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CCISD 2012-2013 Press Release

CCISD Students Take the First Step toward a Nursing Career

The decision of what to do after graduation can be a difficult one, but one group of Clear Creek ISD students have already taken the first steps on the path to their future occupations. More than forty students recently completed the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program which prepares them for a career in the healthcare industry.

Qualified students from all high schools in CCISD can enroll in the CNA Program, located at Clear View High School. Participants begin by taking courses in ethical and legal responsibilities, client care, safety, first aid and CPR. Students then complete clinical rotations at Regency Village Nursing Home where they provide hands-on care to the facility’s residents. This real-world experience is vital to the success of the students not only in their classes, but in their future endeavors as well. “Students learn to communicate directly with residents who rely on their help and also professionally with their instructors and the healthcare staff,” said Wanda Herfarth, R.N., CNA program director. “These skills are actual life lessons applicable to any future career.”

It’s not only the administrators that see the value of the program. “This class definitely helped me realize that this [healthcare] is what I want to do for the rest of my life and that there is nothing else I could possibly ever want to do besides help others,” said Rocquelle Mitchell, 2015 graduate of the CNA Program. “I am truly grateful for everything this program has done for me both physically and emotionally and I know this experience will be with me for the rest of my life.”

Other students expressed similar sentiments. “This program has shaped me into a person I am proud to be and I am confident in my decision to further my nursing education after I graduate,” said Lizzy Abrey, 2015 CNA Program graduate. CCISD’s Certified Nursing Program not only gives students real-world experience in their chosen field, it also equips them with the skills to be successful.

As family, friends and administrators watched the 2015 graduates of the CNA Program walk across the stage at the official pinning ceremony that marks the completion of the program, those involved reflected on the progress of the students. “The most rewarding part of working with CNA students is having the opportunity to witness their growth as healthcare providers and as compassionate human beings,” Herfarth said. “It is an exciting and rewarding experience as a teacher to be a part of their personal and professional development.”

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