Lubbock ISD helps kick start careers in the health care industry - FOX34 Lubbock

Lubbock ISD helps kick start careers in the health care industry

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock ISD offers specialized programs for students interested in the medical field. The Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center offers a variety of programs to prepare students for life after high school. 

Health Science Theory teacher Ashley Fowler said there are many careers in the medical field besides a doctor or nurse. She said its about showing students their options. 

"We don't want everybody to think 'well I have to spend 15 years in school to be a doctor'. If school's not for you, that's cool. Here's a six month program or here's a year program. You know, so if you still want to be in the medical field you can," she said. 

The district's in the process of adding a pharmacology program, creating another career path for students to follow. Other program's include EMT and Health Science Theory. Each program designed to provide students with real world experience in the health care industry. 

"We try to provide our students with the best certifications around that we can offer them in high school to get them ready to either go out straight to the field of work into a career or maybe they want to go onto college," CTE Coordinator Ira Florez said. 

Students in the program say the best part - the hands-on training. 

"This program is honestly incredible because all of our teachers are experienced in their field that they're teaching. So we're not just getting lessons from the book, we're getting actual experience from them because they can teach us what they know personally," Brysann Vaughn, a senior in the EMT program, said. 

The pharmacology program's expected to launch in the fall. It'll be available to juniors and seniors. 


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