Nursing Assistant CTE Program at CCCS
Are you a student interested in a career in the rapidly-growing field of health care? CCCS offers a CTE (Career Technical Education) Nursing Assistant pathway! This pathway prepares and qualifies students to work in a home health care setting or to work in a senior care facility such as Eskaton. Our graduates are in very high demand with employers in these fields.
Entry-level training can lead to advanced Health Care Degrees
Some students already know they want to attend college for an advanced health care degree, such as a program leading to a Registered Nurse (RN) designation. These programs are highly competetive to get into! Students completing the Nursing Assistant CTE pathway will gain knowledge and experience that will give them an advantage when applying to these programs. Many students appreciate the opportunity to start learning about the field of health care while still in high school.
Health Care Lab
We’re especially proud of our amazing lab where students can come in and learn and practice skills. One part of the lab has the more advanced equipment you might find in a hospital or skilled nursing facility, such as a hoyer lift (a powered lift that allows patients with limited mobility to transfer between a bed and a chair or standing). We also have a section of the lab that is like an apartment. This section provides an area for training in home heath care skills, and includes equipment such as a walker and a wheelchair.
Dementia Awareness Certificate
Students in the program also have an opportunity to obtain a valuable “dementia awareness” certificate that is very desirable to have when seeking employment. CCCS has partnered with Laura Wayman, a national expert on Dementia, to offer this special opportunity.
A Student’s Thoughts
Nursing Assistant student Mileah Lopez says that the dementia awareness part of the program is her favorite. “My great aunt has dementia,” Mileah said, “so it’s easy to resonate with it.” Mileah enjoys and is excelling in the program. We asked her for tips on how to be successful, and she said it’s very doable if you can focus: “it helps when it is something you really want to do in life and you have a drive for it.” Mileah has this drive! She wants to go into a health care career and knew the opportunity to participate in the CCCS program would benefit her in the future. She is showing great promise in the class, and we look forward to seeing where her career will take her!
Part of what makes the class a success is the talented team of educators guiding, teaching, training, and mentoring our students. We are fortunate to have a very dedicated professional, Lenore DeLeon, who is a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). She is very experienced, with a background in many key areas including dementia, stroke recovery, and hospice, and was a trainer for her former employer.
The Nursing Assistant CTE Program was developed by CCCS teacher Norma Chadwell, in partnership with Principal Jon Campbell. Mrs. Chadwell started her career working in both human and animal medicine, and science has been a life-long passion for her. The opportunity to combine teaching with developing CTE programs in the sciences combines both of her passions! Mrs. Chadwell’s hope for the Nursing Assistant Program is that “students will get an introduction to the health care industry, become excited about working in the field, and leave the program prepared to start out in a health care career, with the tools to succeed and the belief in themselves they can pursue a career in health care.”
Interested in a Career in Health Care?
If you are interested in the Nursing Assistant CTE Pathway at CCCS, please contact us! You can use the “enroll now” form on the right-hand margin of this page to get more information.
This is the first of a two-part series on our CTE programs in the sciences. Check back in two weeks, when we will be featuring our Animal Science program!
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