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Posted on: May 3, 2019

LEHS CTE Will Expand Healthcare Certifications for Students for 2019-2020 School Year

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Little Elm High School students interested in a career in healthcare will have even more opportunities to receive professional certifications while attending LEHS.

The Career and Technical Education program will receive an additional $30,000 in Perkins Reserve Grant dollars to be used next school year to expand health science certification offerings, supplement efforts for student success, and provide extra training to students preparing for health science certification exams.

Students in selected health science pathways at LEHS can currently take certification exams for Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) or Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPT). With this grant funding, the District will expand the number of certification offerings to include Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), I.V. Technician, EKG Technician, and Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT). The grant funds will provide training for teachers on best practices for certification examination success, supplemental study materials for students, targeted tutorials throughout the year, and the cost of all certification exams for eligible students. 

“Skilled and certified workers for the healthcare industry are in high-demand across north Texas and the United States,” said Dr. Tony Tipton, executive director for Innovation. “What we have created for our students is an opportunity to qualify for high-wage jobs straight out of high school.”

According to InterLink of North Texas, the State’s longest standing labor market data provider for public schools, employers reported almost 71,000 regional jobs for registered nurses by 2023 with a projected 15% increase in hiring. The region median hourly wage for these jobs is $34.51 placing these workers near the top of all wage earners.

Health Science is the largest CTE Program of Study at LEHS with 172 students enrolled in the pathway. Students can take basic classes such as Principles of Health Science and Medical Terminology. Students can continue their education by taking upper level classes to include Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Microbiology, Forensic Science, Pharmacology, and Health Science Theory/Clinical. At the advanced level, students are eligible to apply for practicum classes where they work at the in-house Health Science Lab or serve internships in local pharmacies or with Medical City Frisco. 

"Little Elm ISD is committed to providing rigorous and relevant career pathways for our students and seeking additional funding to ensure we can accomplish our mission," said Tipton. 

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