By Janice Phelan, May 5, 2022
Dr. Roger Best, UCM president, congratulates Dr. Laurel Hogue (right), vice provost for online and learning engagement, and Clarinda Dir, UCM program manager, for their leadership of our nationally recognized program. UCM received the Outstanding Program Award for its learn-as-you-earn CNA partnership, created to fill critical healthcare positions. UCM was one of just two programs receiving the national award from the University of Professional and Continuing Education Association at a recent Orlando conference.
Through the unique collaboration, qualifying adult learners receive debt-free scholarships from the Full Employment Council, Truman Heartland Community Foundation and Community Services League as well as financial assistance from the healthcare organizations. The partnering healthcare facilities include Children’s Mercy Hospital, John Knox Village and University Health Lakewood Medical Center.
“Many of the students in these critical-needs programs do not have the resources to stop working while they pursue these certifications,” said Clarinda Dir, UCM Center for Workforce and Professional Development program manager who oversees the learn-as-you-earn CNA partnerships. “Thanks to the agreements with the healthcare facilities, the students earn a salary during their training period and are also offered a permanent job with the facility where they have trained.”