ANCHORAGE, AK – Southcentral Foundation celebrated the graduation of the inaugural class of SCF’s Certified Medical Assistants Students Scholarship Program.
A ceremony was held yesterday at the Nuka Learning and Wellness Center for the first two graduates, Oswaldo Quinoveva and Shannon Cusma.
The program, aimed at increasing the percentage of Alaska Native and American Indian people in clinical positions, was created through a pilot partnership program between SCF and Alaska Career College.
“Southcentral Foundation believes in growing our own and now we are proud to announce our first two CMA graduates” SCF President/CEO Dr. Katherine Gottlieb said in a press release.
SCF created the pilot program to provide training to address the gap in skilled nursing assistants. To complete their training, Quinoveva and Cusma split their time shadowing on-site at SCF with CMA supervisors and training with the Development Center; to gain on-the-job training, the graduates also completed rotations at various SCF clinics.
The 9-month program will be offered again at the beginning of February of 2017.
Southcentral Foundation is an Alaska Native-owned, nonprofit health care organization. Managing more than 80 healthcare programs and services; it serves 65,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people in Anchorage, Mat-Su Borough and 55 rural villages in the Anchorage Service Unit.