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Puyallup School District partners with Clover Park Technical College
Puyallup School District partners with Clover Park Technical College
Posted on 05/24/2018

An exciting new partnership between the Puyallup School District and Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) will give high school students a new way to enter the medical field.

The two entities are working collaboratively on a Nursing Assistant Certificate Program, more commonly known as a CNA program. The program will be available at all three of Puyallup’s comprehensive high schools: Emerald Ridge, Puyallup, and Rogers. It will consist of embedded classroom training along with local clinical hands-on experience.

The year long program will be in two period blocks. During the first semester students will be in the classroom taught by qualified instructional staff. The following semester students will be receiving hands-on experience at several local healthcare sites. Girls practicing

“There is a significant need of people in the nursing field. This will help encourage our students to take this path and provide them the opportunity for good employment opportunities. This will open doors to students who never thought they could work in this industry.”

-Director of Career and Technology (CTE) Maija Thiel

The CNA program has been in the works for several years. The success of this program was the result of the partnership with CPTC and working closely with the Nursing Commission, Department of Health, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Currently, high school students in Clover Park School District and Pierce County Skills Center are taking advantage of the program. Beginning in the fall of 2018, Puyallup students will have the same opportunity.

Class in hospital roomStudents who complete the training will graduate with a Nursing Assistant Certificate, the ability to earn a family wage, work connections, and the opportunity to advance their carrier through further education.

CPTC has been providing training in the nursing field for over 55 years. Students are equipped with the knowledge and skill to begin careers as a nursing assistant and continue their education to become a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse. Additionally, CPTC offers pre-nursing courses to prepare students for transfer to four-year programs to earn a bachelor’s degree.

CTE prepares students for access to meaningful post-secondary opportunities in a highly competitive, global economy.  The district’s CTE program is responsible for supporting student college and career readiness through real world, real life skills requiring both academics and training.

Puyallup’s CTE vision statements reads, “We are committed to ensuring each student obtains essential skills necessary to succeed in a career that provides them with a sustainable living family wage by:

     - Delivering engaging hands-on courses that are relevant to today's workplace
     - Upholding rigorous industry and academic standard
     - Partnering with community business and industry leaders for mentorship and vision
     - Inspiring and preparing students to set and pursue fulfilling career goals.”

The Puyallup School District connects all students in Career and Technical Education courses with practice and growth in the technical and leadership skills necessary to excel in meaningful post-secondary educational opportunities and life.

“We want to assist in every way we can. We are excited about the partnership and just want to serve this area in new and innovative ways. We are so thankful to have a good partner with Superintendent Yeomans and Director Maija Thiel.”

-CPTU President Dr. Joyce Loveday