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Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

We’re helping to train the next generation of health care professionals!

 There are some new, young faces around Ingleside at King Farm this month.

These young people, local high school students, will become well known to residents as they learn the skills and develop clinical experience to become certified nursing assistants (CNA).

The 16 students from Gaithersburg High School are receiving classroom training through Montgomery College after school hours. They will be working with patients at the retirement community’s Comprehensive Care Center on weekends under the supervision of their instructor and the Ingleside nursing staff.

Applicants for the program were chosen after submitting an essay explaining why they were applying, an autobiographical sketch, a transcript and a letter of recommendation.

The students’ tuition, uniforms, books and other costs are being covered by the High School Health Education Foundation created by Dr. William Leahy, a pediatric neurologist who serves on the Ingleside Board of Directors.

Upon completion of the 15-week program with a grade of 80 percent or higher, the students will be equipped to take the exam to become a certified nursing assistant. The Montgomery College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education division is administering the program.

The students, their parents and teachers gathered for a launch dinner at Ingleside at King Farm earlier this month.

“Developing the skills to become a certified nursing assistant is a great way for young people to break into the health care field,” he said. “Through this program, they will receive both the training they need to find gainful employment and an exposure to the industry that may well encourage them to explore the nursing field or other aspects of the growing health care industry.”

The CNA program originated 10 years ago in Prince Georges County. Ingleside partnered with the foundation and the college to establish it for students in Montgomery County.

After completing the program, students typically have multiple job offers in the medical field, Dr. Leahy said.

The new CNA program is just one example of the partnerships that distinguish Ingleside at King Farm, where residents and staff fully participate in their community and their world.

If you’d like to know more, please contact us by clicking here or calling 240-205-7085.

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