October 14, 2023

By Janice Phelan
Communications and Marketing University of Central Missouri-Missouri Innovation Campus

Graduates of two University of Central Missouri certificate programs were recognized at a Sept. 20 ceremony at UCM’s Lee’s Summit campus. Through these programs, adult learners earn industry-recognized certifications and are prepared for careers in the growing healthcare field.

CNA graduates from the course starting in June include (front) Thoshaniq Herriford, (back row, from left) Roshane Gravely, Aleysia Roston, Tywanna Solivan, instructor Sandra Schmid, Aaliyah Kimber, Janet Pleasant, DeAira Walker and Keyera Granger

At the ceremony, graduates of UCM’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Certified Medication Technician (CMT) programs were honored after completing both classroom work and clinicals. The CMT students started their program in July. The CNA graduates were enrolled in sessions beginning in June.

CNA graduates from a second course beginning in June include (from left) Janet Morales, Sandy Civil, Brittany Doss, instructor Sandra Schmind, Ariyah Williams and LaToya Elliott

Thanks to collaborations with the community funding partners, qualifying students are eligible for scholarships for these courses as well as several other UCM workforce programs.

Certified Medication Technician graduates include (front row, from left) Jack Embrey, Lana Taylor, RaJon Robinson and Marcus Robinson. Instructor Sandra Schmid is in the back row

Both programs operate out of UCM’s Center for Workforce and Professional Education, located at the Lee’s Summit campus. Most courses can be completed in approximately two to three months, depending on how many classes are offered during each week.

At the ceremony, the CNA and CMT graduates were encouraged to continue their education and advance in their careers. UCM offers undergraduate nursing programs which include the traditional BSN program as well as an online RN to BSN option. Graduate nursing programs are also available.

DeAira Walker, a September CNA graduate, said she was well prepared for the Certified Nursing Assistant exam through the certificate course.

“UCM’s CNA program taught me the skills and basics that apply to many different healthcare settings,” added Walker, who currently works at Ascension Living in Overland Park, Kan. “Because of UCM’s CNA program, I am now a certified nursing assistant and I have work opportunities that I wouldn’t have otherwise.”

To learn more about UCM’s workforce certificate programs, visit this webpage. Interested adult learners are also invited to discuss their career goals via a one-on-one chat with Clarinda Dir, UCM workforce expert, by registering here.

UCM offers classes at campuses in Warrensburg and Lee’s Summit as well as online.