A partnership at Christel House DORS is giving adult high school students a pathway to a healthcare career through a certification program called CNA (Certified Nurse Aide.) “It was a really a great learning experience,” says Leslie Martin, who has launched her career as she prepares to graduate.
Wes Terrell, Christel House CTE (Career and Technical Education) and Dual Credit Director, says connecting with CNA is a great choice for students. “Career certification is an important part of the graduation pathway for DORS,” he says. “We have a lot of students that need career certifications – it’s valuable and completes a graduation requirement.” The school partners with Edna Martin Christian Center and Father’s Heart CNA Training Center, operated by Charise Dunlap. Dunlap started her career as a CNA, working her way up to become a registered nurse and eventually a CNA instructor. She teaches four and six-week CNA courses. The certification program includes classroom study, lab hours, and physical clinical hours at a nursing home – a total of 105 hours for each student. Dunlap tells her students you must have a heart to be a nurse’s aide and adds, “You will always have a job in healthcare.” For Leslie, she’s enjoying her new job and recommends the certification program. “It’s an awesome opportunity to further your education and career,” she says.