Area 31 Offers High School Students Early Career Opportunities
Get the career skills necessary for today’s jobs at the Area 31 Career Center in Avon. Local high schools students split their time between their regular classes and other programs they offer to help them accomplish their goals. Giving these young minds the opportunity to get ahead for a lower cost is a great idea.
According to the Flyer Group newspaper, Robin Paxton is one example of a student that knew what she wanted to gain from the programs at Area 31. Paxton was a freshman when she learned about the career center. She decided to do the health occupations program her junior year.
Taught by trained nurses, Rhonda Wolfe and Janis Schoo, they teach nurse aid and more hands-on things that high school would not offer. There are about 80 students enrolled in the current program. “Students come from all of the community schools,” Wolfe said in the recent article. “Primarily, morning classes are all transfer students and the afternoon students are mostly Ben Davis students.”
With over 300 students applying for the program each term, only about 100 of them actually get in. The first year the students learn CNA training, medical terms and health careers, says the article. Their second year, they are able to get out into the field and experience real life situations.
Although, the classes and teachings are free, getting certified always costs money. Once the student decides he or she wants to go forward, Area 31 charges $350 for the exam for certification; if not in the program, the cost can range between $700 to $900.
“Students need to take the opportunity,” Wolfe said in the article. “We try to make it as real as possible, just like the real world. We’re trying to get them to understand that and many students don’t want to do it.”