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7 complete nurse aide program at VC Calhoun County Center

May 3, 2014 at 12:03 a.m.

Nurse Aide graduates and instructors standing, from left:  instructor Theresa Rohan, Breanna Hinds, Melissa Gottschalt, Jenile Urbano, Beverly Jaycox and instructor Tab Jackson; seated, from left, are: Lisa Heinaman, Kelsey Burrow and Monday Tha.

Seven students have graduated from the Nurse Aide Program at Victoria College's Calhoun County Center.

Among them was Port Lavaca student Lisa Heinaman, who earned her GED at the same time she completed the course.

The seven new graduates completed an eight-week training that included an introduction to health care systems, hygiene, basic anatomy and physiology and measuring vital signs. The students also learned body systems, care of the client in the home and care of clients with special needs.

Heinaman completed the Nurse Aide Program as part of the Students Accelerating through Integrated Learning training offered by VC's Adult Education Center.

SAIL training allows students to improve their basic education skills while at the same time enrolled in workforce and continuing education classes at VC. The training is financed by the Accelerate Texas Grant and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

As a component of SAIL training, students attend certification classes in the fields of nurse aide, electrical, truck driving and welding. Courses at the college are paid for by the grant, allowing students to strengthen their basic education skills. Many students earn a certification after the training, while simultaneously working to obtain their GED.

Heinaman found the process easy. She attended an information session and took an assessment to determine eligibility for the initiative. She took an initial launch class for her career pathway. Then, she attended a nurse aide class two nights a week while also attending a SAIL support class two nights a week.

In her support class, she studied basic education skills designed for any career but specifically tailored to the nursing field.

In mid-April, Heinaman completed the training and will take the state certification test to become a certified nurse aide.

The next SAIL information session will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the VC Calhoun County Center Auditorium, 900 N. Virginia St. in Port Lavaca.

For more information on SAIL training, contact the VC Adult Education office at 361-573-7323 or the VC Calhoun County Center at 361- 582-2499.

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