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Bellevue Students Prepare to Become Frontline Health Care Workers - 04/05/21

Bellevue Students Prepare to Become Frontline Health Care Workers - CTE program provides hands-on training for health services careers

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Students in Ms. Jane Marie Brown’s Health Science Careers class at Sammamish High School are learning real-world skills aimed to help keep the community healthy and safe. Many of Brown’s students are already gaining firsthand experience by participating in internships at health care facilities. Through these internships, they gain the experience needed to enter the frontlines — providing support to the health care system at a critical time as we navigate the ongoing pandemic.


“I want to acknowledge all the people who’ve made welcoming students back to school buildings possible,” said Ms. Brown. “I’m grateful to everyone that’s keeping students and educators safe and healthy and providing us the opportunity to accommodate students’ needs.”

Part of BSD’s Career and Technical Education program (CTE), Brown's students receive hands-on, patient-oriented training, which allows them to learn about health care topics and procedures, earn certifications, and prepare for health care careers. With the return to in-person learning at Interlake, Newport, Sammamish and Bellevue high schools, high school students also have the opportunity to use the same equipment and tools as professionals and work together as they explore health services careers.

“Being back in-person has been great because I’m able to learn hands-on with the equipment that I’ll use in my future career and I get to socialize with my classmates,” said Ammar Abera, an 11th grader in Ms. Brown’s class. After graduation Ammar plans to go to college and medical school to become a pediatrician.”

From April 5 to 9, BSD will host the 2021 Virtual STEM Fair, providing CTE and all other students the opportunity to learn about careers and opportunities in STEM fields. Panels will cover STEM topics and share experiences in the field, and on Friday, April 9, colleges across the country will showcase their labs, programs and STEM offerings. The event is free and welcomes students from across Washington State.

BSD’s CTE program enables students to explore career opportunities and learn how core subjects like math, science, reading and writing are used in real life by engineers, technology experts, health care providers, construction workers and more. The CTE program is facilitated through partnerships with Microsoft TEALS, ACE, Bellevue College, WaNIC and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.



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