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Photo caption: Schooner Estates hosted training classes for a recent PSS/CRMA program. Pictured (l-r): Michael Lacasse, Residential Care Director; Melonie North, WorkReady Instructor; students Nicole Warner, Jennifer Lamothe and Judy Keenan-Bower; Greg Wess; Barbara Roberts, PSS/CRMA Instructor and Chris King, WMCA Case Manager.

Auburn – Three students enrolled at MSAD 52 Adult Education in Turner, recently participated in a Ready2Work Personal Support Specialist and Certified Residential Medication Aid Certificate Program hosted at Schooner Estates in Auburn.

The 150 hour course was funded by a grant provided by Western Maine Community Action (WMCA), a partner in the CareerCenter in Lewiston.  Students Nicole Warner, Jennifer Lamothe and Judy Keenan-Bower successfully completed five weeks of intensive training.

Students acquired the work readiness skills for a certification in residential medication and a healthcare work readiness certificate that healthcare sector employers are seeking. Mock interviews, tours and other healthcare specific presentations were included as part of the curriculum.  “WMCA provides services to people in Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford and Somerset Counties,” shares Patti Saarinen, WMCA Program Site Coordinator in Lewiston. “This course is a great example of the employer driven training that we provide for adults, youth and dislocated workers that meet our eligibility guidelines.”  New programs are currently being offered for manufacturing. Call 753.9001 to register for a training orientation or visit the Lewiston CareerCenter, 9 Mollison Way, Lewiston.  Additional information available www.wmca.org.