MEDFORD, Ore.--- The Medford School District (MSD) has partnered with Rogue Community College (RCC) for a nurse's assistant program for high school students.
The Career and College Readiness Coordinator for MSD, Hal Jones said this is what the school calls "a pathways initiative" as part of its Career and Technical Education (CTE).
Through this program students from North and South Medford High School who have spent the last two or three years taking a deeper dive into health career pathway will graduate with a certification to become a nurse's assistant right after school.
"It's the fulfillment of our promise to them to help them become career and life ready, and to immediately do something that contributes to their own lives, to their career aspirations," Jones said.
Jones said this will also give students a head start if they decide to go to a two or four year college to further their education in the medical field.
To give students a real-world experience, there is a simulation lab at the South Medford High School where student will meet with the teacher, Debbie Warren for hands-on experience while follow COVID guidelines.
Warren said students have multiple steps to go through before getting their certification. The program starts with practice with her for a written test. Once student pass it they will learn to perfect 23 CNA skills. Student will have an opportunity to do skill labs with RCC nurses before spending 10 days getting real-world practice at a long-term care facility.
“There’s positions waiting for them,” Warren said. “They could work in a clinic, a doctor's office. They're so excited that we've got this cadre of kids ready to come out.”
The Medford School District said all fees associated with the program are being covered through the Measure 98 grant, also called the High School Success grant.