(From Roanoke.com) Some were high school dropouts while others who signed up for the
certified nursing assistant program had undergraduate degrees -- and
As diverse as they were, they had this in common: They had scoured
the recession-battered classifieds and, if they couldn't find the job
they wanted, then they would prepare themselves for what was available.
"Every job I see in the paper and online is for CNAs," said Michelle
Frith, 23, a single mother of two who lives in Salem. "I've applied for
40 jobs since April and haven't been called for a single interview."
Officials with Total Action Against Poverty are viewing their first
CNA training program as a necessity not just for the people hoping to
land work that pays, on average, $10 an hour. They're also hoping it
will reduce the severe shortage of professionals who take care of
elderly and disabled people in the Roanoke Valley.
The eight-week program has a long waiting list, with follow-up
sessions planned, and is funded by some of the first federal stimulus
funds to land in the Roanoke Valley. Conducted by nurses at Generation
Solutions, it's free to those who meet income guidelines and pass a
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