Academy for Health Careers
In August 2011, twenty-five students enrolled in a unique high school program designed to prepare them for a future in the health care field.
The, located on the campus of Lake Nona High School, offers students an opportunity to take electives in the Health Science areas, in addition to their required high school academic courses. Students must apply to the program in order to gain admission by submitting grades, test scores, and an essay detailing their career goals.
“Together with their parents, teachers and guidance counselor, Health Careers Academy students will plan a high school curriculum designed to benefit them the most, and direct them toward their career goals, ” explains Lynn (Lebanoff) Tran, a school counselor at .
According to Tran, and Health Academy instructor Shari Bowers, RN, there had been a plan in place for several years to create the Academy, but it was not until the 2011-2012 school year that Lake Nona High School was able to hire a full-time instructor for the program. It was then that the initial 25 students were able to enroll in Health Science 1.
Students in the program receive hands-on training that can lead to certification in order to pursue jobs such as Health Unit Coordinator, Pharmacy Technician, and Patient Care Technician, explains Tran. Students in the clinical track have an opportunity to prepare for enrollment in a college degree medical program.
Ideally located in the Lake Nona area’s developing and growing ‘Medical City’, the Health Careers Academy partners with influential area medical facilities such as Florida Hospital East Orlando and Florida Hospital’s Nicholson Center, an innovative, state-of-the art educational and training center for physicians, surgeons and health professionals.
An enormous benefit to the students is their access to top professionals in the health science fields through these partnerships.
Natalia Cabrero, Community Partnership Manager of Florida Hospital East Orlando, explains their partnership with the Health Careers Academy.
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