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Kiamichi Tech – Atoka continues mission to prepare students for the workforce amid pandemic. Health Careers students complete clinicals and testing
ATOKA, Health Careers students complete clinicals and testing.
ATOKA, Okla. – Instructors and staff at Kiamichi Tech – Atoka completed all in-house clinical requirements and skills.
Checkoffs with students in the Health Careers Certification program last week, while continuing to adhere to CDC guidelines and tech center protocol.
“It is not every day the campus director gets to lie down on the job,” said Greg Davidson, Atoka Campus Director, while sharing his experience of playing various roles as a clinical patient. “This really gave me some up-close and personal insight as to how hard our instructors and students work, and I am happy to report that all of our students that were eligible to participate in our inhouse clinicals have passed the skills checkoff and the written CNA exams!”
Davidson credits his team for their hard work preparing students, making the best of the clinical situation, conducting skills
checkoffs, and even volunteering as practice patients along with him, all of which was accomplished in a nine-day period. “Most importantly, I would like to thank and congratulate our students for coming back and completing their clinical experience and certification testing, even in such uncertain times,” said Davidson. “This is a testament to their dedication to their chosen career pathway.”
As a result of receiving their certifications, two students have reported significant pay raises, one from minimum wage to $15 per
hour and the other from $11 to $13 an hour. Other students are now able to begin their search for their first CNA job with certification and confidence in hand.
Kiamichi Tech Superintendent Shelley Free extended her gratitude to Davidson and the Atoka campus for their commitment to students and to each other. “Our Atoka campus team continues to go above and beyond, doing whatever it takes to get our students trained and ready for successful careers,” said Free. “These stories of success are why we all come to work each and every day.”
Kiamichi Tech – Atoka has continued to follow stringent guidelines for operation amid campus closures that ensure the health
and safety of students, staff and the community. For more information about campus response to the pandemic, visit ktc.edu/coronavirus.