WESTERLY — Placement tests for a free certified nursing assistant training program at the Westerly Education Center are scheduled for later this month.

The program, based on a curriculum developed by Community College of Rhode Island, will begin in October. Placement tests are scheduled for Sept. 12 and 19 at 10 a.m. and Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. The training is available to Rhode Island residents with a high school diploma or GED equivalent; no experience is necessary. Prospective students must pass the placement test.

The program curriculum addresses all core competencies needed for passing the licensing exam and successful practice. Because of a shortage of certified nursing assistants in the region, the course is being offered on behalf of the Partnership for Long-Term Care and funded by a Real Jobs Rhode Island grant. The partnership is a collaborative effort among states and private insurance companies aimed at reducing Medicaid expenditures. Real Jobs RI is a workforce development initiative that began in 2015.

Employers are expected to hire graduates from the course.

Included with the training are testing and licensing fees, a textbook, CPR training, a blood-pressure cuff and stethoscope, job placement assistance and job shadowing, and support services, such as tutoring and counseling.

To register for a placement test, contact Alyson Schena at aschena@healthcentricadvisors.org or call 401-528-3247.

— Dale P. Faulkner

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