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PATHWAY FOR HEALTHPROGRAMS Frisco ISD students can start taking basic courses their freshman and sophomore years and proceed to more advanced CTE courses their junior and senior years. Prerequisite Optional Dual credit
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both Chisholmand Scuilla said the pan- demic emphasized the importance of health care. “Even as a student, I felt like I made an impact onpeople there,” Scuilla said. “It made me want to go on evenmore.” In addition to saving money on col- lege by taking dual-credit classes, both Scuilla and Chisholm have plans to use their certi ! cations to get jobs and work through college. Dual-credit students can also poten- tially graduate college sooner. “I’m saving a ton of money,” Chisholm said. “At this rate, I get to graduate about a year earlier. … And Collin College tuition is way cheaper than your typical four-year college.” The students said they believe they have already gotten a head start on their professional careers, despite just graduating high school, and expressed con ! dence in being able to chase down their future goals. “We learned ... things like commu- nication,” Scuilla said. “I de ! nitely feel like I could be placed in a job with not onlymy experience at such a young age and getting that necessary training, but also because of my communication and professionalism.” The health care industry needs more students who are eager and motivated to learn and willing to gain that experi- ence early, Gebhart said. “Frisco, Texas, is one of the fast- est-growingmarkets in the entire coun- try, so the demand for services across the board increases, and health care is not immune to that,” he said.
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“For some students, that is a big transformation now they’re actually talking to a patient,” saidDr. Katie Choy, the regional director of nursing profes- sional development, wound care and vascular access team at Baylor Scott & White-Centennial. “It’s a great oppor- tunity to apply what they’ve learned in class now to the clinical setting.” Scuilla got into the CTEprogramafter she realized she enjoyed the health sci- ence courses in high school. “Hearing that there was experience tied to this made the class very appeal- ing,” she said. During the fall she and other stu- dents worked at a local hospital and put their certi ! cations to use. “They actually let us help,” Scuilla said. “Usually, I feel likewe’rekindof on the sidelines, but we were so involved.” Bradley Chisholm graduated from Wakeland High School. His plan is to go to college and get into nursing school. He said his favorite parts of the CTE program are the clinicals he gets to do, and he has logged more than 150 hours at hospitals. “It’s a great experience, and it really shows if you really want to do it or not, and also it looks better for you in the future,” he said. Bene ! ts of certi ! cations COVID-19 has disrupted some of the opportunities FISD students have, but
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