On Wednesday, June 3, in a gymnasium filled with parents, friends, family, staff members, and administration, 21 young men and women from Bunnell and Stratford High Schools took the first big step in their professional careers. These graduates from the Health & Medical Careers Pathway program officially met the requirements for certified nursing assistant, medical assistant, and dental assistant as prescribed by the state of Connecticut.
Over the past several months, students completed intensive training and clinical internships at local healthcare facilities including Lord Chamberlain, Griffin Hospital, Trumbull Smiles, and the private practice of Dr. Dennis Williams to prepare for the rigorous certification exams.
All students in the program will be continuing their education after high school at colleges such as UConn, Quinnipiac University, Western CT State University, Sacred Heart University, The College of New Rochelle, Gateway Community College, etc.
Valedictorian of the class, Daphney Jean-Pierre, spoke of how the three year pathway program ignited a passion in her for healthcare and that her time spent completing her clinical hours at Lord Chamberlain prepared her for both the positive and negative aspects of nursing. Instructor Sharon Foran shared this sentiment with her graduating students, “On the first day of your sophomore year I told you — do not go into health care for the money, it has to be your passion. I hope in the last three years it has become your passion and you wake up every day eager to learn for yourself and care for others.” These young adults are clearly eager to learn and on their way to successful careers in healthcare.