The Certified Nursing Assistant program at Alvin ISD’s JB Hensler College and Career Academy is a mixture of classroom, skills lab and clinical components. Students must meet certain requirements before being eligible to participate in clinical, which is an integral part of the CNA program. Students attending clinical at Tuscany Village in Pearland get an opportunity to work with real patients. They perform various tasks including feeding, bathing and hygiene care for these patients. After successful completion of the course and passing the state certification exam, students are recognized as a certified nursing assistant in Texas. Students can take this knowledge and skill set to begin their career in health care while furthering their postsecondary education. 

For one student in particular, this certification opened a huge door for her. 

In the summer of 2018, Manvel High School senior Dulce Mata had just graduated early at age 17. She also completed the CNA program during her final year in high school. After graduation, Dulce was working at a restaurant as a waitress, but felt she wanted to put her newly acquired certification to use. Being that she was only 17, she thought she would never get a “real” job. That changed when she applied to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. After a few interviews, she was accepted as a new hire on the surgical intermediate unit. At the young age of 18, Dulce began her career in health care. 

“My life changed a lot after graduation," Mata said. "All the hard work and dedication I put into my CNA class was totally worth it. One of the biggest benefits of the CNA class was getting a job at a hospital, especially at such a young age. It allowed me to do what I really like. It’s been hard, but it’s all been worth it.” 

Dulce is just one example of the success that students have achieved upon completion of the CNA program at JB Hensler College and Career Academy. 

If you have any questions about the programs and/or facilities at JB Hensler College and Career Academy, visit www. alvinisd.net/hensler

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