The Innovative School of Health Sciences partnered with Glencroft Center of Modern Aging and held a Caregiver’s class on our campus. The nine students completed 72 hours of classroom work over several weeks, attending classes twice a week for 8 hours each day.
Tami White, an active LPN for 24 years and an instructor for 18 years, loves teaching and said that Glencroft is a good organization, with residents and staff being kind and helpful. Mike Calderon, VP of Assisted Living, welcomed people to the graduation ceremony of the first Caregiving Class. Mike talked about the good marriage between Innovative School of Heath Sciences and Glencroft. He encouraged the graduates to take the State exam and join Glencroft as full-time caregivers.
Four of the students were already working at Glencroft, in Dining Services and as an aide at Sarah’s Place. If they remain working at Glencroft for six months, after having passed the State exam, there will be an incentive from Human Resources to reward them.
Asia Rodriguez, daughter of Melissa Rodriquez who works as a Billing Specialist at Glencroft, wants to become a Nurse Practitioner and decided to start working in the field as she continues her education. She is working in Sarah’s Place.
Brandon Storey had been working with teens and adults with special needs. He wanted a change and started working at Sarah’s Place 3 months ago. He enjoys interacting with our residents, joking and bringing smiles to their faces, as well as being able to help them. He will continue at Sarah’s Place.
Catalina Ochoa worked for Dining Services at Henry’s. She was happy for the opportunity to learn new skills and be able to help people in another way. She said that working at Sarah’s Place also offers a better work schedule for her family’s needs. If you know of someone that would be interested in taking the Caregivers Class, another session will be starting mid-August.
For more information, or to apply, please visit Glencroft’s Human Resources Department. The class is limited to 10 students.
-K. Little author