Warm Hearth, regional health care academy partner

Warm Hearth Village and the Health Care Academy of Southwest Virginia recently partnered to create a healthcare education program to train and produce highly skilled in-home and facility caregivers and Certified Nursing Assistants.

Through grants from New River Mount Rogers Workforce, tuition and material fees were waived, according to a Warm Hearth news release.

Jennifer McKenzie, administrative coordinator with Senior Home Share and the Health Care Academy said that CNAs are still in short supply across the country.

“Local community colleges are no longer offering these classes due to lack of instructors. Due to the high demand for skilled health care workers, the academy was created to fill the gap.” she said in the release, adding that “We also acknowledge that this state approved class is a great way to begin a career in healthcare and is also a great recruitment tool for local healthcare facilities.”

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All of the students were from the local community and participated in the seven-week class at Warm Hearth’s Kroontje Health Care Center.

They received their Nursing Assistant certificate at graduation ceremonies held Jan. 4. Graduates were: Anna Brookman, Micah Catron, Matyia Kyle, Heather Pritchett, Jessica Simmons, and Hope Smith, according to the release.

The next class will begin Jan. 15. Contact Jennifer McKenzie at 276-238-1448 to enroll and begin the financial grant assistance process. Applicants who qualify may have tuition and material fees waived, according to the release.