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Technology, working with medical professionals is key to producing job-ready grads

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The Oklahoma health care industry is prime for growth, and Canadian Valley Technology Center focuses on producing job-ready graduates for one of the fastest growing job fields in the state.

A 10-year forecast shows that personal care aides, nursing assistant and home health aides will offer the most new jobs in the sector, according to data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The need for licensed practical nurses will increase 36 percent, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

To keep up with the demands of the job market, Canadian Valley Technology Center is adapting its health-related courses to ensure students complete coursework and are ready for immediate employment.

Rhonda Reherman, CV Tech nursing director, said Canadian Valley Technology Center’s programs have stayed on the forefront of technology in the classroom as students need these skills to succeed in a constantly evolving career field.

“Our curriculum changes constantly,” she said. “We have many resources to pull from, keeping us on the cutting edge of the medical and healthcare field. Our Advisory Board consists of RN’s and LPN’s in various areas of healthcare, and we continually seek their input and guidance.”

Furthermore, the program transitioned from textbooks to iPads, and lab areas contain state-of-the-art simulations and actual exam rooms.

The clinical rotation aspect of practical nursing and other health-related programs ensures sound training in state of the art simulation rooms and actual exam rooms.

“Time spent in the field, working with trained professionals is invaluable,” Reherman said.

Theory and lab time, paired with nearly 700 clinical hours, guarantee that students who complete CV Tech’s nursing program are well-equipped to move straight into the workforce.

CV Tech also offers a full-time course for high school students who wish to enter the medical field. Health careers is often a starting point for students who wish to become nurses, aides or surgical technologists.

“Eighty percent of students who enroll in Health Careers at the Holt Campus in Yukon want to be Certified Nurses Aids (or CNAs), because they can get jobs quickly with it,” said Holt instructor Colleen Dill. “We lay the foundation for medical careers by offering them medical terminology, anatomy and physiology.”

CV Tech offers several other health-related courses across its three campuses, both short- and long-term, including surgical technology and EMT, among others.

If you are interested in learning more about the healthcare-related courses available at Canadian Valley Technology, visit


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Canadian Valley Technology Center

With campuses located in Chickasha, Yukon and El Reno, Canadian Valley Technology Center offers 22 different, full-time, career-focused programs for high school and adult students. Our training prepares students to further their education at the college-level, or to immediately enter the professional world. CV Tech also provides business and industry services and adult and continuing education courses to its community year-round. Additional information about CV Tech can be found at and statewide information is available at . Read more ›

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