Rudman Nurse Aide Program at Community College of Philadelphia Produces 15 New Graduates

PHILADELPHIA, February 6, 2012 — “You have helped us to become rays of sunshine in the lives of very worthy people,”  Bakiir James, one of 15 trainees who recently celebrated their successful completion of the Rudman Nurse Aide Program at Community College of Philadelphia,  told philanthropists Kal and Lucille Rudman.

The couple, through the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation, contributed $13,585 to provide tuition, books, supplies and the State Board exam fees for the trainees. Over the past three years, the Rudmans have donated a total of $53,001 to the Nurse Aide Program. The latest graduates join 35 others who have completed the program.

The Rudmans were inspired to begin sponsoring the Nurse Aide program after Lucille Rudman’s difficulty in finding a well-trained certified nurse aide to care for her mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Eventually, the Rudmans found a nurse aide who put their mind at ease and helped care for her mother until her death. “She was a wonderful woman and soon became like a member of our family,” Lucille Rudman said. “So, I know there is a crying need out there for more people like her.”

The Rudman Nurse Aide Program provides scholarships for up to 20 students a year. After a condensed nine-week course, which includes classroom lecture, lab skills and clinical practicum, students will be prepared to sit for the State Board exam. Certified graduates can pursue employment in long-term care facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes.

In accepting a bouquet of roses from the grateful students, Mrs. Rudman told the graduates: “You are going to do a world of good and for that we thank you.”The Rudman Foundation also provides scholarships for Philadelphia police officers who attend the College. Since 2002, the Rudman Foundation has provided 376 police officer students with grants totaling $146,743.