Recently, nine students graduated from Northern Light AR Gould Hospital's second Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program.

This unique program provides free training and even employs students during the seven week training program.

For the second year, Northern Light AR Gould partnered with MSAD #42 Adult Education in Mars Hill in this unique training opportunity.

The hospital and its long-term and skilled nursing facility in Mars Hill have struggled to get the adequate number of CNAs needed for patient care. This need for more CNAs was the driving force in creating this distinctive program. Student were able to train at both AR Gould in Presque Isle and Northern Light Continuing Care in Mars Hill.

The nine graduates were:  Kylie Bouchey, Lisa Lorenzo, Valerie Munn, Randell Peterson and Shanae Reed, all of Presque Isle; Bobbi Jo Bernier of Westfield; Amanda Parenteau of Blaine; Nashali Parks of Mars Hill; and Stephanie Tilley of Masardis. Odette LaPointe, RN, lead instructor for the class, said “These nine individuals demonstrate all of the characteristics it takes to shine and thrive in healthcare.”

All nine graduates have been hired by Northern Light Health to work at either AR Gould Hospital or the Continuing Care facility in Mars Hill.