CNA Schools NW closure coverage helps teacher find new job



Posted on January 17, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 8:12 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--A nursing assistant’s school in Spokane abruptly closed in January and teachers were in need of work and now one teacher is already heading back to work at a new job. Students and instructors never heard from the owner when the school closed.

Staff at another school looking to certify nursing assistants contacted KREM 2 News to put them in touch with one of the instructors at CNA Schools Northwest. They said they hope they can help some of the students looking to finish their training.

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Professional Home Care Training Center opened in November and was in the process of becoming a school for nursing assistants in January.

"We had a really hard time finding qualified staff that could provide that, we needed an RN and through your story we were able to do that,” said school training coordinator Jenny Gossman.

Gossman said her and fellow employees saw KREM 2 News’ story about CNA Schools Northwest closing and instructor Joy Shaw losing her job. Gossman asked the station to connect her with Shaw.

"I was a little shocked and appalled at what was transpiring. I also really looked at it as an opportunity,” said Shaw.

Shaw said she worried she would not find another chance to teach in Spokane.
"I was hoping that your story would result in this, it was kind of a 'I hope somebody sees this and calls me,” said Shaw.

Shaw is now looking to help some of her former students. Once Professional Home Care Training Center is approved by the state, they may even work with some of her students who never finished at her old school.

The center hopes to get the state credentials they need for a CNA program in the next few months.