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    Goodwill® CNA Training Program Helps Single Mom Succeed

    Maria SwartzMaria Swartz, a single mom who never finished high school, assumed a career was out of reach until she was introduced to Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs’ new Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program.

    Job seekers enrolled in Goodwill’s welfare-to-work program can take the eight-week CNA class at no charge. The course includes classroom and lab instruction, hands-on clinical training and valuable experience at Goodwill day programs serving individuals with disabilities and other special needs.

    Goodwill staff members help students prepare for the CNA exam and help place them with local health care providers after graduation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, CNAs are in high demand and excellent job opportunities are expected through 2018.

    Swartz, who will receive her GED with Goodwill’s help, says the CNA course has completely changed her life.

    “My daughters have never had a reason to say ‘good job’ to me before,” she says. “I can see it in their eyes that they are extremely proud of me now. This course has given me something to work toward and another purpose in life.”

    The Colorado Springs Goodwill will offer the class four times a year and train 80 to 100 CNAs annually.

    Read more about the program.

    Are you a single mother in need of training or a job? Goodwill’s Beyond Jobs program can help.

    Jenni B. Baker
    Jenni B. Baker was a member of Goodwill Industries International’s digital team from 2009-2016. In her role, she supported content strategy and development for Goodwill’s digital properties, including Goodwill’s public blog and email newsletters.
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    • Quanina Fisher
      April 11th, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Hello my anme is Quanina Fisher I too am a sinlgle parent and did not finish high school. I have taken the Ged Test but failed short of ten points in the math. I Was wondering how would and shoud I go about trying to get in the goodwill CNA training classes. I live in Baltimore, Md and all I want is to be a sucessful young adult.

    • Nelson J
      June 22nd, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      I need help finding the CNA program. I really want to do that program, I am a single male 21 years old and facing homelessness. Any Help

    • angelique
      December 5th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      hey my name is angelique and i dont have my high school diploma or ged. i was woundering can i still take the cna classes to get my cna license?

    • sharmaine williams
      February 20th, 2014 at 2:38 am

      it is one of my goals

    • Angelica vasquez
      August 12th, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      I’m wondering on more info on free cna classes for moms

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