MARMADUKE, AR (KAIT) - This spring, some Marmaduke High School seniors will graduate with more than just a high school diploma.
The school teamed up with Black River Technical College to offer students a certified nurse assistant course.
Upon completion of the course, students will graduate with a CNA certificate, allowing them to work in retirement centers and other healthcare settings.
"I think it's a great opportunity for our students and our community," said Principal Bill Muse. "Having a leg up on starting a career in the medical field right out high school while going to college, that's going to be a great benefit to them."
The courses are taught by a registered nurse and cover basic medical care for the elderly.
Muse said some agencies have already contacted the district about offering employment to the seniors when they graduate.
Julie Foster, a senior enrolled in the CNA course, said she had a little interest in the nursing field prior to taking the course and the course is helping her decide what path she wants to take.
"It makes you feel really good that you can do a college course," Foster said. "Once you're out of high school, you can actually get a job that pays a little bit more than minimum wage. So, it looks really good on college applications and when you actually do want to go into nursing."
As for the future of this course, Muse said he's hopeful they can continue to offer and expand it in the future, looking to possibly offer instruction in an off-campus setting and even expanding the school's catalog to include an Emergency Medical Technician certification.
That's not the only way Marmaduke High School is expanding its offerings to students, they've also implemented several distance learning classes for the first time this year, aimed at helping students complete courses that aren't available on the campus through traditional instruction.
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