The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

December 5, 2012

DACC instructors start statewide trend

DANVILLE — Two Danville Area Community College instructors, who recognized their students needed more flexibility in their coursework, have launched a statewide trend.

DACC now is the first college in the state to offer a hybrid Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, thanks to the efforts of lead CNA instructor Shelby May and fellow CNA instructor Angela Harris.

May said she and Harris saw a need to offer more flexible online coursework options to their CNA students, but in the past the state department of health would not approve coursework that entailed teaching methods considered nontraditional.

Still, May said she saw a growing trend with all types of coursework moving to online or becoming hybrid — a mix of online and in-class study — and wanted to offer a hybrid CNA course at DACC.

“I saw it as a benefit to our students,” May said of being able to offer the basic classroom work online. “It improves flexibility for them.”

May and Harris spent a year developing the hybrid curriculum for the school’s CNA program, which combines online coursework with on-campus class time and clinicals. The hybrid program was presented to the Illinois Department of Public Health in April and approved by the state in July.

With DACC’s hybrid program, the main classroom portion now will be online, May said.

“The lectures are all online, and students will be able to watch videos online, take practice quizzes and answer questions online,” she said.

Since gaining approval for the hybrid CNA program, May said she knows of two other Illinois colleges that are piloting hybrid CNA programs similar to DACC’s and another college that is developing its own hybrid CNA curriculum.

DACC’s program will be piloted in the spring and summer semesters. May said some of the current CNA students who have heard about the new hybrid class said they wished the online option had been available to them when they went through the program.

The first cohort will begin Feb. 4, and will meet 2-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. A minimum of three hours of online coursework will be required each week. Graduation for this cohort is set for May 23.

DACC’s CNA program, which graduates 300 to 350 annually, is a short-term certificate program designed to prepare students to provide basic health care in hospitals and nursing homes. There are no prerequisites for the program. A background check and testing for reading and math skill levels will be completed prior to registration.

Candidates for the hybrid cohort are self-motivated and determined to meet goals, have a desire for a healthcare career, have a compassionate and caring spirit, enjoy working with the elderly, have Internet experience (previous online coursework is a plus), a reliable computer with Internet access (or access to one) and reliable transportation to campus and clinical settings.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Three face robbery charges DANVILLE — Three men were booked without bond Tuesday in connection with the robbery of a downtown jewelry store.Donovan Wheeler, 29, of the 300 block of Bradley Lane; John Billips Jr., 23, of the 200 block of East Roselawn Avenue; and Jabari O’Conno

    July 31, 2014

  • Georgetown Fair ready for annual run DANVILLE — One of the big fair attractions of the summer kicks off this weekend in Vermilion County.The annual Georgetown Fair begins Saturday and runs through Aug. 9.Don Hackler is president of the Georgetown Fair Board. Both he and the group of 24

    July 31, 2014

  • NWS-CN 7-31 VA employee photo Jaycees select VA employee for award DANVILLE — Bryan Stewart, coordinator of the Veterans Transportation Program for the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, was selected as one of the Outstanding Young People of 2014 by the Junior Chamber International Senate with the Jaycees.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls:Tuesday, 11:23-11:32 a.m. — A medical call in the 200 block of West Voorhees Street.Tuesday, 1:30-1:45 p.m. — A natural gas leak at 107 S. Jefferson St.Tuesday, 1:41-1:59 p.m. — An accident on Interstate

    July 31, 2014

  • Police Report Incidents reported to police include:DanvilleMonday:Theft in the 100 block of North Logan Avenue.Tuesday:A man and woman arrested for domestic battery at Fairchild and Moore streets.Retail theft at Meijer, 3649 N. Vermilion St.Wednesday:A man arreste

    July 31, 2014

  • Group to help Mission

    July 30, 2014

  • Police, Fire Reports

    July 30, 2014

  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls:Monday, 11-11:04 a.m. — An unintentional alarm activation at 1714 E. Fairchild St.Monday, 1:01-1:10 p.m. — A medical call in the 1200 block of Cleveland Street.Monday, 3:59-4:16 p.m. — A carbon monoxide i

    July 30, 2014

  • YMCA offers new college, career program DANVILLE — The Danville Family YMCA plans to launch a new college and career readiness program during the 2014-2015 school year called YMCA Achievers. YMCA Achievers is a college and career readiness program offered at more than 1,400 YMCAs across th

    July 30, 2014

  • DATS begins East Main discussion DANVILLE — The Danville Area Transportation Study, along with the city and The Lakota Group, invite the public to join them in a new way to help imagine the future of Danville’s East Main Street Corridor. An online virtual public engagement forum has

    July 30, 2014

E-edition
Spring 2014 Photos


Buy these photos and more via Smugmug

AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show'
Must Read