The Beginning of Gateway Achievement

Laura Palenkas is the owner of Senior Helpers, a business focused on supporting elderly individuals so they can safely age in place where they are the most comfortable and happy. Her team works in private homes, hospitals and long term care facilities to provide those services. Every day she experiences the ongoing need for CNA’s and that drove her to open Gateway Achievement to better support the community with more certified nursing assistants.


Quality Standards

We work on strict standards that we live and work by to provide high-quality service. Our goal for every class is a 100% pass rate with eager-to-learn students. We then help place our students to further their careers.

Easily Accessible

GATEWAY improves the community by offering easy access classes that work around the students’ schedules and needs. These students go on to benefit the non medical and medical field in the community.


Anyone Can Learn

You can attend the program regardless of the financial and time limitations. We have created a program that allows you to learn at your speed and convenience.

Meet the instructors

Sara Hannon

Sara Hannon, LPN

Instructor Knoxville

Beth Ford

Beth Ford, BSN, RN, MS

Institutional Director
Ben Shaver

Ben Shaver, BSN, RN

Instructor Madisonville/South