By Danielle Lankford, Guadalupe School Communications Specialist
Last Thursday, in addition to our graduating adult English students, we recognized eight ladies who completed the necessary coursework to become Certified Nursing Assistants. We are so proud of this dedicated group, because we know that getting to this stage involved a lot of hard work!
So what exactly is a Certified Nursing Assistant?
According to nursingassistants.com, a “certified nursing assistant, or CNA, helps patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Also known as a Nursing Assistant (NA) a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) or a State Tested Nurse Aid (STNA), the individual who carries this title needs strong work ethic and ability”.
Instead of the standard six-week course offered through Utah CNA Centers, our students participated in an extended ten-week course. This allowed our students to go to their Nursing Assistant classes all day Saturday and receive supplementary English instruction aligned with their curriculum here at Guadalupe School during the week. This English-assisted class was a first for our school, and the first of its kind in the state of Utah – and ALL of our students passed!
So, naturally we feel like celebrating with them! We may be five different programs, but when one program has a marvelous success such as this, we all feel hopeful and proud of our mission and the work we do here. When our students succeed, we succeed together as a community!
These ladies are not done just yet – they still have to pass the state examination to become licensed, but they have the support of Guadalupe School, Utah CNA Centers, GE Capital, and the community behind them.
Once they pass the state exam, having a CNA certification for these women, will mean joining one of the fastest growing career fields in the United States. The pay starts out above minimum wage, and the career is often a stepping stone into the medical field that leads to other career options such as medical assistant, radiologist, or registered nurse. This is just one of many steps on their journey to success, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.
So, please join us in congratulating these strong, dedicated women. They deserve it!
The following videos are speeches written by our 6th grade graduates when asked,
"What does education mean to you?"
By Danielle Lankford, Communications Specialist
The halls are quieter, the playground is empty, and classrooms have shut their doors for the summer. School may be out for our early learners and charter school, but those of us who are still here are already thinking about the 2015-2016 school year.
When our students return in August, they will still be supported by small class sizes, family engagement, and community partnerships. But, one difference they will notice is our new principal, Rich Rasband. Because I know our students and parents are eager to get to know the man who will be leading our charter school to many more years of success, I sat down with Mr. Rasband and got the scoop on his career and his plans for his new position. Here’s what I found out:
1. What is your educational background?
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University and then got my Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Utah.
2. Can you tell me about your career in education?
I have twenty-three years’ experience as an educator. I have taught elementary school and middle school, and I have been a principal before. This is my first year working at Guadalupe School.
3. Can you tell me about your family and where you grew up?
I grew up in Heber, Utah, and I taught there for nine years. I have three daughters who are 15, 13, and 11.
4. What do you think sets Guadalupe School apart?
It’s a great school and I love the kids. It’s smaller, so we can give individual attention and we have lots of resources for the community. I love this school, because I knew with these resources, the kids can really be successful.
5. What have you enjoyed most about working at Guadalupe School?
The kids are great, and the people I work with.
6. What would you like our parents to know?
I speak Spanish, and my door is always open for any suggestions or concerns. We want our kids to succeed, and working together, we can make sure they are ready for middle school and beyond.