Cranston – Early Thursday evening Senator Reed visited Education (CTE) Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at the Cranston Career and Tech Center. He went to learn about the program, which is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30, from Gayle Dzekevich, Director of Adult and Vocational Education for the Cranston Public Schools.
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Reed helped include $582 million for Adult Education State Grants to support basic literacy, GED, and English as a Second Language programs for adult learners in the fiscal year 2017 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-H) Appropriations bill.
Senator Reed spoke to the students encouraging them to continue with their education in Certified Nursing Assistant since in reality the field is just going to continue to grow. People get older and are living longer so the demand will be there. RIDE’S Commissioner and the staff have refocus education in this field because of the demand that exist at this time.