Students in the Health Careers Program within the Clay Community School Corporation will be staying closer to home. Thanks to an alliance with St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
"Clay Community Schools' partnership with St. Vincent Hospital provides a wealth of opportunities for our students," Clay Community Schools Director of Curriculum and Grants Kathy Knust said. "Health Careers or Health Science is a wide open field with many career options in areas such as therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health information, support services and biotechnology research and development."
In the past, course one was offered at Northview High School. However, when students would advance to course two, many would not take the class because students were required to drive to Terre Haute. With course two now being offered in the county, corporation officials are hoping to see a continual increase in the number of students interested in the classes.
"The content in course one provides training in entry level skills and introductory knowledge in medical terminology toward a health career such as a patient nursing care, medical laboratory and public health," Assistant Supt. of Curriculum Kim Tucker said. "Students will also be given educational experiences in an actual health care clinic setting."
The classroom for course two is located at St. Vincent Clay, which gives students even more of a feel for the hospital setting.
"Course two provides advanced medical skills training, extended clinical laboratory experiences, internships in the students' interest areas at St. Vincent Clay hospital and additional community health care facilities," Tucker said. "There is preparation for career or post-secondary school options including completing job applications, creating resumes, applying to post-secondary institutions and overall career planning."
Health Careers Instructor Rexanne Laue confirmed there are currently 15 girls in the second course and 28 girls and boys in the first course.
"We are still ironing out a few of the bumps, but this is a great opportunity for the students," Laue said. "In the second year, they get exposure to every career in the hospital."
St. Vincent Clay Hospital Clinical and Health Educator Andrea Baysinger agreed with Laue.
"We are really encouraged with this partnership to take students interested in a career in Health Services to give them the experience they need," Baysinger said. "The students have received orientation from each department where they learned about the amount of education needed, the activities that take place in each department as well as salaries."
Students recently took a trip to Indianapolis where they visited the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital and St. Vincent Women's Hospital.
Students are not only gaining insight into a career with many possibilities, but are also working on college credits.
"Students who successfully complete the course requirements will also receive at least three credit hours from Ivy Tech Community College," Tucker said.
"Students who satisfactorily complete the course will be eligible to take the written and practical tests and complete the clinical hours to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Knust added. "If there are any students interested in Health Careers, they should talk with their counselors early because it is highly recommended that they take anatomy and physiology."