ICCC hosts networking event

Students, businesses meet on last day of I-CNA?class

— Submitted photo Those taking part in the networking event included, from the left, Tony Finn, instructor, Kelli George, Friendship Haven, Marilyn Middleton, Southfield Wellness, students Renee Schafer, Chelsie Schwering, Marlen Suham Diaz, Lee Toya Altman, Josie Barkema, Makayla Larson, MacKenzie Rios, Julie Tolly, instructor, Jessica Walker, Stratford Specialty Care, Jaclyn Berhow, Stratford Specialty Care, and Sara Casey, Shady Oaks Care Center.

Iowa Central Community College on Friday hosted a Networking Event for area businesses and students.

Southfield Wellness Community, Friendship Haven, Shady Oaks Care Center, and Stratford Specialty Care were in attendance for the last day of an Integrated Certified Nurse Aide class, in order to provide the students with information pertaining to health-care related topics and to conduct mock interviews to prepare them for their own potential job interviews after class completion.

The I-CNA, an Integrated Education and Training (IET) program, was a course offered for free tuition at the ICCC Webster City campus. Students learned about the nursing skills required to fulfill the nurse aide certification, which requires 75 hours of instruction and the clinical practicum provided by Julie Tolly from Southfield Wellness Community. The class also obtained a new skill set to prepare them for the job force, such as how to write a resume and cover letter, professional etiquette, interview readiness skills, and how to communicate in their new work environments.

The local businesses gave presenations about what to expect during the initial interview process with a potential new employer. Each of the seven students was able to immerse themselves in the complete process, and two were successful in acquiring gainful employement as a result of their simulated interviews with the area businesses.

The type of connections gained from this type of program are integral to the success of the students participating, officials said, because they are able to establish real world relationships with potential employers within their own community.

As CNAs are in high demand, the ICCC staff members said they feel confident they are providing their students with the employable skills necessary to make it in the workforce after IET course completion.

ICCC will be offering a similar class in January or Februrary.