NEWPORT -- Students in the North Country Career Center Health Careers Level 2 classes completed their first semester well prepared to enter the workforce or college because of their accomplishments. Twelve Licensed Nursing Assistant students participated in a rigorous training of how to care for people who need much assistance with their personal and emotional care.

After practicing a variety of skills such as bathing, brushing teeth, feeding, exercising, transferring, and dressing in the classroom lab, students worked at Bel-Aire Center for 50 hours as student LNAs right alongside the staff while under the supervision of their instructors. Upon completion of the program, they all successfully tested for their Vermont LNA licensure. They will be celebrating this milestone with a pinning ceremony on March 19.

The other Health Careers students took a Vermont Technical College course offered as a Fast Forward class in which technical center students can earn college credit within their respective programs. In this case, these students took Human Growth and Development, in which they investigated the physical, cognitive, and emotional developments of humans from conception through death. As part of this course, they learned about the role of Activities Directors and Assistants in long-term care settings and worked closely with the Mary Beth Medwid, the Activities director at Michaud Manor. The activities they developed for their final projects are now being used by residents at that facility.

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