Pilot program in Benton Harbor equipping students


A program in Benton Harbor is providing helping hands in medical and nursing centers.

Junethea Williams, 22, of Benton Harbor, is one of nine students graduating from a Certified Nursing Assistant program through Michigan Career and Technical Institute - 37 have graduated since 2012.

Most of the participants are single parents who receive some form of government assistance. Program manager Rommel Johnson says the training is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, to give students a chance at a better job.

"This program allows them to get training so they can go and make sometimes up to $15 an hour," said Johnson.

He says 70 percent of graduates still have a job. Count Williams is among them. She hopes her 2-year-old-son, Carson, is proud.

"So, by me going ahead and finishing this, I can tell him that, you know, you can do whatever you want to do and I'm 100 percent behind you," said Williams.

Organizers say the CNA program has a waiting list of more than 100 individuals.

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