A local education center will be offering new classes beginning next month.

John Jay Center for Learning announced recently that it will offer a certified nursing assistant course that will start April 5.

The courses are offered through Leffler Academy, a Gas City organization that offers programs in a variety of nursing disciplines. The academy will also administer the state exam at the conclusion of the course.

Classes are scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays in April. To register, call (765) 573-4614.

John Jay will also continue to offer ServSafe training once a month through June. Courses are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 28, April 25, May 23 and June 27.

The facility is located at 101 S. Meridian St., Portland. For more information on the programs, call (260) 729-5525.



EverHeart hires

EverHeart Hospice has hired Lois Lyons as an accounting specialist.

Lyons earned her associate’s degree in applied business in accounting from Wright State University’s Lake Campus.



SPJ moves

The Society of Professional Journalists and SPJ Foundation have moved from the 3909 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, building that had been their home for more than 21 years.

SPJ moved out of the building last month after its board of directors voted in November to sell the site. The Damien Center, Indiana’s oldest and largest AIDS service organization, purchased the building in January.

“Once COVID-19 hit and staff began working remotely — and mostly have continued to do so for two years now — it became clear that SPJ can conduct most of its business from anywhere in the country,” said SPJ executive director John Shertzer in a press release. “Both boards agreed that … now was the right time for SPJ to sell.”



Airport recognized

Airports Council International on Friday designated Indianapolis International Airport as one of the healthiest airports in North America.

The Indianapolis airport was re-certified for its Airport Health Accreditation for its compliance with health measures, cleaning procedures, staff protection and other mitigation measures taken during the coronavirus pandemic. The facility was one of the first in the nation to receive the original accreditation in 2020.

“This recertification is directly the achievement of our airport staff who have been unrelenting over the past two years in keeping our airport clean and healthy as we’ve weathered through the pandemic,” said Indianapolis Airport Authority executive director Mario Rodriguez in a press release. “Their diligence and commitment have ensured travelers have the cleanest experience in our facilities as possible.”



Lilly tops list

Eli Lilly’s diabetes drug Trulicity had the highest advertising spending of any pharmaceutical product in February, Fierce Pharma reported this week.

Trulicity, which also topped the list in January, had a $45.8 million advertising spend. Regeneron and Sanofi’s Dupixent was next on the list at $30 million, followed by Lilly’s breast cancer drug Verzenio.



CVS spends

CVS Health announced recently that it invested $185 million in affordable housing in 2021 in an effort to address affordable housing and health care services in underserved communities.

The investment will help to develop or rehabilitate more than 6,570 affordable housing units in 28 states and Washington, D.C.

“Our longstanding commitment to addressing housing insecurities in our communities is grounded in our purpose to bring our heart to every moment of health,” said CVS Health senior vice president and chief diversity officer David Casey in a press release. “Through our affordable housing investments and our work with local organizations to provide supportive services, we’re advancing health equity at the community level, helping people live healthier and creating positive change all around them.”



Subway improves

Subway announced last month that it had a record-setting year in 2021.

The restaurant chain exceeded its U.S. sales projections for the year by $1.4 billion and had its highest average unit volume since 2014. Its 16,000 locations saw a 7.5% increase in same-store sales.

"Subway’s 2021 sales results indicate we have the right team and strategy to bring our multi-year transformation journey to life," said John Chidsey, CEO of Subway, in a press release. "As we continue to evolve and build a better Subway, our priority remains working closely with our network of dedicated franchisees to help them grow their business and deliver a better food and better guest experience.”



NextEra meeting

NextEra Energy and NextEra Energy partners announced Monday that members of its senior management team will participate in investor meetings this month.

The company’s leaders plan to discuss long-term growth expectations.

NextEra owns and operates Bluff Point Wind Energy Center in Jay and Randolph counties.