American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training program attract students across the Pee Dee

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) – People in the Pee Dee struggling with unemployment can now get job training in Florence in a field that’s in need of more workers.

“There’s so much support here and so much need here from the medical community, the long term care community and potential students themselves,” Martha Ray, coordinator of NAT said.

Neshia McCoy  is a student in the program who dedicates time to the class every week.

“I’ve been wanting to be a CAN, LPN, RN and this is the beginning, and this is a really good way to start,” McCoy said.

She says the program is an excellent opportunity for her to refresh her knowledge of the profession and prepare for her future

“This program put me in and its keeping me in. I feel blessed. I feel like family is here,” mentioned McCoy.

Ray says what sets this program apart is the amount of one-on-one time each student gets with the instructors.

“People are not a number to us. We’re not in this for the glory and the money and all of that,” explained Ray.

“They take their time with you and even though it’s just eight students in the class now, it seems like I’m the only student, because every day if I have a problem my teacher stops,” McCoy said.

McCoy is optimistic she will be able to land a quality job after graduation and she’s glad it’s more than just a school

“Since I’ve been here it just seems like good luck, good luck school because I have found a home. I’ve found another job, actual jobs that are waiting on me to finish school, just because they said this is a good program,” McCoy explained.

The NAT program will last for 4 weeks, and will consist of 120 hours of training, as well as 40 hours of supervised clinical experience.

A high school diploma and/or GED are not required to enroll in the program and tutoring is available. Tuition assistance may also be available to those who qualify.

For more information call 843-799-4630 or email

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