All Joann Wilson wants is at least one smile from one person a day, she said.
“If I can get a smile out of one person, that makes my day,” said the Kingman resident. “In my years of caregiving, it’s sad to see the amount of people who don’t have loved ones that come and visit them.”
Wilson loves being a caregiver, she said, adding that she has worked as a caregiver on and off for about five years.
“The places where I’ve worked have required me to get my certifications,” she said. “These classes at Mohave Community College are giving me more specialized training. I love the training. I can see from the experience that I have in caregiving and the material that we are covering, the improvement of how these courses will affect the level of care I can provide.”
MCC now offers the caregiver program to help professional caregivers earn needed certifications, in addition to helping private individuals elevate their level of care, knowledge, and resources. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, personal care aides and home health aides are among the top three projected fastest growing occupations with each expecting to grow by nearly 50 percent by 2020.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to identify different levels of care needed for assisted living residents, legal and ethical issues, resident’s rights, mental health and social service needs, basic caregiving skills, and medication management.
Additionally, potential caregiver students may qualify for a grant funded by The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA). TRVFA was funded in 1990 by the Rotary Clubs of Arizona and Needles, Calif., to assist students with their education for a vocational career.
“TRVFA is designed to provide funding for vocational programs that are shorter term and will help get students employed quickly,” said Dan Messersmith, the grant application processor for TRVFA and a member of the Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club. “We are not here to get you an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree.”
Wilson was a recipient of a grant from TRVFA and said the funding helped her to be able to afford the program.
“It’s going to make a difference in my life,” she said. “It has opened doors of many opportunities. This program is priceless. The instructor is so genuine. I deeply and sincerely believe this program is a must for anyone who is interested in a caregiving career.”
MCC is currently enrolling students into the new program, which provides 12 weeks of instruction to those who are new to the career field, or 22 hours of “bridge” instruction to those who are certified nursing assistants (CNAs). The caregiver “bridge” program cost for CNAs is $300 for tuition, which includes a $65 state testing fee and a book costs of $75; the cost for non-CNAs is $850 for tuition, which also includes the same testing fee and workbook costs. The non-CNA course includes 16 hours of on-site clinical study.
The classes will be offered from 5-9 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday beginning on Monday, May 4 at MCC’s Detroit Avenue Center (DAC) at 1801 Detroit Ave., in Kingman. To register, contact Tracy Owens, MCC operations specialist, at (928) 692-3005 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Cindy Robinson, MCC’s corporate education secretary, at (866) 664-2832 or email@example.com.
Students who apply for the program must be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the Healthcare Provider level, in addition to First Aid. Students will also complete a background check, and obtain a two-step Tuberculosis test and a food handler’s card.