Two or More Job Offers Await Each Certified Nursing Assistant Student Completing Classes at JWCC this Summer


The only worry students in John Wood Community College’s summer Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class have is choosing which job offer is best for them.

 Seven students will complete their last day of class tomorrow and each one has two or more job offers from area nursing homes and healthcare facilities. CNAs can make $17 or more with shift differentials and continue to be in high demand as the area’s population ages.

 “CNAs are the heart of healthcare and I’m proud of how hard our students work and how much they care about being part of residents’ lives when they need them most,” Kim Straube, RN, BSN,CDP, JWCC CNA program instructor shared. “Our goal is to continue to educate even more high-quality graduates to meet the community’s need.”

 Straube shared that JWCC has increased its capacity to provide instruction to more students pursuing CNA as a career.  The College recently added a two–week recertification course for individuals who were working as CNAs but who have not recently served in that capacity. 

 JWCC offers eight week CNA certification classes in fall, spring and summer semesters.  The next class begins August 19. The two-week recertification courses are offered twice per semester in fall and spring.

 “We re ready to serve more students and the community could use double the amount in each of our graduating classes,” Straube shared.

 Students may access various forms of financial assistance based on their income and requirements set by funders.  Some students may qualify for funding from Two Rivers Regional Council, the JWCC Foundation or state and federal sources.

 Individuals interested in CNA courses may contact the JWCC Health Sciences Department at 217.641.4551 or email Straube at

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

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