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Nine Schulenburg High School students earn nursing aide certification through Blinn dual credit course

Course serves as an introduction to the medical field while providing solid medical foundation

August 1, 2016

Nine Schulenburg High School students recently earned their nursing aide certification through Blinn College’s Dual Credit Program.

Schulenburg dual credit nurse aide certification graduatesThe class enjoyed a 100 percent pass rate as all nine students earned their certificate and were recognized during a pinning ceremony Thursday at the Blinn-Schulenburg campus. The graduating class includes: Alexis Acosta, Holly Adamek, Mikayla Beiersdorfer, Brittany Bretting, Victoria Juarez, Kyra Mays, Samantha Vestal, Kylee Zapalac and Megan Zapalac.

Blinn’s CNA Program offers an opportunity for hands-on care and the performance of routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. Students learn basic caregiving skills, infection control, communication techniques and safety procedures. Upon completion of all course elements, students take the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Exam. Nurse aides are often employed in nursing care facilities, where they frequently serve as principal caregivers.
Blinn’s dual credit CNA course gives students a preview of a career in the medical field and provides a solid medical foundation. The course was taught by registered nurse and CNA Program Director Cindy Kalina.
“Upon graduating, students can work as CNAs and the starting pay is much better than typical jobs out of high school,”

Kalina said. “Most people don’t realize that what they learn from this class provides a good basic introduction to any health profession.”

As a recent graduate of Schulenburg High School, Beiersdorfer knew she wanted to enter the nursing field at a young age because of the example of her mother, a licensed vocational nurse (LVN).

“I have always enjoyed working with people and helping others,” Beiersdorfer said. “Ms. Kalina is a great teacher and helped us put everything we learned into practice.”

Blinn serves over 1,800 dual credit students each semester in 51 schools across its 13-county service area. For more information about Blinn’s Dual Credit Program, visit www.blinn.edu/dual_credit.

Blinn-Schulenburg offers a variety of academic transfer, workforce training and continuing education classes to fit the needs of any student. For information on course offerings and student registration, visit: www.blinn.edu or call 979-743-5200.