CNA program leads to high-paying

Del Mar College’s Center for Economic Development is not necessarily what comes to mind when you think of furthering your education or taking training classes, but the CED has a variety of classes available for students who are looking to quickly gain the skills they need to enter the workforce.

For example, Del Mar College’s Certified Nurse Aide program prepares students for entry-level positions in a high-paying field.


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 Alyssa Zarate (left) and Jassel Ramirez, both 17, get ready to perform surgery on potatoes to help learn medical terminology. Students from Banquete High School are in the middle of a Del Mar College career program that will earn them a certificate as a nursing assistant.

“This program provides the community with an interest in getting into the medical field within six short weeks,” said Chris Vasquez, a coordinator for Del Mar College. “It allows students to gain knowledge in a very high-demand health care industry, which in turn may promote furthering their education within the field.”

Students learn everything from serving meals properly, to taking the patient’s temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate and blood pressure, and everything in between. The goal of this program is achieving a level of knowledge, skills and abilities essential to provide basic care to residents of long-term care facilities.

Classes are offered at various times throughout the year, with the next classes starting in the spring. For more information, visit or contact Vasquez at 698-2122 or


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