JVSLA’s HealthWorks graduated nine San Fernando Valley job seekers looking to launch their career in the healthcare industry as Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs).
The ceremony took place at the Shulman Activities Center, located in Reseda, Calif, and had more than 60 guests in attendance. The HealthWorks graduation marked the culmination of a six-week training program supplied by professional instructors from the American Red Cross, and offered graduates the opportunity to interview with prospective recruiters from the Annenberg School of Nursing, Belmont Village (Encino, Hollywood), Dynamic Nursing and Sunrise Senior Living (Beverly Hills, West Hills) for open positions.
Program Alumna Ruby Navarro shared her HealthWorks success story with the new graduates. Brenda Corona, Associate Director, JVSLA HealthWorks, has seen tremendous growth in Ruby since her assessment for the program in 2014. “Ruby was shy and timid when I first met her more than a year ago, but now she’s got confidence and tenacity to make breakthroughs in her career,” said Brenda. “When she graduated from our program, she was hired at an acute care center and has transitioned to part-time job at Northridge Hospital while she continues to take prerequisite classes CSUN to become an Registered Nurse.”
Many of the trainees are economically disadvantaged and have had multiple barriers to overcome to launch their careers. Past graduates have faced chronic poverty and even homelessness, have been raised in the foster care system, are refugees or immigrants or are struggling as single parents.
According to Marie Cordero, Director of the Annenberg School of Nursing, JVSLA’s HealthWorks program is impacting the lives of students who have the potential for a career path in healthcare. “For many of the students, they are the first in their families to graduate from a professional program,” Marie said. “They are starting out as a CNA, but next they could move up to become LVN, RN, Nurse Practitioner, and that is the benefit to the student.” As for the community, Marie believes JVS is providing qualified and competent nursing assistants that benefit the facilities and communities they work in.”
October 15, 2015
Melba Avalos, Program Coordinator
1623 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (213) 481-5473