Students Learn English and Prepare for Careers as Nursing Assistants

Posted June 20, 2013 

Evgenia Markova knows the frustration of being an immigrant to this country and unable to communicate her aches, pains, fears and questions to her healthcare providers because of a language barrier. Wanting a rewarding career that would help others in similar challenging circumstances and also provides financial support to her family, she enrolled in classes at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC).

Markova, a Bulgarian, and 11 other students from Cuba, China, Rwanda, Ethiopia and a handful of other countries recently celebrated their graduation in a special ceremony at MHCC. The students completed the Nursing Assistant with Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) program that provides education and training in nursing as well as coursework in English.

Doanh Tran Caraballo, Neha Singh, Arnesh Singh, Elysee-Blandine Rugwiro, Maria Violet Molina, Evgenia Markova, Lucelia Guerra Lebeque, Mileidys Garcia, Beka Chiro (and daughters) Yung Chan and Luis Benitez Garcia.

Doanh Tran Caraballo, Neha Singh, Arnesh Singh, Elysee-Blandine Rugwiro, Maria Violet Molina, Evgenia "Janie" Markova, Lucelia Guerra Lebeque, Mileidys Garcia, Beka Chiro (and daughters) Yung "Iris" Chan and Luis Benitez Garcia. (click to enlarge)

Marc Goldberg, dean of Economic and Workforce Development, congratulated the graduates on their achievements. Julie Blaney, Nursing Assistant program director, affirmed that the graduates are fully trained as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) who are culturally sensitive to their patients' healthcare needs. A special guest at the ceremony was Mimi Maduro, with the Oregon Department of Community Colleges & Workforce Development (CCWD).

Cohorts of students study for two terms and then take the Oregon State Board of Nursing Certified Nursing Assistant exam. The college also teaches students how to find employment in the field.

"This model gives non-native speakers of English language support and additional time with the material," notes Steven Storla, coordinator of MHCC's Career Pathways program. "There is a growing need for bilingual personnel within the healthcare industry, and there's projected growth opportunity for nursing assistants."

For more information on the Nursing Assistant with VESL program, please visit www.mhcc.edu/navesl or contact Angelique Kauffman Rodriguez, 503-660-1444, Angelique.Kauffman@mhcc.edu. For more information on the mainstream Nursing Assistant program, go to www.mhcc.edu/cna or call Workforce Training at 503-491-7235.

Neha Singh
Neha Singh
 
 
Mileidys Garcia
Mileidys Garcia
 
 
Elysee-Blandine Rugwiro
Elysee-Blandine Rugwiro
 
 
Lucelia Guerra Lebeque
Lucelia Guerra Lebeque
 
 
Arnesh Singh and guest
Arnesh Singh (left) and guest
 
 
Doanh Tran Caraballo
Doanh Tran Caraballo
 
 
Neha Singh and Yung Chan
Neha Singh and Yung "Iris" Chan
 
 
Luis Benitez Garcia
Luis Benitez Garcia
 
 
Angelique Kauffman Rodriguez, Career Pathways Specialist
Angelique Kauffman Rodriguez, Career Pathways Specialist
 
 

Deb Saari, VESL Healthcare Instructor
 
 
Julie Blaney, Nursing Assistant Program Director
Julie Blaney, Nursing Assistant Program Director
 
 
Steven Storla, Career Pathways Coordinator
Steven Storla, Career Pathways Coordinator
 
 
Marc Goldberg, Dean of Economic and Workforce Development
Marc Goldberg, Dean of Economic and Workforce Development
 
 

For more information, please contact the Office of College Advancement, 503-491-7204 or news@mhcc.edu. 

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