Earlier this year, Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Meadowbrook High was awarded a $134,000 grant to develop a Health Science program that will result in students who are better prepared to pursue post- secondary and college pathways toward a career in the healthcare workforce.
Meadowbrook High School was the recipient of the Claude Moore Foundation Grant, which will provide opportunities for students to explore careers in the health-care industry in depth prior to pursuing a specific pathway. Students will receive instruction in Health Sciences that will allow them to continue their educational pursuits at John Tyler Community College (JTCC) with Bon Secours assisting with potential employment opportunities.
“We are excited about this opportunity being offered to our Meadowbrook students,” Meadowbrook Principal Dr. Marcie Terry said. “Our goal is to offer authentic learning experiences to our students and prepare them for success after high school in alignment with the Virginia Profile of a Graduate. This partnership allows us to achieve this goal in a very exciting way.”
During fall 2019, Chesterfield County Public Schools and its Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE) were approached by Bon Secours and the Claude Moore Foundation to partner with JTCC to create a first of its kind pathway for students into the health-career field. This partnership supports a secondary student’s career exploration in the field of nurse aide, pharmacy technician and medical administration.
“This grant and the partnerships we have with John Tyler Community College and Bon Secours provide our students with the opportunity to gain experience through real-life application of concepts,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. “This new Health Science program benefits our students, and in turn our community, by preparing our young people to enter a workforce that is essential now more than ever.”
The grant provides funding for equipment and resources for the students and teachers in the Health Science program. In collaboration with the CTE Department, classroom space has been reimagined to support the new instructional offerings for the 100-plus students currently taking the entry course. Upon graduating from Meadowbrook, completing the program and passing necessary exams, students will be equipped with certifications as nursing assistants and pharmacy technicians.
The Claude Moore Foundation Grant award is the first of a five-year grant, which renews each year. This program is exclusive to Meadowbrook High School and will not function as a traditional CCPS Specialty Center. To learn more about courses offered in this program, please see this informational flyer.