Montville High hopes to add nursing assistant program

Montville - Montville High School could add a certified nursing assistant certification program in fall 2015, the first certification program to be offered at the school.

The Board of Education voted unanimously in support of developing the program during its meeting Tuesday. The school will have to seek funding for the program as an additional appropriation during the next budget cycle.

Assistant Superintendent Laurie Pallin said the school wanted to expand options to students beyond Advanced Placement courses and University of Connecticut credit courses, since some students plan on going into the workforce immediately after high school.

"I think it's an excellent beginning to offering a variety of pathways to students," she said of the prospective program.

Norwich-based American Professional Education Services, which would administer the program, estimates the maximum cost of the program at $23,400 with a class size of 18, according to the school's proposal.

The proposal states that 28 schools in Connecticut currently offer CNA programs, including Norwich Free Academy, Griswold High School, Robert E. Fitch High School, Norwich Technical High School and New London High School.

Montville High Principal Jeff Theodoss said the program addition would be an expansion of Montville's Additional Pathways to Success (MAPS) program that offers students tutoring resources and career preparation. He said the school is also eyeing a Microsoft certification program and a program to prepare students for careers in banking.

Board member Robert Mitchell said the program would offer classes one semester and externships or shadowing opportunities with prospective employers the next semester.

Theodoss said the program would at first be offered only to juniors and seniors.

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