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Penn State Continuing Education program aids area displaced workers

8/20/2009 —

Several displaced workers have turned to the Franklin County Career and Technology Center and Penn State Continuing Education for training they need to obtain work. Most of the ten members of the Nurse Aide class currently in session say they are looking for work a more secure career field. Several have been laid off at their jobs.

Chad Futrell worked for several distribution centers before he was affected by the recessed economy. “When I was laid off, I went to Careerlink to find a new career,” he says. “Since I was interested in the healthcare field, this class seemed like a perfect fit.” He shared that Careerlink also found state funding to pay for the program so that he could enroll. 

Student Lori Wolfe was also laid off from a local company and enrolled in the Nurse Aide class “to find a career that would allow me to help people and also has better job security,” she says. Classmate Sharon Skipper added, “There (are) always jobs being advertised for healthcare workers.”

The Nurse Aide class is an FCCTC program managed by Penn State Continuing Education. “We are happy to provide this class during tough economic times,” says Theresa Shank, director of Continuing Education at Penn State Mont Alto. “The Nurse Aide class will prepare students to take the licensing exam to become Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs).”

The instructor of the Nurse Aide class is Donna Sollenberger.

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