Health science is another one of the major career classes here at Warren Central, which offers a multitude of opportunities for students. However, with the recent closure of school, some changes are being made to the class.
Usually, in this class, students are given the opportunity to expand their knowledge with complete hands-on experience in different medical fields as well as opportunities to receive official certifications for their work.
“Health Science builds a foundation for a springboard into the vast medical field. Students will have a great understanding of content before beginning their journey in their chosen career post high school,” instructor Tori West said.
This class serves the purpose of preparing students in different career paths such as dental, medical, laboratory, and nursing. It offers hands on experience like clinicals and even has an opportunity for students to earn certifications for their CNA certification. This type of exposure is beneficial for students wishing to continue their education in these different fields of work.
With the unusual scheduling made around COVID-19, this year has been tough to navigate for students and it is limiting their amount of hand on experience and usual learning environment.
“We are having to navigate our course day by day, and have had to learn to be flexible. Definitely preparing them for the medical field as our days are never the same and we have to learn how to accommodate and adjust to the circumstances of the day. We are required to complete clinical hours at a long term care facility [but] due to the increase in COVID-19 trends, we have had to delay our clinical experience, but remain hopeful that we will be able to complete our hours this spring,” West said.
Despite the major challenges that career class students are being faced with, they are persevering everyday and continuing their education slowly but surely.
“I believe there are a lot of life lessons being taught this year. If they can get through this year and this pandemic, they will be strong enough to navigate the toughest obstacles ahead. We are Warriors, and don't mind the grind,” West said.