Students in the Career Pathways program at Pulaski Technical College will have access to a new career option beginning in March with the approval of a Certificate of Proficiency in Certified Nursing Assistant.
The Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees approved the program addition on Jan. 28, and the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the certificate on Friday.
The Certificate of Proficiency in Certified Nursing Assistant will be offered beginning March 1 and will be available only to Career Pathways students.
The program consists of one course, CNA 1007: Nursing Assistant.
The course will focus on technical skills, professional relationships and workplace ethics. Graduates of the program are then eligible to complete the Arkansas skills test to become a Certified Nursing Assistant and to work in long-term care, acute care and home-health care settings.
Career Pathways currently has eight other "pathways" open to its students: dental assisting, welding, licensed practical nurse, office technology, accounting, early childhood development, medical transcription and respiratory therapy.
The college, through the Career Pathways program, has contracted with the Arkansas Academy for Nursing Assistant Training to teach the CNA course.
Career Pathways is a state-funded program that provides support services and direct financial assistance to parents who want to increase their education and employability. Participants receive academic and career advising, job placement assistance, mentoring and tutoring, access to computers and workshops targeted to their needs.
The Career Pathways program at Pulaski Tech will serve 650 students during the 2008-09 year.
To be eligible parents must meet certain income requirements and have custody of at least one child under the age of 21 who is living at home. In some cases parents may qualify for financial aid to assist with childcare, transportation, tuition, books and other educational expenses.
The program is a collaboration of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, Arkansas Department of Workforce Education and Career Opportunities and Southern Good Faith Fund. It is grant funded from the Arkansas TANF Oversight Board.