The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 9, 2013

Academy on track to add new CNA program

By Sarah Plummer
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — Raleigh County Academy of Careers and Technology is on track to add a Certified Nursing Assistant adult education program in August, announced Principal Charles Pack and Adult Education Coordinator Kevin Bolen.

At least 20 students will be able to enroll in the certificate program, which involves 10 weeks of classroom work followed by clinicals.

Pack said this is just the next step in the academy’s 50 years of offering adult education, including pharmacy tech, welding, phlebotomy, electrical, and LPN courses.

“Our prices are probably better than most certificate level programs at area colleges and technical schools and our students are very competitive and teachers are top notch in their field,” he said.

Bolen added, “one thing that sets us apart is that our teachers must have 5 years of experience in their field. They don’t just have the education behind them, they have real world experience.”

Pack said adults are enrolled in most secondary classes as room allows, but evening class are offered for convenience, too.

In addition to their already competitive prices, ACT can offer financial aid and there are some scholarships available for high school students going into the adult programs.

And most importantly, Pack said the community knows that ACT produces quality workers.

“You can’t go into very many hospitals or welding shops without finding a lot of our students. Employers tell us ACT graduates are at the tops of their lists when they are hiring,” he said.

In addition to adding the CNA course in August, the Academy of Careers and Technology has added an array of community education classes, fun classes provided as a community service.

Among these classes open to anyone in the area are Zumba, beginning sewing, small engine repair, resolving computer issues, fork lift certification and this spring there was even a history class on the Civil War, said Bolen.

The price of these community education classes vary from $25 to $120, depending on the amount of materials needed.

Bolen said one popular class has been Do-It-Yourself-Hardscaping. This course gives those wanting to install edging stone, patio stones or small stone walls a crash course in preparing the foundation and performing the calculations needed to complete these masonry jobs.

For more information on the Academy of Careers and Technology’s adult education classes or the community education classes, visit the school website, www.wvact.net.

— E-mail: splummer@register-herald.com