Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 2, 2014

Kokomo Area Career Center

Kokomo Tribune

---- — This is part of a regular series featuring a student and an employer involved in the Kokomo Area Career Center’s School-to-Work program. Any employer or student interested in the School-to-Work program should call James Stradling, KACC director, at 765-455-8021.

Student’s name: Garrett Miller

Parents: Jayne and Greg Miller

High school: Kokomo High School senior

Career plans: Nursing at Indiana State University

KACC instructor: Peggy Hostetler, Certified Nursing Assistant

Internship Placement: Waterford Place Health Campus, 800 Saint Joseph Dr., Kokomo.

Supervisor: Peggy Hostetler, CNA instructor at the Kokomo Area Career Center

Garrett Miller’s thoughts:

“I began thinking about working in the medical profession when I was an eighth-grader. I enrolled in the CNA class because everyone told me that the best nurses come out of that class, and I plan to become a registered nurse. My first day at Waterford, I helped feed the patients and enjoyed the experience. Among my jobs at Waterford Place have been feeding residents, assisting with showers, changing beds, perinatal care, transferring patients and helping residents to the dining room. I even helped with a fire drill. This internship placement was difficult at first, but Mrs. Hostetler has helped me every step of the process. Mrs. Hostetler assigns each of the nursing students tasks and then supervises us to make sure we do them correctly. After high school, I plan to study nursing at Indiana State University [in Terre Haute].”

Peggy Hostetler’s comments:

“Waterford Place is a great facility for our Kokomo Area Career Center students to learn the required standards. The experiences at KACC help our students decide if the medical field is a good fit for them before their families make a large investment in a college. Without the career center experiences, many of these students would be trying out these occupations at college. I believe the health field needs more males, so I think Garrett is making a wise career choice. Garrett communicates well with residents, performs the procedures required for the state exam and sees how important it is to do this job in a proper and safe manner. Garrett has grown considerably in assuming responsibility, while increasing his medical knowledge. This experience at Waterford Place has helped Garrett confirm his career choice.”