Johnston Community College is bringing health education classes to its Cleveland Center.
In an effort to meet the demand for more certified nursing assistants and phlebotomists, the College spent the summer upgrading the location as a certified training site.
Because of the new location, JCC is able to offer nine additional nursing assistant classes this upcoming year.
"We were seeing an increased need for additional health education classes so we are very excited to offer nursing assistant and phlebotomy training at our Cleveland Center," says Linda Smith, dean of health, wellness, and human services at JCC. "This is a very convenient location for our students and our instructors, and it's also allowing us to serve more individuals for health-care related jobs in the area."
"Employers in the county are very happy we've done this because they need additional staff," adds Connie Grady, director of health education and nursing assistant programs.
Thanks to donations from Johnston Health and Johnston Medical and Surgical Supply Company, JCC spent the summer equipping the location with appropriate lab space.
Current student Marcus Reynolds said a friend recommended nursing assistant classes at JCC and he says the Cleveland location is convenient since he lives in Clayton.
"I've learned a ton, and I feel confident in my skills," Reynolds says. "I feel like I've been well prepared."
Nicole Ryals agreed. "The class is seven minutes from my house," she said. "The people here are awesome, and the teachers are great. They take extra time out to make sure you know what you need to know."
Spring registration for health education classes will be Nov. 19 and Dec. 4 at the Public Safety Services Building on the main campus in Smithfield. Registration for classes at the Cleveland Center will be held Dec. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Cleveland Center.