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KRV students Exploring Careers in Health Occupations E.C.H.O.
November 4, 2011
A partnership between Kern River Valley High School, Cerro Coso Community College Kern River Valley campus, and the Kern Valley Healthcare District seeks to prepare high school students for jobs in health careers to meet local workforce demands. Currently 22 high school students are taking classes concurrently at Cerro Coso Community College Kern River Valley campus in Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Terminology, and Emergency Medical Technician.
The mission of the E.C.H.O. Program at the high school is to inspire students to work hard at their education to become productive citizens by exploring careers in health occupations. Dual enrollment and advanced placement programs strengthen the linkage between the high school and the college.
Recognizing that a significant portion of the learning occurs in clinical settings and in the classroom, the Kern Valley Healthcare District brings the workplace into the classroom and the classroom into the workplace by providing students with firsthand experience of what to expect in a variety of health career occupations.
This collaborative effort provides students with not only the opportunity to learn new skills but also to immerse them into the health care field to determine whether that career path is the right choice for them. Partnerships like this give high school student beneficial job skills that can be used before or after college and even as a direct entry opportunity into the workforce.
"Cerro Coso Community College is committed to providing students with meaningful learning environments that maximize their potentials. Partnering with other educational institutions and employers allows us to share experiences, vision, knowledge, talent, and resources that add exceptional value in developing programs that produce top performers. We are very excited about the impact this program will have on our students, communities, and environment," - Jill Board, Cerro Coso Community College, President.
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