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For Immediate Release: August 21, 2012

Contact: Heather Meaney, (518) 381-1250

New Group of Health Care Professionals To Graduate From Program at SCCC

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A new group of Certified Nursing Aides (CNA) and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) have entered the health care field after graduating from a successful program at Schenectady County Community College on Thursday, August 23, 2012, at 4 p.m. in the Taylor Auditorium.

Congressman Paul D. Tonko was there to congratulate the 166 graduates, from 12 cohorts since February 2012, who participated in the program funded through an $11.475M Health Profession Opportunity Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families, the largest single grant in SCCC history. The grant award is part of a $320 million initiative under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to strengthen the health care workforce in the United States.

Instructors William Rowe, Roberta France, Margaret Helmes, and Margaret Wickerham conducted a pinning ceremony as part of the event. Graduates received a special pin officially recognizing that they have taken and passed the statewide CNA exam.

The College offers training for CNA, EMT, Home Health Aide (HHA) and Personal Care Assistant (PCA) at the main College campus, Center City in downtown Schenectady and at two sites in Albany. Students gain hands-on training in labs replicating rooms in a hospital or health care facility with hospital beds and medical equipment, as well as in classrooms.

Through partnerships with Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP), Schenectady Community Action Program (SCAP) and Northeast Parent and Child Society, the project provides education and training for occupations in the health care field to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and low-income individuals with incomes of up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level in upstate New York's Capital Region.

Since training began in March 2011, more than 460 students have enrolled in training, with 90 percent of those enrolled becoming licensed CNAs and 69 percent employed in the health care field. A total of 203 graduates have obtained employment in the first two years of the grant. SCCC was one of just four institutions in New York State and one of 32 institutions in the nation to receive the job training funds in October 2010. SCCC received the largest grant award in New York State and the 11th largest grant in the nation.

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One of the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, the nation's largest comprehensive system of higher education, Schenectady County Community College in upstate New York enrolls over 7,000 students. SCCC offers more than 40 career degree, transfer degree and certificate programs. The College opened its doors for classes in 1969 and continues to provide affordable comprehensive higher education and adult educational opportunities in response to local educational needs. To learn more, visit www.sunysccc.edu.

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