Guam – “My main goal is to be self sufficient – to get off of public assistance.”
That was 30-year-old Laticia Santos’ goal back in April, when the single mom to three young boys signed up to take the Certified Nurse Assistant course at Guam Community College through Project HATSA (Helping Achieve TANF Success through Actions).
Tomorrow, she will be one step closer to her goal, having earned a CNA course completion certificate. Santos is one of 10 TANF clients who successfully completed the 180 course contact hours and now has the knowledge and skills required to pass the National Nurse Aide Licensing Exam, which can lead her to a career as a Certified Nurse Assistant. The 10 completers will be honored at a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Ballroom A, from 10 am – 2 pm July 31.
GCC and the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services teamed up in 2012 to facilitate Project HATSA, a federal grant program designed to provide clients enrolled in Public Health’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program with skills they can use to become gainfully employed. The first two cycles of Project HATSA trained 25 TANF recipients with skills in the construction trades industry, and the third cycle offered clients like Santos the opportunity to learn the skills needed to function professionally and competently under the supervision of a licensed practical nurse, a registered nurse, or a medical doctor, in home or community health settings, hospitals, clinics, private medical offices, or mental health facilities.
Under the program’s Construction Trades training, successful completers received 17 college credits and under the CNA program successful completers will receive 15 college credits/2 CEUs.
For more information about the education and training opportunities available through Project HATSA, call GCC’s Continuing Education & Workforce Development Office at 735-5574.