By James Moore
RALEIGH - Classic Training Academy opened its new home in North Raleigh in a dream come true for owner Patricia Mathis.
Mathis’ goal is to educate and train health care workers in North Carolina, which she has accomplished by becoming the first Black female-owned business that focuses on health care workers and training.
"It's taken us a long road to get here," Mathis said on May 12. "This is something that I've been trying to do for seven years, jotting down ideas on sticky notes and texting my team some ideas at 2 a.m."
Guest speakers included Barbara Pollard, MSN, the program's coordinator; Ebony Gorum, of Gorum Realty; District C representative Corey Branch; District A Rep. Mary Black; Stormie D. Forte, council-at-large; and Meghan Patton of District B.
Wake County EMS and the Wake County Sheriff's Office also were in attendance to express support.
"In today's fast-paced economy, we must equip our workforce with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, and that is where institutions like Classic Training Academy come in," Black said.
The Academy, at 8362 Six Forks Road, will offer several courses, including Nurse Aide I, Phlebotomy Technician, Medication Aide, Home Care Providing Training, Pharmacy Technician, CLIA Mobile Training, CPR Courses, Janitorial, and Medical Assistance. All courses are accredited through North Carolina Community Colleges.
"I've always had the goal to work hard now so I can enjoy everything later," said Mathis, a North Carolina Central alumna. "I'm just mostly excited to see this business and team grow.”
Mathis’ future goal is to expand the Academy into one of the largest corporations in Wake County.
For a list of classes and registration forms, visit www.classictrainingacademy.com.