LEWISTON — Ten local area students graduated as certified nursing aides on Aug. 3 from Mount Saint Joseph’s Residence and Rehabilitation facility in Waterville.

The graduates include Kellie Bourgon, Atisha Morse, Collen Brewer, Diane Hatch, Halie Michaud, Deborah Rowe-Warger, Ashlynn Libby, Melissa Lawler, Cherelle Pomeroy and Laura Moshier.

The event celebrated the completion of the collaborative partnerships among RSU 54 Community & Adult Education, the Skowhegan and Lewiston CareerCenters, and Western Maine Community Action. Candidates successfully completed three weeks of a Ready2Work program through RSU 54 and 10 weeks of classroom/clinical training at Mount Saint Joseph’s to meet 180 hours required.

On-the-Job Training Program funding was provided by the CareerCenters. OJT is an incentive based program reimbursing 50 percent of a trainee’s wages during the duration of the program providing students the knowledge and skills essential to a specific job sector.