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Developing the minds of future health care workers

STAMFORD, CT–Students at J.M. Wright Technical High School enjoy a well-rounded curriculum by shadowing Resident Care Advisors at Edgehill, a Stamford-based retirement community, as part of their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program. Employment of health care is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026 – these students will be prepared for success in a growing industry.

“This partnership between Edgehill, J.M. Wright Technology H.S. and Norwalk Community College is an amazing opportunity for our associates to inspire and guide students in choosing a career within health care,” says Gregory M. Shahum, health care administrator, Edgehill. “We strive to make a difference in every life we touch and it is an honor to be able to work with these talented, future health care workers.”

The Connecticut Technical High School System provides an education consistent with economic, social and cultural trends for entry-level health technology students, encompassing education, emphasizing application, knowledge and principles pertinent to all fields of health care. Students who successfully complete the curriculum will receive five certifications, college credits and a multitude of skills to pursue a career in health care.

“I love being challenged and learning new things,” says Jennifer Lopez, 11th grade CNA student leader. “My mom has had Lyme Disease for a few years and I’ve been looking after her, that has inspired me to become a CNA and help others perform at their top level.”

Jennifer is one of the many motivated students with big dreams to make a significant impact in the health care profession upon graduation.

A Benchmark Senior Living community set on the spacious grounds of a former family retreat in Stamford, Edgehill is a Type A Lifecare, all-inclusive continuing care retirement community.