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Merrillville High School Offering CNA Program



MERRILLVILLE - Merrillville High School is going to run its own certified nursing assistant program this year.   Bob Phelps, director of technology and CTE told the "Times" the program is being made possible with the help of two instructors. It also serves the growing need for health care workers in the community.

The high school has partnered with organizations to provide qualified instructors and curriculum for the past five years. 
Moving the program to the high school reduces fees for CNA students and reduces transportation challenges that come with the students going offsite during the school day.
There will be a classroom and lab for the CNA program.  There will also be two registered nurses — who each bring more than 10 years of experience working in various healthcare settings — were hired as educators to accommodate the growing number of students in this year's program.

Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.