Nurse Aides!

Sixteen students in our Health Care Training program earned their state nurse aide certifications from 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund at a special ceremony held today.  Philadelphia First Lady Lisa Nutter highlighted the event at the Kimmel Center.

The students passed a state certification exam, and are now qualified to work in long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania.  The CNA certification is also a valuable step toward other careers in the health care industry.

Click photo to play our Flickr slideshow:2009 Nurse Aide Ceremony

Leading the National Health Care Initiative

When we launched our Health Care Training program for the 2005-06 school year, we were one of the first of over 200 YouthBuild programs across the country to address the demand for career opportunities outside the construction field.  Over the last three years, the program has become a huge success, allowing dozens of our students to earn Nurse Aide certification and provide hundreds of hours of nursing care.

We recently partnered with YouthBuild USA to publish a manual for YouthBuild programs wishing to launch or refine their health-care training and exploration tracks. The manual can be downloaded as a PDF at YouthBuild USA’s new health-care training resources page.