WHS Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Certified Nursing Assistant Lab

Photos courtesy of Tom Ganser
The audience included WHS staff and students, as well as staff from Fairhaven Senior Services.
WHS Principal Brent Mansky expressed appreciation for all who made the lab possible.
When the scissors refused to cooperate with him, Fairhaven CEO Paul Kuenning (Left) turned the ribbon cutting role over to Brian Robinson, Director of Marketing, Community Relations & Leisure Services.
WHS Seniors Lauren Buehler and Katie Gillette (L-R) look forward to starting the class on April 17. Soon they’ll help care for live people! (Lynn Binnie photo)

Editor’s note: The following press release was provided by the Whitewater Unified School District.

Whitewater High School held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their Certified Nursing Assistant Lab on March 20th.

WHS is the 9th high school that has opened a Nursing Assistant lab in partnership with Gateway Technical College. Other high schools include: Burlington, East Troy, Brookfield, KUSD-Indian Trail, Muskego, Oak Creek, South Milwaukee, and Wilmot.

Whitewater High School’s first ten student cohort is scheduled to begin Gateway’s two credit Nursing Assistant program on April 17th. Upon successful completion of the program, the students are eligible to take the Wisconsin Nursing Assistant competency evaluation for inclusion on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry and employment in nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies, hospices, assisted living centers and homes for the developmentally disabled.

WHS now offers 19 different Gateway transcripted credit courses that are taught by Whitewater High school teachers, which will result in hundreds of thousands of dollars saved for our students. This is in addition to the Start College Now courses, Vanguard Distant Learning, and HS Academy courses that WHS students can take at Gateway Technical College.

A special thank you goes out to Fairhaven Senior Services. We are profoundly grateful for their partnership and dedication to helping to make this lab a reality. The beds, overbed tables, and linens were all a donation from Fairhaven. Simply stated, without their generous donation, we would not have been able to make this lab a reality. Thank you!

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