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We have been very busy this Spring semester celebrating the accomplishments of our students. 

On May 7, we, along with our CTE Departments, hosted Futures Unveiled: Career Commitment Day (previously called Skilled Trades Signing Day). Students who have taken one or more courses in the skilled trades, Prostart, CNA, or EMT classes during their time at Waukee Community School District were invited to participate. We recognized seniors who committed to a job offer, apprenticeship, community college, or an advanced technical training program in any of these career fields. This event was part of a nationwide signing day to recognize how valuable these careers are to our community.

Career Commitment Day group

We also held a pinning and coin celebration for our CNA and EMT students. On May 15, we hosted over 40 students who completed all responsibilities and requirements toward their respective course.

The pinning ceremony holds a distinct and significant place within the nursing community, closely tied to an award given to legendary nurse Florence Nightingale. By 1916, the practice of the pinning ceremony became standard throughout the United States and England. The pin symbolizes educated students who are competent to serve as a nurse to provide healthcare to society. Each school of nursing designs and awards its own customized pin. Many in the nursing profession hold the pinning ceremony in higher regard than their regular commencement ceremonies. 

2023-2024 CNAs

The EMT “celebration” or “challenge” coin has roots as early as World War I when soldiers earned challenge coins for outstanding bravery. Oftentimes, coins are given after facing an adversity or given to someone as a symbol of protection for them in the line of duty. Challenge coins given to firefighters tend to have a few different symbols, each signifying something different. APEX EMT coins are specially designed and minted to reflect the three programs that came together to create this opportunity.  On one side is the APEX X logo and on the other side is the DMACC and Waukee Fire Department logos. 

2023-2024 EMTs

These programs would not be possible without the support and partnerships of DMACC, The City of Waukee, the Waukee Fire Department, and clinical partners, Kennybrook Village, MercyOne, and Arbor Springs. 

We are looking forward to welcoming our new class of CNAs and EMTs in the fall.