Byron expands horizons with medical opportunities for students
Across the country public schools are doing what they can to offer more career ready classes and programs.
That's why starting in the fall students at Byron High School will have a new opportunity to learn a career through their CNA Program.
Through a partnership with the Rochester Public Schools, Byron students will have the chance to learn valuable skills necessary in nursing as well as have the chance to become a certified nursing assistant.
Byron Superintendent Joey Page said that they are very pleased with this opportunity for students.
“Students will learn nursing care skills and concepts necessary to take the examination for nursing assistant and home health aide with the State of Minnesota,” Page said. “This can lead to the opportunity to be employed in a healthcare facility or client's home, under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse,” he added.
One of the main reasons why they decided to go with a partnership for the program is mainly because of the many things that is involved with having the program.
Jessica Denter, director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, explained that some of those things include having a RN who is also able to teach, a facility equipped with the different learning materials needed as well as other requirements.
Luckily for Byron they were able to find a nearby school district to partner with, which will make the transportation minimal.
Aside from classroom learning, one of the requirements is also clinical hours.
For Byron students, Denter explained that they will have the chance to do their clinical hours locally in Byron nursing homes. Because of the shortage of workers that many nursing homes are currently facing, they have been very supportive of the idea of allowing students to do their clinical hours in town at their facilities.
“Byron nursing homes have been very supportive about allowing students to do clinical hours It’s a benefit for all the different nursing fields and students,” Denter said.
While Byron currently offers career and technological courses in agriculture, business, family and consumer science (FACS), and industrial technology, the nursing program will be the first certificate offering in the school district.
Because the school district already has a good connection to the local medical field as well as the fact they are located only a few miles away from Rochester-Mayo, Principal Steve Willman said that they are very excited to have this opportunity for students.
“We are very excited to provide this training for students to learn about and enter the health career field,” Willman said. “Byron has a strong link to the medical community and now our kids will have the chance to explore this avenue,” he added.