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About Caregiver Training Institute


Transforming lives through healthcare education


To be the leader in Healthcare Education by elevating standards in training, inspiring excellence in our students and positively impacting our community.

Some History

In 1999, leaders of local long-term care organizations met to discuss employment issues. Major concern included high caregiver turnover, high cost of training and recruiting, and decreasing numbers of those interested in becoming caregivers.

The group decided to pool resources and found an organization dedicated to training and mentoring caregivers. The Direct Caregiver Association was formed in December 2000 as a nonprofit Arizona corporation.

The board of directors included founder and president Judy Clinco, owner of Catalina In-Home Services for the Aging; Secretary Fran Donnellan, executive director of Atria Campana del Rio retirement community, and Treasurer J. Michale Haubert, CPA. Other board member represent the caregiver community, those serving the caregiver industry, and consumers.

Five charter members contributed a total of $18,000 for start-up costs and initial operation. Office space is donated. Direct Caregivers collects dues from members who are caregiving and sponsoring organization.

For over 18 years, CareGiver Training Institute, a non-profit organization, has educated individuals who are our commitment to providing quality and compassionate care. CGTI’s Certified Nursing Assistants and Caregiver graduates are working every day to improve the quality of life for seniors, the chronically ill and individuals with disabilities. We make a difference!

Who We Are

The CareGiver Training Institute is a private nonprofit training school offering post-secondary educational programs for Certified Nursing Assistants and Certified Caregivers. We have been providing these services to the community since 2003 with a mission to recruit educate and develop men and women who will provide quality care for our elderly and individuals with disabilities. We have educated over 2200 students and have touched the lives of over 250,000 people in need since our inception. Students graduate from CGTI immediately employable, having completed a key stepping-stone towards more advanced or other technical degrees.