Cortland Acres graduates four CNA students

Submitted photos CNA course instructor Kathy Supak poses with graduating Nursing Assistants, from left, are Tammy Chewning, Kali Moats, Supak, Martina Cupp and Alice Donahue.

THOMAS — Family, friends and well-wishers gathered at Cortland Acres on Thursday evening, May 23 to witness another class of Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) students graduate. The graduation ceremony and pinning of Florence Nightingale “Lady of the Lamp” pin marks the successful completion of the six-week program has become a celebration of learning and a chance to welcome graduates to the Cortland family.

Cortland Administrator Beth Clevenger delivered the welcome address to the crowd of family, friends and students gathered. Words of welcome, praise and compassion were themes used throughout the evening in congratulating the students. “CNAs play an important role at Cortland Acres,” explains Clevenger. “Their care is essential to the daily lives of our residents and through their compassion and professionalism, they have an opportunity to make a difference.”

Graduates Martina Cupp and Alice Donahue along with mother-daughter duo Tammy Chewning and Kali Moats each selected family members or friends to participate in the pinning ceremony, making the event even more personal. Each CNA graduation signifies more than the successful conclusion of the program, it applauds the accomplishments of the students and the vision of Cortland Acres to provide local residents with viable careers in healthcare.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in getting into the healthcare profession,” explains training director Kathy Supak. “Whether they choose to start their careers right away as a CNA or go on to pursue more education in the field, this course puts them on a path to success.

Cortland’s CNA training program has two, distinct phases – the first phase utilizes online educational components from Straightaway CNA Edge Training for the first three weeks of the program. This phase allows the students to work at their own pace. The second three-week phase applies the online learning components to hands-on training at Cortland Acres under the supervision of their instructor, Kathy Supak.

Cortland Administrator Beth Clevenger welcomes graduates, families and guests to the CNA graduation.

“I’ve taken a similar course in Virginia and this is by far a more comprehensive program,” explains Donahue. “It certainly helps that we had a fantastic instructor in Kathy Supak. Looking forward, I’d like to continue my training. After taking care of my husband during several back problems, I’ve discovered that I really enjoy helping people and what better way to help people that to become a Certified Nurse Assistant.”

All four graduates have accepted Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) positions with Cortland Acres and will take their West Virginia exam to become certified in the coming weeks. The next CNA class is scheduled for June 2019. Anyone interested in enrolling, please contact Lois Nelson or Kathy Supak at Cortland Acres at (304) 463-4181.

Cortland Acres is a non-profit corporation offering state-of-the-art nursing care and skilled rehabilitation on a spacious 35-acre campus is the heart of scenic Tucker County, West Virginia. The Cortland campus includes a 94-bed long-term care facility, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and therapy options, as well as a variety of independent living opportunities. For more information call 304-463-4181 or visit www.cortlandacres.org.

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