Upon finishing their Accelerated Nurse Aid I training, seven Tri-County Community College (TCCC) students completed their state competency testing and maintained a 100 percent pass rate for the second quarter in a row. Katie Ledford, Kim Legault, Trina Simmons, and Adena Gibby said they all hope to continue on into TCCC’s Nursing program to earn a degree.
“My compassion drives me,” Legault said. “I’ve been in this field for 15 years, but now I want to gain the proper education to achieve the status and pay I deserve.”
The Accelerated Nurse Aid I class ran from August 17 to October 16, giving students an opportunity to gain their certification quickly to help them enter the job market or continue their education.
“Our students tend to start out as strangers,” said Deborah Raper, coordinator of health occupations training. “But by the end of the program they’ve become not only a fully functioning heath care team, but also close friends.”
For the Nurse Aid students hoping to enter the Nursing program at TCCC, the field holds different benefits and dreams.
“It’s great job security,” Gibby said. “That’s very important to me.”
The other girls agreed, but for Ledford, the program also offers her the opportunity to enjoy her “people person” personality, while still being able to exercise her empathy for others.
TCCC’s pass rate for the skills portion of the North Carolina State Competency Exam for Nurse Aids is 100 percent, which is well above the state average of 61 percent, Raper said.
“We have an excellent program and excellent instructors, which allows us to train exceptional students,” Raper said.
For more information regarding upcoming Nurse Aid classes, please contact Deborah Raper at (828) 835-4293.
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