One Class at a Time: Pekin High School CNA class

By Denise Jackson

January 8, 2014 Updated Jan 10, 2014 at 8:54 AM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- One group of Pekin High School students are getting trained for the medical field before they graduate.

Their teacher, Diana Eeten, is the recipient of the HOI 19 and CEFCU $1,000 One Class at a Time grant.

Eeten is in her second year of teaching students Certified Nurse's Training at Pekin High School. Even though CNA training has been a part of the curriculum for some time, it is not offered at other local high schools.

"My students, they work very hard as high schoolers. All throughout the year they put in a lot of work and are diligent to be proficient in all of their skills," she said.

Students selected for the competitive class also learn medical terminology and are given college credit. Senior Jade Wilmot nominated her teacher for the grant.

"She deserves it and a lot of our equipment is old fashioned," Wilmot said. "It's easier to learn with the new things hospitals use."

Eeten said she will use the money to purchase another bed for the lab class. She said her students make the job rewarding.

"They have the compassion, they have shown me that they are motivated to learn," she added.