CNA students get certified in nursing

Angelika Bravo and Husna Alegoz, juniors, attentively takes notes during their CNA, certified nursing assisstant, class. This has been the first year that Wheeling offers a CNA class from Harper.

by Lupe Herrera, Asst. La Voz Editor


For the first time through WHS, students graduated and became Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s) on May 20 at Harper College.

After students officially graduate from WHS, they can work as a CNA.

There are a series of three classes in order to become a CNA: Introduction to Health Careers, Medical Terminology and CNA.  In order to be certified as a CNA, students need to take all there classes.

“I just think it’s an amazing opportunity for students that are interested in a medical field; this would definitely be the place to be,” Timothy Meyer, science teacher, said.

Husna Alegoz, junior and one of the students who graduated at Harper, joined Introduction to Health Careers her freshman year.

“He (my father) thought it (signing me up for CNA classes) would help me , but now I’m thankful because it helped me a lot,” Alegoz said.

Students must be freshmen or first-semester sophomores to apply for the health careers classes.  Then they have to fill out an application and write an essay.  After that, teachers pick 55 students to be enrolled in the program.

“I was really nervous, but at the same time, I was excited to be the first (CNA) class to graduate at Wheeling High School,” Angelika Bravo, junior, said.

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