LEWISTON — The Lewiston CareerCenter, Western Maine Community Action in Lewiston and Oxford Hills/Nezinscot Adult Education are partnering to provide a certified nursing assistant training program starting Monday, Sept. 17.

The state-certified course exceeds the state-required 180 hours of classroom instruction. Prerequisites include a reading test, interview session, a physical within the last year, immunization records and the willingness to dedicate one’s time to a 15-week commitment. Students will receive 20 hours of lab skills and 70 hours of clinical experience in a long-term health care facility.

Successful candidates will sit for the state CNA exam and have the opportunity to interview for a position with health care facility partners. Candidates must pass a Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems reading and math exam, be over 18 years of age, be able to work in the United States and pass necessary background checks.

The 15-week class will run Mondays and Tuesday from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Clinical time is Thursdays from 2:30 to 10:30 p.m.

There is no charge for those who financially qualify. The course is valued at $1,185.

The CNA student interviews are being conducted at the Adult Education Office at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in Paris.

For more information and a scheduled interview appointment call 207-743-8842. Visit wmca.org/ and  facebook.com/WesternMaineCommunityAction/ for updates.

Coordinators for a certified nursing assistant training program are, from left, Christina King, Western Maine Community Action; Tina Christophersen, director of Oxford Hills/Nezinscot Adult Education; and Patti Saarinen, Western Maine Community Action program coordinator. They meet at the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce office in Paris to discuss workforce opportunities and support of adult education programs. (Monica Millhime photo)

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