Local nonprofit provides annual scholarship for nursing assistants

Last month, the Healthcare Industry Professionals Serving Seniors of Winston-Salem (HIPSS) donated $2,000 for students interested in becoming certified nursing assistants.

“We are grateful to the Healthcare Industry Professionals Serving Seniors for this ongoing scholarship,” said Janet Spriggs, president of Forsyth Tech. “Through this assistance, our students will have opportunities to obtain careers paying sustainable wages, especially now when healthcare workers are vital to our community.”

To qualify, students must be a resident of Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin, Davie, Davidson, or Guilford counties and must be enrolled in the current semester. Funds will be allocated based on financial need and qualifications of the individual selected by the Forsyth Tech Scholarship Committee. The scholarship recipients must agree to work as a certified medical assistant for a minimum of one year.

“HIPSS is so pleased to be able to help with the training for certified nursing assistants. We sincerely hope to encourage more people to enter this very important and rewarding career. It is vital to the seniors we serve to have these compassionate professionals to provide care in their golden years of life,” said HIPSS President Cissy McCoy, administrator of Trinity Glen.

Forsyth Tech offers health education programs for Certified Nursing Assistant I and II, and offers refresher courses for both of these programs. For more information on the Nursing Assistant programs, current and prospective students may contact the Health Education Department at 336.734.7794 or by email at ewdhealtheducation@forsythtech.edu. These entry-level positions will allow you to begin a career that could lead, with further training and education, to greater levels of skill and responsibility. For more information on the scholarship, please contact Angela Cook, director of donor relations.

Healthcare Industry Professionals Serving Seniors (HIPSS) was formed in 2007 with a focus on improving communication between agencies serving seniors, educating their staff, and improving services across the board.

Ransomware attacks are on the rise. Here’s what that means for schools.

In late August, Haywood County Schools was hit with a ransomware attack on the first day that elementary students were set to begin online instruction. The hackers gained access to the district’s computer systems and demanded money for the return of sensitive data, shutting down remote instruction in the district for a full week.

Haywood County is not alone — the attack was one of five ransomware attacks on North Carolina school districts in 2020. For comparison, only one district, Columbus County Schools, was attacked from 2016 to 2019. These attacks also impact community colleges, county governments, and other entities. In July 2019, a cyber attack shut down Richmond Community College.

As many students across the state engage in some form of remote learning due to COVID-19, cybersecurity is more important than ever. What is a ransomware attack, and what can schools do to guard themselves against one? We turned to Forsyth Technical Community College for answers.

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