If all goes as planned, come spring, 17-year-old Kailee Dyer will be graduating Ridgeview High School and looking for a job as a certified nursing assistant.
Kailee is enrolled with about 20 fellow students in a special nursing assistant course that will prepare them to test for their state certificates.
“CNA gets my foot in the door,” said Kailee, who ultimately wants to study to become a registered nurse. Her goal is to move to the Portland area and spend a year working as a certified nursing assistant after she graduates in June. That way she can save some money and enroll in community college in fall 2019.
Ridgeview High School, which opened in 2012, was built with a medical lab to serve just this type of program, but it sat empty for a few years. In time for this school year, Redmond School District and Central Oregon Community College came together to make the program happen. The class began this month because it is a second trimester course.
The 20 students in the course …