Siskin Hospital’s Darlene Jenkins Is Chattanooga’s First Certified Employment Support Professional

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Darlene Jenkins
Darlene Jenkins

Siskin Hospital announced that Darlene Jenkins is now a certified employment support professional.

The Employment Support Professional Certification Council administers the exam. The tested content areas consist of Core Values, Assessment, Job Development, Job Training, and Ongoing Support categories. Ms. Jenkins is the first person in the greater Chattanooga area to have passed the CESP examination.

According to The University of Tennessee’s Center for Literacy, Education, and Employment and the TN DHS/Division of Rehabilitation Services, the CESP program is the first in the nation to create national guidelines to validate and support training currently provided in the field. Unlike training programs that provide a certificate of completion, the CESP exam tests a candidate’s ability to apply the training in real world examples. National standards ensure professionals across the country are using cutting edge service delivery, design, and ethics. 

Created by subject matter experts and leaders in the field of disability employment, the CESP exam seeks to define the benchmarks for knowledge and competency in the field. The CESP Certification increases the visibility of competent professionals, helps consumers connect with professionals they can trust, and creates a standard that defines the roles and responsibilities of employment support professionals. Additionally, the certification helps to improve employability and provide opportunities for career advancement, while legitimizing and enhancing professionalism in the field, said officials. 

Ms. Jenkins has over 30 years of work experience in employment and training with the economically disadvantaged and disabled population, with 17 years of service at Siskin Hospital. Ms. Jenkins currently works in the Vocational Services Department, where she specializes in serving clients who participate in the Community Re-Entry Services and the Pre-Vocational Skills Training programs. These programs provide treatment that leads to paid employment and independent living skills for clients with a brain injury or other neurological impairments who are ready to enter the competitive workforce and the community. Additionally, Ms. Jenkins works in the Supported Employment Program and provides Vocational Evaluations at Siskin Hospital.

Ms. Jenkins has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She is a certified lift-test evaluator, serves on the POSitively Caring Committee, works with the Driving Evaluation Program, and the TDOT Yellow Dot Program. She was also recently named a board member for the Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association.


Richard Ervin Named Executive Director Of Life Care Center Of Ooltewah

Life Care Center of Ooltewah is welcoming a new executive director, Richard Ervin.  “Richard has years of experience in long-term health care,” said Carolyn Freeman, vice president of parent company Life Care Centers of America’s Cumberland Region. “He’s dedicated to serving our customers.”  Mr. Ervin comes to Life Care Center of Ooltewah from Holston Manor in Kingsport, ... (click for more)

Gregory Sutton Joins Tennessee Oncology

Tennessee Oncology  announced the arrival of Dr. Gregory Sutton, a medical oncologist who cares for patients at Tennessee Oncology Chattanooga’s Medical Park II location at 2200 East Third St. in Suite 100. “Dr. Sutton is a great addition to our growing network of physicians committed to caring for cancer patients within their community and close to their home,” said ... (click for more)

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors Establishes Chattanooga Facility To Support Volkswagen

Automotive interior parts manufacturer  Yanfeng Automotive Interiors  will locate a new manufacturing facility in Chattanooga to support Volkswagen. This represents an investment of  $55  million. The company will create 325 jobs by the time it starts production in late 2016. The company will supply interior components, including floor consoles, instrument ... (click for more)

Bradley County Commission Rejects 10-Cent Tax Rise For Lake Forest MS; Firefighters Get $3,000 Raise

With a small crowd of demonstrators sitting in the back of the room with signs that read, “Vote no on property tax increase,” the Bradley County Commission on Monday night finally rejected a proposed 10-cent property tax increase that would have added funds to the construction of a new academic building at Lake Forest Middle School.   Funding for renovations at ... (click for more)

Why Chattanooga Should Stop Granting Apartment Complex PILOTs

A new report indicates why Chattanooga and Hamilton County officials do not need to extend PILOTs to apartment complex developers. Demand is high, therefore developers will continue to build to meet the demand without PILOTs. What is truly needed in the Chattanooga metroplex is low-income affordable housing. “Homeownership Drops to Lowest Level in Decades” ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Gun Control? Accuracy!

When President Barack Obama responded to the tragic killing of nine people who were worshiping at their beloved Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., last month, he immediately blamed the gun, saying, “We don't have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hand on ... (click for more)