La Crosse, Wis. – (WXOW) – Students from seven different area high schools who are considering careers in the health care field highlighted their work today at an open house.
The students are part of the Health Science Academy, a two year program preparing them for careers in the health and science industry.
“I think it’s just an unbelievable opportunity for our area youth,” Director of the Academy Annette O’Hern said. “It’s not just one school doing this, it’s multiple schools coming together with multiple partners in the community.”
The program, which began in 2009, is a collaboration among the La Crosse School District and both local medical centers and all three local colleges. Students are able to build working relationships not only with their instructors but also with the local health care community. It’s one of the goals of the academy, to promote the possibility of a student going on to college and returning to serve the local community.
“I think go for it for sure,” Central High School senior Ezechukwu Nduka said. “It’s really eye opening. I know for sure what I’m going to do, I’m going to medical school.”
Students interested in applying to the Health Science Academy must do so in their sophomore year of high school. The process and application include a personal essay and three references.