Students, faculty, community partners, and elected officials met on Friday morning, September 15, to celebrate the opening of the Bowling Green High School Medical Arts Academy. The mission of the new academy is to develop the next generation of health and fire science professionals, preparing them to implement high-quality and evidence-based care.
Currently 146 BGHS students are participating in courses within the Medical Arts Academy, working toward four industry certifications: EKG Technician, Fire Science, Phlebotomy Technician and Pre Nursing. The school plans to add Medical Administrative Assisting and EMT certifications soon.
Goals for the first year of the program are as follows:
· All students have a plan for their post-secondary education and career;
· All students participate in a work-based learning experience;
· All students reach or exceed benchmarks on the ACT;
· All students pass a nationally-recognized professional certification.
Community representatives attending the celebration spoke to students about current and future opportunities. Ron Sowell, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Med Center Health, told the students about the continuous demand for healthcare professionals in our region and the number of local partnerships expanding to provide workforce training for professionals in our community. Demonstrating the immediate need for nurses and nursing assistants, Sowell paused during the program to pass out business cards to three students at BGHS who have recently earned certification as nursing assistants.
Andrew Bedi, Chief Operating Officer of TriStar Greenview Hospital, praised the efforts and maturity of the students in the BGHS Medical Arts Academy. He encouraged them to take advantage of experiences while in high school and shared that there are many careers within growing demand in the healthcare industry, which is both a noble profession and recession-proof.
Ron Bunch, President and CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, commended the partnerships that have evolved and developed the Bowling Green community. Beginning with the implementation of Steven Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People in all area schools through The Leader in Me program, to now having the Medical Arts Academy that offers hands-on, work-based career exploration for high school students.
Through support from citizens, local leaders, businesses and organizations, the Bowling Green community is preparing students for the future in all levels of education. The city, region, state and nation will benefit from the future successes of medical and fire professionals graduating from BGHS.