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TAS & HNJH Partner To Bring Health Science CTE Program to Students

CTE student CPR class

Tahquamenon Area Schools in conjunction with Helen Newberry Joy Hospital has implemented a new CTE (Career Technology Education) course for juniors and seniors in high school who are interested in the healthcare field. CTE programs provide job skills to students, allowing them to join the workforce after graduation. This program is made possible through a CTE millage from the EUPISD that voters supported in 2017. Since then, TAS has also added a Geometry in Construction course that is in its second year. TAS Superintendent, Stacy Price says, “We are very excited to add another CTE opportunity for students. The hospital is one of the largest employers in our area and to be able to provide students with a potential opportunity for employment upon graduating is what the CTE programs are all about.”

For two hours a day, five days a week, students in the CTE course will have an opportunity to learn the initial building blocks of the health care field through written and hands-on instruction. The program also provides the opportunity for students to achieve/obtain a BLS (Basic Life Support) and CNA (Certified Nurse’s Aide) Certifications upon completion of the courses. Hunter Nostrant, HNJH CEO, explains, “The goal of implementing the program with TAS is to provide students with an introduction to the healthcare field and prepare them for a potential career in healthcare. HNJH has many employment opportunities for those who are interested in staying in or coming back to the area.” 

Course Instructor, Jill Beaudin, BSN, RN, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bellin College in Green Bay in 2008. Beaudin has over twelve years of experience in inpatient rehabilitation, occupational health, school nursing, psychiatry, and long-term care. Most recently, Jill was a travel RN for an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Montana. She will also work as a Nursing Supervisor at Golden Leaves Living Center. Currently, the course is being taught by former science teacher, Gene Schroll, until Beaudin finishes her assignment in Montana.