New opportunities for CNA students initiated by Iowa BIG North

Charles City, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals has approved an application from the Charles City High School to offer a unique 75-hour certified nursing assistant program. The program contains rigorous curriculum established and approved by the State of Iowa.

Iowa Big North students worked with managers of Chautauqua Guest Homes in Charles City to obtain the approval and specifically tailored the classes to meet the needs of high school students. The program allows for flexibility to engage students in the class while allowing them to be involved in the full high school experience.

Sue Ayers, administrator of 9th Street Chautauqua Guest Homes talks about the program and its distinction.

Graduates of the program are employable immediately upon completion of the CAN final test and will be able to walk into the workforce with practical employment skills and have an advantage compared to their peers when continuing their medical experience.

Iowa Big North is a consortium of school districts in Northeast Iowa, including Charles City, New Hampton, Osage, and Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock, who share resources to offer an educational experienced centered around student-passion, student-led, problem-based and authentic learning.

To learn more about Iowa Big North, go to their official website.


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.

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