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Students complete Nursing Assistant Certification
Students complete Nursing Assistant Certification class
Posted on 06/24/2019
Students complete Nursing Assistant Certification class

Students in the CTE Nursing Assistant Certification classes at Emerald Ridge, Puyallup, and Rogers high schools were honored for quite an accomplishment on June 12. A pinning ceremony was held to celebrate the successful completion of the Nursing Assistant Certification program.

Myra Griffin, Director of Nursing Programs at Clover Park Technical College attended each ceremony to hand out the pin, and CTE teachers Nicole Ratliff and Janet Jepsen congratulated the students and handed out certificates. A total of 21 students earned the pin this school year.

Puyallup and Emerald Ridge teacher Nicole Ratliff said “Think about how much you’ve grown. A lot of learning new things in life.” She used words like: Dignity, Respect, Patience, Helpful, Eager to learn to describe the students.

“All of these young people have stepped out of their comfort zone to build skills and we’re really proud of them. At the end of the day, it’s our goal to have a warm hand-off to whatever is next for these young people.”  CTE Teacher Nicole Ratliff

The NAC certification classes are divided into two parts. Classwork and lectures take place in the classroom during the first semester, and students are tested on 22 skills. Second semester involves lab practice followed by clinical work with patients under the supervision of instructors from Clover Park Technical College.

Also attending the pinning ceremonies were Puyallup School District CTE Director Maija Thiel, Emerald Ridge Principal Richard Lasso, Puyallup Principal David Sunich, Rogers Principal Jason Smith, and Sonja Purtteman, Kerri Delbridge, and Kandy Hernandez from Clover Park Technical College.

“It is critically important for us to recognize the amazing achievement of students as a result of the partnership between Puyallup School District, Clover Park Technical College, and Puyallup Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  These are the community partnerships which will launch our students directly into both careers and ongoing post-secondary education.” CTE Director Maija Thiel

Through Career and Technical Education courses, Puyallup junior high and high school students are exploring career pathways in Arts & Communications; Business & Marketing; Engineering & Technology; Health & Human Services; and Science & Natural Resources. Career pathways are tools to help them get where they want to go.