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CFCC creates new partnership to strengthen healthcare pipeline

Electrical equipment went missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence at Cape Fear Community College. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
Cape Fear Community College will offer a new partnership with Novant Health and New Hanover County Schools for certified nurse aids. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON — Cape Fear Community College has partnered with Novant Health and New Hanover County Schools to offer a Certified Nurse Aide (CAN) course to high school students.

The program is being offered to 11th- and 12th-grade students, at least 17 years of age at New Hanover High School. The goal of the program is to equip aspiring healthcare professionals with necessary skills and knowledge to excel in the field. 

The intro-level course will provide students comprehensive training and hands-on experience in patient care and will be taught by an experienced instructor. Items covered in the course include patient hygiene, vital sign monitoring, communication skills, and infection control.

After completion, students can sit for the North Carolina State Nurse Aide I Registry and then earn credits toward admission in one of CFCC’s health science diploma programs and qualify for the Certified Nurse Aide II course. 

“[W]e are not just imparting skills, but shaping futures,” Jim Morton, CFCC president said in a press release. “Empowering our youth with the tools to care for others fosters a spirit of compassion and opens doors to a world of meaningful service and rewarding careers.” 

Qualifying students are offered the program tuition-free via the North Carolina Career and College Promise (CCP). Enrollment for the Certified Nurse Aide course at New Hanover High School is currently open, with space available for additional students to join.

More information is available here.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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