Hoggard High School students push to become CNAs amid pandemic

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — This pandemic has given Hoggard High School Career and Technical Education students even more motivation to get their certification as nursing aids.

Students are taking a socially distanced week-long lab to complete the program.

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Normally they are required to do an on-site internship at a local health care facility, but due to COVID-19, the in-lab scenario will allow them to complete the course.

“It’s quite an uh commitment,” CTE Student Mark Patz said.

And an honor for Patz. He said this is something he has been eager to do for some time now.



“For me personally. I got into this program. My mother is a PA. My stepfather is also a PA,” Patz explained. “So from a very young age, I’ve kind of been inclined to go into the medical field, and as I’ve grown up, the whole idea of being able to take care of others is just kind of growing inside of me.”

The CTE program provides financial assistance to high schoolers looking to pursue a career in the medical field.

Student Tara Bellows said the program takes about 3-years to complete which averages out to about 270 hours total.

Bellows said she is thankful to be starting this early.

“It’s definitely a great opener and start out for us, and it gives us a lot of experience, and if we know if we want to go into the medical field or not, it’s definitely a good class for that,” Bellows stated.

Despite having to make changes in order to complete the program, Bellows said she is excited to start her journey.

“It’s just really important in our life. Health is everything. You need to help people as much as possible. That was my foundation in life,” Bellows expressed.