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Since October 1, 1991, refugees from over thirty countries have resettled in the Commonwealth, representing diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. The Cumulative Arrival figures presented here include refugees per se, Cuban and Haitian entrants, Amerasian immigrants and Kurdish asylees initially resettled in Pennsylvania. Not included are other asylees, and refugees initially resettled in other states.
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Story republished with permission from Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Services of Harrisburg
Nine refugees from Bhutan, Cameroon, Gambia and Ivory Coast recently passed their certification test (100% pass rate) to become Nursing Assistants.
The CNA program is a short-term certificate program that prepares students to work in the healthcare industry as nursing and patient care assistants in local nursing homes and hospitals. This program is one of several short-term skills programs offered by Catholic Charities in Harrisburg designed to train individuals with the skills necessary to join the workforce as quickly as possible.
The program offered by Catholic Charities is part of the Greater Access to independence for Newcomers ( GAIN) Program funded through ORR Refugee Resettlement Program, in collaboration with TLC Institute. Catholic Charities seeks to assist refugees in accessing career training opportunities in the greater Harrisburg area.
This particular in-house training provided instruction and applied skill sessions which helped prepare our clients for the mandatory Certified Nursing Assistant State License Exam. Thanks to Catholic Charities efforts, nine more refugees have a chance to advance their careers in sustainable employment within the healthcare industry.
Congratulations to all for your stellar performance!