On February 1, 2017, Nile Sisters Development Initiative (NSDI) conducted two orientation sessions for the certified nursing assistant (CNA) vocational training program.» The mandatory workshops provide overview of the 22-day program to prospective participants. Between October 2016 and January 2017, forty-two individuals from diverse backgrounds placed their names on a waitlist to receive more information about the asset-building program. List members represent at least five countries, including Ethiopia, Congo, Haiti, Iraq, and Jordan. Since initiation of the employment facilitation program, NSDI has served individuals who have relocated to the US from 12 countries.
The program offers opportunities for refugees, asylees, and survivors of torture to gain skills in growing industries such as healthcare. Refugees face many challenges even after their resettlement in the United States. One critical challenge is economic hardship due to difficulties in obtaining gainful and sustainable employment. To alleviate this concern, NSDI partners with two accredited schools, International Health Group, School of Nursing and Western Medical Training Center to facilitate training for qualified individuals.
The cost of obtaining a CNA certificate can exceed $2,250. Through partnerships and support from funders including The California Endowment, NSDI is able to offer the program to qualified individuals for only $600. Prospective participants complete a selection process that includes two English as a second language (ESL) tests and an interview with a panel to mimic a hiring process, before being matriculated into the program. In addition to receiving the CNA training at a significantly discounted rate, program participants also receive free weekly tutoring with established CNAs and/or nurses, as well as support with professional development techniques, so they can attain a job in the healthcare sector shortly after completing the 22-day program.
The following CNA vocational training resources are downloadable:
- Certified nursing assistant vocational career-growth overview»
- A Hand Up, Not a Handout vocational training overview»
- Certified nursing assistant vocational training flyer»
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