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Soddy-Daisy Healthcare offers free CNA training

For those looking for a career as a certified nursing assistant, Soddy-Daisy Healthcare offers a free CNA education program to the community.

“We feel like it’s a good outreach,” said Administrator Wallace Stutts. “[CNAs] are a huge backbone to the company, and it’s always good to get new individuals in the door. Some people don’t always have the opportunity to get their feet in the door.”

Participants in the three-week program attend classes five days a week for eight hours per day.

A new class is held every two to three weeks, with the next starting Aug 4.

Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. Criteria for admission include legal residency in the United States, the ability to pass a background check and drug screening, and the willingness to provide care for residents, said Stutts.

Applications are available online at grace.vikus.net/app as well as at Soddy-Daisy Healthcare.

He said most participants are hired at Soddy-Daisy Healthcare once they complete the course.

“We try to interview them at the end of the class to try to meet the needs of the facility and give them some experience at the same time,” said Stutts.

He said the family-style atmosphere at Soddy-Daisy Healthcare sets the facility apart.

“It takes a community to run Soddy-Daisy, and the CNA program is a very important part of that,” said Stutts. “At the same time it gives back to a community that’s given so much.”

Since Soddy-Daisy Healthcare resumed its CNA program 18 months ago, it has graduated 55 students in seven classes, said Stutts.

One of its most recent graduates is Marissa Elrod, who has now been working at Soddy-Daisy Healthcare for two weeks. Her mother works at the facility as well, which is how she found out about the program.

She said it was the only free program she looked at, while others ranged in cost from $600-$700 without financial aid. Elrod said she chose Soddy-Daisy Healthcare because of the atmosphere.

“There’s not a lot of drama,” she said. “There’s lots of teamwork, and you don’t ever feel like you’re by yourself.”

Elrod said she would recommend the program for others because of the teaching style.

“It was the perfect mix of book work and practicing skills hands on,” she said.

Soddy-Daisy Healthcare is at 701 Sequoyah Road and can be reached at 332-0060.