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A graduation ceremony for students completing the St. Mary’s Medical Assistant training program was held on Monday, June 17 at Gray New Gloucester High School.  Attending the event  (pictured front l-r);  were Peggy Jordan, Kerinda Kennison, Rebecca Richards, Harmonie Estes, Dawn Feldman, Joe Bourgeios; back (l-r) Maureen Mitchell, Jill Arbor, Wayne Lewis, Isaac Wildrick, Stephanie Haskins, Cathy Stairs, Tonia Gilley-Pratt, Tara Hannan.  (Photo courtesy of Nathan Tsukroff.)

Gray-New Gloucester Adult & Community Education, in partnership with St. Mary’s Hospital, the Lewiston CareerCenter, Western Maine Community Action (WMCA), and Community Concepts, offered a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant training opportunity.  The rigorous workforce training initiative included 140 hours of classroom/laboratory experiences, 60 hours of employability skills training and 160 hours of externship, hosted by St. Mary’s. Upon completion of the program, students sit for the National Healthcare Association exam to earn their certification. Upon successful completion of the program and certification, St. Mary’s guaranteed all participants an interview for open Medical Assistant positions in their clinics. Certificates of completion were awarded to Jill Arbor, Wendy Chauvette, Joseph Bourgeois, Harmonie Estes, Dawn Feldman, Peggy Jordan, Kerinda Kennison, Wayne Lewis and Rebecca Richards. All students successfully passed the national certification exam and will be embarking upon careers as Medical Assistants. The workforce training partnerships among the agencies are tremendous value to the community and the statewide training opportunities. Students have an opportunity to access high-quality training at no cost, or reduced costs, to income eligible students.  Employers are able to fill high-demand positions with a group of qualified candidates who have trained at the host facilities. For more information regarding healthcare courses, high school completion or college and career readiness please contact Stephanie Haskins at 657-9612 to schedule an appointment. Information regarding other funding opportunities call Patti Saarinen, WMCA Program Coordinator Central/Western Maine CareerCenters, 753-9032, psaarinen@wmca.org.