BOWIE, TX (KAUZ) - Bowie High School students are excited about a program that returned this school year.
It is a nursing assistant program they take at a college in Bowie. One semester in the program could lead to a whole career.
As the bell rings, Bowie high students rush to their next class. Some head off campus for learning.
More than a dozen students head to North Central Texas College Bowie campus looking to become certified nursing assistants (CNA).
They take a Career Technical Education (CTE) program the high school brought back after several students asked for it.
"When they're enrolled in a CTE course, we receive additional funding from the state," Bowie High Principal Blake Enlow said.
The school received more than $900,000 dollars in state funding for CTE programs last year. The students are learning the skills required to become a CNA.
"[We're taught] the basic mechanics. How to treat people, and how to treat their feelings and how to treat them as if they were me," Emily Cox, senior at Bowie High, said.
Cox and other students go through a one semester, 100-hour CNA course. Once finished, the students take the state board test if they pass they can start working.
The future nursing assistants spend 60 hours training in class, split between 30 hours of clinical training and 30 hours of study.
Cox was inspired by her grandmother who started as a CNA before becoming a registered nurse.
"Every time I talk to her she asks me how the class is going," Cox said. "She gives me tips and tricks."
Like Cox, senior, Ana De Leon is becoming a CNA for her grandmother.
"My grandma had [lung] problems and since that, I just loved the idea of helping people," De Leon said.
The students will work their 40-hour on-the-job training at Advanced Rehab in Bowie, applying the skills they have already learned in high school.