Bettendorf Community School District invites the public to a ribbon cutting and unveiling of a new health sciences program classroom and certified practical nurse (CNA) laboratory on Wednesday, January 12 at 12:30 p.m.
The event will start at Bettendorf High School Commons (3333 18th St.) and continue with a tour of the new classroom and lab, and light refreshments.
The vocational and technical training program in health sciences of Bettendorf High School will offer students the opportunity to explore health-related careers and connect their skills to industry needs, according to a statement released by the district on Tuesday.
By completing the CNA program, students will be eligible to take the state certification exam. Once they pass this certification, they will be able to apply at local hospitals, senior residences, doctor’s offices, etc., according to the release.
“This premier opportunity for students at Bettendorf High School supports access to future employment opportunities, lays the foundation for continuing education and helps fill the skills gap our community currently faces with employees at health, ”the district said.
The new lab and classroom feature four convenient patient care stations, providing students with a supreme experience. This will give students the most realistic preparation to improve their skills for future employment in the field, the statement said.
The program was made possible by more than $ 34,500 in grants from the Scott County Regional Authority (SCRA) and a federal Perkins grant supporting vocational and technical training programs.