The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is pleased to announce the 1st Certified Nursing Assistant Youth Apprenticeship Commencement Ceremony, Thursday, June 30, 2011.  In this ceremony, 10 students were awarded certificates stating they had completed the CNA program and were ready to take the state CNA License exam.  As part of the apprenticeship program, the National Apprenticeship Training Foundation (NATF) paid for instruction, supplies, books, and exam fees for the 10 members of the class, which was a pilot program for NATF and UACCH. 

At UACCH, all but one of the students were high school seniors.  UACCH Chancellor Chris Thomason spoke to the group during the ceremony and congratulated them for completing “this portion of the journey.”  He encouraged each of them to make the most of this opportunity and education.  Thomason challenged the graduates by saying, “Some of you will use this certification to enter the workforce, while others of you will take completion of the Certified Nursing Assistant program as a starting point to further your education to higher levels.  The UACCH family commends you for your success and your commitment to the program and looks forward to continuing to be a resource for you.”

For more information about the UACCH Certified Nursing Assistant Youth Apprenticeship, visit the college website at or contact Jolane Cook at 870-777-5722. 


Pictured Left to Right: UACCH Nursing Instructor, Cyndi Graham; Jasmine Hale; Katelyn Horton; Karely Ramirez; Megan Honeyman; UACCH Chancellor, Chris Thomason; NATF President, Karen Breashears; Christin Cassin; Alyssa Anderson; Jessica Ugarte; Britney Guillot; Denishea Gulley; and UACCH Nursing Instructor, Judy Carlyle.

CNA Apprenticeship Summer 2011