Celebrating 24 Years of Service to the Local Community!

Healthcare Career Advancement Academy
Concludes with Smiles and Students' Success

June 17, 2008 -- Celebrating the conclusion of the second Healthcare Career Advancement Academy, healthcare employers, faculty, staff, friends, and relatives came together at Los Angeles Valley College to acknowledge the participants' successful completion of training.

This specialized training was conducted from March through June andStella Wiggins addresses the graduates regarding opportunitites at Kaiser Permanente. included more than 120 hours of instruction contextualized to the health industry, including such diverse topics as math, English, employability skills (interviewing strategies, resume development, workplace skills and communication, etc.), and computer training.

Stella Wiggins of Kaiser Permanente and Maria Humphrey of ComForcare Senior Services were on hand to congratulate the group and highlight employment opportunities within their respective companies.

The group was also visited during the semester by Deborah Rainwaters (Jewish Home for the Aging), who facilitated employment opportunities for some of the graduates.

Employer partners of the project have generously given their time to meet and counsel students, seeing a direct benefit of the Academy's curriculum to benefit them with dedicated and potentially long-term employees.

Also on hand to recognize this special group were Los Angeles Healthcare Marjoanne Rubi shows off her certificate with Doug Mariott (L) and Marcella Sardanis (R).Workforce Training Program instructors Michael Chachere and Tim Wager, LAVC instructor Doug Card, and project partner Michael Lapid (Los Angeles Youth Opportunity Movement).

Graduates credited the Academy with enhancing their educational and career opportunites. Student Glenda Luben thanked the teachers and dedicated staff for improving her skills and confidence to moveZoe Vlahavas was joined by her mother in the audience on graduation night. forward as a life-long learner, while Ivenia Ehling credited the training with helping her secure a job in the healthcare field as she advances toward her goal of becoming a registered nurse.

The cohesiveness of the group was evidenced by Barbara Johnson, who, besides thanking everyone, compiled a list for the group so they may continue to support each other.

This specially funded project from the state chancellor's office will continue to develop to align with the needs of the healthcare industry while building the skills and confidence of students exploring careers in this field.

The graduating class (click on picture for larger image).