Don't give up that bus job yet! The school bus drivers on this side of the bay (Pinellas) are starting at 10 to 12 $ per hour. They have great benefits, and are members of SICU -- union. Get breaks, holidays off, etc. They are respected.
Will you get that as a CNA? Make sure before you make the move, it might not be worth it.
You are helping people in your current job, imo.
Don't get me wrong, if your heart is in it, go for it. Just make sure you are making a GOOD decision.
There are many home health care companies that will train you as a home health aid. It takes about six weeks of classes. Or check with the Tampa Red Cross, I know they used to give classes in St. Pete. You may want to try that first as no HS/GED is required and it will give you a small dose of care giving experience. Taking classes from a home care agency or LTC for CNA, will lock you into a contract where you will be required to work for them for a certain amount of time or owe them $$. Doing it and paying yourself leaves you open to work for anyone and you will hold the power to what you do and where. The later is worth it imo.
Be very leary of private "tech" schools
, they are notorious for taking you money and closing the school, leaving many empty handed students.
Stick with the Hillsborough County Public Vocational schools if you go this route.
Maybe you should see if you can follow a CNA at a nursing home to see what it is really all about or volunteer at a nursing home. It is hard work, manual labor, dealing with sometimes very difficult people. The nursing homes and hospitals are demanding jobs. IF you choose to work in a less demanding environment, say the schools, your pay will decrease as well, say $6 to $8 per hour, home health aids about the same. The only way you'll make what you do now is by becoming a CNA and working in a hospital or nursing home, or going for the LPN.
I hope you understand, just trying to help, I've seen way too many start the programs after quiting a good job, just to find out it's not for them.
Good Luck in what ever you do.