United Way Resource Center Graduates 11 Students in Certified Nursing Assistant Program

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative and United Way Suncoast will introduce 11 new Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) to the healthcare community on Friday, May 12th at 10:00 am. This will be the second class to graduate from the United Way Suncoast Resource Center in Sulphur Springs.  To date, 18 individuals have successfully completed this course which is facilitated by Hillsborough Community College (HCC).

Tara Mulkey, a Sulphur Springs Resource Center CNA graduate, is a single mother of three who lives in Sulphur Springs.  Tara previously worked in the medical field but had to leave the profession to care for her children. However, she never lost hope that she would one day return to her career. Upon learning of the Resource Center’s 7-week CNA program, she knew it was her chance to start on her lifelong dream. Tara says, “It means everything to me to become a CNA because it has been my passion. The [United Way] Resource Center CNA program has given me a second chance to have a career in the medical field. I am so thankful and happy.”

The CNA training is provided at no cost to the students.  It is provided through a joint initiative between CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, a workforce development non-profit, and United Way Suncoast as part of their shared mission to assist families in becoming financially stable and self sufficient.

“When these students receive their CNA certification, they are earning more than just a title behind their names.  They are building financial stability for their families, beginning a different chapter in their lives, starting a new career and moving themselves out of poverty,” stated Mireya Eavey, Executive Director of CareerEdge and Sarasota Area President for United Way Suncoast.

The program is one of many services and opportunities provided through the United Way Resource Center at Sulphur Springs. Neighborhood-based outreach is a key component of United Way Suncoast’s mission to fight for the education and financial stability of every person in our community.

“United Way Suncoast works to educate and empower individuals with the knowledge and resources they need to create lasting change for themselves, their families and their community,” says Xavier Russell, Director of Neighborhood Initiatives for United Way Suncoast. “Strong, innovative partnerships like this joint initiative with CareerEdge and Hillsborough Community College help make it possible for individuals to achieve their full potential.”

In addition, HCC has organized a job fair with local employers to help students build connections with healthcare organizations that are searching for CNAs.  The high demand for nursing assistants in the Tampa Bay area offers great promise with graduates earning a starting wage of approximately $10 – $15 per hour at hospitals, home health agencies, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, and preparing them for future career advancement.

About United Way Suncoast
United Way Suncoast staff, volunteers and trusted community partners connect people, create change, and impact lives in DeSoto, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota counties by developing, enhancing and implementing services and programs to help create a stronger, more vibrant community. United Way Suncoast fights for the education and financial stability of every person in the community through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed and help adults achieve long-term financial stability, as well as provide support services to those who need it most. To find Suncoast-area volunteer opportunities, visit www.volunteersuncoast.org. For more information, please call 813.274.0933 (Tampa office), or 941.366.2686 (Sarasota office) or visit www.unitedwaysuncoast.org.
About CareerEdge
CareerEdge is an innovative partnership of business, government, and philanthropic organizations that leverages public and private dollars to provide opportunities for better jobs and wages in Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties.  The first regional collaborative of workforce investors in the southeastern United States to be designated as a site of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, CareerEdge was created with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, City of Bradenton Central Community Redevelopment Agency, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Bank of America, Bradenton 14th Street Community Redevelopment Agency, Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, and Manatee Community Action Agency.  It is also supported by contributions from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Microsoft, Sarasota County Government, Jane’s Trust, JP Morgan Chase, Scheidel Foundation and United Way Suncoast.  For more information about CareerEdge and its partners, please visit www.careeredgefunders.org or call 941.328.6985.