MARLIN (February 27, 2013)--Several students from Marlin High School became Certified Nursing Assistants this month after the school began offering a nursing assistant program for the first time this year.
Nakea Hernandez earned her nursing assistant certificate this week and is already working as a CNA at the Falls County Community Hospital.
"I heard about it last year before summer and I signed up for it," Hernandez said.
Marlin High School has a vocational school that offers many certificates including cosmetology, welding and automotive repair.
"We know everybody not going to go to a four-year college and even if they do, this is providing some job earning capability that'll help them finance their education," said Rockney Terry, career and technology director at Marlin High School.
Terry said that about 90 percent of students at Marlin High School take at least one vocational class.
He said the decision to add the nursing assistant program was easy because there is a growing need for trained professionals in the medical field.
"This is something we knew if we could get it kicked off we'd be very successful," Terry said.
It costs the school district about $400 to put a student through the program.