DCHS Awarded Grant for CNA Training

March 11, 2024

DCHS received a grant recently from The Foundation for Geriatric Education (TFGE) to support students enrolled in the Certified Nursing Aide course at NHC Smithville during the spring semester.

The $1,850 gift paid for textbooks and equipment used during the class, which is taught by NHC Smithville’s CNA Instructor Nanci Drennan.

“We partnered with Health Science teacher Angie Johnson to develop a cohort of students that come to NHC during the school day and complete their coursework,” Drennan said. “Once the students complete the course and become certified, they’ll be eligible to transition to work-based learning and work as regular CNAs.”

Partnerships between DCHS and NHC have existed in the past, but this semester’s CNA course revived the industry-based training that students receive at the health care center.

“We are grateful for Principal Bruce Curtis and CTE Director Brad Leach’s coordinating this opportunity with us,” said Ryan Vaden, Administrator at NHC. “We’re also excited to see these TFGE funds used in this way.”

TFGE was created by NHC’s founder Dr. Carl Adams to support health care education, especially in geriatrics. Recipients of grants can be students that work at NHC or community-based education programs.

For more information about CNA training or TFGE, contact NHC Smithville at 615-597-4284.

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