Health Science Gives Students Head Start for Broad Field of Jobs

The desire to care for people is what makes any job in the health care field worthwhile, Traci Eisenman said, a health science teacher at Sheridan High School. Personal care and home health aides outpace the growth for any other field with a projected 33% growth between 2020 and 2030, even toppling health care occupations projected at 16% growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The increasing need for health care workers is receiving a boost from SHS efforts through three class offerings: Intro to Health Occupations, Certified Nursing Assistant and Emergency Medical Responder, helping students prepare for careers or college by the time they receive their high school diplomas. Health science courses are part of the career technical education course pathways at SHS, which gives students a foothold in the workplace or higher education by partnering with Sheridan College and local business internships.

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