The Certified Nursing Assistant program through the Long Beach Career Partnership Academy – Healthcare celebrated its newest graduating class this month.
Local schools partner with Goodwill of Southern Los Angeles County to offer the free 18-month program to students, who then attend Certified Nursing School and take the Certified Nursing Assistant State Board License Exam. Almost all of the students passed the exam this year.
The 22 graduates were part of health-medical pathways at Cabrillo, Jordan, Lakewood, McBride or Poly high schools.
This year’s graduates are the program’s fourth cohort. Most of the newest grads are gainfully employed. Eleven of the students are enrolled in the Licensed Vocational Nursing pre-requisites at Long Beach City College. Four students are enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Nursing pre-requisites at Cal State Long Beach. Three are enrolled at other California State University campuses in Southern California, and two are enrolled in pre-medical pathways at University of California campuses.
Students interested in healthcare careers are admitted to the program through an application and interview process.