Opportunities Industrialization Centers D.C. Celebrates its Home Health Aide Graduates

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On Friday, March 18, 2011, OIC/DC held its 2nd Home Health Aide graduation ceremony at the National Children’s Center, Incorporated, located at 3400 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE, from 7 – 9 p.m.  The graduates were joined by OIC/DC staff and Out-of-School Youth participants, who served as host and hostesses.  Ward 5 Councilmember, the Honorable Harry Thomas, Jr. brought inspiring greetings to the graduates.

The graduates processed in to Pomp and Circumstance.  President/CEO, F. Alexis H. Roberson, extended heartfelt greetings on behalf of OIC/DC’s Board Chair, Rev. Dr. Carlton W. Veazey.  OIC/DC’s Executive Assistant, Latese Barksdale, provided the invocation and the Mistress of Ceremony for the evening was OIC/DC’s Accountant, Miriamm Wright, who also sang a riveting tribute to the graduates, “I Believe I Can Fly”, acknowledging their numerous accomplishments.  The Charge to the Graduates was delivered by OIC/DC Home Health Aide alumni graduate, Class of 2010, Rashid Ali, who encouraged the graduates to walk in the footsteps of the first class of eighteen, all of whom passed the national Home Health Aide certification and all of whom but one are working, as health care professionals in the District of Columbia.  She also reminded the graduates of the impact they can make on their clients by walking into a room and sharing a smile, assisting them with taking care of themselves and aiding them in becoming more self sufficient.

Following Ms. Ali’s charge, the graduates repeated the class creed, the Home Health Aide Instructors, Kanetra Childs and Abraham Morris, announced the two honor students, Rongi Sampson and Sakeenah Turner, and the Passing of the Light ceremony took place in which each graduate was pinned by the instructors with their Home Health Aide completion pin.

The ceremony concluded with the presentation of graduates by DyAnne Horner Little, OIC/DC’s Director of Adult Programs, who acknowledged the overall accomplishments of the class, stating that all fifteen students had passed the national home health aide certification and 12  have already been placed in full-time positions.  Their OIC/DC Home Health Aide completion certificates and their Home Care University national certificates were presented along with a photo op with OIC/DC’s staff.

Closing remarks were made by Ms. Roberson, at which time she again acknowledged the many friends and family members in attendance, and ANC Commissioner, the Honorable Mary Cutbreath, past ANC Commissioner, O.V. Johnson, community leader Phil Purnell, and Gloria Richardson, Joye Assisted Living owner, where the graduates experienced their Home Health Aide Externship.  The graduating activities ended with a sumptuous celebratory dinner.

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