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District's nursing program prepping students for success

SILER CITY Jordan-Matthews High School student Natalie PerezJordan-Matthews High School student Natalie Perez   was brushing up on her technique the other day during Tammy Cheek Walden's Nursing Fundamentals class. Perez is a senior, and what Walden's teaching will offer some nice options when she graduates.

"There are so many different options," said DeLisa Cohen, the curriculum and instructional management coordinator for Chatham County Schools. "Most of our students do go on to continue their education within the health-science pathway through either community college or through the four-year college or university route."

Chatham County Schools has the capacity to train about 40 nursing students each year. Most students who complete the Nursing Fundamentals program get credentialed as certified nursing assistants. Northwood High School and Jordan-Matthews have training labs on campus that are on the state level as far as quality, Cohen said.

The district is offering Nursing Fundamentals at Jordan-Matthews and Northwood as in-person classes and in a virtual format. Students may apply for Nursing Fundamentals after completing both Health Science I and II.

Published Dec. 7, 2020