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Maxwell students ready for healthcare careers

Special Photo o  Three certified nurse aides from Maxwell High School of Technology pose for a photo upon receiving their certificates. From left: Ashley Scott, Brianna McGuffie and Taylor Whitsel.

Special Photo o Three certified nurse aides from Maxwell High School of Technology pose for a photo upon receiving their certificates. From left: Ashley Scott, Brianna McGuffie and Taylor Whitsel.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Maxwell High School of Technology recently sent 42 students in its Nursing Essentials Healthcare Class into the industry as qualified certified nursing assistants.

Upon passing the state written and skills performance exams, the students "are qualified into a CNA position today," said Jeff Hall, principal at Maxwell High School of Technology. "The experience and dedication of Dr. (Jade) Gillespie, the instructor for the Nursing Essentials Healthcare class, is instrumental in preparing students for a career in the healthcare field."

Added Hall: "Our students are ahead of the game in terms of starting a future in the healthcare industry."

This summer, several of the students will joint the Gwinnett Medical Center Apprenticeship Program, where many of them could be hired to work full time as new patient care technicians.

The success of these students means Maxwell's program has a 100-percent end-of-course pathway completion rate. The local school continues to lead the way in this area as few similar programs in the state can boast the same number, according to a news release from Gwinnett County Public Schools.

The school will honor its students during a Can Pinning ceremony June 8 at Lilburn Christian Church.