Austin Community College program seeks to help CNA students graduate

On a Monday morning, Austin Community College students bustle around a classroom full of hospital beds.

The students pull mock fluids from the high-tech manikins and practice taking vitals as a partner times them. After just a few weeks in class, the students are getting ready for a test that could earn them credentials as certified nursing assistants.

These students are taking classes in one of the most in-demand areas of health care, and soon ACC will offer more aid to help students complete the courses.

The college has partnered with health care training nonprofit Dwyer Workforce Development to provide support services such as child care and transportation to students who need assistance in completing the five- to six-week nursing certification course.