A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the new Banner/NCMC Health Science Academy at Greeley Central High School will be held at 9am on Wednesday, August 8, at the school.
The community is invited to attend and see the state-of-the-art learning lab and program that will give high school students the skills, knowledge and certification needed to enter a variety of health care jobs or pursue further medical training in college.
Beginning this year, and rolling out fully over the next three years, the Academy will offer a comprehensive curriculum capable of serving up to 200 students in grades 9 to 12, with lessons delivered in a simulated clinical environment, using equipment such as hospital beds, medical mannequins, and an array of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment and supplies. Students will take classes in health science technology, medical terminology (including Spanish-English), health care foundations, human anatomy & physiology, and world health care research. By the time they graduate, students will also have the opportunity to earn certifications as a certified nursing assistant, emergency medical technician, pharmacy technician, phlebotomist and more.
NCMC, Inc. and Banner Health donated $150,000 each to fund the program.
Student interest and enrollment in the Academy is already above expectation. For the 2012-13 school year, which begins August 16, 90 ninth- and 10th-grade students are enrolled in the academy’s Introduction to Health Science class. Another 26 11th- and 12-grade students are enrolled in the Health Science Technology Education class. Additionally, there are 19 seniors in the Pharmacy Technician Certification program.
Academy students will also have collaborative education opportunities with Aims Community College and the University of Northern Colorado.
Greeley Central High School is located at 1515 14th Avenue in Greeley.