Star of Innovation Award

Simley's CNA Program Earns Star of Innovation Award
Posted on 06/07/2019
Simley's Certified Nursing Assistant Program was recognized for its innovationThe Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) recognizes exemplary and innovative secondary school programs with its Star of Innovation Award. This year, MASSP recognized 26 programs in the state. Simley was recognized as one of the seven Bronze Star Winners for its Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Concurrent Enrollment Program.

During this school year, Simley’s CNA Program has allowed three classes of future health practitioners to experience the daily responsibilities of a CNA firsthand. After learning and practicing the skills that CNA’s must know for certification, they also did clinicals at local healthcare facilities. Clinicals allow the students to help and shadow a current health professional to get hands-on experience in the field. Students made connections with residents at their facility and got a better idea of whether nursing or the healthcare field was a good fit for them. At the end of the trimester-long class, every CNA student also has the opportunity to take the state certification exam. In its first year, the program has prepared dozens of students to graduate high school ready to work as CNA’s.