RCBH CNA graduates

Students who completed the Certified Nursing Assistant course from the Regional Center for Border Health received their certificates Aug. 27 at the BlueWater Resort & Casino. On hand for the occasion were (back row, from left) course instructor Barbara Schafer, RCBH Campus Administrator Lorena Zendejas, students Bobbi Fisher and Lisa Rodriguez, instructor Ortensia Yazzie, and Program Coordinator Claudia Gonzalez. Front row:  students Cheyenne Kowalski, Kaitlyn Venegas, Zoey Orden and Diana Santillan.

The Regional Center for Border Health’s College of Health Careers graduated another class of Certified Nursing Assistants Aug. 27. The students received their certificates at a ceremony at the BlueWater Resort & Casino.

Accepting their certificates were Bobbi Fisher, Cheyenne Kowalski, Zoey Orden, Lisa Rodriguez, Diana Santillan, and Kaitlyn Venegas. Two other students, Raven Bear Don’t Walk and Estefani Vargas, were not present at the ceremony.

The RCBH Certified Nursing Assistant program is a very intense course. It does in six weeks what most schools would do in a year’s time. It involves a lot of long hours and hard work.

The keynote speaker was Lauren Frashler, Youth Program Coordinator for Arizona@Work for Mohave and La Paz Counties. She said the graduation ceremony was the result of a lot of hard work and dedication.

“Your career can be anything you want it to be,” she said. “You’ve already shown what you can do.”

The class instructor, Barbara Schafer RN, spoke to the students and the audience. She said she remembered what it was like to be a student nurse. She said the students could never have completed the course without the support of their families, and she thanked the families for their support of the students.

Schafer said this could be the start of a career in the medical field for the students.

“What we celebrate today is a big step toward a better future,” she said.

Program Coordinator Claudia Gonzalez praised Schafer and Ortensia Yazzie, whom she called the heart and soul of the program. She praised the students for passing a very intense course.

“Don’t stop here,” she told the students. “Continue. We’re all proud of you.”

The Regional Center for Border Health’s office is located at 601 Riverside Drive in the Betty Hunter building. Their phone number is 928-669-6242.


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