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

Nicole Hadeka  

Nicole Hadeka joined Stafford in 2016. She received her Master of Science in Nursing at Saint Joseph’s College in Maine. Nicole’s work experience includes working in labor and delivery, school nursing, and assistant professor in nursing at Castelton University. In her free time Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running and yoga.
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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
Beth Brothers/Tammy M
Barbra Eitelman . The Pines
Lisa Spooner STC Clinical Assist
Stephanie Mozzer
Karen Alcorn Mountain View Center
Carleen Looney
Bill Mapes Training Officer-RAS

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