Health Careers

This program is designed to prepare students for further education and/or employment in the healthcare field. The curriculum provides students with the opportunity to experience a variety of health careers. Students observe and practice entry-level skills through classroom and lab work at Stafford Technical Center and at clinical sites in area healthcare settings. Students completing the program can become employed as nursing assistants, or continue on to post-secondary health careers. They are also able to volunteer for their local ambulance service.


Licensed Nurse Assistants, Home Health Care Aides, Laboratory Assistants, Respiratory Therapy Assistants, Veterinary Assistants.

What We Do

Hands-on clinical training in the STC lab and at local health care providers such as Rutland Regional Medical Center, Rutland Area Visiting Nurses, and Regional Ambulance Service.

Program Instructor

Joan Spaulding

Joan Spaulding joined Stafford in 2018 as the Health Careers Instructor. She graduated in 1977 from nursing school in New York City and worked in Manhattan for five years at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and then at Beth Israel Hospital. Work experience in NYC included Medical/Surgical areas, an Orthopedic Unit and a 16-bed Medical ICU. In 1982 she moved to Bridport, Vermont and worked at Porter Hospital in Middlebury. After a transitional year due to family relocations, Joan worked at Bennington Hospital in the ICU, Brattleboro Hospital in the ER, and Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend, Vermont. In 1986, she settled in the Rutland area. Her main employment has been at Rutland Regional Medical Center in their Emergency Department. But she has also worked per diem at The Pines, Bayada Hospice, and Serenity House. Joan’s interest in community safety and injury prevention led to involvement with Vermont’s Highway Safety Program, Vermont Emergency Nurses Care and the THINK signs located on roads around the state. In 2009, after completing a masters in nursing education, she became a part-time clinical nursing instructor for Castleton University and then a Phlebotomy and LNA instructor for Adult Education at STC. Joan is very interested in Global Health and started a non-profit in 2007 that supports a Medical clinic in Kenya.

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Erin Perry, Class of 2015 

My mom inspired me to become a nurse. During my senior year, I was able to work in the Labor and Delivery and Women’s and Children’s unit at Rutland Regional. One of my best memories was traveling to Burlington to compete in various nursing events. If you’re thinking about attending STC, come and try it. There is something for everyone at Stafford!


Program Advisory Committee

Name Business
Ann Bannister RN, STC HCA Substitute Teacher
Jessica Kalb Regional VP at TLC Homecare Nursing
Barbra Eitelman Assistant DON at The Pines
Lisa Spooner STC HCA Assistant
Stephanie Mozzer DON at Loretto and Kervick
Ginger Gellman CCV Academic Advisor
Molly Perry HR General Recruiter at RRMC
Dr. Timothy Cook Convenient Medical Care
Georgia Olsen STC Adult LNA day program instructor

Dual Enrollment/College Credits

1st Year – dual enrollment with CCV; 2nd year – dual enrollment with Castleton University and/or CCV


Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA), American Heart Association HeartSaver® First Aid/CPR with AED for Healthcare Providers and paid co-op.
Students completing 90% of the Core Competencies will receive a certificate from Stafford Technical Center.

Average Career Salaries

Jobs Average Salary
Licensed Nurse Assistants $25,710
Laboratory Assistants $50,550
Veterinary Assistants $24,360
Home Health Care Aides $21, 920
Respiratory Therapy Assistants $57, 790

*Average Salaries taken from the Department of Labor (


Requirements For This Program

Recommended Prerequisites: basic Algebra; number sense; fractions and decimals; strong work ethic; ability to perform physical labor on the job site and in classroom; strong interpersonal skills; effective communication skills; must have completed 10th grade
Reading Level of course materials: Grade 9.0 – 11.5