Friday – December 19, 2014
“North Division High School has a strong historical legacy of nursing and medical programming and this partnership helps offer that outstanding opportunity to a new generation,” North Division Principal Stanley McWilliams said.
The school is looking to further grow nursing and medical opportunities, joining similar programs at MPS’ James Madison Academic Campus and Riverside University High School.
“The program is of tremendous value to our students who get a unique opportunity to explore the Health Science career pathway in a way that most high school students cannot,” MPS Career and Technical Education Coordinator Eric Radomski said. “Beyond earning the Nursing Assistant credits, the related work is real-world, hands-on experience that can’t be substituted for in a classroom. It’s a great first step in trying out a career in a high-demand industry and finding out for themselves firsthand if it might be a good fit.”
On a recent visit to the classroom, MATC instructor Josie Veal was reviewing the students’ work on changing an occupied hospital bed, ambulating and bathing patients. Students practiced on mannequins, their fellow students and teachers from North Division High School.
And the learning didn’t end in the classroom. Each day, the students arrived early at MATC’s Downtown Milwaukee Campus to review homework and assignments.
The Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board provided significant funding for the project.
“This is an outstanding collaborative effort to introduce high school students to careers in the healthcare industry, an area crucial to the success of workforce development for the City of Milwaukee,” said Donald Sykes, Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board President. “This pilot program serves as an innovative example for creating skilled workers for the future.”
Funding for the program also was made possible by the City of Milwaukee’s Youth Development and Employment Initiative, Zilber Family Foundation, North Division High School Alumni Association, Landmark Credit Union, Milwaukee Public Schools and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee committed to paying 75% of costs for tuition and books for students who completed the program and choose to pursue a nursing career.
MATC’s Nursing Assistant program focuses on basic nursing skills and procedures to assist hospital patients, nursing home residents and at-home health clients with their daily living activities, specialized care and communication needs.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program examination. Individuals who pass the NNAAP exam are added to the state nurse aide registry, which is used to assure employers that the potential hire has met the federal and state requirements for employment. Students also will have three MATC credits that can be used if they decide to pursue post-secondary education at MATC or another college/university.
See photos of the North Division High School students at the August 7, 2013, completion ceremony at this link.