Goreville School to offer college courses to students
This school year, Goreville Schools will be able to offer more than just a diploma. The Goreville CUSD No. 1 school board has approved providing certification in four vocational areas that students can use to enter the workforce straight from high school.
Goreville Schools will now offer a Certified Nursing Assistant program providing their students the opportunity to not only receive a CNA license, but they will also receive 6 hours of college credit from Shawnee Community College.
The new CNA instructor, Treca McConnell, has taught the CNA program for John A. Logan College for the past two years and the new Goreville program has received donations and financial support from the Goreville Rural Health Clinic, Southern Illinois Healthcare, Heartland Regional Hospital and the Regional Office of Education. “I am so proud of our school and the opportunities our kids can get here,” said principal Jeri Miller, “The CNA program can open so many doors for students in the healthcare profession and finding a teacher like Mrs. McConnell who has experience teaching the course at the college level and having the program here and available for all of our students will make this even more special for their future.”
Goreville has also entered into a partnership with the International Code Council to offer their Technical Training program for high schools which will provide students in the Goreville Construction Program the opportunity to be Illinois Building Code Certified while students in the Goreville auto mechanics program can now become certified by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence in everything from auto maintenance and light repair to master status in automotive repair.
Lastly, starting this school year the Family and Consumer Sciences program will offer students training for a Food Service Handlers License and students will now receive college credit in the Goreville Agriculture Science/Mechanics program from Shawnee. “Helping kids get ahead in life is why we never think we are doing enough and can and should always strive to offer more opportunities than just the core academic areas,” said Goreville superintendent Dr. Steve Webb. “If these certifications and free college credit and the new technology initiatives helps just one child reach success in nursing or construction or whatever they choose to do when they leave here then it was absolutely worth the time and effort to get this going.”