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Mother Lode Works Vol. 23

"Your source for employment news in the Mother Lode"

This week in Mother Lode Works...

  • Career Focus: Nursing Needs in the Region

  • Limited Spots Available for COVID Employment Recovery Grant

  • UI Claim Updates


Up to Date COVID-19 Information

- The official website for California COVID-19 updates and resources. - EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California.


Career Focus: Nursing Needs in the Region

Nationally there is a shortage of nurses and nursing assistants. In the Mother Lode, our need is even greater due to a combination of population demographics and our rural location. While there is a bottleneck at the nursing schools responsible for training Registered Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurses, training programs for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) are widely accessible and are accepting new students continuously. The entry level training to be a CNA can be obtained in just 8 weeks and is typically free or low cost due to solutions created by businesses and partnerships with education and workforce development in the region.

Hospitals and other care providers are paying about $8,000 more in the Mother Lode than the national median for CNAs.

The skills are changing – more emphasis is being placed on taking patients vital signs, clinical experience, and nursing care. Working as a CNA provides excellent hands-on experience that can be applied towards the training that is required to become a fully qualified nurse.

Nursing and Nursing Assistant Shortage in the Mother Lode

Top Skills Requested by Employers for CNAs:

  • Essential nursing skills

  • Basic life support

  • Activities of daily living (ADLs)

  • Blood Pressure

  • Vital Signs

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Clinical experience

  • Nursing Care

  • Personal Care

  • Respiration

  • Patient Hydration

  • Caregiving

  • Long term care

Consider starting a career in nursing today!

Training is available in the region with the following providers:

  • Avalon

  • Adventist Health Sonora

  • Columbia College

Mother Lode Job Training has workforce professionals available to help connect you with training providers. You may be eligible for scholarships, support services and employment placement services to ensure successful completion of these programs. Contact us today if you want to learn more about pursuing a career in Healthcare!

Visit for information on CNAs and a spotlight career video.


Limited Spots Available for COVID Employment Recovery Grant

Mother Lode Job Training has been granted an extension on the Covid-19 Employment Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant. 18 slots are open to assist those that have lost employment due to Covid-19. You may be eligible for services listed below, as well as Support Services that are available to assist participants in overcoming barriers to employment. We strive to enhance and highlight the skills that the participant has and boost employability. Act now! Contact your local Mother Lode Job Training Center for more information.

You may be eligible for the following FREE services:

  • Career Assessments

  • Career Exploration

  • Job Search

  • Vocational Training

  • On-the-Job Training

  • Training Related Expenses

Eligibility for Services

  • Workers who were laid off as a result of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID) Pandemic

Individuals that were self-employed and or have been unemployed due to vaccination preference are not eligible for this grant


UI Claim Updates See the latest number of claims filed below:

You can also find this information and more on the EDD site at:


For more information, contact your local Mother Lode Job Training job center:

Amador Center Manager: Annette, Email:, Phone: (209) 223-3341 Calaveras Center Manager: Annette, Email:, Phone: (209) 754-4242

Mariposa Center Manager: Sarah, Email:, Phone: (209) 966-3643 Tuolumne Center Manager : Lindsay, Email:, Phone: (209) 588-1150 Mother Lode Job Training is a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act(WIOA) Title I-financially assisted program and Equal Opportunity Employer; CRS 711 (TTY) Auxiliary aides & services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Mother Lode Job Training is a proud partner of the America's Job Center of California network.

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