Trident Workforce Investment Board Prepares One Stop Career System Students for Careers in Healthcare

The Trident One Stop Career System held its 29th graduation ceremony recognizing the thirteen students who completed the Community Healthcare Training Program (CHTP).

Online PR News – 28-May-2009 – – The Trident One Stop Career System held its 29th graduation ceremony recognizing the thirteen students who completed the Community Healthcare Training Program (CHTP) taught at the Trident One Stop Career Center (TOSCC) in North Charleston. The CHTP is sponsored by the Trident Workforce Investment Board with funding from the Workforce Investment Act.

Jeff Hinman, Workforce Specialist; Paul L. Connerty, Executive Director, Trident Workforce Investment Board; and Cassandra B. Jamison, One Stop Career System Director, each welcomed the students, congratulated them and their families on their achievements and accomplishments, and encouraged them to continue their education and advancement in the healthcare field. “The sky is the limit. Let this be your first step in a long and successful career in healthcare.”

Keynote speaker Amelia Hughes, RN from National Healthcare Corporation - the site where the graduates completed their clinical work - encouraged the graduates to “be advocates for your patients. They are depending on you to care for them. So when you see something that you think needs attention, please make sure that your patients have the quality of care they deserve.” She also stressed the importance of a good work ethic, punctuality, and “being a cooperative and contributing member of the whole healthcare team.”

Mary Freeman , former CHTP graduate, also congratulated the graduates and shared heartwarming stories of her experiences as a certified nursing assistant. “Do your job to the best of your abilities, and the rewards are great.” She also encouraged them to continue their education and training in the medical field.

The graduates were then presented their certificates and a stethoscope.

Diana Walsh, RN, BHS, MED, CHTP Healthcare Instructor, closed the ceremony by wishing them much success in their careers and personal lives, “may this be the beginning of a long journey in your medical career.”

After graduation, students take the Nursing Assistant Certification Exam given by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Community and Facility Services. Upon successfully passing the exam, they can enter the healthcare field as Certified Nurse Assistants or Patient Care Technicians. With continued training, Community Healthcare Training Program graduates can become Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses.

The One Stop staff continues to support CHTP graduates after graduation. The week after each graduation, the One Stop hosts a Healthcare Career Fair so that area healthcare providers can meet and interview graduates for positions in their facilities.

According to TWIB Executive Director Paul L. Connerty, “The Trident Workforce Investment Board’s Community Healthcare Training Program is an exceptional program offering One Stop customers the opportunity to train in preparation for careers in the healthcare field. As the demand for skilled healthcare professionals continues to grow, this program is designed to provide students with the skills they need to enter the healthcare field.”

In the 8-week course, students are taught basic nursing and personal care skills that include patient care and hygiene; safety and emergency procedures; infection control; residents’ rights; feeding methods and elimination procedures; skin care; transferring positioning and turning methods; dressing and ambulating; range of motion exercises; signs and symptoms of common diseases; and how to care for cognitively impaired persons. They also receive instruction on phlebotomy, blood glucose monitoring, EKG, and CPR certification.

Students that are eligible for the program receive training at no cost with funding from the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).

The mission of the Trident Workforce Investment Board (TWIB) is to develop the region’s workforce by providing high quality workforce development programs and services to its customers. To accomplish this mission, it created a market driven and user-friendly workforce system investing workforce funding to recruit, prepare, and train workers with the skills needed to support existing industry and attract new industry to the tri-county region.

The TWIB provides funding for the Trident One Stop Career System. The Trident One Stop Career System is a nationally recognized workforce development system staffed by some of the best trained workforce professionals in the nation. The Trident One Stop Career Center is located at 1930 Hanahan Road in North Charleston. Satellite Centers are located in Moncks Corner, Summerville and Charleston. For more information on available services and programs or to find the center nearest to you, call 843-574-1800 or TTY 711. An Equal Opportunity Employer Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities, upon request.

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