Pre-CNA Students Ready to Take Next Step Toward Careers in Healthcare

Program is among first in new Literacy Training Collaborative

RI DLT Director Charles Fogarty Addresses Pre-CNA Class upon Course Completion

For the past two months, a group of would-be Certified Nursing Assistants have attended classes regularly at the Providence Public Library -- taking a critical step toward their ultimate goal of employment in their field of interest and learning first-hand what it means to be a front-line healthcare worker. For these students, this training opportunity has been significant in that it has been formulated specifically to address their additional need for literacy skill-building.

The students represent one class in a series of special programs that have come about as a result of the R. I. Governor’s Workforce Board’s initiatives to develop “Industry Partnerships” that connect and provide support to nine high-growth industries, including through “non-traditional pathways” and “career ladders.”

RI DLT Director Fogarty Visits Library to Address Pre-CNA Class upon Course Completion

Today, as the students completed their 160-hour Pre-CNA course and prepared to move on to either actual CNA of Homemaker training, RI Department of Labor and Training Director Charles Fogarty was on hand to help celebrate their achievements.

The Literacy Training Collaborative is a partnership between Rhode Island healthcare and literacy providers that helps people with low literacy and employment skills prepare for healthcare jobs. This pre-CNA training class, funded under the Workforce Investment Act, uses a curriculum called “FUNdamentals of Healthcare” designed and presented by Quality Partners of RI in conjunction with the healthcare Industry Partnership to help students get into actual CNA or homemaker training programs. This was a need recognized in the Skills Gap Study created under the Governor’s Workforce Board. Candidates are first recommended to, assessed and approved by netWORKri. Once fulfilling the class requirements, those who advance in literacy and skill level are referred to an actual CNA or Homemaker job training program.